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This JDM Car Auction Is Unbelievably Amazing

Every year, Japan’s aftermarket tuners and parts makers converge at the Tokyo Auto Salon trade show. But this year my eyes won’t be on what’s new at the main booths; I’ll be watching this utterly magnificent car auction being held there. The roster of cars is unreal and too long for me to list in …

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There’s a Twisting Mountain Road Hiding Inside Japan’s Biggest City

A Car Nerd’s Guide To JapanAn insider look at car culture in Japan.   Throughout this series I’ve explored roads mainly in the north and south of Tokyo. For obvious reasons exploring the east isn’t ideal as it’s mainly sea but I’ve largely ignored the west of Tokyo. I took the McLaren 570S Spider towards Hachioji …

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Nissan Juke Turned Into A Snowmobile For Tokyo Auto Salon

In two weeks, the 2019 Tokyo Auto Salon will officially open its gates. Nissan will, of course, be present at its home country’s event and, like other manufacturers that will attend the show, will display a few custom projects. One of them is the Juke Nismo RSnow, a muscled-up version of the subcompact SUV only …

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Japan’s Veilside Is Working On A Toyota 86 / Subaru BRZ Bodykit

In the world of Japanese tuning companies, few are more famous than Veilside. Soon after its formation in the early 1990s, Veilside started to produce a number of crazy bodykits for popular Japanese performance cars, including the Toyota Supra, Mazda RX-7, and Honda NSX. The company then gained worldwide recognition after its vehicles were regularly …

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The Subaru Impreza STI Concept Doesn’t Look Like It’ll Be the Fast AWD Hatch We All Want

It is quite perplexing that the only Subaru WRX and WRX STI you can currently buy new is a sedan. Sure, it’s nice to see Subaru’s go-fast cars holding it down for a dying segment, but a lot of us—me included—miss the practicality of the old WRX wagon and hatchback. Don’t get your hopes up …

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Carlos Ghosn Re-Arrested For Breach Of Trust, No Chance Of Bail

The Carlos Ghosn drama has every chance to inspire a movie in the future – and it has just taken a new turn. While everyone was expecting the former Nissan chief executive to be released from custody and have the chance to tell the world his side of the story, Japanese authorities have issued a …

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Nissan GT-R Latest Special Edition Is A Japan-Only Affair

Nissan has come up with yet another special edition of the GT-R. Crated to celebrate the brand’s partnership with tennis Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka, who joined the company as an ambassador this fall, it will be available only in its home market and limited to just 50 examples. The tennis champ helped the automaker …

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BMW And Japan’s Custom Works Zon Collaborate On R18 Bike With Mystery Boxer Engine

BMW has found an interesting and very attractive way to tease its newest motorcycle engine. The company handed over a completely new boxer power plant to Japanese motorcycle customizing specialist Custom Works Zon and let them build a bike around it. Not much is known about the engine other than the fact that it features …

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Bet You’ve Never Heard A Toyota Prius Sound As Good As This GT300 V8 Racer

Unless you’re a Toyota fanatic or closely follow Japanese racing series’, you may not know that the Toyota Prius has competed in the nation’s GT300 championship for a number of years. Now before you scroll to the comments section with a number of confused questions, we’ll get the most important things out of the way …

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Carlos Ghosn To Reportedly Get Re-Arrested, Remain In Detention Until December 30

When Japanese authorities arrested former Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn on November 19, prosecutors asked for the maximum detention time of 10 days. After the initial period expired, prosecutors asked for a 10-day extension. As a result, the executive’s release was expected to take place on December 10. That might not happen, though, as a new report …