Japanese Sports Car List: Who’s Who in Motorsports

The world of motorsports is an exciting realm where performance meets speed interspersed with agility, nifty handling, and of course, good looks. A look at the Japanese sports car list can quickly tell you who’s who in sport racing, and what models you can actually buy from secondhand exporters today. These are the most popular roadsters in history, so put your seatbelts on and brace yourself for the ride.

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Toyota 2000 GT – This car has the reputation of being Japan’s first real sports car, and is now a sought-after collector’s item, always fetching a high price in auctions because of its rarity—only 337 were ever produced!

Nissan Skyline GT-R – Known for its twin-turbo inline 6 engine, this high-powered all-wheel drive roadster is the flagship of Nissan performance.

Datsun 240Z – Sold in Japan as the Nissan Fairlady Z, this model features a 2.4-liter straight-6 engine and rear wheel drive.

Honda Integra Type R – Styled to perfection, the Integra Type R is a nifty and reliable roadster that can round even the sharpest curves at high speed.

Toyota Supra – A favorite among motorsport enthusiasts and tuners, the Supra is equipped with the most powerful engine produced in Japan: the 2JZ-GTE. Its 3.0-liter 6 twin-turbo generates a whopping 320 horsepower; it can be modified to come up with 500 hp. It has a top speed of 158 miles per hour and can zoom to 60 mph in just 5 seconds.

Nissan 300ZX – It has a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine that produces 280hp, accelerating almost as fast as the Supra—0 to 60 mph in just 5.5 seconds. It’s often overlooked, but it’s definitely on this Japanese sports car list.

Mazda RX-7 FD – Mazda is known for its rotary engine; the RX-7 has it which makes the car go up to 150 mph, and accelerate to 60mph in 6 seconds.

Honda Prelude – Powered by a 2.2-liter VTEC engine, the Prelude is an affordable means of reaching a top speed of 140 mph, and it accelerates quite quickly too—zero to sixty mph in a little over seven seconds.

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution – Mitsubishi may not be a popular brand when it comes to passenger sedans, but the Lancer Evolution is an exception with its 3.0-liter turbocharged engine and all-wheel drive system.

Subaru Impreza WRX STi – The Subaru is always a delight to have in any race—or road for that matter—with its flat 4-boxer style engine and all-wheel drive.

If you see something you like on this Japanese sports car list, you might want to check out the stocks of pre-owned cars for sale from Japan. You might just find your sports car there!

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Japanese Used Cars for Sale: what collectors look for

Some people don’t only buy Japanese used cars for sale because of their functionality, reliability, and price; they invest in these vehicles because of the cars’ special qualities. Collectors the world over purchase vehicles from Japan because of the thrill they feel when acquiring special models, especially those that were produced in limited quantities. You may have seen these vehicles in auto shows and television features. What do collectors see in these cars anyway? Let’s try to find out.
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Collectors and motoring enthusiasts regard Japanese cars as valuable not only because of their fuel efficiency; what makes these really valuable are their uncommon specifications, high performance, limited availability, racing heritage, and versatility.

These collector’s cars have been designed and manufactured primarily for the Japanese Domestic Market. They have dimensions and specifications different from the versions released in other countries. For one, they are right-hand drive, and therefore would stand out in a left-hand drive country such as the United States, for example.

Collectors also look for cars with high-performance engines, and these turn out to be sport coupes. These models have been modified to be able to compete in drifting, a skill that is mastered only by the best racecar drivers. Speaking of racing, some models are popular among collectors because of their participation in several racing circuits around the world. The Toyota 2000GT, for example, has raced side-by-side with the Lotus Elan and the Porsche 911.

If you think the intrinsic engine power of these Japanese used cars for sale is enough for collectors, wait until the tuners have has a say about it. Japanese engines are finely tuned, and different brands have their own methods to manage engines. Tuners and mechanics see this as a challenge, and they do their best to make the cars perform better and accelerate faster.

