The Truth About Cars » Japan http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Sun, 07 Feb 2016 18:00:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars » Japan http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/category/editorials/japan-editorials/ Lemon or Lemonade?: A Visit to Yokosuka’s Vehicle Resale Lot http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/lemon-lemonade-visit-yokosukas-vehicle-resale-lot/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/lemon-lemonade-visit-yokosukas-vehicle-resale-lot/#comments Fri, 05 Feb 2016 17:35:02 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1279890 I had the opportunity this week to visit United States Fleet Activities Yokosuka, a U.S. Navy base in Yokosuka, Japan originally established in 1866 by the Japanese Imperial Navy. The facilities are currently used to support and repair U.S. naval vessels assigned to the Western Pacific. On the day of my visit, there was a lot of […]

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I had the opportunity this week to visit United States Fleet Activities Yokosuka, a U.S. Navy base in Yokosuka, Japan originally established in 1866 by the Japanese Imperial Navy. The facilities are currently used to support and repair U.S. naval vessels assigned to the Western Pacific. On the day of my visit, there was a lot of […]

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Swimming Upstream: VJ Day http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/swimming-upstream-vj-day/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/swimming-upstream-vj-day/#comments Fri, 13 Nov 2015 18:00:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1218297 It’s been another exhausting day and, after wasting precious time trying to write some sort of clever introduction, I’ve realized that there just isn’t any point in beating around the bush. The windmill I set out to topple is thoroughly defeated and the Town and Country looks smart sitting in front of the house tonight […]

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It’s been another exhausting day and, after wasting precious time trying to write some sort of clever introduction, I’ve realized that there just isn’t any point in beating around the bush. The windmill I set out to topple is thoroughly defeated and the Town and Country looks smart sitting in front of the house tonight […]

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Swimming Upstream: The Final Hurdle http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/swimming-upstream-final-hurdle/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/swimming-upstream-final-hurdle/#comments Fri, 06 Nov 2015 16:00:05 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1212913 Since the last installment in this series, my attempt to get the family Town & Country officially licensed here in Japan has slogged relentlessly forward. After a week of such little progress that I saw no need to report upon it (action was limited to the receipt of my official approval from the recycle bureau), I […]

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Since the last installment in this series, my attempt to get the family Town & Country officially licensed here in Japan has slogged relentlessly forward. After a week of such little progress that I saw no need to report upon it (action was limited to the receipt of my official approval from the recycle bureau), I […]

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Swimming Upstream: 30 Day Countdown http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/swimming-upstream-30-day-countdown/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/swimming-upstream-30-day-countdown/#comments Fri, 23 Oct 2015 15:00:23 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1203185 It’s Friday and once again it’s time for an update from Japan where my efforts to get my Town & Country licensed and street legal continue unabated. Last week’s baby steps have led to modest results. My visit to the local police station netted me a parking permit on Tuesday and, although I am immensely […]

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It’s Friday and once again it’s time for an update from Japan where my efforts to get my Town & Country licensed and street legal continue unabated. Last week’s baby steps have led to modest results. My visit to the local police station netted me a parking permit on Tuesday and, although I am immensely […]

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Swimming Upstream: Steps, 2, 3, 4 & 5 – Pre-Shaken http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/swimming-upstream-steps-2-3-4-5-pre-shaken/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/swimming-upstream-steps-2-3-4-5-pre-shaken/#comments Fri, 16 Oct 2015 14:15:37 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1197242 The quest to complete the importation of my 2013 Town & Country continues and, if the important successes I reported on last week were great strides towards the ultimate goal, this week’s progress has been limited to a frustrating series of baby steps. Still, progress is being made. As most government offices were closed on […]

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The quest to complete the importation of my 2013 Town & Country continues and, if the important successes I reported on last week were great strides towards the ultimate goal, this week’s progress has been limited to a frustrating series of baby steps. Still, progress is being made. As most government offices were closed on […]

