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3 Cars You Can’t Miss From the 2015 Tokyo Auto Salon

Posted by Stephen On Saturday, January 17th, 2015

While the Detroit Motor Show rages on in the US (we’ll be back next week with more coverage), the Tokyo Auto Salon is quickly drawing to a close, and we haven’t yet had an opportunity to share our favorite finds from the show. Yesterday we showcased some really neat aftermarket concepts from Subaru, but there’s oh so much more to see.

As you continue reading, you’ll get a look at three of our favorite Japanese cars from this year’s Tokyo Auto Salon.

Honda Vezel Mugen Concept

Honda Vezel Mugen Concept

This Vezel-based concept is a semi-quirky racer customized by M-TEC (aka. Mugen) in celebration of their performance in the SUPER GT 300 class in the last Super Formula series. It’s a conventional JDM Vezel fit with Mugen parts, including an off-the-wall bodykit, upgraded brakes and suspension, sleek 20-inch alloys and a sporty interior.

Toyota Mark X GRMN

Toyota Mark X GRMN Concept

What we have here is a conventional Toyota Mark X that’s been modified by Toyota-affiliated racing firm GAZOO Racing, known by the acronym GRMN. The firm made a number of aesthetic improvements, including a subtle body kit with a rear spoiler and 19-inch alloys, a revised interior with sport seats and steering wheel, plus plenty of carbon fiber trim. But the truly noteworthy improvement here is the new powertrain, which GRMN borrowed from the current Lexus IS 350. So, you get a 3.5L V6 paired with a 6-speed manual, which delivers a full 316hp and 280 lb-ft of torque.

Only 100 units of the Toyota Mark X GRMN will be sold, and they’ll start at about $45,000.

Toyota GT86 GRMN Concept

Toyota brought a total of 34 concepts to the Tokyo Auto Salon from a number of different tuning firms. Our other favorite would have to be the GRMN GT86 Concept, seen above.

Nissan GT-R Nismo N Attack Package

Nissan GT-R NISMO N Attack Package

Much like Toyota, Nissan brought multiple NISMO-tuned models to the Tokyo Auto Salon, but none more eye-catching than the Nissan GT-R NISMO N Attack Package. This is the exact same car that achieved a record lap time for volume production cars of 7 minutes and 8.679 seconds on the Nürburgring last year.

NISMO showcased two versions of the GT-R kit; the N Attack Package A – an identical model to the Nurburgring record-setter – and the N Attack Package B – which is toned down a bit for daily driving.

Japanese Car Auction Find – 2015 Honda Vezel

2015 Honda Vezel

Since we’ve already showcased multiple Nissan GT-R and Toyota GT86 Japanese car auction finds (even a Toyota Mark X), we thought today would be a good time to showcase the new Honda Vezel crossover. What you see here is a brand-new 2015MY with near zero miles on the odometer.

2015 Honda Vezel interior

The Vezel has been a huge hit in Japan, and for good reason. It’s a reliable Honda with above-average styling for the stereotypically plain-looking automaker. The Vezel is well-primed to take the place of the CR-V as Honda drivers’ go-to crossover, and you’ll find several models in various colors up for auction in Japan. When  you log into our Integrity Exports database, all you have to do is select Honda as the manufacturer and Vezel as the model, and within seconds you’ll have a list of over 20 models (at time of writing) to choose from.

For more information about this particular model, keep reading below the auction sheet for a translation of this car’s specs.

2015 Honda Vezel auction sheet

“Grade S, interior A, first registered January 2015, Hybrid Z Navi S Package, original alloy wheels, power steering, power windows, airbags, cruise control, smart key, rear view reversing camera, AT, AC, service book, spare key, hole where stereo has been removed, marks as per map”


Subaru Levorg S Concept & Legacy B4 Blitzen Shown in Tokyo

Posted by Stephen On Friday, January 16th, 2015

The 2015 Detroit Motor Show isn’t the only newsworthy events going on this week. For many automakers, the Tokyo Auto Salon is just as important. As it happens, Subaru is one of those automakers; they don’t have anything to show in Detroit, but they do have two brand-new concepts on stage in Tokyo.

Subaru Levorg S Concept

Subaru Levorg S Concept

Subaru showed us a new Levorg ‘Concept’ at the Tokyo Motor Show late last year, which is a sporty station wagon that Subaru fans everywhere have been requesting for years. We say ‘concept’ in quotes because, while it was officially dubbed a concept, it was and is really a production-ready vehicle. In fact, Subaru has already started taking orders for their new model, which are set to ship in May or June of this year.

