Author Archives: Ben Hsu

Second-gen Subaru BRZ revealed, sort of

Normally the annual Subiefest event in southern California is a cornucopia of stanced WRXes, flat-brimmed hats, and vape smoke. This year, though, Subaru brought something pretty special: a well-camouflaged example of the long-awaited second-generation Subaru BRZ.

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2020 Japanese Classic Car Show, Part 03 — More 70s

Here’s the next installment of the 2020 JCCS, aka World Matsuri Week, sponsored by Nissan. There are a lot of 70s cars to cover, so they’ve been split into multiple episodes. We’ve seen some excellent entries from around the world, … Continue reading

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QotW: Where’s the greatest place for Japanese cars outside of Japan?

All week we will be featuring videos from this year’s virtual Japanese Classic Car Show. Though JCCS 2020 is online only this year due to that whole pandemic thing, they are allowing entries from all over the world. Which brings … Continue reading

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2020 Japanese Classic Car Show, Part 02 — 70s

The JCCS 2020 World Matsuri Week continues in Part 02 of their virtual car show. The theme of this episode, presented by Motul Oil, is more 1970s J-tin. Tune in every day this week for more episodes, and click here … Continue reading

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2020 Japanese Classic Car Show, Part 01 — 60s and 70s

This year, the Japanese Classic Car Show could not be physically held due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the organizers took the opportunity to expand the show into a global virtual event for 2020, allowing entries from all over the … Continue reading

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VIDEO: The fifth-gen Honda Accord was “the most widely anticipated family sedan ever”

The Honda Accord was the first imported car to hold the crown of best selling car in America. Starting in 1989, the third-generation CA Accord‘s 362,707 in sales held the top spot, and carried it over through the first two … Continue reading

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MOTORSPORT: Calsonic colors live on, even though the company’s gone

When Calsonic was merged with Magnetti Marelli in September of last year and renamed to just Marelli, the fate of its famed blue livery was uncertain. It would have been sad to see Calsonic go, as they had been a … Continue reading

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This thing could have been the Nissan Z Proto

Okay, just one more thing about the Z Proto and we’ll shut up about it (for now). In some materials that Nissan shared, alternate designs for the Z Proto can be seen on the wall at the Nissan design studio … Continue reading

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QotW: What stupid question have you always wanted to ask about Japanese cars?

September 28 is Ask a Stupid Question Day, so today’s your chance to ask a stupid question about Japanese cars, no judgements. Why do Japanese cars limit their engine displacements and power? Why do Japanese cars have so many variations … Continue reading

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VIDEO: The Isuzu Elf had a cute name but did massive work

The Elf is to Isuzu what the Land Cruiser is to Toyota or the Skyline is to Nissan. At 61 years old it’s the longest running nameplate in Isuzu’s history, and a truck that can be seen in almost every … Continue reading

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Toyota sees the new Z and would like to remind you about the GR Super Sport

You might have heard that over the weekend, Toyota won the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the third time in a row. It’s a tremendous feat, even if it ran largely unopposed by any other automaker. Toyota also took … Continue reading

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The new Nissan CEO’s first car was a Z32 Fairlady Z

Nissan has been through a tumultuous couple of years. In November 2018 its CEO of nearly 20 years Carlos Ghosn was arrested on charges of misappropriating company funds and has since become an international fugitive. His replacement, Hiroto Saikawa, lasted … Continue reading

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QotW: What pivotal Japanese car made our modern favorites possible?

Today is Respect for the Aged Day, a Japanese holiday that honors the elderly. With the introduction of a new Z, one of original models that changed western perceptions of what a Japanese car could be, it seems only fitting … Continue reading

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The Nissan Z Proto wasn’t even a thing until three years ago

The Nissan Z Proto is finally here, and that’s a good thing. For one, it means Nissan plans to bring a seventh-generation Z to market. Let’s not forget that the sixth-gen 370Z was introduced in 2008, or two Spider-Man reboots … Continue reading

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VIDEO: The Isuzu TX-80 helped build modern Japan

The Isuzu TX-series trucks were a fixture in Japan’s post-war reconstruction. Their rule spanned over three decades, from 1946-79, an era that saw Japan transform from a defeated power to and economic juggernaut. TX-series trucks hauled cargo, moved earth, and … Continue reading

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Why Mazda is turbocharging all the things

If there is one carmaker, Japanese or not, that consistently puts its money where its mouth is when it comes to performance, it’s Mazda. Already flush with a lineup of cars with razor-sharp handling, over the last few years it … Continue reading

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All seven generations of the Nissan Z gathered for a family portrait

With any car possessing as much heritage as the Nissan Z, you can’t just trot it out with paying respects to its elders. So it was only natural that Nissan would bring out its classic Z-cars from its own collection … Continue reading

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This is the seventh-generation Nissan Z Proto

It’s hard to believe, but the Nissan Z Proto is the first new Z design in nearly 12 years. It was way back on November 15, 2008 we showed you the first photos of the 370Z ahead of its official … Continue reading

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Watch the debut of the Nissan Z Proto live right now

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SHOWA SNAP: Nissan Fairlady Z unveiled at Tokyo Motor Show

On October 18, 1969 the motoring world was forever changed when the Nissan Fairlady Z was unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show. These lucky attendees, who probably all have heads of gray now, got to see it in person. Did … Continue reading

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