Author Archives: Ben Hsu

Nissan Z Heritage Edition lands stateside to mark 55th anniversary of the Z-Car

The rumors were right. Nissan is celebrating 55 years of the iconic Z by bringing Japan’s much-praised Customized Edition to America. Inspired by the S30 Fairlady Z and Datsun 240Z, the 2024 Nissan Z Heritage Edition adds several styling cues … Continue reading

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Akio Toyoda is so badass he flipped a GR Yaris rally car

When Chairman Akio Toyoda spoke recently at the opening of Toyota’s new R&D center, he did it standing before a wrecked GR Yaris rally car. It was one he overturned himself while hot-shoeing it at the newly built Shimoyama Technical … Continue reading

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Kujira Crown gets painfully shot up and crashed in ‘Alice in Borderland’ car chase with Nissan President

The fourth-generation Toyota Crown is a rare car, even in Japan, which makes its destruction particularly agonizing to watch. In a car chase from the Netflix Japan series Alice in Borderland, a gunman in a 250 Nissan President gives chase … Continue reading

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This 1986 Mazda 626 GT review is surprisingly similar to that of modern Mazdas

It’s almost eerie, but Motorweek‘s review of the 1986 626 GT could be describing a modern Mazda. Take out the prices and horsepower figures and you can basically copy/paste the parts about how it handles and feels into any Mazda … Continue reading

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Inazuman’s Raijingo flew at Mach 3 and had a mouth — Guess the Tokusatsu Car

The 1973 series Inazuman featured one of the most memorable cars in tokusatsu history. Called the Raijingo, the convertible sports car had a reptilian mouth from which it could fire missiles. But perhaps more impressively, it could transform into a … Continue reading

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Get 33% off your Toyotafest admission with this coupon code

The 2024 All-Toyotafest will is this Saturday, June 8. General admission is $15, but be sure to use coupon code JNCFAN to get $5 off. Also, please stop by the JNC booth to meet former international editor of Road & … Continue reading

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QotW: What’s the best ‘Gran Turismo’ setup?

Last week’s Gran Turismo 7 update brought back a lot of memories. Some of us have played the latest and greatest, but the last GT game I really played religiously was Gran Turismo 4, simply due to the sheer number … Continue reading

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Mazda developing dual-rotor engine as partners Subaru and Toyota commit to boxers and inline-fours

This week Toyota, Subaru, and Mazda jointly announced that they were teaming up to develop Japan’s next generation of combustion engines. Each company would specialize in the iconic engines that built their brands while striving toward carbon neutrality. Toyota would … Continue reading

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Reebok Skyline GT-R wins 1991’s Japan Touring Car Championship

Nissan has released a video of the 1991 All-Japan Touringcar Championships, the sophomore year of the R32 Skyline GT-Rs domination. The R32 had proven itself as a force to be reckoned with the previous year, so there were no less … Continue reading

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QotW: If you could only drive cars from one year for the rest of your life, which would it be?

We’ve asked before what you’d select if you could only drive cars from a single marque. But instead of limiting the options to one brand, what it if it was one year? You can own and drive as many different … Continue reading

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Mazda Iconic SP patent application confirmed, complete with pop-up headlights

A patent for the Mazda Iconic SP has been filed with the Japan Patent Office. Renderings appear to adhere faithfully to the concept that debuted at the Japan Mobility Show (formerly Tokyo Motor Show) in October 2023. It even has … Continue reading

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Bayside Blue and Midnight Purple origins: How the Nissan Skyline GT-R got its most iconic colors

Earlier this year Nissan announced that two colors forever linked to the legendary Skyline GT-R would be making a return. Bayside Blue and Midnight Purple are available as paint options on special editions of the R35 GT-R. We recently spoke … Continue reading

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Mazda CX-70: Why you’d get one over a nearly identical CX-90

We suspect that the Mazda CX-90 is, for nearly all of our enthusiast-minded — not to mention highly intelligent and super good-looking — readers, the best three-row SUV on the market today. Think Mazda handling. Now add an inline-six and … Continue reading

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QotW: What dead nameplate should be revived as an electric car?

Today, May 20, is Electric Car Day in Japan. It was named so in 2009 after battery company Yuasa restored a century-old electric car. As we hurtle toward the EV era automakers seem to have settled on two main naming … Continue reading

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Special Rescue Command Solbrain’s Sol Gallop — Guess the Tokusatsu Car!

From January 20, 1991 to January 26, 1992, kids could tune into the TV Asahi network Sunday mornings to watch the adventures of Special Rescue Command Solbrain. It’s about an elite police force that dons armored suits to fight crime … Continue reading

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Automotive bearing manufacturing is a mesmerizing process

JTEKT is one of the three largest bearing suppliers in Japan, along with NSK and NTN. The original company dates back to 1935 when it was called Koyo Seiko, and some may remember the blue Koyo logo on bearings packages. … Continue reading

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‘Return of Abunai Deka’ trailer promises car chases, gunfights, and the F31 Nissan Leopard

The dangerous detectives are back for a new movie to debut soon in Japan. Toei Studios has revealed a trailer for Return of Abunai Deka, the eight theatrical release in the series, which doesn’t include the original TV series that … Continue reading

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Castrol Toyota liveried Mustang wins NASCAR’s Goodyear 500 in Darlington

Dude, is this a Soopra? No, it’s a NASCAR Mustang running the same livery that adorned the Castrol TOM’s Supra in JGTC, and Toyota’s Celica GT-Fours in WRC before that. And as it happens, driver Brad Keselowski won the weekend … Continue reading

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Toyotafest 2024 — Get an exclusive coupon code for a discount on admission

The 2024 All-Toyotafest will be here shortly, and we have a lot of announcements to make. First, JNC is partnering with the organizers of Toyotafest, TORC, the Toyota Owners and Restorers Club, to offer a coupon code for all attendees. … Continue reading

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Toyota S-FR sportster reportedly under development

What is going on at Toyota? Not so long ago, they were called the most boring car company in the industry. Now they have one of the most exciting lineups around, with one AWD hot hatch and two rear-wheel-drive sports … Continue reading

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