New Honda Freed Spike “Lifestyle” Minivan Debuts in Japan

A new member has been added to the JDM Honda Freed family of compact minivans in Japan. Called the Freed Spike, the new model is being pitched by Honda as a “compact multi-wagon” for people with “active lifestyles”. We remind you that the Freed is based on Honda’s Jazz / Fit architecture. It was introduced in Japan in 2008 and is offered in five-, seven- and eight-seat versions, all of which feature sliding rear doors.

The new Freed Spike is available exclusively with two rows of seats for five passengers that can be arranged in several different configurations. Honda has added new dual-height floor panels in the cargo area and some additional storage areas on the side panels.

Visual changes on the outside include a redesigned front end with newly shaped headlamps, grille and bumper designs, while the third side window has been replaced by a rather crude-looking plastic panel. The partial tail lamp covers and the new alloy wheels round off the exterior upgrades.

Powertain options have been carried over from the standard Freed. The Spike is offered with a 1.5-liter petrol engine in FWD (with a CVT) or AWD (with a 5-speed automatic transmission) configurations.

Chevrolet Reportedly Rushing To Change The Camaro’s Front Fascia

The updated model will reportedly resemble the Camaro SS Shock concept which will debut at SEMA.

2019 Ford Ranger Goes Into Production In Michigan, Arrives At Dealers Early Next Year

The 2019 Ranger starts at $24,300 and has a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine.

See The World’s Longest Sea Bridge That Cost $20 Billion Connecting China To Hong Kong

The main bridge is 22.1 miles long which is nearly 4.5 times longer than the Mackinac Bridge.

Chevy Camaro Could Get New 2.7-Liter Turbo Four And Two Hybrid Options

A survey suggests the hybridized 6.2-liter V8 engine would produce 545 hp.

2019 Ford Focus ST: Here It Is In Production Form

Not that we know what it looks like, the focus shifts to the power and torque produced by the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine.

New Toyota Supra Goes Racing Giving Us Another Look Inside And Out

Toyota may eventually enter the new Supra into GT4 series’.

2019 Nissan Qashqai Is Still One Of The World’s Best Compact SUVs

AutoTrader went for a drive in the latest Nissan Qashqai and declared it better than its predecessor.

The Boring Company’s Test Tunnel Will Open On December 10th

Elon Musk says fans can get a free ride in the tunnel the day after it opens.

Tesla Model 3 Dissected: Batteries And Electric Motor Are Great, The Chassis Not So Much

Engineers tore apart a Model 3 and discovered some glaring faults, but a number of industry-leading things, too.

Porsche Taycan Gunning For Nürburgring Production EV Record

The current record was set by the Nio EP9 electric hypercar in 2017 with a lap covered in 6 minutes and 45.90 seconds.