Category Archives: Question of the Week

QotW: What’s your dream touge build?

Touge. It’s the reason Japanese sport coupes adhere to the doctrine of lightweight, high-revving philosophy. 73 percent of Japan’s landmass is mountainous, and the touge roads are where a uniquely Japanese form of hoonage was born. So, if you live … Continue reading

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QotW: What’s the ultimate Toyota-Mazda combo?

Last week we learned that Toyota and Mazda have become bedfellows. We don’t yet know what will come of the union, but let’s imagine for a second that anything goes and that a time machine is involved. A V8-powered Luce? A three-rotor 2000GT? … Continue reading

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QotW: What JNC is so ugly it’s cute?

This question came up because of an encounter with a Nissan Juke. Sure, it might have the kind of face only a blind mother could love but Nissan still has no problems moving a couple thousand a month. That’s better than the Subaru BRZ … Continue reading

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QotW: What JNC stat would surprise non-JNC people?

A few weeks ago on After/DRIVE, I blurted out a statistic about how there are fewer stock AE86s left than Ferrari Enzos. No, I haven’t counted them all, but I can count on my own two hands how many I’ve seen … Continue reading

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QotW: What’s the greatest “green” JNC?

We’ve asked what the greatest shade of JNC green is, but not what the greatest “green” JNC is. Turbo straight sixes and V8s are sexy, but Earth Day is coming up this week so let’s limit this discussion cars with naturally … Continue reading

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QotW: What’s the greatest nostalgic Mitsubishi?

Mitsubishi has begun taking orders for the Lancer Evolution Final Edition. When these last 1,000 Evo X models roll off the assembly line, the last bastion of Mitsubishi’s once proud performance lineup will be gone. What’s the greatest nostalgic Mitsubishi? Sure, there’s still the aging … Continue reading

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QotW: What’s the sportiest Japanese nostalgic sedan?

Last week Nissan announced it was bringing back the 4DSC moniker for the new Maxima. Japan, however, has been making 4-door sports cars from the Prince Skyline to the Lancer Evo. What’s the sportiest Japanese nostalgic sedan? What say you, … Continue reading

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QotW: What’s the best JNC for NYC?

JNC is in NYC this week for the New York International Auto Show. If you want to follow along, check us out on Facebook and Instagram. While in the Big Apple, we’ve come to wonder: What’s the best JNC for … Continue reading

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QotW: What’s your springtime JNC ritual?

Spring is here, and for much of the world it’s time to take your JNC out of storage, finish up your winter project, or go for the year’s first drive. What’s your springtime JNC ritual? Well, if you live in SoCal, the answer is … Continue reading

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QotW: When is it okay to stance?

Stance. It’s what all the youngin’s are into these days. Sometimes it looks cool; sometimes it’s downright painful to witness. When is it okay to stance? Yes, we know it’s popular. We also know it’s even more popular to hate on … Continue reading

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QotW: What’s the most under-appreciated JNC?

One could argue that all JNCs are under-appreciated, but even among the outcasts there’s a hierarchy. Not all of us can drive 2000GTs and Hakosukas, or even 510s. What’s the most under-appreciated JNC? Allow us to proffer the 1984 Toyota Camry. Sure, it … Continue reading

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QotW: What’s your biggest JNC regret?

You hear these stories all the time: “I should’ve never sold that car.” “One day it was gone and the owner said he sold it for scrap.” “I bought a Chrysler Sebring.” Life is full of regrets, and cars are a … Continue reading

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QotW: What’s your best Mr K story?

The news of Mr K’s passing this weekend moved many, especially in the US where he was instrumental in guiding the Datsun brand in its formative years. After retirement in 1977, Mr K remained an active ambassador to the brand, traveling across … Continue reading

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QotW: What’s the one modern feature you wish JNCs had?

As pilots of decades-old Japanese warhorses, we all pride ourselves on driving the simplest, everything-you-need-nothing-you-don’t motoring experiences. Blind spot monitors? Ha! Backup cameras? Ha! Airbags? Double ha! We are hard core. Sometimes though, as hard as it is to admit, isn’t just … Continue reading

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QotW: Which Japanese automaker has stayed truest to its roots?

Holy crap, the curmudgeons really came out in last week’s QotW responses. Well, we asked for it. This week, however, we’ll take a more positive spin. Which Japanese automaker has stayed truest to its roots? We’re going to risk the wrath of … Continue reading

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QotW: Which Japanese automaker is furthest from its roots?

Sometimes you have a great history and come to the table with some big wins already under your belt. Then you make a bad decision, miss the goal by one yard, and ruin everything you’ve worked for, leaving legions of … Continue reading

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QotW: What’s the strangest JNC sighting you’ve encountered?

As Nissan designer Ken Lee put it, part of the fun with old Japanese cars is that you have to be in the know to recognize the gem that’s hiding in plain sight. The preponderance of interesting background cars in You’re Under Arrest has … Continue reading

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QotW: What’s the greatest nostalgic Subaru?

With the Legacy squarely in the 25 Year Club and Subarus being the best mode of transportation available to much of the snowed-in country right now, it may be a good time to ask: What is the greatest nostalgic Subaru? Subaru … Continue reading

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QotW: What’s the most anticipated “Class of 1990″ JNC?

Today is Coming of Age Day in Japan, a holiday in which adolescents become adults. Local city halls in towns across the country invite the newly minted adults for a small ceremony, a tradition that dates back to 714 AD. Of course … Continue reading

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QotW: Which JNC should be a Transformer and what should its name be?

Happy 2015! We asked for a Question of the Week in last Monday’s Question of the Week, and you delivered. So to kick off a new year of QotWs, here’s (one of) the winning questions. Which JNC should be a Transformer … Continue reading

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