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2016 Nissan LEAF To Get Triple-Digit EV Range

Posted by Stephen On Saturday, June 6th, 2015

2015 Nissan LEAF

Nissan has a problem. The next generation of their all-star EV, the Nissan leaf, isn’t due out until the middle of 2017 at the earliest. But, many of the car’s competitors are starting to rise in popularity, due in large part to their new model offerings.

For example, BMW’s new i3 (which can be had as a PHEV or EV) doubled its sales in May. The car’s biggest competitor, the Chevrolet Volt, just had its best month of sales ever in May with 1,618 deliveries, less than a thousand short of the Leaf’s May sales… And Chevy’s bringing their next-generation Volt out at the end of this year, not next.

If something doesn’t change soon, there’s a very good chance that the Volt will outsell the Leaf for the first time ever before the end of 2015. Unacceptable!

So, what’s Nissan going to do?

According to a recent report from InsideEVs, Nissan plans to offer an upgraded battery on the two higher trims of the Leaf for the 2016 model year. The SV and SL trims will both come with a 30 kWh battery, while the baseline S trim will retain the 24 kWh unit that’s used in all Nissan’s EVs now.

A 30 kWh battery would represent a 25% increase in the Leaf’s power storage capacity, which would allow the EV to finally hit triple-digit range numbers… According to the anonymous dealerships cited by InsideEVs, Nissan estimates the new Leaf will get a range between 105 and 110 miles per charge. Of course, Nissan’s official spokesman, Brian Brockman, is adamant that these are not to be taken as official specs. He told Autoblog, “We have made no public announcement about the 2016 Nissan LEAF. We do not comment on future product details.”

Also, keep in mind that this new expanded battery is still only a shadow of the potential that Nissan has hinted at for the next-gen model due out in mid-2017. Current rumors state that the next-gen Leaf will have a range beyond 200 miles, which would put it unquestionably ahead of even the Tesla Model 3, much less the 50-mile range of the next-gen Chevy Volt.

Japanese Car Auction Find – 2014 Nissan Leaf

2014 Nissan LEAF

Since it’s going to still be at least a couple more years until the next-generation Nissan Leaf hits the market, now is the perfect time to pick up an affordable first-gen Leaf from the auctions in Japan.

2014 Nissan LEAF rear

What we have here is a 2014 model year in a Deep Blue Pearl, which we expect to be added to the lineup as a standard color option for the 2016 model year.

2014 Nissan LEAF interior

Other than that, you probably already know if this car is for you. It’s a standard 2014 Nissan Leaf in spectacular shape with less than 7,000 kilometers on the odometer. A 5 auction rating, A-grade interior and exterior, barely a scratch or blemish across the entire car. Learn more via the auction sheet translation below:

2014 Nissan LEAF auction sheet

Interior A, exterior A, first registered April 2014, X 80th Special Color Limited model, FAT, AAC, power steering, power windows, ABS, airbag, original navigation system and TV, wheels scratched, door mirrors scratches, front windscreen scratched, interior grime and scratches, minor scratches and minor dents, marks as per map


Mazda & Toyota to Swap Green Technology, Including FCV

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

Toyota-Mazda

As emissions regulations continue to tighten around the world, Toyota and Mazda are considering expanding their current partnership to include the sharing of more fuel-saving technology. Specifically, the new agreement would involve the sharing of Toyota’s fuel-cell technology. In a surprising turn of events, that could mean we will see a Mazda FCV even before we see one from Honda.

The news of this latest “competitive cooperation” in the auto industry comes from Nikkei. We already knew that Mazda was planning to manufacture a Toyota-badged version of their all-new Mazda2 hatch sometime towards the end of this year in exchange for Toyota’s hybrid technology. Now, as emissions regulations tighten up and development of green technology becomes subsequently more expensive, the two automakers are looking to help each other out.

2015 Mazda2

In exchange for Toyotas hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle technology, Mazda intends to provide Toyota with the mechanics behind their efficient petrol engine technology – SkyActiv. The result is a win-win arrangement for both automakers:

  • Toyota gets better engines for their own portfolio (which have fallen behind the advancement of their hybrid counterparts, relatively speaking), AND increased proliferation of hydrogen technology.
  • Mazda gets access to the world’s leading FCV technology – development of which they could never do on their own with their limited budget.

Toyota has already made some of their key hydrogen fuel-cell patents available for free to any and all of their competitors. Again, the reasoning is that the more automakers working on fuel-cell vehicles, the quicker the hydrogen refueling infrastructure can grow. As it stands, there are only 12 hydrogen refueling stations in the US.

