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Subaru XV Design Concept Debuted at 2016 Geneva Show

Posted by Stephen On Friday, March 4th, 2016

Whether it’s speed or performance boundaries that you’re looking to see redefined or it’s innovative technology and luxury that you’re looking to get your fill on, the Geneva Motor Show is where you’ll find all of the above in one exciting place. This is where leaders of the car industry come to show off their latest and greatest concepts in automobiles and every big car company highlights this week on the calendar as the time to present the most advanced vehicles to the world. Among the featured cars for this year’s March Madness, Subaru had a little something to earn bragging rights.

Subaru XV Concept Geneva 2016

For those who don’t remember, Subaru debuted a couple of Impreza concepts at the Tokyo, and Los Angeles car shows last year. The first car was one was a five-door hatch, and the second car was a sedan. However, the Impreza collection also includes the elevated Crosstrek, known as the XV in most other markets. So now at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, Subaru presents the first certified preview at the high-riding, next-generation Impreza, by way of this XV Concept.

While the specifics were few, what you see is what you get here. The XV certainly has a more powerful take on the sedan and hatchback models that came before it, in keeping with the Crosstrek’s character. The new concept rides on 19-inch wheels which definitely won’t make it to production, and you can anticipate some sort of boxer four-cylinder engine to drive power to all four wheels.

All in all, the XV Concept does look pretty decent. However, Subaru has a very long history of making eye-catching concept cars that don’t exactly carry their attractiveness over to production. Nonetheless, the existing Crosstrek has a bit of a rugged handsomeness to it, so let’s hope something parallel occurs when this concept ultimately transforms into a production model in the upcoming year.


Wrapping Up the 2015 Geneva Motor Show

Posted by Stephen On Friday, March 13th, 2015

The 2015 Geneva Motor Show officially closes its doors this weekend on March 15, and most of the Internet had moved on by mid-last week. However, there are a few really cool concepts we have yet to highlight, so today we’re going to do a quick wrap-up to make sure you get to see everything.

Infiniti QX30 Concept

Infiniti QX30 Concept unveiling

We had really high hopes for the Infiniti QX30 Concept after the B-roll teaser we saw just a couple days before the event. Sure enough, the premium compact crossover that Infiniti showed off in Geneva was arguably one of the best-looking cars of the show.

What we really love about the Infiniti QX30, though, is that it’s a truly European model. For many years, both Nissan and Infiniti struggled to identify exactly what European drivers wanted out of their vehicles. Over the past five years, the Japanese automaker has really found their footing.

Infiniti QX30 Concept at the Geneva Motor Show

With those heavily sculpted lower bumpers, 21-inch wheels, and a functional roof rack framing the floating roof, this new premium crossover looks well-primed to take on the best of the best from European automakers. We expect the QX30 to launch shortly after the upcoming Infiniti Q30 hatchback, and our bet is that this premium compact crossover will quickly jump to the top of Infiniti’s European sales.

Goodyear Bh-O3 & Triple Tube Tire Concepts

Goodyear BH-03 and Triple Tube Tire Concepts

Bh-03 tire concept (right) and Triple Tube tire concept (left)

Tire concepts… Kind of weird, right?

That’s what we thought too, but after looking at them we’re honestly shocked these didn’t get more coverage. These innovative Goodyear concept tires are actually really cool! While they definitely won’t make it to production anytime soon, it’s good to see that car manufacturers aren’t the only ones innovating in the automotive industry.

The first tire concept is called the Triple Tube tire. It gets its name from the fact that there are three individual tubes that run around the inside of the tire, which allow the tire to literally change shape depending on the needs of the driver and road conditions.

  • Eco / Safety Mode – All three outer tubes are inflated normally. This is more or less ‘normal’ driving mode.
  • Wet Traction Mode – Here, the center tube is extra-inflated. This causes the car’s weight to be pinpointed to the middle part of the tire, which uses a raised tread to significantly reduce the chance of hydroplaning.
  • Sporty Mode – In this mode, the inboard shoulder tube is deflated (the one closest to the middle of the car), which gives drivers crisp track handling with an optimized contact patch.

