Gran Turismo TV show officially in the works by Sony

It’s really hard to make a good video game movie. It’s also really hard to make a good car movie. None of this is going to stop Sony from trying to make a Gran Turismo TV show, though. Apparently, it’s one of several adaptations from popular PlayStation titles in the works as films or television series. Continue reading

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The 1989 Subaru Justy pioneered the dreaded CVT

Here comes Jerry with a new car! The Subaru Justy started out as a Subaru Rex kei car, enlarged in all dimensions and fitted with a bigger engine to compete in the 1-liter class in Japan. In America, it gave Subaru a fuel-efficient compact to fill out their slim portfolio. However, the Justy was probably most well-known for introducing to Americans the dreaded CVT, or continuously variable transmission. Continue reading

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Subaru 22B-inspired Prodrive P25 updates the ultimate Impreza for the modern age

Prodrive has announced information on the mysterious car teased last week. Prodrive chairman David Richards described the impetus: “The original 22B Impreza is considered the most iconic of Subarus and highly sought after. We wanted to enhance everything that made that car so special by applying the very latest technology to create our own modern interpretation of a car that’s established a place in motoring history.” Continue reading

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Toyota 4Runner 40th Anniversary Edition celebrates four decades of 4Running

The Toyota 4Runner, or HiLux Surf as it’s known as in Japan, debuted in October 1983. In simplest terms, it was a a HiLux pickup with an extra row of seats and a fiberglass bed canopy on it. Now, for the 2023 model year, Toyota is celebrating four decades and over 4 million in sales of one of the most popular SUVs in history. Continue reading

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A retired Isuzu BXD30 bus seeks crowdfunded restoration

For 55 years, a 1966 Isuzu BXD30 “bonnet” bus faithfully served the Iya Valley area of Tokushima Prefecture. The green and blue coach was a regular sight among locals as it snaked through the scenic mountain roads loaded with tourists. Sadly, in November 2021 its need for repairs became too overwhelming for its owners and the bus was finally retired. However, a crowdfunding campaign will soon launch so that the Isuzu can be restored. Continue reading

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QotW: What is the ultimate Japanese car?

On May 23, 2002 Honda launched the NSX-R. It was the ultimate manifestation of Japan’s ultimate car at the time. It offered true racing technology in a production road car — carbon fiber body panels, flow-through aero creating negative lift downforce, and fully balanced crankshaft assembly from pulley to clutch. Despite its engineering accomplishments, there are faster, more expensive, more beautiful cars that can also claim the title of “ultimate”. Feel free to define the term however you wish, but…

What is the ultimate Japanese car?

The best comment by next Monday will receive a prize. Scroll down to see the winner of last week’s QotW, “Where do you want to travel, and with which car?“. Continue reading

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A 105-year-old electric car was restored in Japan on this day, Electric Car Day

Electric cars are all the rage today, but are by no means a new phenomenon. Electric Car Day in Japan was started by Yuasa, the Kyoto-based battery company. In the US, you might be familiar with Yuasa batteries if you own a motorcycle. Yuasa was founded 105 years ago, in 1917, when founder Genzo Shimazu developed the first lead-acid batteries in Japan. According to the company, during the Meiji Era (1868–1912) cars powered by electricity were the most popular type in Japan, outnumbering all other types of propulsion. Continue reading

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Happy 520 Day from JNC

What you’re looking at is one of the rarest Nissan compact trucks ever sold. The Datsun 520 debuted in May 1965 with a two-headlight design beneath its sculpted fenders and hood. This generation was facelifted to a flat hood, quad headlight design in 1967, a look that remained for 5 years until the 620 arrived in 1972. We’ve seen far more 320s than 520s, and LHD ones are even rarer. So if you should ever come across one, just know that it’s a rare beast. Happy 520 Day from JNC!

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GC Subaru Impreza WRX STi “P25” teased by Prodrive

Motorsport engineering firm Prodrive has issued a mysterious teaser on social media. The UK firm, known for their specialty and rally prepped Subarus, posted a simple image on Instagram yesterday showing the unmistakable silhouette of a GC Impreza with the code “P25” beneath it. Could this mean Prodrive is gearing up to launch a revived GC Impreza WRX STi? Continue reading

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Nissan builds a Datsun 240Z Safari Rally tribute out of a Juke

Last June, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Datsun 240Z’s victory at the 1971 Safari Rally, Nissan Europe imagined a Juke homage to the original. Despite convincing Photoshop renders, the car was not actually built. However, due to “overwhelmingly positive reaction” to the concept images, they went ahead and actually built it.  Continue reading

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R34 Nissan Skyline GT-R stars in Khalid’s latest music video

Singer Khalid’s latest single, “Skyline” sounds just like the kind of hit that was tailor made to qualify for “song of the summer” status. It’s probably going to get a lot of radio play in the next few months. Turns out, it’s actually about Nissan’s all-wheel-drive supercar slayer. Continue reading

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Nissan restores the Zexel R32 Skyline GT-R that won the 24 Hours of Spa

In 1991, while the R32 Nissan Skyline GT-R was busy at home winning every single race in the All-Japan Touring Car Championships in a four-year span, it also took the time to win the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps. Built to N1 specifications and putting out an estimated 400 horsepower, the Zexel-liveried car beat a field of Porsche 911, BMW M3 Evo, and Ford Sierra Cosworth rivals to claim overall victory in the Belgian enduro. Now, Nissan is giving that Godzilla a thorough refresh. Continue reading

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QotW: Where do you want to travel, and with which car?

