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Family Album Treasures: so much wow from Toyota!

October 28, 2015 in Family Album Treasures by banpei

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.
Family Album Treasures: Toyota so much wow
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.

It isn’t a Doge so much wow-meme they used though. You can watch the video below: Read the rest of this entry →

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Carina Trivia: Carina A60 weight distribution

October 24, 2015 in Carina Trivia by banpei

A few weeks ago someone requested some specific data of the Toyota Carina GT RA63 and of course I did manage to find the data. One of the interesting things I found was that I was able to find the total weight, front weight and rear weights of all Carina A60 models in my data and hence could calculate the weight distribution. So after digging, copy/pasting I made a big overview of all the JDM body types, grades and model codes with their respective weight distribution.
Toyota Carina GT-R AA63 Coupe - Carina A60

Of course it is not that interesting to dig through each and everyone of them, but there are some nice giveaways. The most interesting is the averages I calculated: Read the rest of this entry →

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Down on the Street: Suzuki Alto SS40

October 18, 2015 in dots by banpei

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:
Down on the Street: Suzuki Alto SS40
Actually Wikipedia refers to it as the SS80 and I only read this later after I made this video.

You can watch the video below: Read the rest of this entry →

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Commercial Time: can’t buy the Toyota Crown in Germany

October 17, 2015 in Commerical time by banpei

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.
Toyota Crown Athlete S210 commercial
Why is this hilarious?

Well, watch the video below and continue to read why: Read the rest of this entry →

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Family Album Treasures: Mazda Cosmo AP Student

October 16, 2015 in Family Album Treasures by banpei

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.
Family Album Treasures: Mazda Cosmo AP
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.

Found at Minkara

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Hilarious: Nissan Leaf smokes a Nissan 180SX!

October 12, 2015 in hilarious by banpei

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:
Nissan leaf vs Nissan 180SX
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:

  1. The 2016 Nissan Leaf will get Ludicrous mode
  2. The driver of the Nissan 180SX flunked his run
  3. The 180SX is a 20 year old car now and never had its turbo serviced
  4. The surface of the drag strip was wet and the 180SX features no traction control
  5. Nissan fakes the Leaf winning

Now you decide which one it is. 😉

Direct link to video: 2015 ニッサン新型リーフ予告CM(AZE0)NISSAN LEAF