Lastly, what gives collectors the thrill of acquiring these vehicles is the fact that these are available in very limited quantities. The rarity of the models makes them treasures in their own right. For one, these models were sold exclusively in Japan; another reason is most of the models you see in collectors’ magazines are not even manufactured anymore! Collectors would really do whatever they can to find these among Japan-used cars for sale, and you would too, once the car-collecting bug bites you!

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Fall in Love with These Classic Toyota Cars

If you’re a nostalgic like I am, you will easily fall head over heels in love with these classic Toyota models from Japan. The vintage vibe gives off a romantic feel and authentic feel to vehicles, and of you see one on the road today that’s in near-mint condition, you would doubtless be entranced. There is really something unique about old cars, especially these ones!

Publica Convertible – Originally designed as a concept car for Japanese families, it was eventually developed into a luxurious car complete with reclining seats and a heater. There was also a two-door coupe version, but the convertible was definitely the crowd favorite.
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SR5 Pickup – It may be a small truck compared to other vintage Toyota pickups, but it was sturdy and it is perhaps one of the most popular because of its appearance in the 80’s movie Back to the Future. Move over, DeLorean!

Celica – I have plenty of respect for people driving the Celica—it means they know what they are doing, and they’re doing it right. First marketed as an affordable sports car for everyone, it got plenty of loyal fans over the years. It was the first car to win Motor Trend Magazine’s “Import Car of the Year” award way back in 1976, and is one of the classic Toyotas that has worked its way into people’s hearts.

Tercel – The Tercel is one of the most iconic subcompacts by Toyota. The Tercel is hands down one of the most fuel-efficient cars back when the energy and oil crisis of the Seventies and Eighties threatened to force people to stop using cars altogether. The Tercel provided affordable mobility for all.
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Supra – The apple of every motorsport enthusiast’s eyes, the Supra is definitely an icon, the car that everybody wants but only few manage to get. A Supra zooming by, with its unmistakable and bold “Supra” sticker and its telltale pop-up headlights instantly evokes a collective sigh of awe and desire.

2000GT – What’s even rarer than a mint Supra is a Toyota 2000GT. Finding one and buying it is somewhat akin to the feeling when you win the World Series, all by yourself. The ultimate Japanese supercar, there were only 351 ever made, and one (or is it two) made it to a James Bond film.

Which classic Toyota car is your favorite, and what will you do if you see one?

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Which Used Car Should I Buy? Tips to Choosing the Right One

Interested buyers of pre-owned cars, especially those buying for the first time, are prone to finding themselves in a dilemma when presented with a list of available secondhand vehicles. Not a few are sure to ask themselves, “Which used car should I buy? There are so many!” If you are one of those confused and clueless consumers, you’re in luck because we’re here to give you some tips on how to choose the right vehicle for you.
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Determine what you will use the car for.
The kind of car to choose is one that should be able to meet your needs. Will it be for your family, for taking the children to school? Will it be for your business, to deliver your products and services? Or will it be more of a weekend getaway vehicle? There are several different body styles in the automotive market; each one of those has its own strengths and weaknesses: a coupe is a sporty little thing, but makes it quite difficult to access the rear seats—a factor to consider if you have a child at the back. A sedan doesn’t provide much in terms of off-roading capabilities, a concern if your lifestyle involves the wild outdoors. Your needs will also determine the size of the car you have to consider: a bigger-than average family needs more than just a sedan; a seven-seater minivan would suit you better. .

“Which car should I buy?” The deciding factors
Once you have decided on the right vehicle type, take a look at the lineup of the models in that category. Go online and look through the stats and specs of each, and take note of the following factors: fuel economy and mileage; reliability ratings; value; safety ratings; and environmental impact. These will tell you how a certain model performs, whether it’s a fuel sipper or not (avoid the guzzlers!), and if it will keep you and your passengers safe. The models that are ranked or rated to be the best in fuel economy, safety and reliability, and value are the best candidates for a car.

These are the basic questions and factors you should consider when you find yourself asking “Which car should I buy?” Of course, another important thing is whether you can actually afford to purchase and maintain it, so check your piggy bank first!

