Category: ‘Used Cars’

Japanese Car Auction Find – 1998 Mazda Miata (NB)

Posted by Stephen On Thursday, June 4th, 2015

1998 Mazda Miata

Earlier this week, we looked at a compilation of first-drive reviews for the all-new fourth-generation 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata. Critical opinions ranged from “It’s better in every way,” to, “the car’s only competitor is the death of fun.”

Today, we thought it would be fun to look back at one of the older Miata models from decades past – a 1998 Mazda Miata NB.

This would’ve been the first model year in the second-generation of Mazda’s iconic roadster. We love the fact that the auction find here is in the classic forest green… This is the color most closely associated with the second-generation Miata, production code NB. Although the new Miata is designed as in homage to the original first-generation model, in our opinion its looks are closest to that of these second-gen models… If nothing else because the new Miata lacks the first-gen’s hallmark retractable headlights.

1998 Mazda Miata rear

Mazda made a surprising number of updates for the second-generation Miata, even if the most noticeable is the change in headlights due to safety regulations. For example, the Miata NB featured superior aerodynamics with a drag coefficient of 0.36. This didn’t actually result in much of a performance increase though since the new Miata gained about 150 lbs and kept the same 1.8L turbocharged engine that Mazda added as an option to the Miata in ‘94.

However, that doesn’t mean that the mechanics weren’t without improvements…

For example, this would’ve been the first car to use Mazda’s original Variable Intake Control System. The engine was also slightly tuned up to output 140 horsepower instead of 131. The engine also featured a higher compression ratio, and several of the parts were changed out for superior alternatives. Mazda also fitted the NB Miata with new wheels, better tires and bigger brakes, including the addition of anti-lock brakes.

1998 Mazda Miata interior

Even though it was relatively small, all of these mechanical upgrades DID have a real-world, on-the-road impact for this generation’s performance… The new NB raced from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 7.8 seconds, more than a half-second faster than the NA. It also has a fully unlocked top speed of 130 mph, unlike the first-gen Eunos models in Japan and Europe which were artificially capped at 112 mph.

All in all, this 1998 Mazda Miata roadster is a car brimming with history. If you’d like to learn more about it, you can get a full translation of the auction sheet below:

1998 Mazda Miata auction sheet

“Interior C, first registered January 1998, VS version, FAT, AC, power steering, power windows, ABS, airbag, leather, stone chips in front window, interior grime, power windows not working, canvas top torn, wheels scratches, engine oil leak, worn and dented underneath vehicle, scratches and dents and wrinkles, spare wheel missing, marks as per map”


What?! Here’s Why the 2016 Mazda2 Won’t Be Sold in the US

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

2016 Mazda2

Get this – the new Mazda2 subcompact that’s gotten so much attention this past year will NOT be sold in the US in 2016. Even though Mazda is manufacturing the new Mazda2 just south of the border in their brand-new factory in Salamanca, Mexico, top US executives apparently “decided it wasn’t a priority,” at least according to an interview between Robert Davis, Senior VP of US Operations, and Automotive News.

Here’s why: it turns out that a Mazda doesn’t have the production capacity in their new plant to make enough Mazda2 hatchbacks for every single market. So, last year when the global office was allocating units of their new subcompact, executives from the US politely bowed out of the conversation. Davis says, “We could have had it, but we would have had a number that didn’t make much sense with 600 dealers and with the marketing it takes to launch a new car.”

In other words, Mazda US would’ve had to either A) only send Mazda2s to a select few of their dealerships, which doesn’t make sense, or B) go through the trouble of marketing a new car on a national level only to have a small number of models available per dealership, which also doesn’t make sense. Plus, Mazda only sold 13.5k units of the 2014 Mazda2 last year, which may be a 14% increase year-over-year, but not enough to make it worth the trouble, especially when Americans are trending towards crossovers.

“I wanted to allocate resources to those products that make us and our dealers considerably more profit than a Mazda2 does,” Davis said. “It’ll always be there if we need it.” Apparently, Davis doesn’t see the US branch of the brand needing a fuel-sipping subcompact anytime soon when the crossover segment is exploding and gas prices remain low.

2016 Scion iA sedan

Fortunately, the awesome new Mazda2 will still make it into the US, but not under the Mazda name. Remember the partnership between Mazda and Toyota? Well, Toyota will adopt the subcompact into their lineup as the new Scion iA sedan for the 2016 model year, which is built on the same platform and manufactured at the same Salamanca plant as the Mazda2.