The BH-03 concept tire has much more straightforward purpose. It harnesses heat created by normal driving to produce electricity, which can then be routed to the motor of a hybrid or electric car. It’s a simple goal that’s accomplished with nothing short of mechanical genius:

2016 Honda Civic Type-R

2016 Honda Civic Type-R

Honda’s new “racecar for the road” was one of the few production models to make its debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. To be fair, we saw more than our share of Honda Civic Type-R concepts and prototypes, so this was certainly a long time coming.

The hot hatch Honda showed in Geneva is the same model that recently broke a Nürburgring record by lapping the track in under eight minutes – 7 minutes, 50.63 seconds to be exact. That’s thanks to an explosive 2.0L turbocharged VTEC engine that outputs 306 bhp and a full 400 Nm (295 ft-lb) of torque.

2016 Honda Civic Type-R interior

From a styling standpoint, the new Honda Civic Type-R is about exactly what we hoped for after seeing the previous prototypes. Honda has kept the car’s extremely aggressive stance intact, complete with a truly epic rear spoiler. And that interior is to die for!


Fiat 124 Spider Will Be the Italian Mazda MX-5

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

2016 Mazda MX-5

We’ve known for a while now that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and Mazda were working on a partnership around Mazda’s new MX-5 Miata roadster, which made its European debut last week in Geneva.

Thanks to a report from AutoExpress, we’ve just learned that Fiat’s version of the new roadster will be sold as the Fiat 124 Spider.

This fits perfectly in line with earlier rumors from late last year that Fiat had trademarked the 124 nameplate. At the time, the trademark application was confusing because Fiat actually already sold a 124 Spider from 1966 to 1980… We had no idea whether the trademark was meant to protect their old model’s name or introduce a newcomer. Turns out, it’s a little of both.

Old Fiat 124 Spider

The old Fiat 124 Spider was a four-seat convertible. With this news, we know that the new one will be a two-seat roadster sharing the same engine and platform as the Mazda MX-5. However, while the underpinnings will remain the same, Fiat plans to launch their sister car with a more retro styling than allowed by Mazda’s Kodo design language. Their car, execs say, will more closely emulate the early Fiat 124 of the 60’s – a traditional European roadster.

Click here to see Fiat’s first official projections for what the new 124 Spider might look like.

We also learned specific details of the partnership between Mazda and Fiat at Geneva. Both cars will be manufactured at Mazda’s Hiroshima plant. However, Mazda will get to take center stage with their new MX-5 for a full 12 months throughout 2015 and into 2016. Then, Fiat will launch their new Miata-based 124 Spider in 2016 once Mazda’s had plenty of time to make rounds through all the major auto events.

2016 Mazda MX-5 side view

In addition, we learned Fiat may offer an Abarth version of the new 124 Spider with an extra hot powertrain… Up to 200 hp hotter, in fact. However, we expect that Fiat will do their due diligence to determine demand for an up-tuned instead of launching it blindly alongside the 124 Spider.

Japanese Car Auction Find – 1997 Fiat Barchetta

1997 Fiat Barchetta

Unfortunately, there were no old Fiat 124s up for auction in Japan at the time of this writing. However, we did manage to dig up this ’97 Fiat Barchetta in our Integrity Exports Japanese car auction database. “Barchetta” means “little boat” in Italian, so you can see where this spunky little soft top gets its design.

1997 Fiat Barchetta rear

Under the hood you’ll find a 1.8L DOHC petrol engine that outputs 130 hp and 121 lb-ft of torque. Interestingly, this was the first Fiat production model to make use of variable camshaft timing to optimize engine performance. It’s got a top speed of 124 mph and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just a hair under 9 seconds (8.9 to be exact).