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Need to Sell Your Used Cars? Here Are Some Tips!

If you’ve been planning to sell used cars, you should know that’s it’s not just about taking a picture of the vehicles and posting it online. Putting pre-owned vehicles on the market requires more than that. Here are some tips to get you started!

Go to the Pros.
Have a professional mechanic look at your vehicle and determine its condition. It’s up to you if you want to have minor (or major) repairs done; consider this as a factor in pricing your car. You can also include the recent repair work in the car’s detailed description so potential buyers would be informed. After repairs, you can also take your car to a professional detailer for a thorough cleaning. It shows you take good care of your vehicle, something that pre-owned vehicle buyers take into consideration seriously.

Do Your Research.
Know everything there is to know about your vehicle including the price range similar models go for. When potential buyers contact you for inquiry, they might ask you everything from engine type to instrument panel setup. Knowing the price range of similar used cars for sale lets you be a little more flexible with the pricing to allow for negotiation.
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Pictures Please!
Yes, with today’s modern tools of image capture (even smartphones have awesome camera resolutions), you have no excuse not to have clear and quality photos of the pre-owned units you’re selling. Take photos from all angles (front, side, and rear), the engine, the data plate, the interiors (seats, steering wheel, instrument panel, in-car entertainment, center console, side panels and doors), and even dented or damaged areas. No buyer would want a good-looking vehicle in a photo and then later on finding out there’s a dent you didn’t show—you could get sued, too.

Get the Word Out!
If you want to sell off your auto quickly, maximize the use of the Internet and do your marketing online. There are several websites catering to pre-owned items for sale such as online auctions; there are also many specialty forums you can join to bring you closer to your target market (a Toyota Vitz fan forum, for example). You can even post your ad as a status in your social network!

Interested buyers of pre-owned vehicles are always advised to do their homework before making a purchase; sellers should also do theirs. Just do these tips for selling used cars and you’re sure to find a good buyer soon!

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Latest Toyota Production News: Say Hello to the New Highlander

When you say “Toyota” and “SUV” one of the models that quickly comes to mind is the midsize Highlander, known as the Kluger in Japan. It’s surely been a while since it was included in the latest Toyota production news, because the model has not been updated in almost seven years. It has surely made the headlines now as the 2014 Toyota Highlander has just made its debut in the New York International Auto Show. What’s up with the new Highlander?
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The highlights of the new Highlander are the following: an all-new dynamic exterior design; a polished interior with advanced technologies; six-speed automatic with sequential shift (for V6 variants); available dynamic torque control (all-wheel drive); and an available blind spot monitor and a rear cross traffic alert. These features are designed to make the new Highlander one of the, if not the best, most advanced midsize SUVs in the automotive market today. For this post, let’s take a look at the new cabin tech and safety features the new Highlander has to offer.

Advanced Multimedia Technology
The new Highlander finds it effortless to keep up with today’s gadget-centric lifestyle. According to the latest Toyota production news, the new model is equipped with Toyota’s trademark Entune multimedia system. The SUV’s new Display Audio System has a touchscreen measuring 6.1 inches and is capable of Bluetooth connectivity. The system is also capable of voice recognition so you can sync your phone to your system and answer calls on the go. Pro-entertainment buyers can also opt to have a Rear Seat Entertainment system installed, which comes with an RCA coaxial input terminal so all you’ll have to do is plug in your media player or gaming device.

Progressive Safety Features
The new Highlander comes with Toyota’s very own Star Safety System, a suite of safety and convenience features that include Brake Assist, Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control, Anti-lock Braking System, Traction Control, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, and Smart Stop Technology. For convenience, the new model has been equipped with a standard rear (backup) camera and Hill-start Assist Control. In addition, buyers can opt to install a rear parking sonar, lane departure alert, pre-collision system, a blind spot monitor, and a rear cross traffic alert.

With all those features, the new Highlander is sure to be the toughest yet safest SUV your hard-earned money can buy. Stay tuned for more of the latest Toyota production news!