Japanese Car Auction Find – 2014 Mazda Demio (aka. Mazda2)

2014 Mazda Demio

Although you won’t be able to buy the 2016 Mazda2 through any US dealerships, if past trends are any indication, the new car will do just fine in Japan. Anytime you have an extremely popular car, it always finds its way into auction houses, so come back this time next year and you’ll probably be able to get a near-new Mazda2 of your very own.

2014 Mazda Demio rear

In the meantime, this 2014MY is in excellent shape with an overall auction rating of 5, and a near immaculate exterior. This would’ve been the last year that the old pre-SkyActiv Mazda2 was available, but it was still a perfectly good car. Edmunds said the 2014MY was a good buy for its surprisingly sporty handling and simple-to-operate controls, plus an affordable price-tag (made even more so by being up for auction).

Want more details? Get a full translation of the auction sheet below:

2014 Mazda Demio auction sheet

“Interior B, exterior condition A, first registered October 2014, 13S model, FAT, AAC, first time in auction, MazdaSpeed front under skirt and rear roof spoiler and side skirts, rear view reversing camera, original navigation system, ABS, airbag, original alloy wheels, power steering, power windows, minor interior grime, scratches under bumpers, marks as per map”


Japanese Car Auction Find – 2013 Audi TT

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

We’ve been talking a lot entry-level sports coupes recently here on Integrity Exports, primarily the recently facelifted Toyota GT86 and Scion FR-S. So, it seemed fitting today for us to do an auction find focused on one of the most popular sports coupes on the road – the Audi TT.

2013 Audi TT

Part coupe, part hot hatch, the Audi TT is impossible to ignore. This particular auction find is a 2013 Audi TT 1.8 TFSI, the base model for the TT lineup. But, don’t let its position in the trim line fool you – AutoExpress says the 1.8 TFSI is “the best TT in the range.” It’s starting price is the same as the Toyota GT 86 in most markets, and it gives you an arguably more premium sports car experience.

Starting outside, the TT has a distinct design among other coupes. It almost resembles a hatchback with its bulbous rear-end and all-around curvy aesthetic. Audi designed the fourth-gen TT specifically with the shooting-brake body style in mind, and we’d say they succeeded in applying the silhouette to the coupe form. This model is in a classic piano black with chrome accents around the grille.

2013 Audi TT rear

Under the hood, the 1.8 TFSI name tells you that this TT runs on a four-cylinder 1.8L EA888 Turbocharged Fuel Stratified Injection engine (which tells you where the ‘TFSI’ comes from). The car outputs a solid 160 horsepower which can propel the TT from 0 to 62 mph in 7.7 seconds. Fuel economy is 30 mpg, which makes this one of the cleanest non-hybrid coupes under $50K.

The interior is where this 2013 Audi TT really shines. Audi has used nothing but premium materials inside the cabin, and the overall layout is spacious and comfortable thanks to the higher-than-normal roofline. The styling is exactly what you’d expect from a European sports car – minimalist and classy. It has a simple dashboard with a stunning color LCD nav system just below the air vents, positioned at the same level as the steering wheel for easy reach.

2013 Audi TT interior

Speaking of, even the baseline 1.8 TFSI TT comes with a flat-bottomed steering wheel and paddle shifters for the six-speed automatic transmission, as you can see in the image above. The rear seats can be folded down for additional trunk space, which is probably how they’ll be used for 9 out of 10 TT drivers.

According to KBB’s review of the 2013 Audi TT, you’ll like this car because of it offers a “fine balance of performance and style – especially style. If it catches your eye, there’s really nothing else quite like it.”

If you’d like more details on this particular model, you can get a translation of the auction sheet below:

2013 Audi TT auction sheet

“Interior A, exterior A, first registered November 2013, two wheel drive, 1.8T FSI model, FAT, AAC, official dealer right-hand drive import, power steering, power windows, original alloy wheels, airbag, ABS, original navigation system, original TV, official dealer right-hand drive import, 2014 model, first time in auction, minor scratches, marks as per map”


The Toyota Mirai: Looking A Lot Less Like Bulls–t

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

2015 Toyota Mirai

The upcoming Toyota Mirai FCV has been a car of some controversy, to say the least. On the one hand, you have Toyota officials and many others in the auto industry (most of whom are developing their own FCVs) claiming that hydrogen is THE answer to clean, renewable fuel. Others, like Tesla’s Elon Musk, say that fuel-cell vehicles are straight-up “bulls–t”.

