Author Archives: Ben Hsu

NEWS: Mazda knows it’s the lone steward of the rotary engine

Recently Mazda CEO Masamichi Kogai was quoted saying there are no plans for a rotary engined sports car. Fans interpreted that as the rotary was dead as a doornail, picked up their pitchforks and got ready to march on Hiroshima, … Continue reading

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NEXT VERSION: 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata, now in white

Though Mazda‘s big reveal at the LA Auto Show was the new CX-3 (and a facelifted Mazda 6 (and a facelifted CX-5)), the car that caught our eyes was hidden in an alcove in the back, a 2016 MX-5 Miata … Continue reading

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EVENTS: 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show

Well miracle on ice! You’ll ever guess which Japanese automaker set up a Heritage Corner at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

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VIDEO: Watch Motorweek review the AE86, AW11, and S13

This is the greatest thing ever to hit the internet. MotorWeek, one of the top three automotive TV shows from Owings Mills, Maryland, just put up some “retro reviews.” They review the AE86, S13, and AW11 when new, a good decade before anyone in … Continue reading

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RIP Ken Takakura, 1931-2014

Ken Takakura, one of Japan’s most famous actors, has passed away at the age of 83. Known as the Japanese Clint Eastwood, he portrayed many tough guy roles, from noble ex-cons to hard boiled detectives to chivalrous gangsters, but you might know him … Continue reading

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GALLERIES: The American Honda Collection, Part 01 – Small Beginnings

Soichiro Honda was born on November 17, 1906 in a small Shizuoka Prefecture village. If you had told his parents, a blacksmith and a weaver, that one day their son would put the family name on a worldwide automotive empire responsible for some of … Continue reading

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QotW: What’s the greatest nostalgic Honda?

Today is Soichiro Honda’s birthday. Though Honda-san passed away in 1991, many of the last cars he saw go into production are quickly passing the 25-year threshold into classic-dom. We can’t think of a more appropriate time to ask: What’s the greatest nostalgic Honda? The … Continue reading

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The Infiniti Q45 is officially a Japanese Nostalgic Car

Flipping through the channels on your massive cathode-ray television in the fall of 1989, you probably came across a mysterious commercial for a yet unknown brand of new automobile. Only instead of the actual car, the spots cast your living … Continue reading

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PRODUCT GUIDE: SSR Mk III Neo

If there’s one thing SEMA has no shortage of is new wheels. Most of them are so hideous you instinctively cover the eyes of any nearby children but once in a while there’s a new school barrel we can get … Continue reading

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QotW: What’s the greatest Japanese nostalgic wagon?

The Venn diagram of JNC readers and wagon lovers has a pretty big overlap, and it’s easy to see why. Both types of cars are practical, a lost art among automakers today, and Japan is one of the few places … Continue reading

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