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Toyota Explains its Most Iconic Model Names


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Toyota and the Japanese in general are known for being notoriously bad at naming their cars, though most of that's in the past now...

We’re sure you already have a dozen examples that you want to share with us. However, what are the origins of their most popular models’ names?

Toyota FCV Enters Japanese Rally as Opening Car


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Toyota wants to prove fuel-cell vehicles have a racing future, so the automaker decided to enter a FCV sedan in the final stage of the Japanese Rally Championship.

Can You Find the Connection Between Batman and Toyota's New Esquire Minivan?


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Maybe it’s the language barrier or the confusion caused by the new Toyota Esquire's Transformers-like nose plate, but somehow we're not seeing the connection between the minivan and Batman in the firm's ads.

Toyota Recalls 1.67 Million Vehicles for Three Separate Issues


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Toyota has been hit with a new significant recall involving  1,67 million vehicles worldwide for three separate defects including a faulty brake master cylinder that could affect braking performance.

Honda Reveals its Turbocharged F1 Engine [w/Video]


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Not only is Honda hard at work finalizing development (and testing) of its first ever turbocharged VTEC engine, for use in the upcoming Civic Type-R, but it’s also working on a very different force-fed unit for F1.

We knew about the collaboration it announced with McLaren back in May of 2013, and now we get to lay eyes on the turbo V6 for the very first time.

Nissan's New JDM Note Nismo is the One You Might Want


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In the US, the Versa Note is a no-frills sub-compact with a 109hp 1.6L engine and a fairly low starting price of around $15k, but in Japan, Nissan has given buyers a livelier option with the Nismo badge.

Toyota Invents Sports Utility Cruiser Segment with 520PS Ponam-31 Boat [w/Video]


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Collaborations between automakers and boat manufacturers are not new, but for Toyota such a move would be pointless, since the Japanese company has been building boats since 1997.

Mazda2 Wins Japan's Car of the Year Beating Mercedes C-Class and BMW i3


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Mazda snatched the "2014-2015 Car of the Year Japan" today with its new "2" supermini (called Demio in Japan), edging the Mercedes-Benz C-Class by 19 votes.

Tuned BMW i3 EVO Looks the Part [91 Photos]


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Unless we've missed something, in which case you should go ahead and tell us, this is the first tuned BMW i3 we've seen in real life and not on paper.

Mazda to Showcase Advanced LED Headlights, Self-Driving Car in Tokyo


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Mazda says it will be the first Japanese automaker to launch its own version of the adaptive LED headlight idea. It will be an advanced system that monitors oncoming traffic and adjusts accordingly, while at the same time being able to light up the sides of the road that were difficult to see with conventional setups.

BMW Gives Japan an ActiveHybrid 7 Individual Edition


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The not so-popular ActiveHybrid version of BMW's 7-Series saloon has gained a limited production 'Individual Edition' for Japan.

This is How the Japanese Pronounce Local Car Brands


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After decades of debates on whether Porsche is pronounced "Porsh-e", "Porsh-ah", "Porsh" or "Porsh-uh-oh", the internet is now interested about the correct pronunciation of Japanese brands.

VW Skeptical of Fuel-Cell Success Outside Japan


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There seems to be a lot of skepticism surrounding the feasible commercial success and use of fuel-cell electric vehicles.

This is What Wald Wants to do to the Maserati Ghibli


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Maserati's reawakening has inspired Japanese tuning firm Wald International to give the new Ghibli sport sedan a more forceful appearance.

Subaru's New Forester STI tS Concept Heats Up Our Imagination


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Just like it did with the previous generation Forester, Subaru has unveiled an STI tS concept in Japan to test the waters for a sportier (at least in terms of looks) Forester.

What's The Dark Knight Doing on a Bat-Trike in Tokyo?


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We think you'll agree that a Japanese highway is one of the least likely places you would expect to see Batman - or at lease someone dressed like the Dark Knight.

Japan's Subaru WRX STI Gets 304HP from a 2.0-Liter Turbo Engine


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As with the more potent Subaru WRX S4, Japan also gets a different WRX STI model, which surprises because it has a 304hp 2.0-liter turbocharged boxer engine under the hood.

Toyota Re-Makes Original Land Cruiser 70 for One Year in Japan [w/Videos]


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To celebrate 30 years since the launch of the Land Cruiser 70, Toyota has announced it will build the original model for one year in Japan. That’s because there is still strong demand from Japanese customers for this model, which was discontinued in 2004 in Toyota's home market.

Subaru Launches 296HP WRX S4 in Japan


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While in the United States, the Subaru WRX is rated at 268 horsepower, in Japan, the automaker has launched it directly with an upgraded version which comes with 296 horsepower.

Watch What Japanese Drivers Do When You Let Them in Your Lane


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It may come as a surprise to many of our Offbeat News viewers, but there are actually drivers who freely let you in their lane without any vulgarities or pistol-whipping drama!