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Swimming Upstream: Step 1 – Japanese Emissions and Noise Testing http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/swimming-upstream-step-1-japanese-emissions-noise-testing/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/swimming-upstream-step-1-japanese-emissions-noise-testing/#comments Wed, 07 Oct 2015 16:00:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1189986 The Town & Country is back at home and, frankly — no pun intended — I’m exhausted. As I had been warned, the necessary tests required an overnight stay for the van at the research facility and the two trips there and back sapped a lot of my energy. I was at the mercy of […]

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The Town & Country is back at home and, frankly — no pun intended — I’m exhausted. As I had been warned, the necessary tests required an overnight stay for the van at the research facility and the two trips there and back sapped a lot of my energy. I was at the mercy of […]

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Swimming Upstream: Importing a Car Into Japan http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/swimming-upstream-importing-car-japan/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/swimming-upstream-importing-car-japan/#comments Mon, 05 Oct 2015 18:00:16 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1187810 Back in July, just days before my family boarded a Boeing 777 to wing our way to Japan, a truck arrived at my home to haul away my Chrysler Town & Country. In the ensuing weeks, while we struggled through lost luggage and looked for a place to live, the van was trucked to California, loaded into a container […]

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Back in July, just days before my family boarded a Boeing 777 to wing our way to Japan, a truck arrived at my home to haul away my Chrysler Town & Country. In the ensuing weeks, while we struggled through lost luggage and looked for a place to live, the van was trucked to California, loaded into a container […]

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Toyota FCV To Get “Mirai” Moniker, Hefty Rebates In Japan http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/toyota-fcv-to-get-mirai-moniker-hefty-rebates-in-japan/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/toyota-fcv-to-get-mirai-moniker-hefty-rebates-in-japan/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:40:31 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=875241 Toyota’s upcoming fuel-cell vehicle will reportedly get the name “Mirai” when it launches in 2015, along with a hefty rebate program in its home market of Japan. Bloomberg reports that the Mirai name has been trademarked in the United States, but the actual name won’t be revealed until closer to its 2015 on sale date. […]

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Toyota’s upcoming fuel-cell vehicle will reportedly get the name “Mirai” when it launches in 2015, along with a hefty rebate program in its home market of Japan. Bloomberg reports that the Mirai name has been trademarked in the United States, but the actual name won’t be revealed until closer to its 2015 on sale date. […]

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At Toyota, Craftsmen Get Hands-On In Search Of Innovation http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/at-toyota-craftsmen-get-hands-on-in-search-of-innovation/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/at-toyota-craftsmen-get-hands-on-in-search-of-innovation/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:17:45 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=801290 Twenty years ago, as a young Merchant Mariner, I was sent to Japan where the ship I was assigned to, the Sea-Land Spirit, was undergoing a major refit. The ship had begun life as a LASH ship, a vessel that carried cargo-filled barges which it offloaded from its stern via huge, rail mounted cranes that […]

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Twenty years ago, as a young Merchant Mariner, I was sent to Japan where the ship I was assigned to, the Sea-Land Spirit, was undergoing a major refit. The ship had begun life as a LASH ship, a vessel that carried cargo-filled barges which it offloaded from its stern via huge, rail mounted cranes that […]

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Leno Talks Nissan IDx: What’s Left Unsaid Speaks Volumes http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/03/leno-talks-nissan-idx-whats-left-unsaid-speaks-volumes/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/03/leno-talks-nissan-idx-whats-left-unsaid-speaks-volumes/#comments Mon, 10 Mar 2014 15:42:57 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=768962 The Nissan IDx concept, which debuted at the Tokyo motor show back in November of last year, is in the news again, this time appearing on YouTube as a part of the popular Jay Leno’s Garage series. We learned in January that the IDx is expected to go into full production and Nissan has been […]

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The Nissan IDx concept, which debuted at the Tokyo motor show back in November of last year, is in the news again, this time appearing on YouTube as a part of the popular Jay Leno’s Garage series. We learned in January that the IDx is expected to go into full production and Nissan has been […]

