Recently new series of Kei cars from Honda, especially the N-One, have harkened back to the classic design language. You can see it on the front ends of the otherwise boxy and unassuming 660cc powered mini-cars. But what if boxes aren’t your thing? The N-Labs S660 Neo Classic has you covered.
Japan is a “Galapagos Market”, so called because its unique regulations lead to unique species of vehicles seen almost nowhere else. Including just about the entire Daihatsu lineup. That includes the modular Daihatsu Copen. You can have any Copen you like as long as it’s... er... 64 horsepower. The rest is up to you!
Jalopnik East has covered all the developments of the Char Anzable Gundam Toyota Auris promotional concept, to a small production run, and finally to its second and current iteration. It has been profitable for Toyota, so perhaps unsurprising that Toyota is heavily promoting it in animated commercials and going all…
Wheel manufacturer TWS shows off a black and white Pagani Zonda at Tokyo Auto Salon 2016 as onlookers snap photos. [Image: Kat Callahan/Jalopnik]
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…
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 =…
Mugen is to Honda what your depressingly superior little brother is to you. No matter how awesome and successful you are as the older sibling, no matter how smart or how fast, he somehow shows up later and does it better and with more style. Yeah, the Mugen Civic Type R is pretty much like that.
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.