Meanwhile, Mazda has about one tenth the R&D budget of Toyota, who just announced an $18.1 billion profit for the fiscal year. They’ve spent the past several years focused entirely on fuel-efficient conventional engines, which has left them sorely lacking in the electrification department. The pre-existing technology partnership has helped, but gaining Toyota’s FCV technology would really put them head-and-shoulders above many of their larger competitors.

Although nothing has been put in writing just yet, officials from both automakers have been cited saying that their partnership will only expand with time. In the future, Toyota and Mazda could continue sharing more parts, manufacturing and even commercial vehicles, in addition to green technology. The two automakers have very similar perspectives when it comes to manufacturing and development; they both want to sell simple, clean cars without any real flaws.


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”


Mitsubishi Lancer Evo to Return as a Hot Hybrid Crossover

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

2014 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution MR Touring

Most of us already know that the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo is on the way out the door. Mitsubishi has already released a final limited edition of the vehicle to commemorate its exit from their lineup. However, as expected, they do in fact have plans to bring the Evo back to their lineup in the future. What we didn’t expect is the type of car they’re going to do it with.

According to a recent interview with Autocar, Mitsubishi boss Testsuro Aikawa says that the revived Evo would most likely be a performance-oriented hybrid crossover.

Pretty big jump, right?

Aikawa’s justification is simple. He envisions the Evo tagline coming to mean something entirely new for the automaker. He explained it like this: “In Japanese, when you pronounce ‘Oh’ [in Evo], it means ‘king’. So we would like to launch this type of [performance] car, featuring EV and PHEV technology, which is the ultimate of its kind. ‘EV’ for electric vehicle, ‘O’ for king – Evo.”

See how that works? It’s a clever bit of wordplay, and a good way to market the next Evo as the king of electric vehicles.

But what car would receive the Evo treatment?

Mitsubishi XR-PHEV II Concept

When you consider that Mitsubishi’s been building up the release of their next-gen Outlander Sport / ASX PHEV for almost a year now with their XR-PHEV II Concept, it seems reasonable to expect that this would be the next Evo vehicle. In other words, instead of the Lancer Evo, it will be the ASX Evo (or the Outlander Sport Evo, depending on your market).

Keep in mind, the next Evo will definitely not come anytime soon. It won’t be in 2016, and there’s actually no guarantee that it’ll come before 2020. Aikawa was very careful to not give a hard and fast ETA. Instead he simply said, “to develop these kind of vehicles, we have to sell a lot of the base models so we can cover the research and development costs.” In other words, they’re not going to force the next Evo into their lineup; they want it to be a natural evolution of a well-established model.

That being said, Autocar claims that Aikawa isn’t the only Mitsubishi rep. envisioning the ASX as the next Evo. Kaneroi Okamato – the guy who’s in charge of product development – is also on record saying the Evo will eventually be “replaced in spirit by an SUV with high performance.”

Together, they make a pretty compelling case, right? Regardless of how you feel about the EV king wordplay, it’s good to hear that Mitsubishi (A) has a plan for future performance models and (B) that they’re being prudent enough to make sure it pays off.


Nissan Rogue Hybrid Possibly Coming to the US

Posted by Stephen On Friday, April 17th, 2015

2015 Nissan X-Trail Hybrid

After Toyota showed off their new RAV4 Hybrid at the recent 2015 New York Auto Show, Nissan is chiming in with a new hybrid offer of their own. Nothing is guaranteed yet, but rumors have surfaced that Nissan is considering adding a hybrid powertrain to the second best-selling vehicle in their lineup – the Rogue compact crossover.

The news comes from an interview between the Nissan X-Trail’s chief engineer, Nobusuke Toukura, and Automotive News. For those unfamiliar with Nissan’s nomenclature, the US Rogue is sold in most international markets as the X-Trail. Nissan is getting ready to add a hybrid version of the Rogue/X-Trail to their JDM portfolio, and is mulling the possibility of bringing the same powertrain to the US.

That means that if the US does get a Nissan Rogue Hybrid, it will likely use a 30 kW one-motor hybrid system with two clutches, unlike the multi-motor hybrid systems that have been implemented by both Honda and Toyota. The Rogue’s hybrid system would be paired with a 2.0L four cylinder engine that outputs 145 horsepower, along with Nissan’s standard CVT transmission. AutoNews says that the 2.0L engine is more favorable for the hybrid setup because it offers superior with low-rev torque and acceleration compared to the larger non-hybrid 2.5L engine that’s also offered in the X-Trail.

