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Watch Honda's New S660 Mini Roadster Test Driven In Japan


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A Honda S2000 in a matchbox form? Not exactly, but we can understand the interest in Honda's new S660 Lilliputian roadster that was filmed here during a test drive in Japan. According to local media, the S660s press cars were pre-production models.

BMW 3-Series GT Goes Big in Japan With Luxury Lounge Edition


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In a way, BMW's awesome 3 Series Gran Turismo is one of the automotive world's best kept secrets. It's both spacious and efficient, and is now available in Japan in Luxury Lounge trim, as a limited edition.

New Honda S660 Roadster Scooped Undisguised In Production Form


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Honda's journey for a Beat replacement that started with the all-electric 2011 EV-STER Concept and continued with the more realistic 2013 S660 study, is ending with the production S660.

We Can Now Buy Japanese Cars For Their Designs Too


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The first thing that comes to mind when saying “Japanese cars” is reliability and an inherent simplicity of engineering that’s complimented by clever (usually electronic) gadgets. What didn’t come to mind before, but certainly does now, is excellent design and style, or at least attempts at flamboyance and avant-garde where there were none (or very few) before.

Suzuki Sports Up its Alto Kei Car with Turbo RS Version in Japan


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Following the namesake concept unveiled at the Tokyo Auto Salon late last year, Suzuki has officially revealed the Alto Turbo RS production car. A sportier version of Suzuki’s recently introduced Alto kei car, the Turbo RS features a turbocharged 0.66-liter three-cylinder engine mated to an Auto Gear Shift (AGS) five-speed transmission equipped with paddle shifters.

Love Track Days? Check out the Phiaro P75 Concept Chyper


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Now this car, the Phiaro P75 Concept Cypher, is a track day lover’s dream, the apparent cross between an Ariel Atom, a BAC Mono and/or a KTM X-Bow. It’s that style of car, and if you like the three other names, then you’ll definitely like this one that was revealed at the Geneva motor show.

Nissan's Ultimate Smart BBQ Vehicle Shows Culinary Potential of EVs


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Nissan says the benefits of owning an electric vehicle are not limited to the zero emissions or the quiet and comfortable ride. According to the automaker, another big advantage of EVs is the power supply provided, thanks to the big batteries they’re equipped with.

Toyota Starts Building Mirai In Japan, Shares "How It's Made" Videos


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As the world’s first mass produced fuel cell car, the Toyota Mirai may be recalled in the future as a pioneer in the history of the automobile, provided that all goes well and the technology is widely embraced by the market.

Aston Martin Backs GB Campaign In Japan With GREAT-Themed Rapide S


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Aston Martin pulled the wraps back on a unique Rapide S created by their 'Q' customization division in Japan today.

In Japan, It Could Be Easier To Charge A Car Than Fill It With Gas


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Japan now has more electric car charging points than fuel stations, but does that actually make it practical to drive an EV every day there?

Subaru Has Built 15 Million Horizontally-Opposed Boxer Engines since 1966


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There are few automakers so dedicated to a type of engine as Subaru is to the horizontally-opposed “Boxer” unit. In fact, the Japanese automaker identifies itself with the Boxer engine, which powers all the passenger cars it currently sells, including the diesel-powered ones.

Toyota Releases 86 style Cb Exclusively for the Japanese Market


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Remember Toyota’s 86xStyle Cb Concept unveiled at the 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon? Well, the automaker has decided to bring it to production, but only for the Japanese market.

Subaru Gives BRZ Some Light Improvements in Japan for 2015


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Subaru's BRZ coupe has been updated for the 2015 model year in Japan, benefitting from tweaks to the chassis and equipment.
Without getting into specific details, the Japanese carmaker said it made some changes to boost chassis stiffness and improve the feel of the electric steering.

On the inside, there's new decorative satin silver trims, while Subaru also added two new exterior colors, including "Lapis Blue Pearl" and "Pure Red".

For 2015, the no-frills BRZ "R" grade is joined by the self-explanatory "R Customize Package" that allows buyers who aren't only interested in motor or drifting sports to add select amenities such as air-conditioning, a "floor silencer" and a trunk mat.

Finally, the top "S" grade gains a new cruise control system and an 8-speaker audio system. Sales of the updated BRZ will start in Japan this April.




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Japan Gets 5 BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition Coupes


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Out of a worldwide production of 23 units, Japan will get five examples of the BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition Coupe, made to celebrate Marco Wittmann’s title win.

Toyota Unveils New Alphard and Vellfire Minivans in Japan


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Toyota today launched the redesigned Alphard and Vellfire minivans on the Japanese market, with the new models promising a roomy interior, a comfortable ride and “exceptional handling stability,” thanks to a newly developed double-wishbone suspension at the rear.

Toyota Delivers First Mirai Fuel Cell Vehicle to Japanese Prime Minister [w/Video]


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The first man to take delivery of the world’s first mass-produced fuel cell vehicle was Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. During a ceremony on January 15 in Tokyo, Toyota president Akio Toyoda delivered the first Mirai fuel cell sedan to the high-ranking state official.

Toyota Gets 1,500 Orders for the Mirai in Japan in One Month


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Toyota has announced that the Mirai fuel-cell sedan has racked up approximately 1,500 orders in Japan, a month after sales began on December 15, 2014.

New Subaru Levorg S Concept Edges Closer to STI Model


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We're suckers for quick station wagons here at Carscoops and Subaru's new Levorg S Concept that made its debut at the Tokyo Auto Salon today has our attention.

Toyota Brightens Up Crown Sedan for its 60th Anniversary


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It might be an unknown quantity in most parts of the world, but Toyota's Crown sedan series has been around for quite a long time – 60 years to be precise.

Subaru Warms Up Legacy B4 Blitzen Concept for Tokyo Auto Salon [w/Video]


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The new Legacy is one of the blandest-looking cars in its segment, which probably explains why Subaru is experimenting with its styling at the Tokyo Auto Salon.