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Look Ma, No Mirrors: Mirrorless Mitsubishis Coming To Japan In 2019 19
Jan
Posted by Joel V. Patel in japan, Mitsubishi, Reports, Tech on 01 19th, 2018


Mitsubishi is in the middle of a major overhaul, which includes adding distinctively-styled, tech-friendly crossovers to its lineup.

Last year, the automaker also revealed plans to unveil six all-new cars by 2020. Those are some ambitious goals, but Mitsubishi's also got some tech to go with those vehicles, including cameras that can replace traditional exterior mirrors.
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Liberty Walk Creates A Wacky Widebody Lamborghini ‘Miura’ 18
Jan
Posted by Brad Anderson in Classics, japan, Lamborghini, Lamborghini Videos, Liberty Walk, Reports, Tokyo Auto Salon, video on 01 18th, 2018


In recent years, Japanese tuner Liberty Walk has created a number of weird and wacky widebody creations, comprehensively modifying the likes of Lamborghinis, Ferraris, and everything in between.
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Mugen’s Take On The Base Civic Hatch Is Subtle Yet Still Stands Out 12
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in honda, Honda Civic, japan, Mugen, Tokyo Motor Show, tuning on 01 12th, 2018


Along with the RC20GT Honda Type R study we showed you earlier today, Mugen also brought a sporty Civic hatchback prototype to the 2018 Tokyo Motor Show to showcase a multitude of exterior and interior parts.

According to the Japanese tuner, there should be a sense of unity and power to the Civic, even in non Type-R form, and if you look close at this prototype, you’ll see what they mean.

Starting with the front end, there’s a carbon fiber grille garnish, and a bumper garnish, which match up with the custom spoiler lip. Along the sides there’s a set of custom skirts, while the rear features an under-spoiler, dual exhaust tips and a wing spoiler.

The wheels boast a two-tone black mirror paint finish and measure 19″ in size. Mugen states that the recommended tire size is 235/35R19.

There are also multiple color variations to choose from for the body work, such as Frame Red, White Orchid, Crystal Black, Luna Silver and Brilliant Sporty Blue.

Inside, there’s a new engine starter switch, sports mats and custom scuff plates, featuring the tuner’s name and logo.

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BMW Rolls Out Special M3/M4 Competition M Heat Edition Just For Japan 28
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in BMW, BMW 3-series, BMW M3, BMW M4, japan on 12 28th, 2017


We have good news, and we have bad news. The good news is that BMW is launching a new special edition of the M3 sedan and M4 coupe. The bad news is that it’s only making 15 examples of each, and they’re all destined for Japan.

Called the M Heat edition, the special model starts off with the Competition package, and adds to it a whole mess of M Performance components.

That includes a front splitter, rear diffuser, and mirror covers – all made from carbon fiber. Inside it features an Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel, stainless steel pedals, and more carbon-fiber trim.

It’s all finished off in a special shade of Tanzanite blue, with special 20-inch alloys and the requisite special badging.

BMW Japan will charge ¥13,610,000 (~$120,720) for each M3 Sedan M Heat Edition, and ¥13,850,000 ($122,850) for the M4 coupe version. That’s a big chunk of change for vehicles that start at about half that in the United States, but then the Japanese government levies a rather hefty import tax on foreign-made cars – especially ones with big engines… and BMW’s 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-six certainly qualifies in Japanese terms.

More relevant is the premium that BMW Japan is charging for the special edition over the models on which they’re based, which comes down to $1.5m yen ($13.5k) for the sedan and over 2 million yen ($18k) for the coupe.

Meanwhile, BMW also announced that it’s adding the M Sports Edition Shadow – previously launched as a special edition – to its range permanently. It’s offered on a range of 3 Series sedans and wagons, and comes with a special shade of sunset orange, black grille, darkened lights, 19-inch wheels, and a black leather interior with blue stitching and steel pedals. Pricing here starts at a far more reasonable ¥5,330,000 ($47k) for the base 318i and tops out at ¥6,800,000 ($60k) for the newly added 330e iPerformance hybrid.

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Mazda Flair Wagon And lair Wagon Custom Style Unveiled In Japan 26
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Hybrids, japan, Kei Cars, Mazda, new cars on 12 26th, 2017


Mazda has introduced the new Flair Wagon and Flair Wagon Custom Style in Japan.

Set to go on sale in February, the models are based on the Suzuki Spacia and feature a bolder design which makes them significantly more appealing than their predecessor. The standard model looks fairy conventional for a kei car but Mazda says it features a distinctive beltline that has been designed to “emphasize the thickness of the body.”

The Flair Wagon Custom Style is the more interesting of the two models as it features a unique front fascia with a prominent grille that is flanked by LED headlights. The model also has additional chrome trim and circular fog lights.

The interior is little on the plain side but drivers will find a large speedometer and a small digital display. There is also an infotainment system, metallic accents, and a sporty steering wheel. Mazda also notes the model has a more spacious interior as well as improved entry and egress.

Despite its small size, the Flair Wagon comes loaded with technology including a collision warning system, high beam assist, and a lane departure warning system.

Under the hood, two 660cc engines are available. The entry-level unit produces 52 PS (38 kW) and 60 Nm (44 lb-ft) of torque, while the range-topping variant has a turbocharged engine developing 64 PS (47 kW) and 98 Nm (72 lb-ft) of torque. Both are paired to a hybrid powertrain that features an electric motor that produces 3 PS (2 kW) and 50 Nm (36 lb-ft) of torque.

The powertrain is connected to a new CVT transmission and it enables the Flair Wagon to travel up to 30.0 km/L (70.5 mpg US). Front-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive is optional.

Pricing starts at ¥1,333,800 ($11,777) and climbs to ¥1,908,360 ($16,850) for the top of the line Flair Wagon Custom Style Hybrid XT.

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FJ What Now? Suzuki Puts The Xbee Concept Into Production 26
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in japan, new cars, Suzuki, Suzuki Hustler, Suzuki Xbee on 12 26th, 2017


The automotive industry has a way of balancing itself out. The Dodge Viper went out of production, for example, a few months after the first Ford GTs started rolling off the line.

While Ferrari and Lamborghini were giving up on the manual transmission, Porsche was doubling down. And just a week after Toyota put the FJ Cruiser to pasture for good, Suzuki unveiled the Xbee.

Ostensibly based on the Hustler minivan, the Xbee (pronounced “cross-bee”) takes the form of a retro sport-ute – albeit one that doesn’t look like it’d be quite as capable as the discontinued Toyota (and much smaller to boot). But such are the times we live in when off-road stalwarts like the Ford Explorer and Nissan Pathfinder have switched from body-on-ladder-frame construction to car-based unibodies.

Capabilities and size aside, the Xbee that first appeared as a concept at the Tokyo Motor Show a few months ago is now going into production – albeit just for the Japanese market (for the time being at least).

Described as combining the “spacious cabin of a wagon and the fun of an SUV,” the Xbee is being launched in Japan exclusively with a hybrid powertrain, based around a 1.0-liter turbocharged engine, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and available with either two- or four-wheel drive.

Two trim levels are available with either drivetrains, prices ranging from ¥1,765,800 (~$16k) for the base, front-drive Xbee MX to ¥2,145,960 ($19k) for an all-wheel drive MZ. Suzuki’s also packed a whole raft of active safety systems in there, and figures it can sell about 2,000 of them every month in its home market.

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Honda NSX And S2000 Spoon Racers Will Make You The Coolest Kid On The Block 23
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in auction, Galleries, honda, Honda / Acura NSX, Honda S2000, japan, racing, tuning on 12 23rd, 2017


For many (if not all) automotive enthusiasts the first-gen NSX and the S2000 have a lot of appeal, thus we reckon these two are not going to have trouble finding new homes.

Both this 2007 NSX-R GT as well as the 2013 S2000 ST-4 were modified by renowned Honda tuner Spoon, sharing dual-tone yellow and light blue liveries and plenty of performance mods between them.

The NSX is estimated to fetch anywhere between 13,500,000 and 18,500,000 Yen ($119,205 – $163,355), while the S2000 could go in the 5,800,000 to 9,000,000 Yen ($51,214 – $79,470) range.

According to Bhauction, this NSX-R GT took part in the Macau Road Sports Challenge, boasting a tuned C32B naturally aspirated engine, which was later replaced with a modified C30A using an after-market turbocharger, resulting in 550 PS. The ad also states that all the mechanical components have been maintained in race-ready condition.

As for the 2013 S2000 ST-4, Spoon built it for the ST-4 Super Endurance Race Class, where it actually raced for three years until 2016. While its engine is mostly standard to comply with JAF N1 regulations, a careful calibration of components led to it being more responsive than stock units. Other mods include the custom bumpers and of course the massive GT wing.

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Is It Just Us, Or Does The Honda N-One Keep Looking Better? 23
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in honda, Honda N Box, japan, Kei Cars on 12 23rd, 2017


The retro design trend that emerged in the 1990s may be dead, but Honda’s breathing fresh life into it with retro-futuristic designs like the Urban EV and Sports EV concepts.

You don’t need to look into Honda’s crystal ball, though, to see a cool-looking retro design. You can get one right now… if you live in Japan. It’s the N-One, arguably the cornerstone (and the best-looking) of a range of stylish little Kei cars that Honda offers in its home market.

The automaker has been producing the N-One since 2012, but keeps rolling out incremental updates, like this one. Among the changes are better sound insulation, UV-filtering windows, more USB outlets and four trim levels: Standard, Select, Premium and RS.

The model pictured here is the RS in Sunset Orange and black, but the N-One also available in other two-tone combinations, like white with red, gray with red, dark green with black, or blue with black.

The RS looks (unsurprisingly) sportier inside and out and comes exclusively with a turbocharged 660cc inline-three that’s mated (like the naturally aspirated version) to a CVT transmission, which is the only gearbox available. The RS gets paddle shifters to select between artificial ratios, and comes only in front-wheel drive form, though you can get the same engine with all-wheel drive in the Premium Tourer version.

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Watch Japanese Cop On Bicycle Chase And Pull Over A Lamborghini Huracan 22
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Bicycles, Film, japan, Lamborghini, Lamborghini Huracan, Lamborghini Videos, Offbeat News, Police, video on 12 22nd, 2017


A Japanese cop riding a…bicycle versus more than 600 Italian horses makes for a very unusual police chase in the Land of the Rising Sun.

It all started when the driver of an orange Lamborghini Huracan ran a red light and was seen by a police officer, who was patrolling the area on a bicycle.

Without thinking twice, the officer proceeds to chase the traffic code violator, and miraculously catches up with the supercar shortly after, pulling it over.

Some may find what comes next even more surprising, as the law enforcement agent kneels down so that he can engage the conversation at eye level, reminding us that respect and politeness are very much present in Japan.

The driver of the Lamborghini Huracan didn’t get away unpunished, with the officer handing him down a pricey ticket, before both of them carried on their way.

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If Anything, You Can’t Miss Wald International’s BMW 7-Series Black Bison 21
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in BMW, BMW 7-Series, japan, tuning, Wald on 12 21st, 2017


The BMW 7-Series normally oozes sophisticated style, but if you’re looking for something different, Japanese tuner Wald International can certainly deliver.

The company has just unveiled its ‘Black Bison Edition’ of the latest-generation 7-Series and while Wald seems rather proud of its creation, we think other people might feel different about it.

At the front, the luxury sedan has been outfitted with a bespoke bumper that includes small faux air intakes, vertical daytime running lights, and a subtle chin spoiler. As for the sides, they feature five-spoke white wheels and bespoke skirts.

Completing the transformation is a new rear bumper with an over-the-top diffuser and quad tailpipes. Oh, and the car also sits closer to the road.

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Subaru Investigating Potential Mileage Cheating 21
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in japan, Reports, Subaru on 12 21st, 2017


Subaru is investigating whether mileage readings of its vehicles have been falsified during final checks.

The Japanese automaker was recently embroiled in a vehicle inspection scandal and if it discovers that fuel efficiency figures have been falsified, Subaru’s image could be severely tainted, Reuters reports.

In Japan, the mileage figures show the numbers of kilometers a vehicle can travel on a liter of petrol, and Subaru says it is currently searching for any possible infractions. However, even if unrealistic figures are discovered, it probably won’t result in a recall as it would not constitute a safety requirement violation.

“At the moment we are trying to confirm whether data was indeed fabricated, and if so, how this happened and which models are affected,” Subaru spokeswoman Miyuki Yasuda said.

Subaru claims that concerns of falsified mileage readings were first expressed as external investigators were working on the aforementioned inspection scandal.

On the back of this news, Subaru shares fell by as much as 8.5 per cent, their lowest since July 2016.

In 2016, approximately 40 per cent of Mitsubishi’s market value was wiped out after it admitted to overstating fuel economy figures.

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Subaru Investigating Potential Mileage Cheating 21
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in japan, Reports, Subaru on 12 21st, 2017


Subaru is investigating whether mileage readings of its vehicles have been falsified during final checks.

The Japanese automaker was recently embroiled in a vehicle inspection scandal and if it discovers that fuel efficiency figures have been falsified, Subaru’s image could be severely tainted, Reuters reports.

In Japan, the mileage figures show the numbers of kilometers a vehicle can travel on a liter of petrol, and Subaru says it is currently searching for any possible infractions. However, even if unrealistic figures are discovered, it probably won’t result in a recall as it would not constitute a safety requirement violation.

“At the moment we are trying to confirm whether data was indeed fabricated, and if so, how this happened and which models are affected,” Subaru spokeswoman Miyuki Yasuda said.

Subaru claims that concerns of falsified mileage readings were first expressed as external investigators were working on the aforementioned inspection scandal.

On the back of this news, Subaru shares fell by as much as 8.5 per cent, their lowest since July 2016.

In 2016, approximately 40 per cent of Mitsubishi’s market value was wiped out after it admitted to overstating fuel economy figures.

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Suzuki’s New Spacia Packs A Lot Into A Little 17
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Hybrids, japan, Kei Cars, Suzuki on 12 17th, 2017


Suzuki may be gone from the North American new-car market, but it’s still a big player in Japan – where it’s now rolled out new versions of its Spacia hatch/van/wagon-thing.

Looking like an even smaller version of the Scion xB or Nissan Cube, the new Spacia is a tall box on small wheels with a tiny footprint in the true style of Japan’s little Kei cars. But Suzuki has managed to cram a lot in there.

For starters, it’s touted as the first car in its class with safety features like active emergency braking, around-view monitor, and head-up display. The manufacturer also boasts of a “wide interior space” despite its compact dimensions, with a minivan-style sliding rear door to ease ingress and egress in even the tightest of spots.

It also packs a hybrid powertrain: a 660-cc inline six, available either naturally aspirated or turbocharged form, and with two- or all-wheel drive. Either way, it can run on electric power alone for short distances.

Buyers can also choose between the retro Spacia and the more aggressive-looking Spacia Custom, which we gather are targeted at different demographics. Suzuki anticipates selling 12,000 of these each month, with prices ranging from ¥1,333,800-1,908,360 – or about $12-17k, depending on specification.

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Nissan To Test Self-Driving Taxi Service In Japan Next Year 15
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Autonomous, japan, nissan, Reports, taxi, Tech on 12 15th, 2017


Nissan has announced that it will start public tests of its self-driving ride-sharing service in Japan next year alongside Japanese gaming software maker DeNA.

Reuters reports that the two companies will conduct a two-week test in Yokohama next March. Riders will use an app developed by DeNA that can summon an autonomous Nissan Leaf that’ll take passengers to pre-mapped destinations.

According to Nissan and DeNA, if the test proves successful, we could see a self-driving, ride-sharing service launched in Japan in the early 2020s.

While most of DeNA’s experience isn’t with cars, it has been collaborating on this project with Nissan since last year and has already worked on various self-driving services throughout Japan, including a fleet of shuttle buses that transport elderly residents in rural communities.

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Honda Freed Modulo X Gives The Little Minivan A Sportier Edge 14
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in honda, Honda Jazz - Fit, honda-fit, japan on 12 14th, 2017


It’s been over a year since Honda rolled out the new Freed in Japan, and now it’s following up with a sporty Modulo X version.

The Freed, for those unfamiliar, is a JDM minivan based on the same platform as the Fit/Jazz, to say nothing of the Shuttle wagon and HR-V crossover.

Similar to the transformation applied to the N-Box, N-One, and STEP WGN, the Freed Modulo X features an upgraded suspension, new wheels, and aerodynamic enhancements to give imbue the miniest of minivans with a sportier look and feel.

The front grille and bumpers are new, incorporating a diffuser style at the back, along with new side skirts and tailgate spoiler. It also has LED fog lights, 15-inch alloys, and an interior done up with piano-black trim, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a 9-inch infotainment display.

Japanese buyers will be able to select between six- and seven-seat versions, with either a conventional or hybrid 1.5-liter i-VTEC engine.

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