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Japanese Tourists Spark Chase, Get Spiked http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/japanese-tourists-spark-chase-get-spiked/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/japanese-tourists-spark-chase-get-spiked/#comments Wed, 26 Feb 2014 18:12:27 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=755209 The Japan Times is reporting that a car driven by Japanese tourists had to be stopped with a spike strip after its driver failed to stop despite the fact she was being pursued by at least three patrol cars. The car initially drew the attention of officers when it was spotted going less than 40mph […]

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The Japan Times is reporting that a car driven by Japanese tourists had to be stopped with a spike strip after its driver failed to stop despite the fact she was being pursued by at least three patrol cars. The car initially drew the attention of officers when it was spotted going less than 40mph […]

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The Stroke Of Midnight http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/the-stroke-of-midnight/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/the-stroke-of-midnight/#comments Tue, 31 Dec 2013 12:00:00 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=690098 At the stroke of midnight, a new millennium would begin and the whole world was supposed to come unhinged. Religious leaders were telling us that we needed to be afraid because Jesus Christ, aka the “Prince of Peace,” was coming back to wreak holy vengeance upon us all, cosmologists hinted that that an ominous planetary […]

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At the stroke of midnight, a new millennium would begin and the whole world was supposed to come unhinged. Religious leaders were telling us that we needed to be afraid because Jesus Christ, aka the “Prince of Peace,” was coming back to wreak holy vengeance upon us all, cosmologists hinted that that an ominous planetary […]

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Reminder: Win A ’99 Skyline GTR JDM Sales Book http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/reminder-win-a-99-skyline-gtr-jdm-sales-book/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/reminder-win-a-99-skyline-gtr-jdm-sales-book/#comments Tue, 26 Nov 2013 20:50:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=664602 With the original post that explains how you can win a hardcover sales brochure for the 1999 Nissan Skyline GTR now buried a couple of pages deep, I thought I would give you this reminder that the contest is still open and runs until Thanksgiving Day. Originally, I asked The Best & Brightest to look […]

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With the original post that explains how you can win a hardcover sales brochure for the 1999 Nissan Skyline GTR now buried a couple of pages deep, I thought I would give you this reminder that the contest is still open and runs until Thanksgiving Day. Originally, I asked The Best & Brightest to look […]

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Tokyo Motor Show: Are The Japanese Really Back? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/tokyo-motor-show-are-the-japanese-really-back/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/tokyo-motor-show-are-the-japanese-really-back/#comments Mon, 25 Nov 2013 15:30:01 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=663562 Three of the world’s most important auto shows began last week. Since my invitations to the various press events must have been lost in the mail I, like virtually everyone else in the world, followed them over the internet. I’m OK with that, really. I hate fighting the crowds and by the time a show […]

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Three of the world’s most important auto shows began last week. Since my invitations to the various press events must have been lost in the mail I, like virtually everyone else in the world, followed them over the internet. I’m OK with that, really. I hate fighting the crowds and by the time a show […]

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Tell Us What You Liked, Maybe Win Something Cool http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/tell-us-what-you-liked-maybe-win-something-cool/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/tell-us-what-you-liked-maybe-win-something-cool/#comments Sat, 23 Nov 2013 18:35:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=661994 111 articles. I’m a little surprised by that number. Some months ago, when I submitted my snippet to TTAC’s Future Writers’ Contest, I had no real idea that it would lead to a regular place on these hallowed pages. Like a lot of you, I had read TTAC for years and even commented from time […]

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111 articles. I’m a little surprised by that number. Some months ago, when I submitted my snippet to TTAC’s Future Writers’ Contest, I had no real idea that it would lead to a regular place on these hallowed pages. Like a lot of you, I had read TTAC for years and even commented from time […]

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Ashes To Ashes: My Visit To A Japanese Junk Yard http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/ashes-to-ashes-my-visit-to-a-japanese-junk-yard/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/ashes-to-ashes-my-visit-to-a-japanese-junk-yard/#comments Tue, 10 Sep 2013 11:15:27 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=513745 The hot August sun beat down with real intensity, its heat baking the dun colored earth into a hard packed surface that flecked away in a fine powder that puffed skyward with every footstep I took. The area before me seemed large, but like so many things in Japan its sense of scale was distorted […]