Toyota has heard their critics, and they have answered in perhaps one of the cleverest marketing stunts of the past decade – they partnered with Morgan Spurlock to create this video, called “Fueled by Bullsh*t”. Check it out if you haven’t already seen it:

The video demonstrates how one could, if one were so inclined, extract hydrogen from cow manure. The video ends with a Toyota Mirai literally running on bull hockey. It is the first in an ongoing series of videos called “Fueled by Everything” which Toyota will use to promote their upcoming commercial FCV.

Meanwhile, first drive reviews of the Toyota Mirai are starting to roll in, such as this review from The Washington Post. WP’s Drew Harwell had the chance to ride around D.C. behind the wheel of the four-door sedan, and his conclusion is candid, but optimistic.

“Riding this, it really feels like something that could be the future, but until there’s that hydrogen infrastructure, it’s really going to be hard to see this getting in everybody’s garage, at least in the short-term,” Harrell said at the end of his review.

The Toyota Mirai will go on sale for $57,500 when it launches in California later this year, and Toyota only plans to sell 3,000 units in the US by the end of 2017. For that price, you’ll get a completely emissions-free car with a 300-mile range – more than any plug-in electric vehicle currently on the market – and a 5-minute refuel time, just like petrol. Harrell was adamant that the car itself is a blast to drive with great steering and responsive acceleration, along with all the creature comforts one could ask for in a modern-day interior.

Meanwhile, the Toyota Mirai and FCVs in general still have plenty of critics. For example, Clean Technica points out that even though the Mirai itself may be emissions-free, the processing and transportation of hydrogen – the well-to-wheel emissions, if you will – still requires lots of natural gas. But, Toyota isn’t just thinking about the next five years or even the next decade… They really believe the FCV will be the car of the future; the car we’ll still be driving in 100 years.

Japanese Car Auction Find – 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid

2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid

Realistically, most of us won’t have access to the Toyota Mirai for several years yet. We’re stuck with plain old hybrid cars like this 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid until the hydrogen infrastructure is more widely adopted around the world. But, there’s nothing wrong with that – the Camry is a great car that needs no introduction.

2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid rear

This Japanese car auction find is particularly reminiscent of the Toyota Mirai with its pearl white paint job (which is one of only two colors we’ve ever seen the FCV depicted in), but of course it is a much more affordable car, even new. The Camry is reliable, fun to drive and has great fuel-economy… All things you probably already knew, since it is after all one of the most well-known and beloved cars of all time. For a detailed rundown of this specific car’s auction sheet, keep reading below:

2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid auction sheet

Interior C, exterior condition C, first registered May 2012, Hybrid G Package, DAA emissions code, FAT, AAC, first time in auction, HDD navigation system, rear view reversing camera, TV, smart entry and start, original navigation system, original TV, ABS, airbag, original alloy wheels, power steering, power windows, FAT, AAC, console scratches, carpets have medium stains, interior grime, scratches under bumpers, front windscreen stone scratches, marks as per map


Nissan GT-R Gold Edition Pics and Next-Gen R36 News

Posted by Stephen On Friday, May 8th, 2015

2016 Nissan GT-R 45th Anniversary Edition 1

We already knew that Nissan’s been selling a limited edition of their 2016 Nissan GTR to celebrate its 45th anniversary. Today, we get a whole bunch of awesome on-road pictures of the 45th Anniversary Edition model. Automotive eye-candy, here we come!

2016 Nissan GT-R 45th Anniversary Edition 3

The limited run Anniversary Edition GT-R will be built on the Premium (base) trim of Nissan’s supercar.

2016 Nissan GT-R 45th Anniversary Edition 4

Only 45 units of the gold GT-R will be built – one for each year of the car’s existence. You can have one for yourself for a meager $102,770, which is just $1,000 more than the Premium model!

2016 Nissan GT-R 45th Anniversary Edition 6

As we’ve said before, there’s nothing different about the 2016 Nissan GT-R 45th Anniversary Edition other than the fact that it’s gold (technically it’s the same “Silica Brass” that was used on the 2001 Skyline R34 Type GT-R). It runs on the same 3.8L twin-turbo V6 that’s in the regular GT-R, which isn’t to say it’s an unimpressive engine… It outputs 542 horsies and 463 lb-ft of torque.

