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Honda will receive assistance from General Motors and Cruise for its planned self-driving mobility service (MaaS) in Japan.

In a recent statement, Honda confirmed that Cruise will send its self-driving test vehicles to Japan and begin local development of them later this year. The Japanese car manufacturer has also confirmed that its self-driving mobility service will use the Cruise Origin.

“This collaboration with Cruise will enable the creation of new value for mobility and people’s daily lives, which we strive for under Honda’s 2030 Vision of serving people worldwide with the joy of expanding their life’s potential,” president and representative director of Honda Motor Co, Takahiro Hachigo, said in a statement. “Through active collaboration with partners who share the same interests and aspirations, Honda will continue to accelerate the realization of our autonomous vehicle MaaS business in Japan.”

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“Cruise’s mission to provide safer, cleaner and more accessible transportation is not limited to the US,” added Cruise chief executive Dan Ammann. “These are major changes that are needed almost everywhere in the world, and this is a small, but symbolic step with Honda on our global journey.”

Honda has been a long-time investor in Cruise and the latest news comes just a few days after it was confirmed that Microsoft was among a host of new institutional investors to back Cruise, valuing the company at approximately $30 billion.

Moving forward, Cruise will use Microsoft’s cloud computing platform, Azure, for its self-driving cars.


Having launched the C-HR GR Sport for the European market last November, Toyota is now accepting orders for it in the United Kingdom.

Available with the 1.8-liter and 2.0-liter self-charging hybrid powertrains, the model starts at £31,395 ($43,041) with the smaller engine and £33,015 ($45,262) with the larger unit.

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The new variant of Toyota’s subcompact SUV features re-tuned steering and stiffened front and rear springs for improved handling. Key features include a revised exterior with black details applied to the headlamp and fog lamp housings, central bumper section, grille, side mirror caps, roof and rear bumper. The makeover also counts a bi-tone paint finish, 19-inch GR Sport five double-spoke alloy wheels wrapped in 225/45 Continental Premium Contact tires and GR badging.

A similar theme was applied to the cockpit, which gets new fabric upholstery for the front sports seats, with a woven center stripe in GR Sport’s colors. There are also GR-branded scuff plates, a perforated leather steering wheel with red contrast stitching, silver trim for the instrument panel and a GR Sport logo in red and black for the push-button start. Customers can get Alcantara upholstery as an option with electric adjustment for the front seats.

Like the rest of the 2021 C-HR lineup, the new C-HR GR Sport benefits from the Toyota Safety Sense suite of driver assistance aids. The list counts the new Lane Trace Assist and extended Pre-Collision System with daylight cyclist detection.

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The DeLorean DMC-12 is an automotive icon and it appears as though Italdesign is readying itself for the launch of a modern-day interpretation of the car.

An image recently shared to Facebook from the design company includes a photo of the original DMC-12, while the lower half of the image has a darkened teaser of a new DMC-badged model with gullwing doors.

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“DeLorean DMC-12 turns 40 this year! This picture was shot on the 21st January 1981, when the very first production model was released. What a better way to celebrate an icon of automotive history than a sneak peek of the (near) future? Stay tuned for more…” the caption reads.

The original DMC-12 was designed by Italdesign co-founder Giorgetto Giugiaro. However, the teaser image doesn’t provide us with all that many details about what the Italian design and engineering company is working on, other than its badge and gullwing doors.

What is Italdesign’s plans with the new DeLorean? If we were to guess, we’d suggest that it will probably be a one off, most likely to celebrate the DMC-12’s 40th anniversary. It also remains to be seen whether it’ll be based on an existing car or use a bespoke architecture.