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The hot August sun beat down with real intensity, its heat baking the dun colored earth into a hard packed surface that flecked away in a fine powder that puffed skyward with every footstep I took. The area before me seemed large, but like so many things in Japan its sense of scale was distorted […]

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Kei Car Caper: Deep Inside Carol http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/kei-car-caper-deep-inside-carol/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/kei-car-caper-deep-inside-carol/#comments Thu, 29 Aug 2013 16:51:08 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=502561 If I say the name “Carol” to the average American and mention a total width of 51 inches and a curb weight of a little over 1200 pounds, they will naturally think I am speaking about a woman who looks like Honey Boo-Boo’s mom. If I say the same thing to the average Japanese person, […]

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If I say the name “Carol” to the average American and mention a total width of 51 inches and a curb weight of a little over 1200 pounds, they will naturally think I am speaking about a woman who looks like Honey Boo-Boo’s mom. If I say the same thing to the average Japanese person, […]

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Shooting The Gap: An Unorthodox Solution http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/shooting-the-gap-an-unorthodox-solution/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/shooting-the-gap-an-unorthodox-solution/#comments Wed, 21 Aug 2013 16:14:08 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=500211 As I slipped the clutch and rolled on the throttle, the big GSXR1100 bucked and growled like a wild beast between my knees. I took the little wiggle and the bucking in stride and cracked the throttle even wider to shift the bike’s weight onto the rear tire. The bike responded instantly, the sound of […]

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As I slipped the clutch and rolled on the throttle, the big GSXR1100 bucked and growled like a wild beast between my knees. I took the little wiggle and the bucking in stride and cracked the throttle even wider to shift the bike’s weight onto the rear tire. The bike responded instantly, the sound of […]

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In Japanese Bondage: The Honda Freed Hybrid and the Mazda MPV http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/in-japanese-bondage-the-honda-freed-hybrid-and-the-mazda-mpv/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/in-japanese-bondage-the-honda-freed-hybrid-and-the-mazda-mpv/#comments Wed, 14 Aug 2013 16:21:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=499383 Yesterday, I took a look at the Mitsubishi Delica Space Gear and the Toyota Hi-Ace, the “size queens” of the Japanese market. Today, I decided to look at the odd men out, so to speak, those mini-vans that hit the sweet spot in the market and offer seven seats in a small or mid-sized package. […]

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Yesterday, I took a look at the Mitsubishi Delica Space Gear and the Toyota Hi-Ace, the “size queens” of the Japanese market. Today, I decided to look at the odd men out, so to speak, those mini-vans that hit the sweet spot in the market and offer seven seats in a small or mid-sized package. […]

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Japanese Size Queens: Mitsubishi Delica Space Gear & Toyota Hi-Ace Vans http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/japanese-size-queens-mitsubishi-delica-space-gear-toyota-hi-ace-vans/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/japanese-size-queens-mitsubishi-delica-space-gear-toyota-hi-ace-vans/#comments Tue, 13 Aug 2013 13:00:22 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=499065 There are several vans that will not be among the finalists to replace the Kreutzer family’s ailing Ford Freestar and among them are the size and utility queens of the Japanese Domestic Market, the Toyota HI-Ace and the Mitsubishi Delica. Of course you already know that neither of these vans are sold here in the […]

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There are several vans that will not be among the finalists to replace the Kreutzer family’s ailing Ford Freestar and among them are the size and utility queens of the Japanese Domestic Market, the Toyota HI-Ace and the Mitsubishi Delica. Of course you already know that neither of these vans are sold here in the […]