2016 Nissan GT-R 45th Anniversary Edition  interior

Inside, the golden theme continues with a special gold VIN plaque to serve as a constant reminder of the car’s limited production.

Next-Gen GT-R to Get LMP1 Engine

The other piece of GT-R-related news we have for you is about to the engine that may be used in the next-generation Nissan GT-R, which will be the R36. According to an interview between Ben Bowlby, who serves as the technical director for GT-R LM Nismo, and Top Gear, the 3.0L V6 engine currently being used in the GT-R LMP1 racer could be an early iteration of a road-going variant.

2016 Nissan GT-R 45th Anniversary Edition 2

“The 3.0L V6 is sort of god-child of the true, road-going GT-R,” Bowlby informed. “It’s a direct injection engine, and the combustion technology, and integration of turbo and intake system within the head design, is all very interesting and highly applicable to the road.”

He went on to explain that many high-performance racing engines are too short-lived to apply to commercial vehicles; they rev high and burn out too quickly. However, the engine in the current GT-R racer revs at the same 6,500 rpm that you’d expect on an off-track car.

2016 Nissan GT-R 45th Anniversary Edition 5

Either way, we’ve still got a few more years until the R36 GT-R makes its debut. Most recent rumors place it at the end of 2018 as a 2019MY, but it’s too early to lock in a firm schedule.

Japanese Car Auction Find – 2012 Nissan GT-R Premium

2012 Nissan GT-R

Need something to compare the Nissan GT-R Gold Edition to? Or maybe you just need a reminder that really cool cars like the Nissan GT-R can easily be found in our Integrity Exports Japanese car auction database…

2012 Nissan GT-R rear

Either way, this 2012 GT-R is one of about twenty GT-R / Skyline models currently up for auction in Japan. You can see that it’s in superb condition with barely a single scratch on its gunmetal-colored exterior.

2012 Nissan GT-R interior

It’s got an A-rated interior and an overall auction rating of 5, so this is definitely one worth bookmarking. If you want to know more, you can get a detailed specs translation below the auction sheet.

2012 Nissan GT-R auction sheet

“Interior A, first registered February 2012, DBA emissions code, Premium Edition, 4WD, AT, AAC, original alloy wheels, power steering, power windows, leather, original TV, original navigation system, airbag, original HDD navigation system, digital TV, original 20 inch alloy wheels, LED hyper day lights, Bose sound system, one owner, first time in auction, original indoor cover, original Brembo calipers, half-leather seats, GT-R jack, seat heater, rear view reversing camera, intelligent key, lock nut, wheels scratched, ceiling lining has minor grime, minor scratches and minor dents front windscreen stone scratches, scraped under front bumper, marks as per map”


Japanese Car Auction Find – 2006 Toyota Hilux Surf

Posted by Stephen On Thursday, May 7th, 2015

Yesterday we got our first unofficial peak at the eighth-generation Toyota Hilux pickup truck which is set to go on sale sometime in the next few months. Although the Hilux pickup hasn’t been available in Japan for quite some time, the Hilux Surf SUV was sold there from 2002 to 2009. Today we’re looking at a 2006 Toyota Hilux Surf SSR-X Limited model.

2006 Toyota Hilux Surf

Just to set the record straight, the Toyota Hilux Surf is basically the Japanese version of the Toyota 4Runner. The only difference is that the Hilux Surf has a side-opening tailgate whereas the 4Runner’s tailgate lifts up from the bottom (at least it did in this generation of production). Otherwise, both cars run on the same double wishbone front suspension and solid rear axle for extra durability. This is in stark contrast to the Toyota Highlander – a similar size crossover that isn’t really intended for off-road use. The Hilux Surf is certainly off-road friendly.

It’s also worth noting that as a Limited model, this Hilux Surf would have come with Toyota’s new suspension technology that debuted in this generation – the X-Relative Absorber System (X-REAS) – which dramatically reduces body roll during intense cornering.

2006 Toyota Hilux Surf rear

Under the hood, the auction sheet shown at the bottom of this post tells us that this Hilux Surf is powered by a 2.7L engine. After digging around for some JDM manufacturer specs, we found that this particular engine offers 160 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque at 3,800 rpm. Not too shabby, although it should be noted that other Hilux Surf models have engines up to 4.0L in displacement if you want more ‘oomph’.

