Posts Tagged ‘station wagon’

All-New Honda Fit Shuttle Hybrid Coming to JDM

Posted by Stephen On Saturday, April 18th, 2015

2015 Honda Jazz Shuttle Hybrid

Earlier, we learned about the Nissan X-Trail Hybrid set to go on sale in Japan in about a month. Today we have another new hybrid model making its debut in Japan, this time from Honda. It’s the all-new Honda Jazz Shuttle, which looks about exactly like it sounds.

Basically, this is a large station wagon version of the new Honda Fit, or the Honda Jazz depending on where you live. As with the last generation of the Shuttle, you can see that Honda has essentially just stretched out the rear-and of the Honda Jazz to create a substantially longer rear overhang.

2015 Honda Jazz Shuttle rear

In fact, the Shuttle is built on the exact same architecture as the new Honda Jazz, and looks to replicate much of the Jazz’s aesthetic too. You can see the same deep body lines running along the sides of the car, and it adopts Honda’s “solid wing face” front grille. The range-topping version of the Jazz Shuttle pictured here showcases the 16-inch alloys, built-in navigation and the leather-wrapped seats and steering wheel that come with the higher-level trims.

2015 Honda Jazz Shuttle interior

Under the hood, the Honda Jazz Shuttle will be offered with two powertrain options. The first is an AWD hybrid system powered by a 1.5L four-cylinder Atkinson engine with a single electric motor and a dual-clutch transmission. The other option uses the same 1.5L engine but drops the electric motor and AWD for a standard CVT and FWD.

Unfortunately, just like the X-Trail Hybrid, there’s no word that Honda plans to sell a Jazz Shuttle in the US or any other market besides Japan. Our guess would be that they’d launch it in East Asia before the US or UK, but only time will tell.

Japanese Car Auction Find – 2006 Honda Airwave

2006 Honda Airwave

Here we have a 2006 Honda Airwave. You can see on the auction sheet below that this airwave is one of the “L” models, which is the more luxurious of the two trimlines, “M” being the other option. As such, this Airwave features a large sunroof, high definition built-in navigation (and this was back in 2006, so that’s actually a big deal), and an exceedingly spacious interior.

2006 Honda Airwave rear

Looking at this auction find, you can see that not that much has changed in the past 10 years. There’s no doubt that this car looks a little bit dated, but it honestly doesn’t look that different in either form or function than the upcoming second-generation Jazz Shuttle.

2006 Honda Airwave interior

Either way, you can get more information via the auction sheet translation below:

2006 Honda Airwave auction sheet

“Interior B, exterior condition B, first registered July 2006, L Skyroof model, DBA emissions code, FAT, AAC, original Gathers HDD navigation system, original rear and side cameras, discharge headlights, power steering, power windows, original AWs, sunroof, ABS, airbag, original navigation system, original TV, 7-speed paddle shift, keyless entry, spare key, seats worn, door mirrors scratched, wheels scratched, front windscreen scratched, interior grime and scratches, minor scratches and minor dents, marks as per map, seats stained”

Japanese Car Auction Find – 2010 BMW X6

Posted by Stephen On Saturday, April 18th, 2015

Last week we learned that the Honda Crosstour will be officially dropped from the Honda lineup. Meanwhile, the BMW X6 – a very similar car by all rights – continues to sell very well. In fact, the second-generation 2015 BMW X6 received an 8/10 rating by US News just earlier this week. As a 2010 model year, today’s Japanese car auction find falls inside the car’s first generation of production, but it still has all the same features that make today’s model such a hot seller.

2010 BMW X6

Looking at the auction sheet, you can see that this is a standard BMW X6 xDrive35i. That means that this wagon-sedan-crossover fusion is powered by a 3.0L twin-turbocharged inline-six petrol engine. Power output is 302 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque, so it actually offers a very engaging and responsive driving experience. With numbers like that, it’s no surprise that even the most scrutinizing critics rated the BMW X6 as having the best performance in its class. US News actually said that, “even base trims of the X6 provided a superb drive.

The X6’s responsiveness is maximized by BMW’s Dynamic Performance Control system. The X6 is the first car to use BMW’s DPC system, which basically uses an active differential to distribute different levels of torque to the wheels depending on driving conditions. Unlike most active yaw control systems, though, BMW’s DPC corrects over- and understeer both front to back and side to side.

