Toyota launches C+pod electric vehicle in Japan | CarAdvice

Toyota has taken the wraps off its new urban-focussed electric vehicle, the diminutive C+pod. Powered by a small rear-mounted electric motor with 9.2kW and 56Nm sending drive to the rear wheels, the C+pod has a claimed top speed of 60km/h. Power for the electric motor comes via a 9.06kWh lithium-ion Continue Reading

2021 Mazda CX-30 updated in Japan, Australian potential unclear | CarAdvice

Japanese-market small SUV scores power boost for SkyActiv-X engine and retuned safety systems. Mazda has treated the 2021 Mazda CX-30 small SUV to an assortment of updates in Japan, though whether we’ll see the changes flow over to Australian models next year remains unclear. Mirroring updates introduced for the CX-30‘s Continue Reading

Toyota dealers plead with Japan for more GR Yaris Rallye editions | CarAdvice

Toyota has massively under-estimated the popularity – and the price – of the limited edition hot hatch, say dealers. A chronic shortage in the allocation of the Toyota GR Yaris Rallye hot hatch for Australia has infuriated local dealers who are holding deposits but don’t have enough cars and will now Continue Reading

2021 Mazda 3 updated for Japan with more power, improved refinement | CarAdvice

Mazda 3 SkyActiv-X scores 8kW/16Nm power boost, improved suspension and more advanced adaptive cruise control systems. Mazda has unveiled a range of updates for the brand’s popular 2021 Mazda 3 small car in Japan, though it’s unclear whether the changes will make their way to Australia. Headlining the updates – Continue Reading

2021 Honda Odyssey facelift launches in Japan | CarAdvice

New looks inside and out, but little-changed under the surface for Honda’s people mover The current-generation Honda Odyssey has just passed seven years on sale globally – a full model-cycle for most brands, but in this instance it’s just hit its mid-life update. While not strictly the middle of its Continue Reading

“Flying car” publicly tested in Japan. Is this finally the real deal? | CarAdvice

The single-seater SkyDrive SD-03 doesn’t have wheels, however the manufacturer insists it is a car. A “flying car” built by Japanese developer SkyDrive has been publicly demonstrated for the first time. The SD-03 vehicle is powered by eight independent electric motors and has been in development since 2014. While no Continue Reading

2021 Toyota Yaris Cross launches in Japan, GR Parts and Modellista packages revealed | CarAdvice

Toyota’s new entry-level SUV launches in its home country with more details revealed, along with sports-styled parts The upcoming 2021 Toyota Yaris Cross has made its Japanese-market debut this week, giving buyers a look at the wider line-up in its international form. Coming to Australia in late 2020 as a Continue Reading

Electric car power accepted as payment for parking in Japan | CarAdvice

Nissan is enabling owners of electric cars to pay for parking in Yokohama by feeding their car’s battery power back into the grid. Nissan Leaf drivers in Japan can now pay for parking with electricity from their vehicle. The proof-of-concept experiment, at Nissan’s Pavilion exhibition space in Yokohama, allows EV Continue Reading

Five more of the greatest station wagons ever… the Japan Edition | CarAdvice

You, the readers, made a point about some equally cool wagons not making the cut. So here we are. My colleague Rob Margeit’s piece on 10 of the greatest station wagons ever received a heap of feedback. It seems that many of us, be it part-time, or full-time car enthusiasts, Continue Reading