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Hot Wheels Legends Tour goes digital for May 16 Hoonigan event

The Hot Wheels Legends Tour rolls on, digitally, with its first event in months happening on Saturday.

Photo courtesy of Hot Wheels, Mattel

With the COVID-19 pandemic causing events worldwide to be cancelled and postponed, many are closing to go digital, like what AutomotiveMap did with the Virtual Car Show a few weeks ago. The Hot Wheels Legends Tour was supposed to be coming to a city near you this spring and summer. Now, it's also going digital with this week's tour stop happening on Hoonigan's YouTube channelor Hot Wheels' Facebook page instead of in a parking lot.

Starting at 9 a.m. PST on May 16, audiences can watch live judging from a panel consisting of top motorsports athlete Colette Davis, Hoonigan auto experts, and Hot Wheels designers. The finalist from the Hot Wheels Legends Tour virtual stop will join all other Legends Tour finalists at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas in November for a chance to have his or her car immortalized as an iconic Hot Wheels die-cast.

Nnashhole SEMA Hot Wheels Super Tuner Honda"Nashhole" was the winner of the 2019 edition of the tour. A Hot Wheels version of the model is coming in 2020. Photo courtesy of Hot Wheels

But the fun doesn't end there. Honda is bringing the Honda Super Tuner Legends Series – the custom tuner component of the Tour – to the digital stop. The Legends Tour digital stop will feature select custom-tuned Honda vehicles, where one custom-tuned Honda vehicle will be selected as a "Honda Super Tuner Finalist".

All finalists will then compete to earn the "Honda Super Tuner" title, which includes an opportunity to display their vehicle at the 2020 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, November 3-6, 2020.

Last year's Super Tuner winner was "Nashhole", a 1957 Nash Metropolitan owned by Greg Salzillo and Dave Ford that earned its ticket to the finals at the Los Angeles event. Hot Wheels enthusiasts can expect to see a miniature replica of the "Nashhole" in stores in 2020.

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Subcompact SUV

Honda details all-new 2023 HR-V

The Honda HR-V is all-new for 2023.

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The HR-V is Honda's smallest and most affordable SUV, slotting into the automaker's catalog beneath the long-running CR-V. The entry-level HR-V got a complete overhaul for 2023 that brought a new powertrain, updated technology, and refined styling that aligns closely with the new Civic Sedan.

2023 Honda HR-VThe new SUV features more refined, upscale styling, better tech, and new safety features.Honda

Honda offers the HR-V in three trims: LX, Sport, and EX-L. While the 2022 HR-V got a 1.8-liter four-cylinder, the 2023 model gets a larger 2.0-liter engine that produces 158 horsepower and 138 pound-feet of torque. It's mated to a continuously variable transmission and either front- or all-wheel drive. The new SUV comes with hill descent control for the first time in a Honda, and three drive modes are included.

Inside, a 7-inch touchscreen comes standard that runs Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A larger 9-inch screen comes in the top EX-L trim that adds wireless smartphone connectivity. The EX-L trims also gets wireless charging and navigation. Both touchscreens come with a physical volume knob for easier interactions with the system. All models are wider and longer than before, which improves interior passenger and cargo space.

All 2023 HR-Vs come with Honda Sensing safety equipment. The package has been updated for 2023 with a traffic jam assist feature and traffic sign recognition. Honda offers blind spot monitoring for the first time in an HR-V, and a driver attention monitoring system comes standard.

2023 Honda HR-VThe HR-V picked up sleek styling for the new model year with hints of Honda Civic sprinkled in.Honda

The new HR-V starts at $24,895, including a $1,245 destination charge. The range-topping EX-L all-wheel drive model starts at $30,195. Honda says the new SUV will go on sale soon.

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New electric SUV

Honda teases its first EV

The Prologue will go on sale as a 2024 model.

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Honda is nearing the unveiling of its first electric vehicle, the Prologue, and today the automaker gave us our first glimps of the new vehicle. It's just a sketch, but Honda did share some production details and information on its product roadmap.

Honda DealerHonda plans to sell half a million EVs by the end of the decade. Honda

Honda says the Prologue will be an adventure-ready SUV "capable of satisfying everyday driving and weekend getaways with a strong hint of the well-received Honda e in the front fascia." The SUV was developed in Honda's Design Studio in Los Angeles, and was designed with an eye on Honda's global EV models. Honda said it focused on aerodynamics and fine-tuning the body to reducelines and improve range.

The Japanese automaker developed the Prologue alongside GM, but it has other EVs coming to market by 2026. By 2030, Honda says it will release 30 new EVs globally with a production volume of two million units. The co-developed vehicle is the first, but the rest will be built on Honda e:Architecture. In 2027, the automaker will begin building and selling a line of affordable EVs using the architecture developed with General Motors. Honda says it plans to sell half a million EVs in North America by the end of hte decade.

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