To learn more about this 1997 Fiat Barchetta, keep reading below the auction sheet:

1997 Fiat Barchetta auction sheet

“Interior C, exterior C, first registered June 1997, Barchetta model, five-speed manual gearbox, AC, official dealer left-hand drive import, grey and black interior, spare key, ABS, airbag, power steering, power windows, engine oil leak, glue on dashboard, light line scratches on exterior paintwork, seats have minor stains and medium wear and also fraying, shift knob is worn, ceiling lining grime, minor interior grime, steering wheel worn, touch paint marks, scratches underneath bumpers, aftermarket alloy wheels, fuel Paintwork is faded, front windshield has stone scratches, other marks as per map”


2016 Mazda CX-3 Makes European Debut as a Diesel

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

2016 Mazda CX-3 in action

Mazda has been on the upswing lately, so we were anxious to see the newest addition to their lineup at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. That car is the all-new 2016 Mazda CX-3 subcompact crossover, which is already on sale in Mazda’s home market of Japan at the time of this writing.

2016 Mazda CX-3 silver

The Mazda CX-3 made a good showing at Geneva despite sharing the stage with similar offers from other big-name automakers like Nissan, Ford and, to a lesser extent, Suzuki. What makes the Mazda CX-3 different from most of the other crossovers at Geneva though is that (A) it’s a production-ready vehicle and (B) it’s powered by a diesel engine.

In fact, even though diesel cars accounted for less than 3% of all new cars sold in Japan during 2014, Mazda’s CEO Masamichi Kogai told Reuters that they would only be offering the diesel version of the CX-3 in the domestic market. He apparently believes that Japan is positioned where Europe was a few years ago. Today, half of all new cars sold in Europe are diesel-powered, so it’s clear that at least some of today’s drivers somewhere are beginning to get curious about diesel.

2016 Mazda CX-3 red

The Japanese version of the Mazda CX-3 will be sold with a new 1.5L SkyActiv-D turbocharged four-cylinder engine… You may find it interesting that this is simply a smaller version of the 2.2L SkyActiv-D that Mazda hopes to adopt in the US Mazda6 as soon as it meets their own self-set emissions and performance standards.

To briefly look at the new 2016 Mazda CX-3’s aesthetics, it follows closely in the steps of their other Kodo designed models, with the Mazda CX-5 bearing the closest resemblance. No surprise there since the cars share the ‘CX’ moniker! It has a boldly aggressive snout with an overall lively stance, but it’s been refined and simplified to appeal to a wider audience.

2016 Mazda CX-3 interior

New drivers will be able to choose from five trim levels of the new Mazda CX-3. Those trims are SE Nav, SE-L, SE-L Nav and Sport Nav. However, you’ll get a few standard features regardless of trim. For example, you’ll get 16-inch alloys, a 7-inch touchscreen interface, DAB radio and Bluetooth, standard airbags, cruise control, and several newer safety features like Tire Pressure Monitoring, Dynamic Stability Control and Hill Hold Assist… All regardless of trim.

A few noteworthy trim-specific features are:

  • 18-inch diamond-cut gunmetal alloys with chrome body accents and LED headlights at the Sport Nav trim
  • Lane Departure Warning & Smart City Brake for the SE-L and Sport Nav trims
  • Rear-parking sensors for all models above and including the SE-L trim
  • Bose surround sound, keyless entry and Mazda’s HUD system – Active Driving Display – in the Sport Nav trim

US sales of the new Mazda CX-3 are expected to start by summertime of this year, although we will only get access to the 2.0L petrol powertrain. Sales in Europe will likely start at a similar time, complete with the diesel option that Mazda is currently offering in Japan.


Suzuki iM-4 and iK-2 Concepts Debut in Geneva

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Suzuki is making a statement about their place in the European market at this month’s 2015 Geneva Motor Show. They’ve brought two all-new concepts to the event, each one targeted at a highly competitive segment.

The first is a mini 4×4 crossover called the iM-4 Concept, the second is a new hatchback called the iK-2 Concept. Learn more about each one below.

Suzuki iM-4 Concept

We were actually surprised by how clean and composed both of these concept cars look from Suzuki, especially the iM-4.

2015 Suzuki iM-4 Concept

Suzuki’s designated theme for the development of this car was “Shape the Inspiration.” We don’t know where they were getting their inspiration from, but the end result is an eye-catchingly retro, off-road-ready compact SUV that looks like it has a lot to offer.

2015 Suzuki iM-4 Concept rear

Perhaps most importantly, the iM-4 Concept is a hybrid, which instantly separates it from a lot of the other small SUVs on the market. It runs on a 1.2L DUALJET engine paired with an all-new platform and an SHVS hybrid system, allowing for “excellent fuel consumption with low CO2 emissions.”

Suzuki iK-2 Concept

Here we have a brand-new compact hatchback that Suzuki has dubbed the iK-2 Concept.

Unlike the iM-4 Concept, the iK-2 already has a number of well-established competitors that it’ll be facing up against, chief among them probably being the Ford Fiesta. Even at Geneva, the iK-2 is competing with the Nissan Sway Concept for attention.

Suzuki ik-2 Concept

Fortunately, the iK-2 Concept looks up for the task. Like the iM-4, it features the same all-new platform and is powered by a freshly developed engine code-named BOOSTERJET. We know it’s a 1.0L petrol with direct-injection and a turbocharger; unfortunately, you’ll have to use your imagination to envision the specific level of performance output this new powertrain will yield.

What you DON’T have to imagine is how well Suzuki has styled this new iK-2 hatch. Where the iM-4 is retro and angular, the iK-2 is much more elegant and refined. The styling hints at the drive quality too; Suzuki claims the iK-2 Concept offers a spirited ride that delivers excess excitement with conservative fuel economy.

Suzuki iK-2 Concept rear

Suzuki made no mention of a possible launch date for either of these two new concepts. However, both look close enough to production that our unofficial guess would be that these will hit the European market by the end of the year as 2016MY’s.

Japanese Car Auction Find – 2014 Suzuki Swift RS

2014 Suzuki Swift RS

Probably the most comparable car to the Suzuki iK-2 Concept currently in the Japanese automaker’s lineup is the Suzuki Swift. Especially if you’re looking at one of the extra-sporty Suzuki Swift RS models, like the 2014MY up for auction here.

2014 Suzuki Swift RS rear

The Suzuki Swift RS is a front-wheel drive five-door hatch powered by a naturally aspirated 1.2L four-cylinder engine that outputs a conservative 90 bhp and 87 lb-ft of torque.

2014 Suzuki Swift RS interior

This particular model is lucky enough to feature an upgraded automatic transmission, and some other standard tech like anti-lock brakes, air conditioning, power steering and windows, and dual air bags for added safety.

To learn more about this 2014 Suzuki Swift RS, keep reading below the auction sheet.

2014 Suzuki Swift RS auction sheet

“Grade S, interior A, first registered June 2014, RS model, FAT, AAC, service book, original AWs, power steering, power windows, airbag, push button starter and key-free system, electrical retraction mechanism on door mirrors, indicator door mirrors, discharge headlights and fog lights, original body kit, DBA emissions code, paddle shift, no stereo fitted, marks as per map@”


Lexus LF-SA Concept City Car Debuts in Geneva

Posted by Stephen On Friday, March 6th, 2015

2015 Lexus LF-SA Concept

One of the most innovative new concept cars on display at this week’s 2015 Geneva Motor Show is the all-new Lexus LF-SA Concept. Its name stands for Lexus Future Small Adventurer, so you can keep that in mind as you see the model in action in the video below:

Lexus tells us that the LF-SA Concept was designed by the Toyota Europe Design Development team located in Nice, France, and that it represents the newest adaptation of their ‘L-Finesse’ design language.

Looking at the exterior, it’s clear that this car’s design team intended to take L-Finesse in an aggressively futuristic direction. The ultra-compact LF-SA Concept’s entire body is only 3.45m long and 1.7m wide, standing only 1.43m tall.

Lexus LF-SA Concept profile

Despite its petite stature, the exterior is rugged and dominant, like some sort of ferocious reptile with its maw open wide. Notice the inset ridge extending out from the headlights along the top of the wheel wells, and the wide ‘V’ shape made by the body lines along the side. The core of the LF-SA’s exterior, though, is undoubtedly that enormous 3D mesh pinched grille, with huge fog light slits cut into the front fender.

2015 Lexus LF-SA Concept rear

The LF-SA Concept’s rear-end is perhaps even more strikingly sculpted than the front with a rear spoiler, then a rear taper, then two humongous bulging rear wheel wells. And of course, you can’t miss those custom chrome alloy wheels with black brushed steel between the spokes.

2015 Lexus LF-SA Concept interior

Moving inside, our glimpse into the future continues with a 2+2 cabin that’s stuffed full of space-age amenities like a hologram display, touch pad and a heads-up display for the windshield. We can also see some sort of electronic rear-view mirror, and a crystalline dashboard interface.

Also note that Lexus has structured the entire cabin around the driver, hence the special dark blue coloring of the driver’s seat. In fact, the driver’s seat is stationary… The pedals and steering wheel are adjusted to fit the driver’s body, instead of moving the seat. Meanwhile, the rear seats are accessed by pulling the front passenger’s seat forward.

2015 Lexus LF-SA Concept birds-eye view

Unfortunately, Lexus had nothing to say about the LF-SA’s powertrain, which means that we’re still probably at least one conceptual iteration away from seeing a production-ready model. To get a better idea of what a production LF-SA would look like, our suggestion is to imagine a Lexus NX without rear doors and a slightly lower ride. We’ll have to wait until later this year to know for sure.

Either way, a city car absolutely makes sense for Lexus’ lineup, especially in Europe where these three-door micro cars are a viable trend.


Infiniti QX30 Concept Fully Revealed Ahead of Geneva [VIDEO]

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Infiniti QX30 Concept

The subcompact crossover segment has been a veritable gold rush for automakers all over the world. Its profitability seemingly came out of nowhere. In the beginning, only a few automakers – and even fewer premium automakers – had anything to offer in the segment. However, today we have an explosion of premium compact crossovers to choose from, such as the new Buick Encore, Audi Q3 and Lexus NX.

In 2016, we will add Infiniti to that growing list of automakers with an offering in the hotly competitive segment, and this soundless B-roll video shows us a conceptual take of the car that will get them there:

Although it’s a bit dry, this behind-the-scenes look at the Infiniti QX30 Concept gives us a full preview of what to expect when we see the car in-the-metal at the Geneva Motor Show. And we have to say that after seeing this, our expectations are high.

Infiniti QX30 Concept roof

Not only is this a great looking compact crossover, Infiniti looks to have done an excellent job of defining their specific brand image with this new concept. It’s the perfect mix of modern, sporty and fluid, like it’s moving even when standing still. At the same time, the double-arch grille and heavily sculpted body give it that slight quirky appeal that also set the Nissan Juke apart from the rest.

Granted, we already had some idea what the exterior of the Infiniti QX30 Concept would look like due to the previous teaser and the fact that it borrows its design language from the Infiniti Q50…

Infiniti QX30 Concept interior

However, this is our first time seeing the interior, and to say it stands out is an understatement. We love the color scheme that Infiniti has infused into the cabin with rich chestnut brown and cobalt blue being the primary colors, and neon purple and silver chrome serving as accents.

We don’t want to spend too much time nitpicking the QX30 Concept since we’ll have a lot more to talk about when it hits the floor at Geneva, but if you’re anything like us, you’re excited!

In the meantime…

Japanese Car Auction Find – 2011 BMW X1

2011 BMW X1

One of the longest standing members of the premium compact crossover segment is the BMW X1. Even still, as a 2011 model year, this would have only been the second year that the X1 was in production.

2011 BMW X1 sDrive 18

This particular Japanese car auction find is a BMW X1 sDrive 18i with a 2.0L engine outputting 150hp and 148 lb-ft of torque. With the sDrive, you’re going to get a rear-wheel drive vehicle, and it’s got a beautifully sleek design and stands as the smallest model in BMW’s lineup of SUVs.

