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Japan Car Auction Find: 1984 Toyota Mark II

Posted by Stephen On Friday, April 15th, 2016

Coming up at auction in Japan tomorrow…

1984 Toyota MARK II at auction - front 2

“Grade 3.5, interior B, exterior B, first registered October 1984, five-speed manual gearbox, AC, aftermarket muffler, Mark I alloy wheels, power steering, power windows, twin cam, aftermarket shift knob, interior grime and cigarette burns and scratches, seats have cigarette burns and are worn, rust and paint underneath vehicle, exterior paintwork uneven and modified, front grill missing, wheels scratched, door mirrors scratched, minor scratches and minor dents, marks as per map”

1984 Toyota MARK II at auction - inspection report

1984 Toyota MARK II at auction - interior 1

1984 Toyota MARK II at auction - interior 2

1984 Toyota MARK II at auction - rear

1984 Toyota MARK II at auction - front


2015 Toyota Aygo X-Cite Version Has Us Excited

Posted by Stephen On Saturday, May 30th, 2015

2015 Toyota Aygo X-Cite

Toyota is offering a new X-Cite version of their Aygo subcompact hatchback for the 2015 model year.

As you can see, arguably the most noticeable new feature in the Aygo X-Cite is the addition of the new Cyan Splash exterior color. That striking blue is accented with a Piano Black grille, Bold Black side mirror covers, and Glossy Black five-spoke 15” alloy wheels. Yeah, that’s a lot of different kinds of black. Of course, the wheels also get some fancy Cyan Splash center caps to complete the look.

Apparently, the X-Cite will also be available with a blacked out roof in some select European markets (pictured below).

2015 Toyota Aygo X-Cite Bicolor

The Cyan Splash color-scheme splashed its way into the interior as well, and we have to admit, we like it. The bright blue accents around the seats, doors, floor mats and air vents are vibrant, but not overbearing… They really seem to breathe life into the cabin. The extra color makes the car feel youthful and fun, despite a relatively minimalistic design.

2015 Toyota Aygo X-Cite interior

However, even though the cabin looks minimalistic, it will be available with more features than ever for the 2015 model year. For example, the Toyota Aygo is now available with Toyota’s trademark Safety Sense suite of active safety technologies, including Pre-Collision System, which monitors vehicles in front of the car and automatically brakes if collision is imminent, and Lane Departure Alert, which you probably don’t need an explanation for.

2015 Toyota Aygo X-Cite rear

Altruistically, Toyota recognizes that “it is only when such advanced safety systems are in widespread use that they can have a real impact on the reduction of traffic accidents and fatalities.” So, to contribute to the cause they’re going to make sure the Toyota Safety Sense add-on is available at a “highly competitive price”.

Thanks Toyota!

Japanese Car Auction Find – 2014 Toyota Auris

2014 Toyota Auris

Unfortunately, there are none of the new-generation Toyota Aygo models up for auction at the time of this writing. But, there are several of the hatchback’s big brother available – meet this 2014 Toyota Auris.

2014 Toyota Auris rear

The Toyota Auris probably doesn’t need too much explanation. It’s Toyota’s primary hatchback offering, and as a 2014 model year, this would’ve been just two years after the generational overhaul. This particular model is a JDM Toyota Auris 150X S Package, which means it runs on a 1.5L petrol that outputs 104hp and 100 lb-ft of torque… Just enough for fuel efficient city driving.

2014 Toyota Auris interior

Want more information on this Toyota Auris? Get a full rundown via the auction sheet translation below:

2014 Toyota Auris auction sheet

“Interior A, exterior B, first registered July 2014, 150X S Package model, FAT, AAC, HID headlights, pushbutton starter and keyless entry, aftermarket navigation and digital TV, fog lamp, power steering, power windows, original alloy wheels, ABS, airbag, AFS, traction control, spare key, indicator door mirrors, minor scratches and minor dents, marks as per map”


Japanese Car Auction Find – 2014 Lexus NX 200t

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

With the arrival of the new Infiniti QX30 Concept at last week’s 2015 Geneva Motor Show, we thought today would be a good time to look at the other most recent competitor to the premium compact crossover niche. That car is the Lexus NX. The NX you see here is a 2014 model year in the 200t trim.