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Initial D Manga Ceases Publication With “Final Stage” http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/initial-d-manga-ceases-publication-with-final-stage/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/initial-d-manga-ceases-publication-with-final-stage/#comments Tue, 06 Aug 2013 11:30:17 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=498323 Kodansha has released the final installment of the popular action comic Initial D in its August 6th edition of “Young Magazine” which hit store shelves at the end of July. For those of us in the United States who have followed Takumi Fujiwara’s story through the anime series via Netflix or Hulu, it matters little […]

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Kodansha has released the final installment of the popular action comic Initial D in its August 6th edition of “Young Magazine” which hit store shelves at the end of July. For those of us in the United States who have followed Takumi Fujiwara’s story through the anime series via Netflix or Hulu, it matters little […]

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Nissan Gakuen: My Visit To Nissan’s Technical College http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/nissan-gakuen-my-visit-to-nissans-technical-college/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/nissan-gakuen-my-visit-to-nissans-technical-college/#comments Tue, 23 Jul 2013 19:09:12 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=496817 A lifetime of World War 2 movies and an 11 year marriage has taught me one thing about the Japanese; they never do anything half way. Whether it is diving a Zero into an American ship or cutting yours truly down to size, if it is a job worth doing it is worth being fanatical […]

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A lifetime of World War 2 movies and an 11 year marriage has taught me one thing about the Japanese; they never do anything half way. Whether it is diving a Zero into an American ship or cutting yours truly down to size, if it is a job worth doing it is worth being fanatical […]

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Two Guys, One Cup: Behind The Wheel Of Suzuki’s Littlest Sportscar http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/two-guys-in-a-cup-behind-the-wheel-of-suzukis-littlest-sportscar/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/two-guys-in-a-cup-behind-the-wheel-of-suzukis-littlest-sportscar/#comments Mon, 15 Jul 2013 17:56:30 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=495270 The little red car sat squat and low on the street looking for all the world like the product of an unlikely tryst between a Dodge Viper and a child’s pedal car. It was a classic two seat sports car, with short rear deck, small passenger compartment and “long” hood that stretched away from the […]

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The little red car sat squat and low on the street looking for all the world like the product of an unlikely tryst between a Dodge Viper and a child’s pedal car. It was a classic two seat sports car, with short rear deck, small passenger compartment and “long” hood that stretched away from the […]

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Honda Will Be Late To The Chinese Hybrid Revolution http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/honda-will-be-late-to-the-chinese-hybrid-revolution/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/honda-will-be-late-to-the-chinese-hybrid-revolution/#comments Fri, 14 Jun 2013 14:44:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=492081   Everybody was betting big on electric cars in China. Everybody thought China will be the world’s biggest market for EVs. It was a bluff. At the Shanghai Auto Show in April, the smart money suddenly was on hybrids. Insiders expect that the Chinese government will extend bigger subsidies to buyers of hybrid cars, after […]

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  Everybody was betting big on electric cars in China. Everybody thought China will be the world’s biggest market for EVs. It was a bluff. At the Shanghai Auto Show in April, the smart money suddenly was on hybrids. Insiders expect that the Chinese government will extend bigger subsidies to buyers of hybrid cars, after […]

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Inside The Industry: An Unsung Hero Recalls How A Worldwide Crisis Was Averted http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/inside-the-industry-an-unsung-hero-recalls-how-a-worldwide-crisis-was-averted/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/inside-the-industry-an-unsung-hero-recalls-how-a-worldwide-crisis-was-averted/#comments Tue, 28 May 2013 15:46:29 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=489776   After the March 11 monster earthquake and tsunami wiped out large parts of Japan, headlines focused on the near-meltdown of Fukushima. Recently, I learned that there was a strong likelihood of a worldwide economic meltdown, caused by a microchip factory 80 miles south of Fukushima. Here is the story of how the crisis was […]

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  After the March 11 monster earthquake and tsunami wiped out large parts of Japan, headlines focused on the near-meltdown of Fukushima. Recently, I learned that there was a strong likelihood of a worldwide economic meltdown, caused by a microchip factory 80 miles south of Fukushima. Here is the story of how the crisis was […]

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