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WERKING CLASS. Schlachtwerk’s Kawasaki W650 Racer

Written by Marlon Slack Schlachtwerk’s Tommy Thöring is obsessed with the Kawasaki W650. As everyone should be. They’re dead reliable, have handling so neutral it could be described as ‘Swiss’ and look more like a Triumph than a Triumph could ever hope to. If you’re in Germany and you own a Dub you want chopped into something special, it’s Schlachtwerk’s number you’d be punching in your phone. And here’s a great example as to why – their latest creation built around a 2000 Kawasaki W650 dubbe...
Tags: Facebook, Japan, Australia, Germany, Motorcycles, Sprint, Kawasaki, CNC, Tommy, Racer, Café Racer, Schlachtwerk, Christine Gabler, Werking, Tommy Thöring, Marlon Slack Schlachtwerk


Behind the Scenes at the Acura Design Studio

This is a story about how Acura lost their way, then refocused on design to successfully reinvigorate the brand. If you're a designer, a car fan or simply someone who follows the sector, we think you'll enjoy and/or learn from this look at what's been going on, behind the scenes, over at the Acura Design Studio. Roughly four years ago the company started making some major changes and now, with the recent release of the new RDX, have had their renewed focus on design validated by some startling s...
Tags: Japan, New York, Design, California, Cars, America, Los Angeles, General Motors, Canada, Lexus, Gm, Kelley Blue Book, Tokyo, Ohio, Bmw, Mclaren


Toyota doubles down on Nvidia tech for self-driving cars

Toyota is deepening its relationship with Nvidia as the automaker, and its research arms in Japan and the U.S., ramps up its autonomous vehicle development program. Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang announced Monday during his keynote at the 2019 GPU Technology Conference that Toyota Research Institute-Advanced Development — the automaker’s Japan-based research arm — is using the chipmaker’s full end-to-end development and production to develop, train and validate its autonomous vehicle technology. The...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Japan, Technology, Business Model, Tech, Ceo, Companies, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, United States, Nvidia, The Guardian, Automotive Industry, Toyota, Simulation


MUJI X Sensible 4’s Self-Driving Bus premiered in Finland. We got a chance to sit in it!

It’s only natural that the world’s first fully autonomous self-driving bus would come out of Finland. Finland, believe it or not, is often considered to be the ‘Silicon Country’ that gave the world Nokia and pretty much set the very blueprint for mobile communications. Nokia was founded in Finland, and for over two grand decades before Apple launched the iPhone, Nokia was the standard to beat. In fact, there’s a high likelihood that your first phone was a Nokia (I know mine was). Post-2010 whe...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Transportation, Japan, Design, Technology, News, Microsoft, Nokia, Automotive, Finland, Popular, Editorial, Helsinki, Product Design, Muji


Toyota’s Moon Rover

Traditionally limiting their endeavors to the Earth’s surface, Toyota now has plans to go to the moon. The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency announced a partnership with the carmaker to place a self-driving rover on the moon in 2029. Using Toyota’s fuel-cell technology and solar power, the rover can transport two passengers over 10,000 kilometers. Though no astronauts will travel to the moon in the rover …
Tags: Auto, Space, Japan, Design, Cars, Tech, Earth, Moon, Toyota, Autonomous Cars, Linkaboutit, Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency, Lunar Rover, Moon Rover


2019 Toyota Camry Receives Updates Across The Board

The Camry, one of Toyota’s best-selling cars, soldiers on with new updates for 2019. Toyota’s Safety Sense P suite provides a number of advanced driver-assistance systems.  Three powertrain choices are available, including a hybrid with an updated Power Control Unit. If you’re looking for a car that is the automotive equivalent of a manila envelope stapled to a beige wall, then the new 2019 Toyota Camry is for you. Oh sure, Toyota seems to be serious when they say the Camry has an “Exciting St...
Tags: Apple, Verizon, Japan, Steve Jobs, Porsche, Autos, Hud, Toyota, Epa, Toyota Camry, Toyota Motor Sales U S A Inc, Amazon Alexa, Car News, Tony Borroz, Entune, Clari Fi


Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance Seeks ‘New Start’

A meeting rumored to be targeted at developing a new board to oversee the Renault-Mitsubishi-Nissan Alliance took place earlier this week at Nissan’s global headquarters, sans Carlos Ghosn, with the automakers agreeing to a consensus-based governing strategy. At the heart of this pact is the need to diffuse tensions between France and Japan. If you’ll recall, […] The post Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance Seeks ‘New Start’ appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Japan, France, Industry, Auto Industry, Autos, Automotive Industry, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Renault, Carlos Ghosn, Thierry Bollore, News Blog, Osamu Masuko, Hiroto Saikawa, Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, Jean-Dominique Senard


Drivezy, India’s vehicle sharing startup, is raising $100M+ at a $400M valuation, eyes US expansion

Drivezy — the startup out of India that wants to turn private car usage on its head through a car-sharing network where people lend their cars and two-wheeled vehicles but also have options to use vehicles from a fleet managed by Drivezy — said it is raising more money as it gears up for the next stage of its expansion, including a launch in the US in coming weeks. The company is in the process of raising $100 million in equity funding, plus another $400 million in asset financing, with the l...
Tags: Google, TC, Ecommerce, Asia, Japan, China, Southeast Asia, Singapore, Collaborative Consumption, India, Funding, Cars, US, Tech, Automotive, Silicon Valley


MOTO PHOTOS: 2019 MBE Show, Verona, Italy

Written by Andrew Jones When you think about it, Italy having one of the world’s biggest and best bike shows makes total sense. Like Japan with their bullet trains and the Swiss being so good at watches, motorcycles seem to be at the very heart of the Italian psyche. And one visit to a show like Motor Bike Expo 2019 only drives the point home. It’s not wall-to-wall factory bikes or a bunch of business types ‘shifting units’ and exchanging email addresses. It’s honest-to-goodness, grass-roots ...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Japan, London, Germany, Rome, Dave, Motorcycles, Ducati, Italy, Event, Honda, Verona, Classic, Romeo, Mbe


Ghosn Leaves Japanese Jail in Disguise, Out on $8.9 Million Bail

Former Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn has left a Tokyo prison after posting bail to the tune of $8.9 million. His 108-day detention ended with the industry titan being escorted out out the building while wearing a disguise that entailed a cap, surgical mask, glasses, and workman’s clothes. Ghosn left the Tokyo Detention House around 4:30 […] The post Ghosn Leaves Japanese Jail in Disguise, Out on $8.9 Million Bail appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Japan, Autos, Tokyo, Jail, Law And Order, Nissan, Renault, Industry News, Ghosn, Carlos Ghosn, News Blog, Renault-Nissan, Hot Legal Action, Tokyo Detention House


Subaru recalls millions of vehicles due to perfume-induced brake light failures

Subaru is recalling millions of its SUVs in North America and Japan because a chemical compound emitted by products like shampoos, perfumes, and cosmetics is causing brake light failures. The post Subaru recalls millions of vehicles due to perfume-induced brake light failures appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Japan, News, Cars, Trends, Recall, North America, Subaru, Brakes


POWER COUPLE. Zanutto Engineering’s ’71 Yamaha R5 Restomod Racer

Written by Andrew Jones My partner loves talking about motorcycles. Sometimes, she just bangs on and on for hours and hours about two-stroke service intervals, the history of 500cc two-stroke Grand Prix racing and her favourite subject – expansion chamber designs. I’m joking, of course. She hates bikes. But just imagine if there was such a thing. Imagine a partner that was as keen to mix two-stroke as you were. Well, for San Diego’s Eric Zanutto and his wife Melanie, nature has conspired to...
Tags: Japan, California, Fresno, Motorcycles, San Diego, Air Force, Classic, Yamaha, Buchanan, Eric, Melanie, EBC, CDI, Andrew Jones, Rancho Palos Verdes, Racer