While the Levorg has already garnered a heap of praise for its sporty throwback appeal to the good ol’ days of Subie, the Japanese automaker is bringing things up a notch at the Tokyo Auto Salon with the new Levorg S Concept. This can basically be seen as a Levorg STI model, even though Subaru isn’t officially calling it an STI. However, the STI badging that can clearly be seen on the car itself and the booth around it, and it bears the blue and orange color-scheme typical of other STI models.

Subaru Levorg S Concept STI

In addition, Subaru has completely overhauled the front fascia with extra-large air vents, a carbon fiber front spoiler, a new tightknit mesh grille and carbon fiber side-mirror caps for an extra bit of flair. You’ll also find new sculpted side skirts, and a matching carbon fiber rear diffuser with a carbon fiber roof and rear roof spoiler, along with two extra-large exhaust pipes for good measure. The exterior design is capped off with a set of 19-inch BBS alloys with Michelin’s PSS tires.

As you’d expect with any STI, a number of performance enhancements have been made to match the sportier design. From what we know right now, those include a new STI-tuned suspension, a six-speed sports manual transmission with AWD, and a tuned-up 2.0L boxer turbo to seal the deal, although specific performance specs haven’t been released.

Subaru Levorg S Concept interior

The performance feel continues inside with new Alcantara and leather bucket seats, aluminum pedals, a partially Alcantara wrapped steering wheel, and a bright red push-button ignition to match the STI color scheme inside.

Unfortunately, no word on when the Levorg STI will make it to production, although it does seem very likely that it eventually will. There’s a chance it’ll start shipping with the normal Levorg this summer, but our bet is that we’ll see it later this year as a 2016MY.

Subaru Legacy B4 Blitzen Concept

Subaru Legacy Blitzen Concept

Unlike the Levorg S Concept, the revised Legacy Blitzen doesn’t seem to have any ties to the STI sub-brand. Instead, it’s simply a sportier version of the admittedly rather plain-looking Subaru Legacy sedan. However, like the Levorg S, this new Legacy gets a host of exterior modifications, predominantly in the front and rear bumpers.

Subaru Legacy B4 Blitzen Study

Noteworthy additions include a new front lip spoiler, a glossy black grille, an eye-catching “Premium Red” paintjob, a new split rear spoiler, low-riding side skirts, and plenty of carbon fiber trim to go around. Plus, you’ll notice new 19-inch alloys with Bridgestone tires.

Subaru Legacy B4 Blitzen Interior

Inside, the upgrades continue with a totally overhauled interior that bears a striking resemblance to the Levorg S’ interior, albeit in a tamer black-and-beige color-scheme. The only thing missing are the Levorg’s new bucket seats, but they won’t be missed with the quilted leather and Alcantara seats in the Legacy.

Subaru XV Sport Concept

It should be noted that Subaru also showed a similarly revised version of the XV Crosstrek called the Subaru XV Sport Concept, pictured above, but you can see that the revisions are largely the same as those for the Legacy B4 Blitzen, albeit in yellow instead of red. Front lip spoiler, matte black roof, rear spoiler, rich black alloys and a sporty interior (below)… You get the idea.

Subaru XV Sport Concept Interior

Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X Final Concept Revealed

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X Final Concept

We’ve known for a while that the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution sports car doesn’t have much time left on the market. Then, a month ago things got a lot more real when Mitsubishi US’ executive VP, Don Swearingen, told automotive blog Motor Trend in plain English that there will be no replacement for the model after the 2015MY. “It’s time has come and gone,” are the exact words he used.

However, just as we’d expect for a car like the Lancer Evo, the Japanese automaker is determined to see the Lancer Evolution go out in style. So, to commemorate its final year on the market, Mitsubishi is going to release a special edition model for enthusiasts and fans alike as a way of bidding adieu. Today we got our first glimpse of the special edition model, fittingly called the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X Final Concept (shown above), which will take a bow at the upcoming 2015 Tokyo Auto Salon later this week.

Not to be confused with the Tokyo Motor Show which we just wrapped up last November, the Tokyo Auto Salon is an aftermarket tuning show – similar to the USA’s SEMA show – which is the perfect place to showcase a tuned up Final Evo with a fancy bodykit like the one we see here.

