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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”


Japanese Car Auction Find – Toyota Mark X 350S GS

Posted by Stephen On Friday, September 12th, 2014

You may remember at the end of the last post when we looked at the new Toyota Mark X Yellow Label edition. You’ll also remember that while we pined over the electric yellow sports sedan, we also pointed out the fact that there will be no sales of this JDM car in the US or Europe.

But that’s not 100% true. You can always buy from Japan and have us export cars like the Mark X to your country. A quick search for the Toyota Mark X yielded 171 different results, ranging from the original 2004MY to a fresh-off-the-lot 2014 model. Today’s auction find falls a bit closer to the latter – it’s a 2013 Toyota Mark X 350S Gs. However, there is one trait in particular that sets of this car apart from the rest.

Can you see what it is?

2013 Toyota Mark X 350S GS front

I’ll give you a hint – look at the roof. You might be able to see it better from the rear:

2013 Toyota Mark X 350S GS rear

See it? For 2013, Toyota offered a Mark X 350S Gs Carbon Roof edition which features – you guessed it – a crisp, black carbon fiber roof. This not only looks sleek, but also increases the car’s efficiency by reducing the overall road weight. Toyota also added custom black 18” split-spoke alloys and a redesigned mesh grille to complement the car’s seamless roofline.

However, while the carbon fiber roof certainly distinguishes this Mark X from the rest, keep in mind that the 350S model was already top of the line. The “S package” available for the Mark X 250 and 350 adds a significant amount of sporty appeal to the premium sedan. Looking at the rearview image above, you’ll notice that the exterior features a slight rear spoiler, a rear diffuser and twin exhausts. Also, you wouldn’t know it without a reference, but the front and rear bumpers were re-sculpted for the S package models.

Under the hood, all Toyota Mark X 350S’s – with or without the Carbon Roof – run on the same engine as that found in the Lexus GS 350 and IS 350. However, Toyota’s in-house tuning firm Modellista added a custom supercharger to the 3.5L V6 to create the Mark X +M Super Charger. All told, the car outputs a hefty 355bhp and 367 lb-ft of torque.

2013 Toyota Mark X 350S GS interior

You can keep reading below to get a detailed translation of the auction sheet for this 2013 Toyota Mark X 350S GS, but I’ll tell you right now that this Japanese car auction find is at the perfect balance between pricing and quality. The exterior has an overall rating of 4.5 and the interior is graded a B. That being said, the image above shows you that this car is well-appointed with plenty of comfort and technology baked into the interior.

For more information, just keep reading below the auction sheet:

2013 Toyota Mark X 350S GS auction sheet

Here’s the translation:

“Interior B, first registered June 2013, DBA emissions code, 350G’s Carbon Roof model, FAT, AAC, gasoline engine, service book, original AWs, power steering, power windows, original TV, original navigation system, airbag, one owner, original body kit, original HDD navigation system TV and rear view reversing camera, half leather seats, smart key, RHD, 100-car limited edition model, HID headlights, LED fog lights, LED beam, spare key, cruise control, paddle shift, carbon fiber-effect panels, ceiling lining grime, interior trim grime, scratches on exterior paintwork, other marks as per map”


Toyota Says No to Driverless Cars; Unveils Mark X in JDM

Posted by Stephen On Friday, September 12th, 2014

Nissan Autonomous Drive

This just in: the automaker that single-handedly pioneered advanced technologies like hydrogen fuel cells and commercial hybrid vehicles will NOT participate in the driverless future. That’s right – the world’s largest Japanese car maker, Toyota, will set their sights on safety while the rest of the industry focuses on driverless automation.

The announcement came last Thursday at the automaker’s Advanced Safety Seminar in Michigan. At this year’s event, Toyota’s Deputy Chief Safety Technology Officer, Seigo Kuzumaki, bluntly stated that, “Toyota’s main objective is safety, so it will not be developing a driverless car.”

While we could have probably ended today’s story right there, we figured you’d want to hear why Toyota isn’t interested in what many claim is the car of the future. It turns out that Toyota’s own market research hasn’t shown a strong desire from today’s drivers for an automated driverless car. Not only that, Mr. Kuzumaki also informed us that even if the technology for a driverless car were realistic (which he reiterated – it isn’t), the vast infrastructure needed to support fully automated driving is a very long ways away.

Instead of full computer automation, Toyota says they will use their resources to improve the connection between human and machine. At the safety seminar another Toyota representative, Kristen Tabar of Toyota’s Technical Center, said, “The human being is the ultimate in sensor fusion. We have the visual, audible advantage, all the different inputs to make the best judgment moving forward.”

So, don’t expect Toyota to join the ranks of Google, Volvo or Nissan on the hands-free road to driverless cars.

But don’t leave just yet – this isn’t the only piece of Toyota news we have for you today!

Since Toyota’s focus on safety is a straightforward and – let’s be honest – boring story, we’re rewarding you for getting this far with an extra piece of automotive eye candy.

This, friends, is the Toyota Mark X Yellow Label edition:

2015 Toyota Mark X Yellow Label

Beautiful, ain’t she?

The Mark X Yellow Label is a five-year refresh for the current generation of Toyota’s JDM sport sedan. In addition to the vibrant yellow paint job (which is optional), the limited edition Mark X will get a matching yellow or black interior with piano-black trim and pink gold accents. The sporty sedan also gets a number of equipment upgrades and custom Yellow Edition alloys.

2015 Toyota Mark X Yellow Label interior

Unfortunately, the eye-catching Mark X Yellow Label will never be sold anywhere but Japan and China. The closest thing to the Mark X in either North America or the EU is the Lexus IS.