2014 Lexus NX

I was actually a bit surprised to see this car already up for auction in Japan. The 2014 Lexus NX is the first-ever model year for this new premium crossover, and it’s been a smashing hit in just about every market. The 200t version L is the baseline trim, but the car you see here is anything but basic.

Under that pristine white hood is a 2.0L turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine with direct injection and a 6-speed automatic transmission. It outputs a full 235 horsepower, and is actually the first Lexus ever to be fitted with a turbocharger. It uses D-4ST technology to maximize combustion efficiency, which means you can access most of that peak power output even from a low rev range.

Plus, for a car that goes from 0-60 in just 7 seconds, it still gets a pretty impressive 28 mpg.

2014 Lexus NX auction find

The exterior of the Lexus NX doesn’t need too much explaining… It’s one of the first models to use the premium automaker’s now-trademark pinched grille, although this model forgoes the spindle pattern in favor of horizontal bars. This particular Japanese car auction find is in really great shape, with an overall rating of 5 and an A-grade exterior.

Although we don’t have any pictures of it, the interior is graded at an ‘A’ too. Fortunately, I’ve found a manufacturer-sourced imaged (below) so that you can get a feel of the NX’s interior.

2014 Lexus NX interior creme leather

Keep in mind that this image from Lexus has been Photoshopped to appear extra sharp and crisp, plus it’s shown here in a Crème leather trim which may not be what you get in this model. However, you can still use this to get a general feel for the styling and layout of this auction find’s interior. It’s well-appointed with a full-color LCD Remote Touch Interface, plush leather seating, a wireless charger for mobile devices and even a color heads-up display to project all the most important vehicle info onto the windshield in front of you while you’re driving.

Even with just a brief overview of the Lexus NX’ design and features like the one we’ve provided here, you can see that it’s an exciting, feature-rich compact crossover that’s worth learning more about. If you agree, keep reading below the auction sheet for more info:

2014 Lexus NX auction sheet

“Interior A, exterior A, first registered September 2014, 200t Version L model, FAT, AAC, DBA emissions code, black leather, pre-crash safety, head up display, panoramic view camera, Mark Levinson system, panoramic roof, side visor, 3-level full LED headlights, radar cruise control, original navigation system, original TV, sunroof, leather, ABS, airbag, original AWs, power steering, power windows, no spare tire, marks as per map”


Japanese Car Auction Find – 2012 Nissan Teana 250XL

Posted by Stephen On Friday, February 6th, 2015

Since Nissan has just showed us official images for the 2016 Nissan Maxima, we thought today would be a good day to showcase an older Maxima model up for auction in Japan.

Anytime you’re looking for a specific model in our Integrity Exports Japanese car auction database, it’s always a good idea to double-check the Japanese production name. In this case, the Maxima is sold as the Teana in Japan. So, today we’re looking at a 2012 Nissan Teana:

2012 Nissan Teana auction find

The Nissan Teana is sold in Japan as a luxury midsize sedan. Today’s model is a badge-engineered Japanese version of the US Altima, but back in 2012, the car was its own distinct model. This would’ve been the last model year in the Teana’s second generation of production. Codenamed J32, the second-gen Teana was built on the same Nissan D platform used in the Maxima and Murano.

As you can see on the auction sheet at the bottom of this post, this particular auction find is a Nissan Teana 250XL Sport Selection. That means it features a special high-torque 2.5L petrol engine paired with a DOHC supercharger that, all told, outputs 165 bhp at 5600 rpm and 180 lb-ft of torque at 4000 rpm. This is more torque at a lower rev than every other 2012 Teana model except the top-of-the-line 350XV version.

2012 Nissan Teana 250XL Sport Selection

Looking at the car’s design, you can clearly see that this is an entry-level premium sports car. The body is smooth and refined, with clean-cut chrome accents that extend back from the fog lights along the side of the car. The grille is a 2012 classic – the thick horizontal grille that was a Nissan favorite just a couple years ago.

The second-gen Teana’s aesthetics may be a bit on the plain side by today’s standards, but the car looks good and this auction find is in great shape, so it’s hard to complain.

2012 Nissan Teana 250XL Sport Selection interior

The interior is a fitting follow-up to the exterior design. It’s very, very spacious with oodles of leg room for both front and rear passengers. The seats are comfortable with leather upholstery, and the dashboard is simple and easy to navigate. It doesn’t have any fancy LCD screens, but it does have a digital display for music and vehicle information.