If Nissan is indeed going to release a Rogue Hybrid, now is definitely the time to do it…

For one, a hybrid crossover would keep them aligned with new competitors entering the scene in the form of the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid and a possible Mitsubishi Outlander Hybrid. For two, US hybrid sales are expected to surge in the next five years as emissions regulations continue to tighten up. Thirdly, the Rogue is on an upswing this year, with a 28% increase in year-over-year sales during the first three months of 2015. When you consider that Nissan estimates that a hybrid option could account for 40% of future sales, it seems like an easy decision to make.

On top of all that, the Nissan X-Trail Hybrid going on sale in Japan next month will get an impressive 48 mpg, which makes it easy to see where Nissan got their expected 40% hybrid sales distribution – who could say no to 48 mpg in a crossover? Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait for official word from a Nissan USA spokesman to know whether the model is guaranteed to make an appearance on US shores… So far, still no comment.


2016 Lexus RX Cuts to the Chase in New York

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

2016 Lexus RX

This week we’re picking up right where he left off last week with continued coverage of the ongoing 2015 New York Auto Show. Today, our focus is on Lexus and their newest crossover – the 2016 Lexus RX. As you continue reading, you’ll learn all about the fourth-generation Lexus RX and what you can expect from the newest version of the premium automaker’s best-selling model.

2016 lexus RX interior

The Lexus RX is an impressive car by any standard. Lexus has sold over 2 million RX crossovers, making it the best-selling model in the brand’s 26-year history. For 2016, Lexus is looking to bring the RX up to speed with the rest of their lineup.

2016 Lexus RX interior rear seats

To do that, Lexus has completely redesigned the RX from the ground up to create a completely new model. Don’t get us wrong, this is still a Lexus RX and the fourth-gen model retains the old car’s primary selling point as an excellent all-around premium crossover. But, the fourth-gen offers a little more excitement than the blander 2015MY. The 2016 RX is a full 5 inches longer than the outgoing model, which serves to further differentiate it from the smaller Lexus NX crossover. That extra length is almost entirely felt in the rear seat, where rear passengers will enjoy ample leg- and headroom.

2016 Lexus RX interior sunroof

Speaking of rear passengers, Lexus has put extra effort into rear passenger comfort even beyond the extra space that they’ll enjoy in the 2016 model. Now, the rear passengers will get heated seats and an extended panoramic sunroof. And if you need extra storage room? The rear seats can now be folded down at the simple press of a button.

Rumor has it that Lexus is considering a three-row variant for the 2016 RX, but no official statement was given in New York.

2016 Lexus RX profile

The exterior design of the new Lexus RX speaks for itself, and we’re honestly not too surprised with it. That’s not to say we don’t like it, though; we love the direction of Lexus’ new design language. The 2016 RX gets the hallmark pinched spindle grille and extremely sharp, angular body lines – very similar to the new Lexus NX.

The final major addition that Lexus incorporated into the 2016 Lexus RX is the new Lexus Safety System+. This is basically Lexus’ new name for their collection of safety technologies, including Pre-Collision System, Lane Departure Alert, Automatic High Beam, Panoramic View Monitor and Lane Keep Assist. Lexus has always had great safety ratings, and in New York they confirmed their intent to remain an industry leader when it comes to standardizing advanced safety features in the premium industry.

All in all, the Lexus RX is a welcome refreshment to an already-popular model. Lexus didn’t announce any specifics, but pricing is expected to take a modest bump. Unsurprisingly, Lexus will continue offering a hybrid version of the RX, and both versions are expected to hit showroom floors in autumn of this year.


Sporty Mitsubishi XR-PHEV II Concept Coming to Geneva

Posted by Stephen On Friday, February 27th, 2015

2015 Mitsubishi XR-PHEV II Concept preview

Earlier this month, we were disappointed when Mitsubishi hyped up “the return of a legend” ahead of the 2015 Chicago Auto Show, only to bring us an outdated and unrealistic GC-PHEV Concept… A car which they’d already shown in the exact same form a full year-and-a-half prior, albeit not in the US.

Fortunately, it looks like they’ve learned their lesson. Mitsubishi is promising to showcase an all-new concept at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show next month, and we’re actually excited. It’s called the Mitsubishi XR-PHEV II Concept, and you can see it for yourself below.

