Author Archives: Ben Hsu

NEWS: Get ready to VIP because the third-generation Toyota Century goes on sale today

For decades, it has been the preferred chariot of high-ranking government officials, captains of industry, and bosses in some of the shadier corners of Japanese society. The essence of the Toyota Century is tradition, and as evidence the latest redesign is only … Continue reading

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VIDEO: Mazda UK celebrates 40 years of the RX-7

2018 marks 40 years since the debut of the original Mazda RX-7. According to Mazda UK, Mazda has sold 2 million rotary-engined cars, with 850,000 of them being RX-7s. To honor the occasion, they’ve produced a video bringing together three … Continue reading

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NEWS: Power to the people — Mazda confirms 181-horsepower Miata for US

Last week Japanese media confirmed that Mazda was giving the 2019 Miata a significant power bump from 155 to 181 horsepower, and raising the redline from 6,850 to 7,500 rpm. Now Mazda North America has confirmed that the more powerful version of the world’s most affordable … Continue reading

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Happy 620 Day from JNC

Hey guys, let’s all take our Datsun 620 pickups to the beach and not worry about splashing salt water into every crevice. Happy Datsun 620 Day from JNC!  

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Why Toyota is building an insane 986-horsepower supercar

Toyota’s had a big week. They finally achieved their decades-long push to win Le Mans, overcoming a series of agonizing near-misses. It also announced the production of an insane 986-horsepower road car based on a 2021 Le Mans race car. While the given … Continue reading

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KIDNEY, ANYONE? 1984 “Imported for Dodge” Conquest

Early flat-sided Mitsubishi Starions are far less common than their later, wide-body counterparts. Early, flat-sided Mitsubishi Starions badged as Dodges are even rarer. And finding an early, flat-sided Mitsubishi Starions badged as a Dodge Conquest with a factory black-on-gold two-tone and color-keyed wheels? Well, … Continue reading

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NEWS: First official images of 4th-gen Suzuki Jimny released

Suzuki has finally released official images of the fourth-generation Suzuki Jimny, the first update to the mini-SUV in 20 years. They confirm much of what we’ve already seen from spy shots, that the trucklet sports charmingly retro design and real off-roader … Continue reading

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MOTORSPORT: Toyota wins the 24 Hours of Le Mans

Toyota has finally won the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The Aichi automaker broke their long-running curse at one of the world’s most prestigious races this morning, when their two TS050 race cars crossed the finish line in 1-2 position. Though it must have been satisfying … Continue reading

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NEWS: Toyota confirms production of 986-horsepower supercar

Toyota has confirmed that the 986-horsepower (1,000 DIN hp) Gazoo Racing Super Sport Concept will enter production. At a press conference ahead of the 86th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Gazoo Racing president Shigeki Tomoyama revealed that development has already … Continue reading

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NEWS: It’s probably not a good idea to speed in Japan anymore

A Nissan GT-R patrol car is now on duty in Japan. At a ceremony today, the country’s fastest pursuit vehicle was donated by Nissan to the Tochigi Prefectural police department. The gift marked 50 years of operations of Nissan’s Kaminokawa, Tochigi factory, … Continue reading

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JNC THEATER: Bleed blue after watching Between the Lines, the documentary about global Subaru culture

Two independent filmmakers have created an amazingly crafted and moving documentary about their most cherished marque. Between the Lines by Jan Lim and Jose Valdez delves deep into the world of Subaru fandom, and goes beyond the technical aspects of the cars themselves. … Continue reading

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KIDNEY, ANYONE? The actual Honda Today from You’re Under Arrest is for sale

Today, we have a very special Today. Specifically, it’s a Honda Today painted like the star car of the You’re Under Arrest series. Even more specifically, it’s the actual Honda Today used in the live-action adaptation of Kosuke Fujishima’s popular manga.

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It would be great if Toyota sold stuff like this AE86 sweat shirt again

Back in 2003, my brother and I went on our first trip to Japan. Being the Toyotaku that I am (and especially fanatical about AE86s), one of the first things on our agenda was hitting up Toyota’s Megaweb showroom in Tokyo. At the … Continue reading

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KIDNEY, ANYONE? 1954 Datsun 6147 Double-Cab

Right now, one of the rarest Nissan vehicles on Earth is up for sale on Craigslist in northern Virginia. It is so rare, in fact, that it took some digging just to find out what year and model it is. Behold, … Continue reading

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NEWS: Honda is bringing Cubs and Monkeys to the US

We were pretty torn up when Honda announced in April 2017 that it would discontinue its Monkey motorcycle by the end of the summer, especially when it was the 50th anniversary of the 50cc mini-bike. The reason given was that it was too hard … Continue reading

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MOTORSPORT: The Toyota 86 in classic Le Mans liveries

In preparation for the this year’s running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Toyota has decked out a trio of 86 sport coupes in the racing colors of former contenders. A win at the famed endurance race has proven to be a heartbreaking … Continue reading

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NEWS: Mazda Miata gets major horsepower increase, high-revving redline

Mazda is about to give the MX-5 Miata a significant bump in horsepower, and a screaming redline to go with it. The move to increase output from the current 155 horsepower to a reported 181, all the while pushing the redline to … Continue reading

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Subaru celebrates 60 years with Japanese postage stamp set

Subaru is celebrating its 60th anniversary in Japan this year, and to honor the occasion the country’s post offices are issuing a set of commemorative stamps. The postage sheet features several Subaru models from the company’s six decades of cars, from the 360 (in … Continue reading

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Toyotafest Spotlight: A true kaido racer on American soil

“We used to do this with hot rods,” said Shige Suganuma, president of Mooneyes, as I pointed out the unmissable Mark II kaido racer in the Cressida section at Toyotafest. We were walking the grounds, and he recalled how, during the Bubble Era, his … Continue reading

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VIDEO: Jay Leno drives a Hakosuka GT-R four-door

Jay Leno has driven cars that would make any motorhead jealous, but in the most recent episode of his online show Jay Leno’s Garage, America’s most famous car collector gets wowed by what is perhaps the ultimate sleeper classic, the Nissan Skyline … Continue reading

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