To learn more, keep reading below the auction sheet:

2011 BMW X1 auction sheet

“Interior B, first registered December 2011, sDrive 18i model, AT, ABA emissions code, power steering, power windows, ABS, airbags, model year unknown, RHD, front windscreen scratched, stone chips in front windscreen, interior grime, seats wrinkled, light scratches, exterior paintwork, rust on muffler and suspension, marks as per map”


Nissan Sway Concept Previews Sporty New Hatch in Geneva

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

2015 Nissan Sway Concept

The 2015 Geneva Motor Show is finally underway, and our first piece of coverage is for an all-new hot hatch from Nissan. Last week we saw our first couple teasers for the new Nissan Sway Concept, and now we finally have an in-the-metal look at this dynamic compact concept car.

It’s clear that the Nissan Sway Concept has been “designed to shake up the traditionally conservative B- segment hatchback sector.” The Japanese automaker is taking the same approach in the compact hatch segment that they’ve already successfully executed in the crossover segment with the Nissan Juke and Qashqai.

Now that we have a full look at the Nissan Sway Concept, it’s much easier to evaluate its design. There are a few key design elements that Nissan pointed out in their presentation today at Geneva…

First, the V-motion grille, which basically forms the visual foundation for the rest of the hatch’s design. The boldly sculpted bodylines curve over the bonnet and wheels to straighten out along the side of the car. The boomerang headlights perfectly accent the dynamic, fluid movement of the grille with a piercing, eye-like design. Nissan notes that they’ve broken the norm by making the boomerang LED one solid lamp and inserting separated LEDs within.

2015 Nissan Sway Concept rear

The swooping body lines extending from the front of the Sway Concept pinch in the middle and kick back up for a highly elevated C-pillar. This creates an extremely sporty profile that’s further accentuated by the heavily sculpted rear-end.

Finally, the coup de grace is the panoramic floating roof, which is a design element we’ve grown to love from Nissan’s recent concepts. This time they’ve used a C-shaped orange construct to span from the A-pillar to the top of C-pillar (no B-pillar) and into a slight rear spoiler. This perfectly contrasts the blue-steel aesthetic of the body. Inside the C-shape is a supportive X-shaped structure (see below) which sits directly above the front seat.

2015 Nissan Sway Concept floating roof

With a design like this, you can see why Nissan highlights ‘dynamic’ and ‘sporty’ as key words when describing their goals for the new Sway Concept. And believe it or not, the interior is just as cool.

2015 Nissan Sway Concept interior

The Nissan Sway Concept was carefully designed from the inside out to appeal to the demands of today’s European drivers. Designers were instructed to look at current European fashion trends to select a color scheme and materials for the Sway’s cabin. The result is a rich indigo and silver interior with white and orange accents. The materials used are a mixture of leather, fabric and metal. They’ve also implemented their ‘Gliding Wing-shaped dashboard’ to ensure that the front dash feels spacious, comfortable and intuitive.

Unfortunately, Nissan didn’t confirm exactly when or how their new Nissan Sway Concept would come to market… Only that it would definitely be doing so. Our guess is still that this is a preview for the new Micra, but we’ll just have to wait and see.


New Nissan Hatchback Making Its Sway to Geneva

Posted by Stephen On Monday, March 2nd, 2015

We officially have a hot new car to look out for at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, which is less than a week away. That car is the Nissan Sway Concept, which you can see in our first official preview below.

Nissan Sway Concept

The Sway is a new hatchback concept from the world’s second-largest Japanese automaker. Nissan barely hit 100 words in their press release that came with this image, but they did offer a couple juicy tidbits about what we can expect from this new concept car.

First, Nissan says that the “Sway is a glimpse at how a future generation of small Nissan models could look if the company’s striking new design language was applied to a European hatchback.” Apparently, Nissan is looking to apply the same out-of-the-box thinking and next-level quality standards to the small hatch segment as they have to the crossover segment.

In other words, the Sway concept will be Nissan’s next status quo challenging vehicle, just like the Juke and the Qashqai before it.

The teaser image on its own doesn’t offer too much information. However, there are a few key design elements we can see in this new concept, such as Nissan’s hallmark V-motion grille, some angry looking daytime running lights and relatively thin fog lights, which may outline some sort of front vent design. We can also see an aggressively sculpted body that honestly doesn’t look like it’s all that far from production.