2015 Mitsubishi XR-PHEV II Concept

The Mitsubishi XR-PHEV II is a follow-up to the original XR-PHEV Concept shown all the way back at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show. However, while the crossover coming to Geneva is officially being billed as a concept, the car in these teasers looks much closer to production than any crossover concept we’ve seen from Mitsubishi in recent memory.

So, if the XR-PHEV II is, in fact, close to production, what model will it be?

All current rumors are pointing to the new Mitsubishi Outlander Sport PHEV, expected to hit the market as a 2016 model, either later this year or at the beginning of next. This would be a fitting two-yearish follow-up to the standard Outlander PHEV that went on sale in the UK last April.

2015 Mitsubishi XR-PHEV II Concept rear

Mitsubishi says that the “concept XR-PHEV II is an urban crossover employing a lightweight, compact and high-efficiency front-engine/from-wheel drive pH EV system to achieve superior environmental and road performance.” They go on to say that the PHEV system is estimated to yield CO2 emissions below 40 g/km without sacrificing an engaging, sporty ride.

How?

From what we know right now, that “high-efficiency” PHEV system Mitsubishi references in the press release is an all-new plug-in hybrid powertrain. Mitsubishi tells us that it will use a 12 kWh battery to power an astonishingly powerful 160 hp electric motor. They didn’t say anything about the horsepower of the actual engine, probably because “the PHEV system is designed to operate primarily in all-electric mode with the engine … supplying additional motive power when needed.”

That being said, the original XR-PHEV Concept used a 1.1L turbocharged three-cylinder with 134 bhp, which probably isn’t too far off from the new concept given Mitsubishi’s explanation of the powertrain’s duties.

2015 Mitsubishi XR-PHEV II Concept interior design

In addition to the new PHEV system and exterior design we’ll see when the Mitsubishi XR-PHEV II Concept hits the floor in Geneva, we’re also keeping an eye out for the interior. Mitsubishi says that the interior expresses fortitude with a minimalist, high-contrast design. It’s intended to functionally enhance the drivers focus on the road with convenient, intuitive controls.

We have to say, this is the most excited we’ve been to see a Mitsubishi concept so far in 2015. Stay tuned next month to see the Mitsubishi XR-PHEV II Concept at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show!


Japanese Car Auction Find – 2014 Subaru Levorg 1.6GT-S

Posted by Stephen On Monday, January 26th, 2015

Late last week we looked at a new aftermarket kit from Subaru called the Levorg S Concept. Discussing that kit made us realize that we’ve yet to spotlight any of Subaru’s new compact wagons in our Japanese car auction database. So, today we fired up Integrity Exports and found this beautiful near-new Levorg 1.6GT-S that we really think you’ll like:

2014 Subaru Levorg

As we mentioned in that previous blog post, the Levorg has been a huge hit in Japan. It’s only been on sale for one year in Subaru’s domestic market, but already it has received a wide array of accolades, including Japan’s Good Design Award 2014. As a 2014MY, today’s auction find is one of those award-winning models in a metallic black paint job.

The Levorg is currently offered with two powertrains – a 1.6L boxer with direct-injection turbo (DIT) that outputs roughly 168 hp, and a sportier 2.0L H4 DOHC turbo engine that outputs a hefty 295hp.

Both engines utilize Subaru’s newly developed DIT compression technology, and the smaller one in particular offers truly exceptional fuel efficiency and surprising performance given the horsepower. In fact, the 1.6L is so impressive that it won Japan Combustion Society’s “Technology Award” in 2014, and Subaru plans to adopt the technology into the Levorg’s international cousins like the Legacy and Impreza ASAP.

2014 Subaru Levorg rear view

Today’s auction find is a 2014 Levorg 1.6GT-S EyeSight, which means it’s a slightly sportier base model powered by one of those new super-efficient, smaller displacement engines. But, you’ll enjoy immense fuel savings with a superb 41 miles to the gallon, or 17.4 km/l. With the Lineartronic CVT, you’ll enjoy classic Subaru smoothness, with the capability for a surprisingly engaging drive via the transmission’s Subaru Intelligent Drive mode (SI-Drive).

As you can see, the exterior aesthetic of the Subaru Levorg is a big reason why this wagon has done so well. The 1.6GT-S model in particular offers the perfect mix of sporty and functional. It gets those extra premium touches like the piano black mesh grille and prominent front spoilers, complete with Subaru’s hawk eye headlights. Plus, you can’t go wrong with a hood scoop like that, and the ever-so-slight rear spoiler is a nice touch. We also particularly like those eye-catching gunmetal alloys that solidify the car’s overall high-tech look.

