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Mitsubishi’s Pajero factory has been sold to manufacture toilet paper

Mitsubishi is selling its shuttered Pajero factory to Daio Paper, Japan’s leading maker of tissue and toilet paper. It’s an ignoble end for the plant, formerly the crown jewel of Mitsubishi Motors’ manufacturing empire. The facility was famously named after … Continue reading

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Buy Back Programs Destroying Old Cars

Here’s some truly disturbing news for nostalgic car owners. We recently spotted a billboard portraying a Datsun B210 as a generic polluting old car while visiting NorCal for the Motoring J Style show. Turned out, it was part of a … Continue reading

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25 Years of US Built Hondas

More anniversaries! Twenty-five years ago this day, the first Japanese branded car built on US soil rolled off the conveyor belts wearing the license plate “USA 001.” Although Honda had been cranking out motorcycles in America since 1979, that gray … Continue reading

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Looming Issue

Although we’ve been harping about Toyota USA’s upcoming 50th birthday, this year is actually Toyota Motor Corporation’s 70th anniversary, established as a spinoff of Toyoda Automatic Loom in 1937. There’s a new book coming out in November called How Toyota … Continue reading

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Just In Time 30 Year Anniversary

Toyota celebrates many milestones this year, including their 50th year of sales in the US and their 50th year in motorsports. But perhaps the most significant one of all, not just to Toyota but the entire automotive industry, is the … Continue reading

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