“Dekotora” is Japanese for turning a truck into some freaky confluence of medieval knight and Las Vegas slot machine. But this tribute video is like an acid trip, action movie montage and 1980's sex scene rolled into three and a half minutes of glory.
The Japanese auto industry is crowded. Too crowded, according to Bloomberg’s industry expert, who thinks Japan’s seven automakers will have to merge into three or fewer groups in the next four years to keep up with rising development costs.
The Honda Logo GA3 5-Door D-series hatch (the Fit before the Fit) was in pretty poor shape when I bought it a year and a half ago for $975. Mechanically, it’s great! Passes inspection, has insurance, has a comfortable interior, all that... Jazz (womp womp). However, the outside was trashed, and I’ve even had a few…
Following an explosion at one of its affiliate steel production plants, Toyota could have to put a halt on nearly half of its global production in February. If so, that means about 14,000 vehicles per day may not roll off the line.
Today the world got to know the jet that’s critical to Japan’s indigenous fighter design future. Until now, photos have been far from detailed and only showed limited angles. With today’s official unveiling, the world has a clearer view of what to expect from the X-2.
Seeing F-22s deploy internationally is nothing new, but usually it’s in relatively small groups of four to eight jets. Yet the 525th Fighter Squadron based at Elmendorf AFB, Alaska, has just moved 12 F-22s (half of its inventory) to Yokota Air Base in Japan. Obviously such a potent deployment is meant to send a strong…
Wheel manufacturer TWS shows off a black and white Pagani Zonda at Tokyo Auto Salon 2016 as onlookers snap photos. [Image: Kat Callahan/Jalopnik]
Every time a car reviewer calls some new 3,000+ pound sports car “light,” think of this new Suzuki Ignis hatchback. It’s lighter than them all. In fact, the upcoming Ignis lighter than any carbon fiber hypercar available today.
The “tiny car” Japanese makers, Suzuki and Daihatsu, really focused on outdoorsy themes at the Tokyo Auto Salon this year. I feel like the production model of the new Suzuki Ignis wore it best. I’d definitely take it to Lake Haruna and make curry next to it. But I admit, I see it more as a spaceship than a camper.
The livery clad Suzuki Alto Works GP and matching motorcycle are shown off by a model in similar attire on the Suzuki stage at Tokyo Auto Salon 2016 [Image: Kat Callahan/Jalopnik]
Turning cars into other cars is not such a strange concept. That’s basically the entire point of “replicas,” and there will always be those who attempt to convince others that a replica is the real thing. But they shouldn’t be confused with those who playfully create miniature versions, like this Blue Demon Datsun Z…
Entire supercars covered in Swarovski crystals, cars with special modified doors the exhibitors clearly had trouble operating, wheels that won’t turn, speakers and screens that pretty much obliterated storage space, leg room, or in some cases every single seat in the vehicle, TAS 2016 was host to dozens of cars which…
Few Honda platforms have proven as versatile as the N-series. The N-One specifically has had a “natural” concept. The N Box Slash has a “camper.” Yet, I find neither of these as delightful at the N-Lab N-One “Friendly 2 Seater” Mini Truck concept. It’s useful, it’s clean, and it’s outright adorable.
We’ve covered the anime car (or itasha) phenomenon in Japan previously on Jalopnik East, and at the time we mentioned that actual automakers were getting in on it. Well, Subaru partnered with famous anime studio Gainax (of Neon Genesis Evangelion) to produce an anime called Wish Upon the Pleiades (you know, Subaru =…
Frankly, Toyota, I have no idea what is Toyota Racing Development about this StyleMB Sienta concept, as it kind of looks like the car version of a stuffed hippo. In serious consultation with our stuffed animal expert, Stef Schrader, we have determined this is clearly a special TRD project for Puffalumps.
Fresh off Detroit, Jalopnik is in the Land of the Rising Sun following all the concept cars, modifications, new releases, and aftermarket vendors you know and love at Tokyo Auto Salon 2016! Here’s a small preview of what we’ll have for you this weekend.
Just outside the North East boundary of Tokyo’s Yamanote Line, is one of the megapolis’ oldest undeveloped urban areas. As one of the last stations on the Tokyo Metro’s Hibiya Line, Kita-Senju holds particular favor for the urban explorer, with many old buildings, local restaurants, and fascinating locals.
Welcome to Cars of the Ku, a sometimes weekend segment where we highlight a cool car found on the Japanese streets. Ku (区) is the Japanese word for “city ward.” Today, we have this lovely green Fiat 127 I saw on my up-hill, both ways travails through Minato-Ku in central Tokyo. Isn’t it adorable?
America’s super carriers are the largest weapons ever built. They are overwhelmingly massive when viewed up close, yet when viewed from afar they are just tiny specks on a vast ocean, as you can see in this amazing photo.
Japan doesn’t have a track record for manufacturing airplanes—but now its first ever domestic passenger jet has finally taken its maiden test flight.