2014 Subaru Levorg interior

The interior of this 2014 Levorg 1.6GT-S is a perfect follow-up to the exterior design. While you won’t get the leather upholstery of true premium cars, the actual design and layout of the cabin could have you fooled. Even with cloth, the seats are very comfortable and high-quality, and you’ll really enjoy the dual-screen system Subaru employs on the dash. One screen is for navigation, the other is for infotainment and safety features.

All in all, we’re happy to see the Subaru Levorg finally making its way into Japanese car auctions. If you’d like to see more great Japanese cars up for auction, you can access our Integrity Exports database with a free trial. Otherwise, keep reading below the auction sheet for full translation of this 2014 Subaru Levorg 1.6GT-S’ auction sheet:

2014 Subaru Levorg auction sheet

“Grade 5, interior A, first registered September 2014, 1.6 GT Eyesight, FAT, AAC, DBA emissions code, original AWs, power steering, power windows, airbag, first time in auction, Strada SD navigation system, digital TV, SD recording possible, steering wheel switches, 2 x smart key, push button starter, Eyesight Version 3, maker option welcome lighting, LED lights, paddle shift, Si Drive, scratches and dents, marks as per map”


This is the Epic New 2016 Acura NSX Supercar

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

2016 Acura NSX

It’s finally here – the car we’ve all been waiting for, and the undisputed king of the 2015 Detroit Motor Show. It’s the 2016 Acura NSX, back after 10 years of extinction, faster and better than ever before. This, folks, is the definition of a showstopper.

As you continue reading, you’ll get plenty of pictures, specs and even a video of the revived NSX supercar.

As you can see in the video, to say that the new NSX represents the future of Acura would be an understatement. This car simultaneously challenges the current status quo for performance cars everywhere and seeks to revive of the beloved Acura brand of old.

2016 Acura NSX supercar

It all starts under the hood with a powertrain that’s been in development since 2012.

The powertrain is a DOHC V6 engine, twin-turbocharged and paired with a 9-speed dual clutch transmission. But it’s more than just an engine; it’s a complete hybrid system with three independent electric motors – one for each front wheel, and one for the rear wheels, all working together to form a system that Acura dubs Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive.

2016 Acura NSX chassis

In the SHSHAWD system (quite an acronym, eh?) the two front motors improve forward traction, vector torque and overall handling, while the rear motor is dedicated to acceleration, gear shifting and braking. The role of the transmission can’t be overstated, and Acura promises track-level shifting that’s been tried and tested on circuits all over the world, including the renowned Nürburgring.

Unfortunately, we don’t have any specific performance specs yet, but Acura’s presentation in Detroit promises more than 550 horsepower, made all the more effective by the supercar’s lightweight, multi-material chassis. The NSX uses aluminum, carbon fiber, steel, several alloys and even ceramics (in the brake discs) to minimize weight and maximize on-track performance.

2016 Acura NSX rear view

The exterior design speaks for itself, so we won’t spend too much time discussing that to keep this post from turning into a book, but one thing you might not notice in the pictures is just how low the center of gravity is for this new NSX. Acura actually stretched the body by about 3 inches compared to previous concepts in order to accommodate a lower engine mount, aided by the highly compact valve train and dry-pump lubrication system.

The NSX only gets more advanced as you move inside the car, with four driving modes to choose from via Acura’s Integrated Dynamic System, which allows you to choose between Quiet, Sport, Sport+ and Track modes with the simple twist of a dial.

2016 Acura NSX human centered interior

Of course, the interior also boasts supercar-level aesthetics with immaculate visibility and what Acura promises to be relatively intuitive controls given the highly advanced nature of the car. This all fits in line with Acura’s stated goal of creating a “human-centered supercar”, even down to the seats which are ergonomically designed for both comfort and high-speed grip. You can see that the Acura NSX pictured here utilizes a vibrant red-and-black color-scheme with plenty of leather, which we assume varies to fit the exterior color.

To be honest, we could spend the rest of the week talking about the new Acura NSX and nothing else… That’s just how much time and development has gone into this car. Fortunately, we’ll have plenty more opportunities to talk about it between now and when the car goes on sale this summer, with deliveries starting later this fall. A starting price hasn’t been specified, but Acura tells us it’ll be in the ballpark of $155,000.

If you’d like to learn more, feel free to watch the entire live unveiling below: