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Would You Pay Nine Grand For A 1990 Toyota Century? 19
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Classics, Craigslist, Galleries, japan, TOYOTA, Toyota Century, used cars on 11 19th, 2017


If you consider the first-generation Toyota Century to be a somewhat iconic vehicle, then perhaps owning one makes sense for you.

Yet, for everyone else, spending just under $9k on a nearly 28-year old luxury saloon that doesn’t even come with a luxury badge, is probably not their idea of a good deal for Black Friday…or any other Friday.

Since this is a 1990 model, we’re looking at a first-generation Century, which has actually been around since 1967 – yes, you read that correctly. Sure, there were some changes made along the way, but the car didn’t evolve much visually.

Now back to this fine VG40 right-hand drive example: it’s for sale on Craigslist and it’s said to be in “great all around condition.” It also has 46,000 miles (75,000 km) on the odo and comes with power windows and mirrors (one power window doesn’t work), auto dimming headlights, a digital dash and air conditioning, among other features.

It’s worth mentioning that we saw another Century go for $8,300 last year, and that was a second-generation model from 2000. It had more miles on the clock than this one, but it also had a V12 instead of a V8.

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Driving The Honda NSX, Toyota Supra And Mazda RX-7 Back-To-Back 11
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in honda, Honda / Acura NSX, Honda Videos, japan, Mazda, Mazda RX-7, Mazda Videos, TOYOTA, Toyota Supra, Toyota Videos, video on 11 11th, 2017


Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, many of Japan’s leading automakers built world-beating sports cars that were exceptionally fast, bewilderingly agile and in many ways, ahead of their European and American rivals.

Of all the iconic Japanese sports cars of the time, the first-generation Honda NSX, FD Mazda RX-7 and A80 Toyota Supra are among the most beloved. One fortunate YouTuber had the chance to jump behind the wheel of all three.

Despite all coming from Japan at roughly the same time, the Supra, NSX and RX-7 are all quite different from each other. Whereas the Supra is a straight-line warrior, the RX-7 is a more nimble and agile sports car powered by a high-revving rotary engine. By comparison, the NSX is the most exotic of the three, the only one that’s naturally-aspirated and the only one with its engine mounted behind passenger compartment.

If money wasn’t an issue and you could only buy one of the three, which would you choose?

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Nissan Resumes Vehicle Production In Japan 7
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in japan, nissan, Reports on 11 7th, 2017


Nissan has resumed vehicle production at five of its factories in Japan following weeks of scandal over improper inspections.

Earlier today, Nissan said Japan’s transport ministry had approved changes to its final-inspection procedures and that the only factory not to resume production would be one location in Kyoto.

In a statement, the car manufacturer apologized to its customers and shareholders, Channel News Asia reports.

Nissan regrets any inconvenience and concern this has caused to its valued customers and other stakeholders in Japan.”

Domestic production had been paused since October 19th when it emerged that final checks were being conducted by uncertified technicians. This has led to the recall of 1.2 million Nissan vehicles sold in Japan over the last three years and been a key factor in the company’s year-on-year sales in October plummeting by 55 per cent.

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Why U.S. Car Makers Can’t Get A Break In Japan 7
Nov
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Donald Trump, FCA, Ford, GM, japan, Reports on 11 7th, 2017


The Japanese car market has proven to be a really tough place for U.S. manufacturers, who have claimed that protectionist policies keep them out of the third largest car market in the world but the reality is more complicated than that.

Japanese brands account for 90 percent of the domestic car market in Japan and a big role in this is due to the special relationship between the customer and the dealer. Japanese buyers are used to having a much closer relationship with the dealer compared to the Western standards.

According to a report from the Atlantic, a dealer from a Japanese brand will build a relationship with their customers by bringing demo cars to the customer’s house, offer free car washes for life, handle their insurance policies and remain generally in contact with them, offering a service that’s considered kind of a custom in the country.

This hospitality is what helps the Japanese automakers remain dominant in their home market and is also what baffles American dealers that aren’t used to provide this kind of service.

In the U.S. market the domestic brands remain dominant but with a much smaller share of the pie, with the Big Three -GM, Ford, FCA- making up 45 percent of the market and the Japanese brands accounting for 39 percent. This dynamic contributes in part to the trade imbalance between the U.S. and Japan: last year it was $68.9 billion and a large share of it came from vehicles and from automotive parts ($52.6 billion).

This has long been an issue for politicians, including Trump who said earlier this year that the Japanese “make it impossible to sell cars in Japan”. American carmakers also use the same line of argument, accusing Japan of protectionist policies saying that practices like requiring lengthy car inspections of foreign-made vehicles and prohibiting existing dealers from selling foreign cars have prevented non-domestic car companies from gaining a larger share of the market.

However, protectionism is not the full explanation of why Japanese customers don’t buy foreign cars. For example, there are no import tariffs on cars, whereas the U.S. and EU impose 2.5 percent and 10 percent tariffs.

Instead, the problem lies in large part in the hesitance of American car dealers to invest in the kind of network that Japanese consumers have come to expect. “The way Japanese consumers buy cars is very different,” Deborah Elms, the executive director of the Asian Trade Center said. “Yet the Americans have not invested in a dealer network to break into the market.” Indeed, Ford has pulled out of Japan, where it had sold just 5,000 units annually while GM has only 28 dealerships in the country, managing to sell just 1,000 cars in 2016.

Japanese customers expect to receive services like free maintenance from their dealers and picking up their car for a check-up, performing it and then return it. This sort of dealer network is expensive to develop but also to maintain.

Not all foreign companies though struggle with Japan; imports from EU grew five percent between 2013 and 2016, with 251,115 cars while imports from the U.S. shrank by 15 percent for the same period, to 19,933 cars. Brands like Mercedes and BMW saw their sales growing by 60 percent and 23 percent respectively between 2012 and 2016.

BMW for example decided three years ago to redouble its efforts in the Japanese market, spending $675 million to refurbish its dealer network. “In Japan, everything is about hospitality,” Peter Kronschnabl, the CEO of BMW Group Japan and the chairperson of the European Business Council’s Automotive Committee and the Japan Automobile Importers Association, said. “If you are not into this, it will be very difficult to succeed in the Japanese market.”

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Trump Tells Japanese Automakers To Build Cars In The U.S. 6
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Donald Trump, japan, Reports on 11 6th, 2017


President Trump has pleaded with Japan to build its vehicles in the United States, perhaps unaware that the country’s leading carmakers already build millions of cars in the U.S.

During his ongoing tour through Asia, Trump suggested that Japan has an unfair advantage on trade with the U.S., citing the lack of American cars sold in Japan, Bloomberg reports.

“Try building your cars in the United States instead of shipping them over. That’s not too much to ask. Is that rude to ask?” he said.

In typical fashion, pundits around the world moved to demonstrate just how many Japanese vehicles are already produced in the U.S., seemingly without the President’s knowledge.

In 2016, Japanese carmakers manufactured almost 4 million vehicles in the U.S. and an additional 4.7 million engines. What’s more, car brands from the Land of the Rising Sun employ around 850,000 U.S. workers and last year, 412,281 cars and trucks from Japanese-branded auto plants were exported from the U.S. last year.

As Jalopnik notes, one only has to look at the extensive list of factories which Japanese automakers currently have in the U.S. to know that they take international production seriously. In fact, Toyota has production facilities in six U.S. states, Honda in four, Nissan in Tennessee and Alabama, Subaru in Indiana and soon, Mazda will have a local manufacturing plant with Toyota.

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Aston Martin’s Latest Dealership Will Be Its Largest 1
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in ASTON MARTIN, japan on 11 1st, 2017


If you had to guess where in the world you'd find the dealership that sells the most Aston Martins, where would it be? London? Los Angeles? Dubai?
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Watch 80 Lamborghinis Roll Through Downtown Tokyo 31
Oct
Posted by Carscoops Staff in japan, Lamborghini, Lamborghini Videos, video on 10 31st, 2017


Japan produces more cars than it consumes domestically, but it also has a big appetite for supercars. And notwithstanding a few notable exceptions (like the NSX and LFA), it doesn't make anything as outlandish as some of Europe's finest do. Those it imports, and has for some time.
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Subaru Builds New Tracks In Japan For Autonomous Testing 29
Oct
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Autonomous, japan, Subaru on 10 29th, 2017


Subaru has built a pair of new test tracks in Japan, both aimed at helping the automaker develop its driver-assist systems.
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Much Like Nissan, Subaru Admits To Improper Inspections In Japan 28
Oct
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in japan, Reports, Subaru on 10 28th, 2017


Subaru has apparently failed to follow proper procedures during inspections conducted on vehicles destined for the domestic market for more than 30 years.
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Daimler Presents E-Fuso Vision One EV Truck With 350Km Range In Tokyo 25
Oct
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in concepts, Daimler, Electric Vehicles, japan, Mitsubishi, Tokyo Motor Show, Trucks on 10 25th, 2017


Daimler is now looking to put some pressure on Volkswagen's Truck and Bus division by launching a brand new product brand called Mitsubishi Fuso Truck.
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Daimler Presents E-Fuso Vision One EV Truck With 350Km Range In Tokyo 25
Oct
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in concepts, Daimler, Electric Vehicles, japan, Mitsubishi, Tokyo Motor Show, Trucks on 10 25th, 2017


Daimler is now looking to put some pressure on Volkswagen's Truck and Bus division by launching a brand new product brand called Mitsubishi Fuso Truck.
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2018 BMW 6-Series GT M Sport Debut Edition Is A Japan-Only Limited Model 25
Oct
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in BMW, BMW 6-Series, BMW 6-Series GT, BMW Individual, japan, new cars, prices on 10 25th, 2017


BMW is celebrating the arrival of the new 6-Series GT by launching a limited edition in Japan.
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Nissan Serena e-Power Previewed Before Tokyo Motor Show 24
Oct
Posted by Brad Anderson in Hybrids, japan, new cars, nissan, Tokyo Motor Show on 10 24th, 2017


Shortly after Nissan unveiled a Nismo variant of the Serena minivan, the Japanese carmaker has revealed a hybrid variant dubbed the Serena e-POWER.
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New Toyota JPN Taxi Ready To Shuttle Fares Under Hybrid LPG Power 23
Oct
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Hybrids, japan, LPG, new cars, taxi, Tokyo Motor Show, TOYOTA on 10 23rd, 2017


Taxis in most places around the world are based on standard production vehicles outfitted for the purpose. But there's a handful of locations where the taxis are completely unique – like yellow Checker cabs in New York, or the blacks cabs of London.
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Japan’s Super Formula Championship Reveals Radical New Dallara SF19 22
Oct
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Dallara, japan, Motorsport, racing on 10 22nd, 2017


Japan's Super Formula series may garner more attention than most national championships, but its machinery is already a few years old. So the organizers are planning to roll out a new chassis, and have revealed the first images of the radical new design.
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