Along with the image preview, Mitsubishi gave us a few interesting specs to chew on while we wait for the Evo X Final Concept to hit the floor later this week. Basically, it’ll be a Lancer Evolution GSR model with a specially tuned five-speed standard transmission and a custom version of the HKS-tuned four-cylinder 2.0L turbocharged engine. Automotive blog Motor Authority tells us to expect an astronomical 473 hp – increasing the standard Evo’s power output by almost 70%.

Japanese Car Auction Find – 2013 Mitsubishi Mirage G

2013 Mitsubishi Mirage G

Unfortunately, there are no Mitsubishi Lancer Evo models up for auction in Japan at the time of this writing. However, there are plenty of other stellar Mitsubishis to choose from – our personal favorite of which is the Mitsubishi Mirage hatchback (formerly known as the Mitsubishi Colt).

This find is a 2013 Mitsubishi Mirage G with a pristine Pearl White paint job. Of course, this little hatchback won’t give you the same jaw-clenching performance of Mitsubishi’s upcoming Evo X Final Concept, but if you’re looking for a stable and reliable hatchback with all of the conventional amenities, then this is the perfect auction find for you.

2013 Mitsubishi Mirage G interior

You’ll enjoy a fully automatic transmission, air conditioning and electric windows, and a fuel-sipping 1.0L engine paired with the lowest drag coefficient of any model in its class. Keep reading below the auction sheet to get a full translation of this great little Japanese car auction find:

2013 Mitsubishi Mirage G auction sheet

“Interior B, exterior condition B, first registered March 2013, G model, DBA emissions code, FAT, AAC, push button starter, AS & G, smoked glass windows, rear spoiler, rear wiper, power steering, power windows, ABS, airbag, stone chips in front windscreen, front windscreen has minor cracks, interior grime, interior grime, scratches and dimples, marks as per map”


Honda Shows Off Fit Performance Project at SEMA

Posted by Stephen On Friday, November 7th, 2014

The 2014 SEMA show is well underway and it’s been a great year so far. Honda in particular has had a great showing at the event, and their Fit hatchback won a SEMA Award in the “Hottest Sport Compact” category. As you continue reading, you’ll see why… They have an amazing portfolio of nine different customized Honda Fit hatchbacks, each with its own unique flair.

Tjin Edition 2015 Honda Fit

2015 Honda Fit Tjin Edition

We’ll start with the Tjin Edition Honda Fit (pictured above), which was voted fan favorite in Honda’s 2015 Fit Performance Project. This model was developed by Kylie Tjin’s design team, and features a wide variety of upgrades including the custom Axalta paintjob and a custom-fabricated wide-body kit.

The aftermarket Tjin Edition hatch rides on 18-inch iForged wheels with hot pink brake calipers, and the interior has been made over with custom green and black Katzkin seat covers to match the exterior, along with a Sony sound system.

The only performance upgrade in the Tjin Fit is a new Bismoto Pulse Chamber. Which brings us nicely too…

Bisimoto 2015 Honda Fit Turbo

Bisimoto 2015 Honda Fit Turbo

As the name of this aftermarket package implies, the highlight of Bisimoto’s contribution is a custom turbocharger, which takes the Fit up to an incredible 480hp.

Bisimoto didn’t stop there, though. Their kit also includes custom springs, new gaskets, Deatschwerks 1000cc injectors, a new Action 2MS clutch, bigger brakes and plenty of other mechanical upgrades. Inside, you’ll find a mostly gutted race-ready cockpit complete with a heavy-duty Rogue Racing harness.

MAD Industries 2015 Honda Fit

MAD Industries 2015 Honda Fit with Grom

This is a nice follow-up to the first two builds we showcased because it has more performance upgrades then the Tjin Edition, but still has a clear focus on enhanced sports appeal.

Even if you don’t care for the charcoal black and plasma yellow color scheme both inside and out, there’s no denying that MAD Industries has given us a head-turner. We wish you could see this one on the road, because that’s the only way you’d truly appreciate the PIAA Plasma Yellow fog lamps or the golden window tints – pictures just don’t do it justice.

Perhaps what’s coolest of all about this kit is that MAD Industries modified the Fit to carry a matching Honda Grom motorcycle in the trunk, including built-in MACs Straps to keep the bike in place.