2006 Toyota Hilux Surf interior

Inside, the Hilux Surf has decent cabin amenities like automatic climate control, remote keyless entry and a color DVD-based infotainment/navigation system paired up with a 10-speaker JBL sound system. However, what really sets it apart is the sheer space offered in the cabin. Looking at the pictures from the auction find, you can see the driver here has enough room to almost fully recline in the front seat! And you’ll sit extremely comfortably thanks to power driver’s lumbar support and a tilting telescopic steering wheel.

On the whole, this is a great Japanese car auction find with an overall rating of 4. The gleaming chrome alloys that you can easily make out in the pictures above are definitely our favorite part. Just like the 4Runner, the Hilux Surf is widely regarded as an easy-to-drive SUV that does exactly what it says on the box. It’s the perfect mix of reliability, comfort and utility. To learn more, you can get a full translation of the specs below the auction sheet:

2006 Toyota Hilux Surf auction sheet

“Interior B, first registered March 2006, SSR-X LTD model, CBA emissions code, FAT, AAC, gasoline engine, AM HDD navigation system, digital TV, Dolce 20 inch alloy wheels, roof rail, 2 x keyless entry keys, power steering, power windows, ABS< airbag, fog lights, floor mats, visors, keyless entry, spare key, front windscreen scratches, interior grime, wheel arch flares scratches, side steps scratches and dents, rust underneath, minor scratches and minor dents, marks as per map"


Japanese Car Auction Find – 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo GSR

Posted by Stephen On Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Yesterday we got the great news that Mitsubishi has definite plans to revive the Evo nameplate. They didn’t say when, but high-level execs have all but guaranteed that the next Evo will be a high-performance hybrid crossover. That means it’s the end of an era for Mitsubishi’s budget-friendly sports sedan. Today we’re paying homage to the old Evo with a pristine auction find from just a few years back – a 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo GSR Premium package.

2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo GSR

As a 2010 model year, this Mitsubishi Lancer Evo would have been manufactured in the prime of the car’s 10th generation of production. Otherwise known as the Lancer Evolution X, these models were built on a newly designed lightweight 2.0L turbocharged inline-four GEMA engine. The engine is made entirely from aluminum, but still offers a great kick with 296 horsepower available under the hood. With the lightweight design, this Lancer Evo is one of the few sub-300 hp cars that can go from 0 to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds.

As an Evo with the GSR Premium package, this Lancer’s engine would’ve been mated to a 6-speed Twin Clutch SST transmission system with magnesium paddle shifters mounted behind the steering wheel. This car also would’ve been the first car to use Mitsubishi’s Super All Wheel Control (S-AWC) system, with stopping power provided by Brembo ventilated brake discs.

2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo GSR rear

The exterior is iconic – exactly what most people associate with the Lancer Evo name. It’s got that wide-open trapezoidal maw, a trio of hood vents, a blood red paintjob and a huge rear spoiler to define this car as a performance model. And those stylish treads you see in the pictures above are 245/40R18 Yokohama ADCAN A13C tires mounted with Enkie 12-spoke alloys with extra-high rigidity.

2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo GSR interior

Moving inside the car, this 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo has a surprisingly robust interior for being manufactured during the automotive recession. In the image here, it’s easy to make out the sculpted leather bucket seats with white stitching and the chrome accents around the cabin that match the magnesium paddle shifters. You also can’t miss that beautiful 7-inch LCD with built-in navigation through the Mitsubishi Motors Communication System (MMCS) and a sizeable 30Gb on-board hard drive. And you can rock out with a booming Rockford Fosgate audio system for your favorite tunes.

At the time of this writing, there are less than 10 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolutions up for auction in Japan. The one you see here is the best-looking one of the bunch with an overall rating of 4.5. To learn more about this Japanese car auction find, you can get a full translation of the auction spec sheet below:

2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo GSR auction sheet

“Interior B, first registered May 2010, GSR Premium, FAT, AAC, service book, original AWs, power steering, power windows, leather, original navigation system, airbag, one owner, original BBS 18 inch AWs, Ralliart adjustable suspension, Fujitsubo muffler, Monster CPU and piping, AM rear diffuser, original HDD navigation system, Recaro black leather seats, optional lip spoiler, optional trunk lid spoiler, HID lights, smart key, Rockford Fosgate sound system, seats worn, door mirrors scratched, wheels scratched, scratches and dents, lower left side step cover A3, scraped under front bumper, front windscreen stone scratches, marks as per map”


Japanese Car Auction Find – 2010 Subaru WRX STI A-Line

Posted by Stephen On Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

After we learned that Subaru finally plans to bring a full-on BRZ STI model to the US, it seems fitting to highlight a Japanese car auction find from the Subaru tuning arm. Despite being the only STI model shared between Japan and the US, we went with a Subaru WRX STI because frankly it’s the most exciting STI variant that’s been offered to date. This is a 2010 Subaru WRX STI A-Line Premium package.

