I have been toying with the idea to create a question of the week for a while now and I think it is time to move forward with it. I will start every week by giving the answer for last weeks question, sometimes with a bit more in depth information on the subject. Then I’ll read more
I intended to paste this short clip about the status of the Celica and the lockup into the October update. Unfortunately I had over one and a half hours of raw footage for the update alone so I skipped the lockup update. I just re-watched this clip and thought it did need to be sent read more
I just found this mad Toyota Carina AA63 with an awesome set of gauges stacked on the dash: It has an oil temperature gauge, oil pressure gauge, water temperature gauge, negative pressure (?) and an exhaust gas temperature gauge. The handiwork started off by re-trimming the original dash with leatherette:
Everything about this Nissan Sunny GTi-R is insane and I’m not only referring to the specifications of the car! I covered this GTI-R a few years ago with a couple of photos but back then I was ignorant of its importance. As I had to pass this car every other day I decided to collect read more
Toyota launched their latest campaign at the Tokyo Motor Show 2015 today and it is called What wows you?. For the introduction video of this new campaign they used various photos that I often label here as Family Album Treasures: aged photos of people posing in front of their pride and joy that could literally be taken out of their family albums.
Surprisingly the photos used in the video aren’t all made by Toyota: the first shot even portraits a BMW 5 series and later in the video there are a Mazda Familia (BH) and VW Beetle to be seen. But of course the majority of the photos are all Toyotas.
Last week on Friday I picked up my son from school. Since it was such nice warm autumn (or fall) afternoon and he was playing happily with some of the other kids at school I took a short hike in the street of my son’s school. Then I spotted this well used Suzuki Alto SS40:
Actually Wikipedia refers to it as the SS80 and I only read this later after I made this video.
Toyota has just launched a new commercial for their Toyota Crown Athlete S210 and it gets kind of hilarious: a Japanese businessman is trying to sell something to a German businessman in Frankfurth (you can see the Eschenheimer tower) but the German businessman only wants to buy his Toyota Crown Athlete instead as it is not for sale in Germany.
Why is this hilarious?
The Mazda Cosmo AP is one of the best looking cars that Mazda produced during the 70s. Its lines consist out of both American and English lines mashed together and its rotary engine reflects the German and Japanese techno-craze.
No wonder this owner drove a Mazda Cosmo AP during his studies in the 80s!
The car had a sad ending: it got driven into a canal in the Ehime Prefecture when the owner tried to avoid a head-on collision.
I have no idea how realistic this new Nissan Leaf commercial is, but I suspect in real life the Leaf would never beat a highly tuned Nissan 180SX RPS13 with a UR-Style body kit on the drag strip:
Acceleration of the earlier Leafs is rated on 0-100km/h (0-60mph) at 9.9 seconds and the 180SX officially did 7.5 seconds with the CA18DET. The SR20DET probably did better than that and various sources mention around 6.8 seconds. Since Nissan does not mention licensing the insane mode from Tesla I suspect this commercial is highly exaggerated.
See the results yourselves:
So what could have made the Leaf win here then? Well there are a couple of viable options:
The 2016 Nissan Leaf will get Ludicrous mode
The driver of the Nissan 180SX flunked his run
The 180SX is a 20 year old car now and never had its turbo serviced
The surface of the drag strip was wet and the 180SX features no traction control