2010 BMW X6 rear

While you’d have a hard time narrowing the BMW X6 into a specific segment, what really separates it from the Honda Crosstour is that it does have a distinct and appealing design. Of course, this is no surprise from BMW, but we really do adore the X6’s aesthetic. It has an almost coupe-like profile with a rounded rear end and a heavy front clip, along with a relatively low ride and a stunning BMW-style mesh grille. As you can see in the images and on the auction sheet below, this particular Japanese car auction find is in pretty good shape for its age, with only a few minor dings and scratches.

2010 BMW X6 interior

Surprisingly, the interior of the 2010 BMW X6 is one of the only areas to draw criticism. The cabin is well-equipped and comfortable, but some drivers bemoan the fact that the car only has four seats… Not exactly what you’d expect from a vehicle that’s commonly described as an SUV. However, the truth is that the X6 offers a lot more interior space and cargo capacity than just about any sedan on the market, and rivals that of many small crossovers. So, it really just depends what you’re comparing it to.

Either way, it’s easy to see why the BMW X6 continues to thrive in BMWs lineup. It stacks up well to the competition, it looks great, and the performance is even better. For more information, get a full translation of the auction sheet below:

2010 BMW X6 auction sheet

“Interior B, first registered March 2010, ABA emissions code, XDrive 35i, AT, AC, power steering, power windows, leather, original TV, airbag, official dealer RHD import, model year unknown, seats and steering wheel worn, rust underneath, scratches and dents, marks as per map”

Japanese Car Auction Find – 2011 Subaru Outback

Posted by Stephen On Friday, March 27th, 2015

Earlier this week we learned that Subaru is trying to emulate the success of their Outback in the large crossover segment as they try to figure out how to replace the Tribeca in their lineup. In our opinion – and that of every other journalist in the automotive industry – the best thing Subaru could do is simply offer a three-row Outback. Today’s Japanese car auction find is a perfect example of why.

2011 Subaru Outback

This 2011 Subaru Outback demonstrates why this station wagon is such a hot seller and proves that the Outback’s success is anything but short-lived. As a 2011 model, this would’ve been the second model year in the Outback’s fifth-generation, which lasted from 2009 (offered as a 2010MY) to 2014.

For the fifth-generation model, Subaru expanded the Outback’s cabin to offer more room for both driver and passengers, they improved fuel economy up to 22 mpg city / 29 mpg highway for the four-cylinder engine, and they did a great job of modernizing the exterior without losing that traditional Outback feel.

2011 Subaru Outback auction find

Looking at the auction sheet at the bottom of this post, you can see that this is a Subaru 2.5i. All fifth-gen Outbacks are AWD, and two engine options were offered for this model year – a 2.5L Boxer-4 with an emphasis on fuel economy and a 3.6L Boxer-6 with an emphasis on performance. Both are offered with Subaru’s Lineartronic CVT transmission.

As we said earlier, this is one of the 2.5L models, which means it outputs 170 horsepower. Again, this doesn’t hold a candle to true heavy-towing offroaders, but it’s more than enough for the average city driver.

2011 Subaru Outback interior

Subaru made a number of other noteworthy improvements for the 2011 model year:

  • An extra 4 inches have been added to rear seat legroom, and the driver will enjoy 3 inches of additional headroom
  • Extra-wide front seats and reclining rear seats for maximum occupant comfort
  • Steering wheel mounted paddle shifters for the automatic transmission (you can barely see them in the photo below)
  • Electronic parking brake mounted on the center dash to allow more roam for cups and pocket storage between the seats

Of course, you can also see on the auction sheet that this Subaru Outback includes the EyeSight collision prevention system which originally debuted on the Subaru Legacy. Subaru EyeSight was awarded the “Best Technology” in 2010 by Japan Automotive Hall of Fame.

It’s easy to see why the Subaru Outback continues to be one of the best-selling wagons both in the US and internationally, and why it remains as the arguable crown jewel of Subaru’s lineup. To learn more about this particular Japanese car auction find, you can find a full translation of the auction sheet below:

2011 Subaru Outback auction sheet

“Grade 4, interior A, exterior B, first registered August 2011, DBA emissions code, 2.5 i-Sight SI Drive model, four-wheel-drive, FAT, AAC, original option navigation system with digital TV, black leather seats, power heated seat, HID lights, indicator door mirrors, i-Sight, cruise control, power steering, power windows, original alloy wheels, airbags, ABS, one owner, smart key, aftermarket alloy wheels, snow tires, light scratches, front windshield scratched, minor scratches and minor dents, 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"