2010 Subaru WRX STI A-Line

The Subaru WRX STI A-Line was introduced in Japan back in 2009 as a 2010 model year. It was essentially a sedan variant of the Impreza WRX STI… If you look at the two cars only from the front, they are nearly identical. However, the A-Line gets a number of additional improvements that help aim it at a slightly older demographic. The A-Line was, after all, meant to be an adult-targeted model.

Looking at the exterior, the Subaru WRX STI A-Line has all the trappings of a performance car. To help emphasize the A-Line’s sedan profile, Subaru pulled the rear overhang back by about 150mm, which adds a meager 10kg to the curb weight. You’ll also find a slight front spoiler, a hood scoop for extra powertrain ventilation, 18-inch forged aluminum alloys, and a rear diffuser with twin sports exhausts. And of course, you can make out the STI badging in the front and back.

2010 Subaru WRX STI A-Line interior

Inside, the normal Subaru WRX STI A-Line comes standard with Recaro bucket seats wrapped in black leather and Alcantara. However, since this is an A-Line Premium package, you’ll get tan leather instead of the Alcantara mixture, and you’ll get tan leather wrapped around the steering wheel too.

You’ll also enjoy heated seats, cruise control, paddle shifters (which you can barely make out in the photo) and the central audio remote control. And don’t forget the aluminum pedals and built-in navigation that come standard in any WRX STI.

2010 Subaru WRX STI A-Line rear

Under the hood, the 2010 WRX STI A-Line was only offered with a five-speed automatic transmission with downshift control. This is where the WRX STI A-Line really separates itself from the normal WRX – it runs on a twin turbocharged 2.5L boxer four that outputs a hefty 300 hp.

What’s more?

The engine is equipped with an Active Valve Control System to maximize low-mid range torque, and a Tumble Generation Valve that helps optimize combustion. Plus, you’ll have insane stopping control with 17-inch front brake discs and 16-inch rear rotors.

To learn more about this 2010 Subaru WRX STI A-Line, keep reading below for a translation of the auction sheet:

2010 Subaru WRX STI A-Line auction sheet

“Interior B, first registered August 2010, STi A Line Premium Package model, FAT, AAC, one owner, brown STi leather seats, power seat, seat heater, xenon lights, Si Drive, power steering, power windows, original AWs, leather, airbag, original TV, original navigation system, ABS, original HDD navigation system with digital TV, paddle shift cruise control, push button starter, indicator door mirrors, coating completed, front windscreen scratched, interior grime, battery flat, minor scratches and minor dents, marks as per map”


Japanese Car Auction Find – 2010 BMW X6

Posted by Stephen On Saturday, April 18th, 2015

Last week we learned that the Honda Crosstour will be officially dropped from the Honda lineup. Meanwhile, the BMW X6 – a very similar car by all rights – continues to sell very well. In fact, the second-generation 2015 BMW X6 received an 8/10 rating by US News just earlier this week. As a 2010 model year, today’s Japanese car auction find falls inside the car’s first generation of production, but it still has all the same features that make today’s model such a hot seller.

2010 BMW X6

Looking at the auction sheet, you can see that this is a standard BMW X6 xDrive35i. That means that this wagon-sedan-crossover fusion is powered by a 3.0L twin-turbocharged inline-six petrol engine. Power output is 302 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque, so it actually offers a very engaging and responsive driving experience. With numbers like that, it’s no surprise that even the most scrutinizing critics rated the BMW X6 as having the best performance in its class. US News actually said that, “even base trims of the X6 provided a superb drive.

The X6’s responsiveness is maximized by BMW’s Dynamic Performance Control system. The X6 is the first car to use BMW’s DPC system, which basically uses an active differential to distribute different levels of torque to the wheels depending on driving conditions. Unlike most active yaw control systems, though, BMW’s DPC corrects over- and understeer both front to back and side to side.