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Features and Specifications of the Toyota Rush

The Toyota Rush SUV, launched in January 2006, is the result of a collaborative partnership between Toyota and Daihatsu Motor Co., Ltd. The two companies agreed that Daihatsu will supply Toyota with the Rush (and the Cami, an older model), and in return, Daihatsu will have its own versions of the SUV. These Daihatsu models were the Daihatsu Be-go and the Daihatsu Terios. So what are the different features and technical specifications of the Rush? Read on to find out!
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Dimensions
The Rush is a monocoque—which means that its body structure has been designed to support the whole weight of the vehicle through its external frame. It has a length of 4410mm, a width of 1695mm, and a height of 1745mm, roof rails included. The wheelbase is 2685mm. As for the vehicle weight, the manual variant is 1210kg while the automatic is 1220kg.

Engine Type and Variants
The Rush gets its power from the 3SZ-VE 1.5-liter DOHC VVT-i engine. The base 1.5G model has 5-speed manual transmission while the 1.5G and 1.5S variants have 4-speed automatic transmission. The engine can generate 109 ps at 6000 rpm; the peak torque is 141 Nm at 4400 rpm. It has good fuel economy.

Standard Features
All of the Toyota Rush variants have dual air-conditioning as standard features, along with an immobilizer, a DIN head unit with CD and MP3 player, a tuner, six speakers, a pillar antenna, a first aid kit, SRS airbags, and a safety triangle. The Rush has also been treated with AntiRust and equipped with a door visor, bag hook, power windows, luggage net and tray, central locking system, 16-inch alloy wheels, reverse sensors, rear bumper protector, carpet mats, and a center console box. Buyers could also opt to have the Aerokit package installed, which consists of spoilers for the front and rear bumper, over fender, and side skirting for a sportier look.

Style and Colors
When it comes to the style, the Rush looks like a blend of the RAV4 and the Toyota Fortuner. Buyers can choose from among four colors: Silver Mica Metallic, Black Mica, Blue Metallic, and Champagne Mica Metallic.

Seating Arrangement
The Toyota Rush can seat seven people: two at the front including the driver, three in the middle, and two at the rear row.

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New Technology on the Mazda Atenza

Mazda Atenza

Mazda Atenza

 

Flashback to 2008: just when you thought the Mazda Atenza couldn’t get any better than it already is, Mazda Motor Corporation rolls out a fully remodeled Atenza in Japan. You might know this model as the Mazda6, which came either as a sedan, a 5-door sport hatchback, and a sport wagon. You might also remember Mazda coming up with a “Zoom-Zoom” evolution concept, which Mazda describes as the exhilaration and liberation from experiencing the emotion of motion. In a way it means having the smoothest driving and riding experience possible.

Fast forward to 2013: Mazda has once again impressed loyal fans of the Mazda6 (and perhaps made new ones) with the launch of the new-generation model. The new release is the second Mazda model to adopt the company’s new KODO (Soul of Motion) design language and Skyactiv technology. It also has improved interiors, a choice of three powerful engines (a 148-hp Skyactiv –G 2.0-liter gasoline engine, a 2.2-liter Skyactiv diesel engine, and a 189-hp Skyactiv-G 2.5-liter gasoline engine), and start & stop technology which includes the i-stop idling stop system. The new model release is also equipped with i-ActiveSense, Mazda’s own suite of safety features that make use of cameras and millimeter-wave radars to monitor driving and parking.

Those are nice features indeed, but the highlight of the new Mazda Atenza is definitely the i-ELOOP regenerative braking system. This new system has been developed especially for traditional internal combustion vehicles, and makes use of capacitors instead of batteries in powering up a vehicle’s electronics. The i-ELOOP system is considered as the world’s first capacitor-based regenerative braking system for passenger vehicles.
 
How does it work? As the vehicle decelerates during breaking, the system efficiently converts the car’s kinetic energy into electricity by using capacitors. These capacitors that can charge and discharge more quickly than batteries serve as the main power source; the electricity generated is passed though a 12V converter to make it usable by the car’s various electronics, such as the audio system and climate control. Because these components no longer need to rely on fuel to run, fuel efficiency will increase by up to ten percent. The Mazda Atenza may not be a hybrid, but it sure does its part to save on fuel. The i-ELOOP is an awesome new technology that’s surely worth using.

