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2021 Toyota Corolla Hatchback Special Edition wears Supersonic Red paint, gets black accents

The car sports a unique red paint job.

Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.

With the 2021 Toyota Corolla Hatchback Special Edition, the Japanese automaker isn't just debuting a new model. They're foreshadowing what's to come from the Toyota lineup.

The new version builds on the 2021 Corolla Hatchback SE with the continuously variable transmission (CVT). The car is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 168 horsepower. It has a multi-link rear suspension, Sport drive mode, and paddle shifters.

2021 Toyota Corolla Hatchback Special Edition

Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.


Its exterior features a Supersonic Red paint job, black-painted 18-inch alloy wheels, and a body kit that adds a front splitter, side skirts, black rear roof spoiler, a rear bumper garnish, and Special Edition badge to the car. At the front are J-shaped bi-beam LED headlamps and LED taillamps sit at the rear.

The Corolla Hatchback Special Edition comes with the SE's standard features list including an 8-inch infotainment touch screen, six speakers, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Amazon Alexa, Siri Eyes Free, an AUX jack, two USB ports, satellite radion, hands-free phone capability, voice recognition, and Bluetooth. Complementary Safety Connect, satellite radio, and Wi-Fi Connect trials come with purchase.

Additionally, there's a leather-wrapped shift knob, electronic parking brake, keyless entry, and automatic up/down windows.

The model comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense 2.0. It has 10 airbags (up from eight on the traditional model.

Toyota backs the car with a 36-month/36,000 mile basic new-vehicle warranty and 60-month warranties that cover the powertrain for 60,000 miles and corrosion with no mileage limitation. The Corolla Hatchback also comes standard with ToyotaCare, a no additional cost plan that covers normal factory-scheduled maintenance for two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first, and 24-hour roadside assistance for two years, unlimited mileage.

Just 1,500 of the hot hatches will be made. Pricing has yet to be announced. The car will arrive at dealer lots late this summer.

As for the model alluding to the future, it's easy to see what Toyota's talking about. The Corolla Hatchback is about due for a refresh and that means that it would be the perfect time to include some of the features and equipment this Special Edition has on it, like the additional airbags.

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2022 Infiniti Q50 gets more standard tech

The car sees new tech and interior features for 2022.

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The Infiniti Q50 is an aging but still-stylish sedan that offers value and power, but it hasn't quite kept pace with the crop of more engaging premium European cars. However, it's still worth a look, and to press that point further, Infiniti has updated the car for 2022 with a healthy list of standard features.

2022 Infiniti Q50 Exterior styling has not changed for 2022.Infiniti

Headline updates for the 2022 Q50 are wireless Apple CarPlay and newly standard Bose Performance Series Audio. There's now leather for every trim, but in the ways that count, the car is the same as the one we saw last year, the year before, and so on.

That's not to say that the car is bad. After all, it still offers a 300-horsepower twin-turbo V6 as standard and can be upgraded with a 400-horsepower version of the engine. And, despite its aging exterior styling, it's still a handsome car with smooth, sculpted bodywork. The seven-speed automatic transmission and available all-wheel drive remain in place.

2022 Infiniti Q50 All-wheel drive is available for all models.Infiniti

Pricing for the 2022 Infiniti Q50 starts at $43,125, which includes a $1,025 destination fee. The car gets standard wireless Apple CarPlay, leather upholstery, 18-inch wheels, and Bose Performance Audio. All-wheel drive is available for a $2,000 upcharge.

2022 Infiniti Q50 Wireless Apple CarPlay and Bose audio are standard.Infiniti

The mid-range Q50 Sensory starts at $48,825, and comes with 19-inch wheels, black open-pore wood interior accents, navigation, and an air purifier system. Stepping up to the top Q50 Red Sport 400 will run $56,975, and brings the more powerful V6 engine, semi-aniline leather upholstery, and Dynamic Digital Suspension, which adjusts damping settings depending on road conditions and driving style.

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Honda notified dealers of upcoming supply cuts.

Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc

Honda, like all major automakers today, is truly a global operation. Though it produces plenty of vehicles here in the United States, many of the components it relies on for manufacturing come from elsewhere in the world. That means Honda, like the other auto giants, needs its global supply chain operating smoothly in order to prevent disruption. Unfortunately for Honda dealers and potential customers, disruption is what's about to happen. The automaker recently sent a letter to its dealers, forecasting reduced vehicle supply in the coming weeks.


2021 Honda Ridgeline No. 19 - Honda Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc


The dealer letter, posted to the Civic XI forum and fan site, was dated August 25 and confirmed by a dealer upset with the development, according to Automotive News. In the letter, Honda cites the ongoing pandemic and microchip shortages as major factors impacting its production efforts. Total shipments to dealers could be cut by up to 40 percent, but not all models will be affected to the same degree.

The letter noted that supplies of the Pilot and Passport SUVs will hold steady, and shared that production of the Civic hatchback is on schedule. However, the situation is fluid and could change at any time, so there's a chance that timelines could speed up or slack off as necessary.


2022 Honda Pilot Some models will see more cuts than others.Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc


Honda is just the latest in a long line of automakers struggling to keep pace with demand in the face of several converging global crises. In an effort to keep vehicles rolling out of factories, General Motors has implemented selective feature cuts in some of its new vehicles, such as the removal of engine start/stop tech from some trucks and SUVs. Earlier this month, Ford Motor Company told Mustang Mach-E buyers to expect delays of at least six weeks as it grapples with the chip shortage, and will temporarily reduce production capacity at a few of its plants.

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