2010 BMW X6 rear

While you’d have a hard time narrowing the BMW X6 into a specific segment, what really separates it from the Honda Crosstour is that it does have a distinct and appealing design. Of course, this is no surprise from BMW, but we really do adore the X6’s aesthetic. It has an almost coupe-like profile with a rounded rear end and a heavy front clip, along with a relatively low ride and a stunning BMW-style mesh grille. As you can see in the images and on the auction sheet below, this particular Japanese car auction find is in pretty good shape for its age, with only a few minor dings and scratches.

2010 BMW X6 interior

Surprisingly, the interior of the 2010 BMW X6 is one of the only areas to draw criticism. The cabin is well-equipped and comfortable, but some drivers bemoan the fact that the car only has four seats… Not exactly what you’d expect from a vehicle that’s commonly described as an SUV. However, the truth is that the X6 offers a lot more interior space and cargo capacity than just about any sedan on the market, and rivals that of many small crossovers. So, it really just depends what you’re comparing it to.

Either way, it’s easy to see why the BMW X6 continues to thrive in BMWs lineup. It stacks up well to the competition, it looks great, and the performance is even better. For more information, get a full translation of the auction sheet below:

2010 BMW X6 auction sheet

“Interior B, first registered March 2010, ABA emissions code, XDrive 35i, AT, AC, power steering, power windows, leather, original TV, airbag, official dealer RHD import, model year unknown, seats and steering wheel worn, rust underneath, scratches and dents, marks as per map”


Production Nissan Lannia Coming to Auto Shanghai

Posted by Stephen On Saturday, April 18th, 2015

Nissan Lannie teaser

While the 2015 New York Auto Show technically concluded the spring auto season, our friends in China are just warming up. Barely a week after the NY Auto Show’s opening, automakers are already starting to tease new cars and concepts for the upcoming 2015 Shanghai Auto Show. Our first teaser for the event is one from Nissan for their production-spec Nissan Lannia. Nissan has kindly provided both an image preview (above) and a video teaser (below) to get us hyped:

The Nissan Lannia was originally shown all the way back at the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show as the Nissan Friend-ME Concept – a social-centric car that integrated social media and entertainment technology into the cabin for all four occupants. Then, at last year’s Beijing Auto Show (the shows in Shanghai and Beijing alternate years), Nissan showed us a full-fledged Lannia Concept.

Now, after two years of “what if”, it looks like Nissan’s newest youth-targeted car is ready to break onto dealership floors in China. After the car’s official debut later this month, it’s expected to go on sale as a 2016 model in the second half of this year.

What’s special about the Lannia is that this will be the first car Nissan has built and developed exclusively for the Chinese market. More specifically, they’re targeting the younger generation of drivers between ages 20 and 33 or so.

That means the Lannia won’t be available anywhere outside of China when it launches later this year, but former Nissan CPO Andy Palmer had hinted that it may eventually make its way into international markets. Either way, we expect the new Nissan Lannia to look a lot like the 2016 Nissan Maxima that made its own official debut just last week in New York, albeit with a more muscular front clip and a more youth-targeted interior. However, the V-motion front grille and boomerang headlights look like they’ll remain the same.

While the Shanghai Auto Show is an event targeted exclusively at the Chinese market, keep in mind that the Lannia’s target market – Chinese drivers aged 20 to 30 – is currently about 240 million strong. The entire US only holds about 320 million people, so this is certainly a market worth investing in for the world’s second largest Japanese automaker.

Japanese Car Auction Find – 2014 Volkswagen Passat

2014 Volkswagen Passat

There’s no doubt that Volkswagen is the automaker with the strongest hold on the Chinese market. In January of this year, the top five best-sellers in the China were all Volkswagen models. If Nissan wants to build a significant presence in China, they’ll have to go through Volkswagen first.

2014 Volkswagen Passat rear

The Volkswagen Passat has always been an extremely strong-seller in China, and it’s easy to see why. It’s the flawless combination of aggressive sports appeal and refined finesse –perfect for the ambitious Chinese business class.

2014 Volkswagen Passat interior

To learn more about this Japanese car auction find, get a full translation of the auction sheet below:

2014 Volkswagen Passat auction sheet

“Interior A, exterior condition A, first registered March 2014, TSI Comfortline Bluemotion, DBA emissions code, FAT, HI headlights, original alloy wheels, official dealer RHD import, AAC, model year unknown, wheels scratched, interior grime and scratches, minor scratches, marks as per map”