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The Mighty Nissan Atlas

Fans of Greek mythology are familiar with Atlas as the Titan who holds the celestial sphere on his back. The image is a big, mighty one, and that is the same with the Nissan Atlas. The Atlas (vehicle model) is actually the name used in the Japanese domestic market for two lines of Nissan’s pickup trucks and light commercial vehicles. It’s also called the Cabstar in Australia, China, and Europe; the Renault Maxity in Europe as well; the UD Condor in Japan; the Samsung SV 110 in parts of Asia, and the Isuzu N-Series in Malaysia.

The Atlas succeeds the Cabstar and Homer for the light range and the Caball and Clipper for the heavy range. The heavy-range H40 series Atlas was first manufactured in December 1981, closely followed by the light-range F22 series in February of the following year. This model became a favorite among haulers because of its good reliability and function of carrying heavy loads.
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Nissan boasts that even as a big truck, the Atlas it is still easy to operate and has low running costs. It is a good all-around model that can be used for deliveries, media vans, mobile clinics, and even as a motor home. In 2011, Nissan exhibited the F24 Atlas concept truck in the Tokyo Truck Show. This particular variant of the Nissan Atlas features EV (electric vehicle) technology. Using electricity to power up big trucks was unheard of before, and EV and hybrid technology used to be confined to small cars and SUVs. Nissan expanded its EV range to include its light commercial vehicles (LCV) sector. Nissan is developing trucks powered by Lithium-ion batteries, cutting off fuel use and of course, carbon emission.

The European version of the Atlas, the Cabstar, has a hybrid prototype that features stop-start technology, regenerative braking, a new gearbox that has been robotized to make urban driving easier, and updated interiors to improve the driver’s and passengers’ comfort—big trucks like the Cabstar are known to do long drives, after all.

It’s interesting to find automakers continuously making their vehicles better, and that the improvements aren’t concentrated on popular sedans and SUVs alone. Trucks like the Nissan Atlas are essentially partners in business and development, and are undoubtedly major players in the industry.

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How to Buy a Car from Tradecarview Kenya

It’s always fun to explore new places and look around stores that have recently just opened. One such establishment is tradecarview Kenya, the first satellite store of Japan’s biggest online marketplace of used cars. Here, you can supplement your online buying experience with personal interaction and professional advice from the store’s competent advisors and staff.

The new store is conveniently located in Nairobi, at the heart of its entertainment and shopping hub: Westlands. The fast-developing district is a booming place of social activity, where everything from restaurants, shopping centers, and modern plazas await the hip and trendy Kenyan. The Sarit Center, known to be the city’s largest and most modern shopping center, is a must-see place for all urban explorers and shoppers. West Plaza is another new building in the area just across the Sarit Center, and it is also fast becoming to be part of the core activity hub. It is here where you can find tradecarview Kenya, and where you can directly buy your very own high-quality Japanese car.
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Buying a vehicle from the store is easy. The store has a Cyber Station that has been equipped with 26 brand-new iMac computer units for the visitors’ use for accessing the tradecarview website. Over 50,000 stocks of quality pre-owned vehicles are available for the customers’ perusal. Customers may select vehicle makes and models, year of manufacturing, engine type, and even budget range when looking for a car that would fit their needs and lifestyles.

The new store also puts a premium on customer service; as such it also has special tables where sales advisors can talk to potential buyers about the car they wish to purchase. The one-on-one consultation is a big help especially if there are many choices and buyers need to know which ones are the best. The sales advisors will assist customers when they have finally decided on what car to get, making purchasing a car easy and hassle-free.

Everyone is welcome to visit the tradecarview Kenya store at 9 West Plaza, Ringroad. Interested buyers can also e-mail the store at tcvstore_kenya@carview.jp or call them at telephone numbers +254 20 2484642 and +254 71 5720325. Have fun!

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