All in all, this 2012 Nissan Teana 250XL Sport Selection is in great shape with an interior grade of B and an overall rating of 4.5. For more details, continue reading below the auction sheet:

2012 Nissan Teana auction sheet

“Interior B, first registered August 2012, FAT, AAC, 250 XL Sporty Selection model, service book, original alloy wheels, power steering, power windows, leather, airbag, seats and steering wheel worn, scratches and dents and repairs, replaced panel and other marks as per map”


Japanese Car Auction Find – 2009 Honda Civic Type-R Euro

Posted by Stephen On Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Today’s Japanese car auction find could not come at a better time. You’ll recall that yesterday Honda showed us the newest incarnation of their Civic Type-R Concept. When that car eventually makes it to production, be coming back as a fourth-gen model after a four-year leave of absence.

Today’s Japanese car auction find is a third-generation Honda Civic Type-R:

2009 Honda Civic Type-R  Euro front

Believe it or not, this model was the last Civic Type-R ever sold in Japan. However, that’s not the only reason that it’s so unique… You’ll see on the auction sheet at the bottom of this post that the chassis code for this model is FN2.

But, wait a minute! The last Type-R chassis that Honda developed for the Japanese market was coded FD2… What’s the deal?

In 2008, Honda developed and manufactured the FN2 chassis for a new European Civic Type-R, which successfully launched later that year in the UK as a 2009MY. Unfortunately, Euro V emissions standards passed soon after which forced Honda to cease production of the model. Since they couldn’t even sell their remaining stock of vehicles, they exported them to Japan and sold them as a limited edition Civic Type-R Euro.

In Japan, Honda pitched the car as, “A premium sports model with a distinctive, stylish form and performance that was forged on European roads. Only 2,010 units will be available for sale in Japan.” The car you see here is one of those rare Type-R Euro units.

Of course, it was only a matter of time until similarly strict emissions regulations made their way into Japan, and it was summer of 2010 when the Type-R nomenclature was officially discontinued in the JDM. And that’s how the Honda Civic Type-R Euro became the last Type-R to ever be sold in Japan.

Okay! No more history lessons. Let’s talk specs:

2009 Honda Civic Type-R  Euro rear

Outside, you’ll see that this 2009 Civic Type-R actually looks quite similar to the brand-new concept we saw yesterday. It’s a bit rounder around the edges, and it lacks the bells and whistles that you’ll always find on a show car, but it’s definitely a stylish and fun-looking hot hatch.

Inside, you can see below that Honda went the extra mile to give this sports hatch a comfortable, premium appeal. They developed custom leather bucket seats specifically for the Type-R Euro, and you can clearly see the refined black and red color scheme. It’s a bit harder to see, but the steering wheel is also wrapped in leather.

2009 Honda Civic Type-R  Euro interior

Under the hood, you’ll find that this Civic Type-R runs on a 2.0L i-VTEC engine with 197hp and 142 lb-ft of torque. That torque is available across a surprisingly wide engine range too, thanks to a custom intake manifold which helps maintain high engine output. Meanwhile, a Drive-By-Wire system allows for finely tuned throttle response, and engine noise is kept to a pleasant hum thanks to an integrated secondary balancer. That i-VTEC engine is paired up with a high-performance six-speed manual transmission.

As you can see, today’s Japanese car auction find is truly something special. If you’d like to learn more about this 2009 Honda Civic Type-R Euro, keep reading below the auction sheet for a full, detailed translation.

2009 Honda Civic Type-R  Euro auction sheet

Here is the translation.

“Interior B, first registered November 2009, grade 4.5, six speed manual gearbox, AAC, service pack, original alloy wheels, power steering, power windows, airbag, projector style headlights, pushbutton starter,t, seats or SIr type, left rear and right rear fender seals have been repaired, alloy wheels scratched, scratches and dents, left front lower cover is loose right front lower cover is loose, marks as per map”


Powerful New Subaru WRX S4 Unveiled for Japanese Market

Posted by Stephen On Monday, September 1st, 2014

2015 Subaru WRX S4 front

Last month, Subaru teased a darkened teaser image of a new WRX S4 sport sedan coming soon to the Japanese market. Now, exactly one month later, Subaru has released full details for their new quad-threat sports car.

What makes the new WRX a quad-threat car?

The S4 in the name stands for ‘Sports Performance’, ‘Safety Performance’, ‘Smart Driving’ and ‘Sophisticated Feel’. In other words, this isn’t just a sportier version of Subaru’s WRX sedan; it’s a “high-level fusion of these four [core] attributes, enabling more drivers to comfortably enjoy breathtaking Subaru performance with peace of mind.”

As you continue reading, we’ll go through each of these attributes so you can see exactly how the WRX S4 represents each one.

Sports Performance

Subaru DIT Engine

The Subaru WRX S4 runs on a tuned up 2.0L DIT (Direct-Injection Turbo) boxer with an impressive 296hp and 295 pound-feet of torque. You can compare that to the 268hp of the regular WRX. The powertrain will be configured with Subaru’s Symmetrical AWD and their Sport Lineartronic CVT, which we’ll talk more about under the Smart Driving section.

Safety Performance

Subaru WRX S4 EyeSight Technology

The Subaru WRX S4 will essentially get improved versions of Subaru’s current safety suite. For example, the S4 gets a new version of Subaru’s EyeSight technology with a wider viewing angle, longer-distance driver assistance and better color recognition. The Active Lane Keep steering assistance system is more responsive, and the car also comes with all the safety features below:

  • Pre-Collision Reverse Throttle Management
  • Brake Light Recognition
  • Pre-Collision Braking Control
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • New Collision-Absorbing Material in Front-End

Smart Driving

2015 Subaru WRX S4 rear

The higher output engine we talked about in Smart Performance will transfer more power to the road thanks to a number of modifications to the body and chassis. The S4 will use more durable, light-weight high-tensile steel and strengthened joints throughout. It’ll also get more rigid steering box mounts and an electronic parking brake to keep the car going where you want it.

Subaru says that the Sport Lineartronic transmission is a key part of the S4’s Smart Driving philosophy. They say that it “draws out the full potential of the 2.0L DIT Boxer engine in terms of power, torque and environmental friendliness.” One of the coolest elements of the improved transmission is its Sport# mode with SI-DRIVE, which allows drivers to switch to virtual eight-speed shifting while driving in the D-range.

Taken together, these powertrain and chassis improvements all result in better fuel economy and more predictable, more enjoyable driving.

Sophisticated Feel

2015 Subaru WRX S4 interior

Finally, the Subaru WRX S4 achieves Sophisticated Feel through a number of exterior and interior refinements.

Outside, you’ll find the new Japanese sports sedan gets a slightly redesigned front clip with a silver mesh grille and a lower air dam, along with a rear diffuser and twin dual mufflers. You’ll also find redesigned head- and taillights, along with a small rear spoiler and a shark fin antenna. Newly designed 18-inch alloys complete the look.

Inside, you’ll find the WRX S4 has larger front and rear doors with more backseat space. The front seat feels like a racecar cockpit, complete with newly designed sport seats befitting a performance vehicle, along with a flat-bottom steering wheel. The color scheme is primarily piano black, with red stitching and accents throughout.


Japanese Car Auction Find – 2013 Nissan Note Medalist

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

After Nissan unveiled their new Note NISMO hot hatch, I decided to see if there were any hidden gems hiding in our Integrity Exports Japanese car auction online system. After logging in, I simply selected “Nissan” as the manufacturer and “Note” as the model, and in a few seconds I had 100+ different Note hatchbacks to choose from; 127 to be specific. I quickly sorted by Grade and immediately this little treasure stuck out from the crowd:

2013 Nissan Note Medalist front view
2013 Nissan Note Medalist rear view

This is a 2013 Nissan Note Medalist, a limited edition of the hatchback only ever sold in Japan. You can probably guess where the car got its namesake… I’ll give you a hint: it has something to do with the color. As it happens, this is the only Nissan Note ever to be manufactured with this paint job, which the automaker dubs Beatnic Gold. Released at the end of 2012, this JDM-exclusive hatch likely commemorated Japan’s performance in that year’s summer Olympics.

Apart from the exclusive gold paint job, the Note Medalist edition also features new suede-like upholstery, a piano finished center cluster and a leather-wrapped steering wheel made from real leather. You can take a proper look at the interior below:

2013 Nissan Note Medalist interior

We chose to showcase this Nissan Note Medalist because it’s a great example of the type of cool, niche Japanese cars you can find up for auction every day in Japan. This is an affordable, limited-edition hatchback in great shape that you literally couldn’t find anywhere else. However, this particular vehicle isn’t quite as immaculate as many of our other Japanese car auction finds.

The auction sheet reveals that this Note does have an A-grade interior in near-mint condition. But, the exterior has seen some minor wear and tear with 12,000 kilometers on the odometer. You can see in the rear image at the top of this post that it’s got the spare wheel fitted. Learn more in the auction sheet translation below:

“Interior A, exterior condition B, first registered Feb 2013, Medallist model, FAT, AAC, push button starter, original navigation system and digital TV, power steering, power windows, ABS, airbag, original navigation system, original digital TV, body kit scratches, interior grime, left rear tire punctured, spare wheel fitted, minor scratches and minor dents, marks as per map”

(Remember, you can find out how to read the markings on the car exterior condition map here.)

The good thing is, even if this niche Nissan Note Medalist doesn’t suit your style, there are 100+ other Nissan Notes up for auction in Japan. And that’s just what’s available for this specific make and model… There are literally thousands of Japanese cars up for auction at incredible prices, and our Integrity Exports database makes it easy to find the best bargains.

Continue reading for this 2013 Nissan Note Medalist’s full auction sheet translation:

2013 Nissan Note Medalist auction sheet

Toyota Europe Reveals Facelifted Yaris Subcompact

Posted by Stephen On Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Toyota has just released first official photos of their new 2014 Toyota Yaris, facelifted especially for the European market. It was just about a month ago that Toyota Europe teased the new Yaris with a futuristic digital rendering, and we’re happy to say that the production version (pictured below) looks even better than the preview.

2014 Toyota Yaris Facelift

Let’s get this out of the way upfront: as of right now, this makeover is exclusively for the European market. A slightly more refined version will make it into the JDM Vitz, but this is a European car. You can’t blame Toyota for focusing on that market; the European compact segment is a nut they’ve wanted to crack for years now. The Yaris has done a good job so far, but this makeover looks to take it to the next level.

As you can see, a lot of this makeover has to do with the front clip and Toyota’s new “Keen Look & Under Priority” design concept. That means that this Yaris looks a lot like the new Aygo city car; it has the same cross-shaped bumper design with a visual separation between the hood and grille. You’ll also notice new door moldings and you can choose between four different 15- and 16-inch alloys. Meanwhile in the back, the new Yaris features a redesigned bumper complete with a diffuser, a sculpted license plate garnish, and new LED taillight clusters.

2014 Toyota Yaris Interior

Like any true makeover, the Toyota Yaris also gets a much more refined interior to go with its cleaner and more modern exterior. Toyota says that the inside of the new Yaris features “some important modifications aimed at improving driving pleasure and onboard comfort.” Later on in the press release, they revealed that most of the interior changes are in the materials used. But the makeover also includes more color options, more and better technology, and a more comfortable drive.

Speaking of driveability, Toyota has done some major tinkering with the suspension to make the new 2014 Yaris feel stronger on the road. They’ve also improved the soundproofing throughout the body to make those superior driving dynamics translate into even more interior comfort and fun.

The only thing that hasn’t changed in the newly facelifted Yaris is the powertrain. Toyota will continue to offer the same two petrol engines (1.0L & 1.33L) along with a 1.4L D-4D diesel or hybrid. However, the smallest of the three engines, the 1.0L petrol, has seen some major improvements to lower CO2 emissions down to 99g/km.

The Yaris as Part of Toyota’s Global Vision

In addition to the news of Toyota Europe’s facelifted Yaris, Toyota also announced that this new vehicle marks the start of a new vision for how Toyota develops new vehicles on an international scale. The strategy has been in the works since 2011 when Toyota president Akio Toyoda announced his Global Vision initiative which aims to meet global needs through regionalization.

Sound like a bunch of corporate talk?

Well, it is. But the basic point is that under Toyota’s Global Vision strategy, different regions will take on unique responsibilities for researching and developing new cars. For example, Toyota Europe will now take the leading role in planning compact cars. Why? Because those cars are the most relevant to their demographic. We can expect to see this trend of regionalized development continue as Toyota continues to grow in both size and market share.

Finally, you might say. After all, Japanese brands have struggled for years in Europe for being, basically, dull. With EU designers and engineers finally being given more control over their local product, expect to see more style and improved dynamics rather than Japanese corporate blah.