Author Archives: Ben Hsu

Toyota closes museums, Megaweb, for coronavirus

COVID-19 is no laughing matter, but sometimes the jokes write themselves. Toyota has closed several of its facilities in Japan, including the Toyota Automobile Museum and Megaweb showroom, due to the coronavirus.

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Mazda brings back the 93LE Miata’s black and red for a limited Eunos Edition ND

The Mazda MX-5 Miata has had many, many limited and special editions, but one of the most beloved is the 93LE. As the enthusiast-coined name implies, it came out in 1993 (1992 for Japan) and wore a distinctive black-with-red-interior color … Continue reading

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QotW: Which JNC model deserves its own museum?

Most automakers have their own museums that showcase the history of the entire marque, but last week we wrote about an entire museum dedicated to one model, the Suzuki Jimny. Typically, to warrant its own museum the model would have … Continue reading

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COLLECTIONS: By opening the Jimny Museum, Shigeru Onoue achieved his dream

The Jimny Museum in Japan was not officially established by Suzuki. Instead, the two story shrine to the country’s favorite mini 4WD truck was the obsession of one 72-year-old man, Shigeru Onoue, who has devoted his life to this single … Continue reading

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KIDNEY, ANYONE? MS75 Kujira Toyota Crown Coupe

The fourth-generation Toyota Crown is one the most outlandish designs in the company’s long history. The space-age front end was like nothing else at the time, and like nothing else since. Predictably, it was quite polarizing, leading to perhaps an … Continue reading

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PARTS GUIDE: Yokohama adds new sizes for GT Special throwback tire

Last year, Yokohama Tires released a modern version of its iconic GT Special tire, with sizes specifically fitted for classic cars. Due to its success, Yokohama is adding new sizes to the lineup, which should be a boon to restorers … Continue reading

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Happy Z32 Day from JNC

A styling departure from the ones that had come before it, the Z32 300ZX still looks good today. Happy Z32 Day from JNC!

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QotW: What JNC would you pick if you had to charge through a snowy mountain?

The Toyota Celica GT-Four may have nabbed the starring role in Take Me Out to the Snowland, though the filmmakers originally wanted to cast a Mitsubishi. The Celica proved capable, but Japan has a plethora of AWD and 4WD machines … Continue reading

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Happy Z31 Day from JNC

Won’t you consider adopting a third-generation Nissan Fairlady Z? There are many that need loving homes. Happy Z31 Day from JNC!

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JNC THEATER: That time a Celica GT-Four starred in a Japanese movie about skiing

The ST165 Celica GT-Four has gotten some attention lately, thanks to Toyota constantly comparing it to the new GR Yaris. While that link is still somewhat tenuous, it did remind us of when Toyota showed off the newly introduced Celica GT-Four’s … Continue reading

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Honda wants to know which parts S2000 owners need

For the 20th anniversary of the S2000 Honda has created exclusive parts to make essentially a “third facelift”  version, but it’s also going one step further. As with the NSX and Beat, Honda is creating a parts catalog of hard-to-find … Continue reading

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Honda is selling new parts for the S2000’s 20th anniversary

In honor of the S2000’s 20th anniversary, Honda is selling all-new parts designed for its popular roadster. Based on the S2000 20th Anniversary prototype unveiled at the Tokyo Auto Salon, Honda is technically calling this a MMC, or minor model … Continue reading

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VIDEO: Z-Cars and Rotaries, classics that appeal to “the youths”

What are the classic cars that will inspire the younger generation of car enthusiasts  to carry on the restoration hobby? You already know the answer but if any additional validation was needed, Hagerty Insurance’s Barn Find Hunter video series reaffirms … Continue reading

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QotW: What should the Emperor of Japan have in his garage?

Today is the day when Japan celebrates the Emperor’s birthday. Though the Japanese royals are just figureheads, they can still own pretty much any car(s) they want. The previous Emperor, Akihito, kept it 100 with a low-spec Honda Integra sedan. … Continue reading

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VIDEO: Watch the Isuzu Trooper take a slalom without rolling over

In the 90s at the dawn of the SUV takeover, truck-based people haulers were trying to move upscale while still retaining their off-road cred. Also, Isuzu still existed as a purveyor of passenger vehicles. Their entry into the segment was … Continue reading

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Honda brings back Phoenix Yellow for limited edition Civic Type R

We all know that the most proper color for any Type R Honda is Championship White, but Phoenix Yellow ranks as a close second. Well, Honda has just announced that it’s bringing back the color on a limited edition Civic … Continue reading

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Toyota won’t bring the GR Yaris to the US, but will deliver another hot hatch

Toyota USA is adamant that the bonkers GR Yaris won’t be coming to the US. However, even if the car doesn’t, the WRC homologation special’s engine could, according to Toyota’s Bob Carter, executive vice president of sales, in the form … Continue reading

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TUNE UP: A Mazda RX-7 appears in a Japanese boy band video

Once again we remain utterly clueless about the song or the artist portrayed in the video called “44 Raiders” by the Ballistik Boyz from Exile Tribe. We can only tell you that there is a Mazda RX-7 in it, and … Continue reading

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QotW: What’s your best Toyota Corolla story?

On this day in 1972, the Volkswagen Beetle overtook the Ford Model T as the best-selling car in the world. However, the Toyota Corolla has long since obliterated both combined, with over 44 million sold. Unless you’re living in an … Continue reading

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Happy Presidents’ Day from JNC

No amount of lawmen can stop this President, a Nissan President H150, to be exact, in a clip from the crime drama The Big City, Part III. The authorities come at it hard, with countless Cedrics and even a Fairlady … Continue reading

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