Want To See All Nine Honda Fits?

As you read at the beginning of this post, Honda brought nine enhanced 2015 Honda Fit hatchbacks to the SEMA show. The three listed above are our personal favorites, and we decided we’d rather write a lot about our favorites than a tiny amount about each one. That being said, you can still see each Honda Fit build below:

Kontrabands AML 2015 Honda Fit

Kontrabands AML 2015 Honda Fit

Spoon Sports 2015 Honda Fit

Spoon Sports 2015 Honda Fit

Kenny Vince 2015 Honda Fit

Kenny Vince 2015 Honda Fit

HPD B-Spec 2015 Honda Fit Race Car

HPD B-Spec 2015 Honda Fit Race Car

Bisimoto + Norman Reeves Honda Fit

Bisimoto + Norman Reeves Honda Fit

Honda Genuine Accessories also showcased a Fit with every available dealership accessory, but all you have to do is imagine a normal yellow Honda Fit to get the full effect, so we didn’t include it here.

If you want to read more about each individual hatchback in the Fit Performance Project, we recommend you head over to Honda’s #ProjectFit Tumblr page for a full rundown, start to finish, of each modification.


Toyota Bringing 15 New Concepts to the 2014 SEMA Show

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

The Specialty Equipment Market Association’s (SEMA) annual motor show is always a great place for automakers to show off their latest and greatest aftermarket innovations. With the show opening doors later next week, automakers have begun building hype for the new cars they’ll showcase at the event.

Toyota in particular looks to make a big impact at this year’s SEMA show. If you’ve been following Toyota’s newsroom for the past 24 hours, then you’ve been under a constant assault of press about all the new cars and concepts that Toyota plans to bring to the show. And remember, these new concepts come in addition to the Scion iM Concept that we’ll see towards the end of next month in LA.

We have a lot of concepts to get through, so let’s get to it!

2015 TRD Pro Trucks for Baja 1000 Race

2015 TRD Tacoma

Toyota will bring their trio of specially augmented TRD Pro trucks to the motor show, which will be competing (sort of) in the 47th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, which is a notoriously treacherous 1,000 mile-long desert race. We have the TRD Tacoma pictured above, and the TRD 4Runner pictured below.

2015 TRD 4Runner

We say the TRD Pro trucks will “sort of” compete in the Baja 1000 because technically these will be chase trucks, which means they’ll follow the primary race car – the Tundra TRD Pro Desert Race Truck – and help make repairs/support the driver when needed. Still, it’s a grueling task that the TRD Pro Tacoma, 4Runner and Tundra will face together next year.

New Toyota FT-1 Concept

2015 Toyota FT-1 Concept

We’ve already seen the first Toyota FT-1 Concept make its rounds through most of the major auto shows throughout the year. So, Toyota’s brining a fresh iteration of the sports car to the SEMA event. Whereas previous versions have been depicted in a bold black and red, the SEMA car will come in a subtler and classier graphite and saddle color palette. Not much more to say about this one, but it sure looks cool.

DUB Edition Sienna & Yaris

2015 Toyota Yaris DUB Edition

In collaboration with DUB Magazine, Toyota will bring a specially augmented wide-body Yaris and Sienna to the SEMA event next month.

2015 Toyota Sienna DUB Edition

Noteworthy modifications to the DUB Editions include, obviously, the wide fender flares that make the cars appear so much stockier. You’ll also find a lowered suspension, TRD Big Brakes, a custom paintjob outside, and lux carbon fiber accents with all-around better materials for the interiors. You’ll also find a booming DUB audio package, which includes 12 speakers and six amps in the Yaris, and half that for the DUB Sienna.

Mobile DJ Sienna:Remix

2015 Toyota Sienna Remix

As a fitting follow-up to the DUB Edition show cars, Toyota will also partner with West Coast Customs and SiriusXM to bring the well-named DJ Sienna to the SEMA show. As you can see, the car gets its name from the enormous sound system strapped to its roof. Housed in the system are four booming 12” subwoofers and 24 coaxial speakers with five amps and a bunch of other cool technology. There’s even a built-in DJ booth inside the Sienna:Remix with a direct plug-in system.

In other words, this really is a mobile DJ station… Made from a Sienna minivan. Who knew?

See all of these concepts and more at the 2014 SEMA Show which will open from November 4th to 7th next week.