Today is Travel Day in Japan. The commemoration was started by the Tabi Pen Club of Japan, founded in 1962 to promote travel (members include inns, restaurants, and travel writers). The date was chosen because on May 16, 1689 the poet Matsuo Basho embarked on the journey that became his masterwork Oku no Hosomichi (The Narrow Road to the Deep North), considered today one of Japan’s greatest pieces of literature. It’s inspired many to follow in his footsteps. In honor of that odyssey 333 years ago, describe your ultimate road trip, and the car you’d do it with.

Where do you want to travel, and with which car?

The best comment by next Monday will receive a prize. Scroll down to see the winner of last week’s QotW, “What’s the one tool you can’t live without?“. Continue reading

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The 2023 Nissan Z recaptures the spirit and purpose of the original Datsun 240Z

In 1969 Nissan forever changed the automotive world when it unleashed the Datsun 240Z. It upset the established performance machine order with a new breed of automobile — the everyday sports car. It offered better handling than muscle cars, more power than its rivals from Britain, and cost far less than the European exotics that were closest in spec. And as a bonus, it let the owner enjoy the act of driving on a daily basis if they wished, because it didn’t germinate a new mechanical or electrical malady every month. Now, just over 50 years later, as the internal combustion engine rides off into the sunset, Nissan has done it again with the new 2023 Z. Continue reading

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JGTC-winning Toyota Supra, Honda NSX, and Nissan Z to celebrate 60 years of Suzuka Circuit

Suzuka Circuit is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year and still going strong as one of Japan’s premier tracks. Later this month, Round 3 of the 2022 SuperGT Championships will be held at there. To celebrate its birthday, Suzuka is bringing back three legendary racers from the JGTC heyday to run its 3.6 miles of twists and turns. Continue reading

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Jay Leno reunites with a Datsun Roadster, accompanied by a modern twist

The Datsun 1600 roadster is significant for Jay Leno because it was the first sports car he ever owned. In the latest episode on his YouTube channel, Leno is reunited with a Datsun roadster with a bit of a modern twist — an SR20 turbo and Pandem widebody kit. Continue reading

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In MF Ghost‘s second trailer, the Toyota 86 seems massively outgunned

The upcoming racing anime from the creators of Initial D now has a second trailer. We get some extended footage of Kanata’s neo-Hachiroku, as well as those of his supercar competitors. Of course, there is also plenty of Eurobeat. Continue reading

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Best Motoring episode created using only Gran Turismo 7 footage

Despite some early (now fixed) issues, Gran Turismo 7 has proven to be one of the best installments in the PlayStation racing series. It’s a continuation of what made fans fall in love with the franchise in the first place, with heaps of cars to choose from and realistic depictions of famous tracks. It’s so comprehensive, a dedicated user was able to recreate an entire episode of Best Motoring using footage from the game. Continue reading

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Happy 510 Day from JNC

A few years ago Nissan had a little display at its Yokohama headquarters building, one that featured a 1969 510 Bluebird sedan. It was part of an exhibit called “Game Changers” and it’s hard to disagree. Let’s all take a moment to celebrate the awesomeness of this compact sedan today, May 10, otherwise known as 510 Day.

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Are you ready for Toyotafest 2022?

The largest Toyota/Lexus/Scion car show in North America is almost here. All-Toyotafest is put on by the Toyota Owners and Restorers Club (TORC) and will once again be held in Long Beach, California. Now in it’s 26th year — we can’t believe it’s been more than a quarter-century — All-Toyotafest has a few exciting new developments in store.

  • The first is the debut of the Family Tradition section, a special area for cars that are registered by multiple generations of the same family. Families can register two or more cars and have them displayed together. They will also be eligible for a special gift.
  • The next is the inaugural TORC Honors Circle, a section honoring the vehicles that have received Recognition for Outstanding Workmanship accolades in past Toyotafest shows. These are meant to represent the best of the best.
  • Recognition for Outstanding Workmanship will also continue this year, so that cars which receive that distinction will be eligible for the TORC Honors Circle in the future.

If you haven’t registered for the show yet, you can register your Toyota, Lexus, or Scion car or truck here. Toyotafest will take place on Saturday, June 4 at Marina Green Park in Long Beach, California. JNC will also have our booth. Hope to see you there!

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