With ‘MIB: International,’ Lexus Is Cast as a Blockbuster Car for a Second Straight Summer

The scene’s a crowdpleaser, to be sure’and it successfully sells Lexus’ image as a maker of high-performance luxury sports cars to a younger audience.

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When moviegoers first saw King T’Challa in action as Black Panther it was a real showstopper: The Marvel comic book character clings to the top of a sleek new Lexus LC sports coupe as he surfs through the busy streets of Busan, South Korea, in a high-speed chase that ultimately destroys his remote-controlled ride.

The scene’s a crowdpleaser, to be sure’and it successfully sells Lexus’ image as a maker of high-performance luxury sports cars to a younger audience. Starting this weekend, with a prominent role in Sony’s sci-fi franchise Men in Black: International, the Japanese automotive company hopes to add another hit to its credits, giving it supporting roles in summer blockbusters for two years running.

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Nissan Announces Super GT Programme From Yokohama

At the Nissan Gallery in Yokohama, Japan, Nissan announced their 2019 motorsports activities ‘ including the full factory and customer racing programmes taking part in this year’s Autobacs Super GT Series.

Nissan look to recapture the championship in the GT500 class for the first time since 2015, with four Nissan GT-R NISMO GT500s, and a revamped eight-man driver lineup featuring the blockbuster acquisitions of Kohei Hirate, Fr’d’ric Makowiecki, and James Rossiter, who all join the Nissan racing family in 2019.

Motohiro Matsumura, NISMO’s chief operating officer, will assume the role of executive director for the Nissan teams. Toshikazu Tanaka, corporate vice president of NISMO, will become team principal of NDDP Racing with B-Max. Satoshi Motoyama, who competed in GT500 for 22 years and took home three series championships along with 16 wins for Nissan and NISMO, will support Matsumura as an executive advisor to NISMO. Enhancements to the 2019-spec Nissan GT-R NISMO GT500 include improvements to the balance of aerodynamic performance, a review of weight distribution, increased engine output and power curve optimization.

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QOTD: Working Out the Future of FCA?

A dated product lineup, questionable fuel economy across the board, a general need for some reworking. These are all issues with Fiat Chrysler’s offerings in North America. Today we’ll try and come up with some solutions.

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Today’s topic was generated by news yesterday of the $77 million in penalties‘FCA paid to the NHTSA, as its vehicles were not efficient enough to comply with fuel economy targets. But that’s not the only issue. Before we get into the weeds, let’s have a look at FCA’s current offerings on North American shores.

Publisher: The Truth About Cars
Date: 2019-02-12T08:10:46-04:00
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Mariano Rivera leads Baseball Hall of Fame class

Seattle Mariners hitting coach Edgar Martinez applauds in the dugout before a 2017 game against the Los Angeles Angels in Seattle. Martinez was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday.

NEW YORK (AP) ‘ Mariano Rivera has become baseball’s first unanimous Hall of Fame selection, elected Tuesday along with Roy Halladay, Edgar Martinez and Mike Mussina.

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x-Mariano Rivera 425 (100.0); x-Roy Halladay 363 (85.4); Edgar Martinez 363 (85.4); Mike Mussina 326 (76.7); Curt Schilling 259 (60.9); Roger Clemens 253 (59.5); Barry Bonds 251 (59.1); Larry Walker 232 (54.6); Omar Vizquel 182 (42.8); Fred McGriff 169 (39.8); Manny Ramirez 97 (22.8); Jeff Kent 77 (18.1); Billy Wagner 71 (16.7); x-Todd Helton 70 (16.5); Scott Rolen 73 (17.2); Gary Sheffield 58 (13.6); x-Andy Pettitte 42 (9.9); Sammy Sosa 36 (8.5); Andruw Jones 32 (7.5).

Publisher: Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel
Date: 2019-01-23T01:46:58+00:00
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