Unfortunately, we probably won’t learn anything more about the Nissan Sway Concept until it makes its official debut next week at the Geneva Motor Show. However, we have a highly relevant Japanese car auction find for you to tide you over ‘til then:

Japanese Car Auction Find – 2013 Nissan March 12X

2013 Nissan March 12X

Nissan already has a small hatchback available in Europe, and that car is the Nissan Micra, aka. the Nissan March. We’re guessing that the Nissan Sway Concept previews the next generation of Nissan’s already-existing hatchback offering.

2013 Nissan March rear

You can see here that the current Nissan March is a great looking car, but not one that really breaks any boundaries the way Nissan has with the Qashqai and Juke. As a Nissan March 12X model, this car comes fitted with a 1.2L straight-three engine that produces 79 hp and 80 lb-ft of torque. It’s the same engine used in the Nissan Note.

The current Nissan March has been on the market since 2010, so if the Sway Concept previews a new version of that car, it would certainly make sense as a 2016MY.

For more information about this Japanese car auction find, keep reading below the auction sheet:

2013 Nissan March 12X auction sheet

“Interior A, first registered October 2013, 12X model, FAT, AC, power steering, power windows, service book,, airbag, intelligent key, CD, idling stop, marks as per map”


Japanese Car Auction Find – 2012 Toyota Avensis XI

Posted by Stephen On Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Yesterday we looked at a teaser for the new Toyota Avensis that will be coming to the 2015 Geneva Motor Show next month. We’ve seen a lot of people claiming that the current-generation Avensis didn’t need refreshing. Some people claim the original 2009 model was the best-looking one; others say the post-2012 model, which would’ve been the first facelift, holds the superior aesthetic. We lean towards the latter, and decided you’d want to see for yourself – here’s a 2012 Toyota Avensis XI wagon currently up for auction in Japan:

2012 Toyota Avensis

You can’t get a better color for the Avensis than this liquid silver. It really plays up the classiness of the wagon’s design, and it looks really sharp with the chrome grille and accents, as well as the tinted back windows. You can see that this version of the Avensis has a much larger grille than the upcoming one, and we can see why people prefer the palpable strength evoked by the horizontal bar design over the sleek, refined feel of the new model.

Meanwhile, under the hood this Avensis is importaed to Japan with only one engine option – a 2.0L four-cylinder petrol engine that outputs 150 hp and paired with a Multidrive S CVT transmission. Interestingly, this is one of Toyota’s ZR engines, which was the second engine ever to utilize the firm’s Valvematic (VVT) technology. This engine is still the largest displacement petrol available in any Avensis model.

2012 Toyota Avensis rear view

Considering the size of the 2012 Avensis, 2.0L is actually a pretty good size for the engine. Toyota’s goal for the third-generation Avensis model was to offer a sporty drive with a comfortable suspension. To make this happen, the underpinnings utilize McPherson struts and a rear double-wishbone suspension, and the exterior has been sculpted for a .29 Coefficient of Drag.

2012 Toyota Avensis interior

Unfortunately, we don’t have any interior pictures for this particular Japanese car auction find. However, you can see one of Toyota’s official images of the 2012 Avensis interior above. Not bad looking for a standard Toyota model, right? You’ll enjoy spacious front seats with seven airbags and all the conventional amenities. And the black cloth upholstery with silver accenting on the steering wheel and center console makes for a surprisingly modern-feeling cabin.

For you experienced Japanese car auction perusers, this Japanese car auction find gets an interior grade of B and an overall 4.5 rating. If you’d like to learn more about this 2012 Toyota Avensis, get a full rundown of the auction details below the auction sheet:

2012 Toyota Avensis auction sheet

“Interior B, exterior condition B, first registered January 2012, XI model, FAT, AAC, rear view reversing camera, push button starter, navigation system NSCN-W60, original navigation system, original TV< ABS, airbag, original AWs, power steering, power windows, minor interior grime, exterior paintwork has minor scratches, snow tires, bumpers repair marks, front windscreen stone scratches, marks as per map"