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Honda previews S660 roadster ahead of Tokyo debut.

Honda isn't known for making convertibles. In fact, legend has it that old man Soichiro banned them from his lineup – but then he also didn't approve of six-cylinder engines, either. There have been exceptions, like the Civic del Sol and S2000, and today Honda has revealed another.

Set to debut at the forthcoming Tokyo Motor Show in late November is the Honda S660 concept, a compact little roadster about which Honda is saying even less. It looks about the size of a Kei car, with a nameplate that suggests a 660cc engine, making it more of a revival for the 1990's Beat than the high-end S2000. And while there are some clear similarities with the EV-STER concept that debuted two years ago in Tokyo, the S660 looks closer to production-ready, with key features like an actual steering wheel.

Of course, whether the S660 makes production, and beyond that makes it off of the Japanese islands and across the Pacific to US showrooms, is another matter, but we could see something like this taking the fight to the Mazda MX-5 and even the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ if it did.

Alongside the S660, Honda has also confirmed it will unveil the production version of the Fit-based crossover previewed in Detroit by the Urban SUV Concept. The NSX Concept will also make its Japanese debut at the show, along with a variety of motorcyles, mobility devices and a range of historic models from Honda's history.

Parts Geek

Wed Oct 23 2013 19:12:10 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Mazda sells 10 millionth car in the US, does something special.

When Lauren Carter of Glen Ellyn, IL was in the market for her first car, she went for a Mazda3. Not a bad choice, but not necessarily remarkable on the surface. After all, Mazda sold 123,361 of them here last year alone. What she didn't know was that the car she bought was the 10 millionth Mazda had sold in the US over the course of its 43-year history here, since selling its first rotary-powered R100 here in 1970.

Rather than let the occasion pass with nothing more than a press release (like the one below), Mazda gave Lauren a brand-new 2014 Mazda3 to replace the 2013 model she had bought. Which is a nice gesture, of course, but also enables Mazda to hold on to the landmark 10,000,000th car in its heritage collection.

Parts Geek

Wed Oct 23 2013 19:13:52 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Google's new robot car: Crazy good or crazy crazy?

Google is testing self-driving cars, claiming that this will help prevent road fatalities. But will it only be effective if everyone is driving a self-driving car? And what kind of world would that be?

Parts Geek

Tue Feb 26 2013 02:56:28 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

City Workers Paint Handicapped Spot Around Car, Then Tow It.

Ever come back to your car to find a ticket on the windshield, and you could swear that no parking sign wasn't there when you parked your car?

Well, one woman in Tel Aviv had something similar happen, except she was right. After she parked her car, city workers came by and painted a handicapped parking spot around her vehicle. They then had her car, now illegally parked, towed away. They then fined her about $200.

But Hila Ben Baruch discovered she'd taped the entire thing on a closed circuit camera.

"You see it and can't believe it," she wrote on a Facebook post, according to Metro UK. Baruch said she plans to sue the city, which has already apologized for the incident.

Parts Geek

Mon Feb 18 2013 16:55:14 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Personal Reason A Florida Lawmaker Wants To Ban Red-Light Cameras?

Daphne Campbell, a Democratic state representative in Florida, said she had the best interests of her constituents in mind when she sponsored a bill that would outlaw red-light cameras in Florida. "My constituents complained and the people are hurting," she tells the Miami Herald.

It seems her interests are potentially also personal.

One of her most prominent constituents, her husband, Hubert, has racked up five red-light camera violations in recent years in the family's Honda Odyssey. Three have been paid. Two remain unpaid, according to records obtained from American Traffic Solutions, the Scottsdale, Ariz. Company that provides cameras and has preserved video footage of the Campbell family minivan in action.

Two of the videos show the car – with a Campbell campaign sticker on the bumper – making "reckless" turns at red lights. The Herald viewed footage of the van "blowing through" red lights, but Campbell denied the charges.

When contacted by the newspaper, she said the story is "a lie." "That camera is a made-up story," she said. "You can do anything with the computer now."

Parts Geek

Mon Feb 18 2013 16:57:12 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

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