The coolest police cars from around the world

Not every police department opts for either a Dodge Charger or Ford Explorer. Some law enforcement agencies, including those located in Dubai and Japan, run a different kind of fleet. Here, we've gathered some of the coolest cruisers in existence. The post The coolest police cars from around the world appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Japan, Cars, Trends, Ford, Dubai, Tesla Model S, Lamborghini Huracan, Police Cars


Ace of Base: 2020 Toyota Supra

This one is sure to set tongues wagging and keyboards clacking. The return of the mighty Supra nameplate is — depending to whom you speak — either an abomination the likes of which the motoring world has never seen, or a wonderful harbinger of all things fun and sporty. For the record, your author is […] The post Ace of Base: 2020 Toyota Supra appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Japan, Autos, Toyota, Coupe, Supra, Sports Car, News Blog, Ace of Base, Gazoo Racing, Gr


COOL RUNNINGS. Banb Motorcycle’s ‘Zumax’ Suzuki GSX750 Inazuma Racer

Written by Andrew Jones Ostentatious oil coolers have been a stock-in-trade item for Japanese car customisers for decades. Lifted from racing car stylings of the 70s and 80s, the more ridiculous its placement and the route the oil lines take, the more street cred the cars seem to have. Now an essential part of the Japanese ‘Shakotan’ style, it’s part of a plethora of cool custom ideas developed in Japan since the dawn of time. But has it ever been attempted on a custom bike? Well, it has now....
Tags: Japan, France, US, Motorcycles, Marseille, Paris, Bmw, Classic, Mad Max, Steven, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Brat, Goodridge, Andrew Jones, Yoshimura


Will Honda Build a Modern Cafe Racer, Too?

Sticking With the Trends We just reported on the fact that Suzuki filed a patent for a cafe racer, and now it seems that Honda could be working on a similar motorcycle. According to the Japanese publication Young Machine, Honda will consider bringing back the GB series of bikes in the form of a modern cafe racer.  As RideApart notes, the GB bikes were Japan’s attempt at they’re own British bikes. GB basically equals Great Britan, get it? Well, we got a few of those bikes here in North America, ...
Tags: Japan, Motorcycles, Honda, North America, Suzuki, Young Machine, Great Britan, Young Machine Honda


40 Countries Agree – Automatic Braking Should Be Mandatory

Forty countries, led by Japan and the European Union, have agreed to require passenger cars and light commercial vehicles to come equipped with automated braking systems starting as soon as 2020. According to the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the new regulation will become compulsory for all countries that adopt it during an upcoming June […] The post 40 Countries Agree – Automatic Braking Should Be Mandatory appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Japan, Technology, Safety, Government, European Union, Regulation, United Nations, Autos, News Blog, Automotive Safety, Automatic Emergency Braking, U.N, Advanced Driving Aids, UNECE, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe


Toyota 86 British Green Limited: Another Japan-only Special Edition

Despite Toyota claiming that the 86 will stick around for a while, everything points to the car being on its last legs. Fortunately, this is usually the point where a manufacturer starts rolling out special editions to retake the public’s interest. Normally, these cars aren’t much to write home about, but every so often one […] The post Toyota 86 British Green Limited: Another Japan-only Special Edition appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Japan, Autos, Toyota, New Cars, Special Editions, News Blog, Toyota 86, Sport Coupes, 2019 Toyota 86 British Green Limited, Limited Edition Models


Next-gen 2019 Toyota Hiace exterior leaked in Japan [Update]

Update: The 2019 Toyota Hiace has started reaching dealerships. Spy...
Tags: Japan, Autos


Shoei’s IT-HT Equipped With HUD Will Debut 2020

The Smart Helmet Confirmed At the last CES, NS West and Shoei teamed up to bring a unique smart helmet with a head-up display (HUD) called the IT-HT. Shoei just confirmed it. Japan Today reported that the helmet manufacturer will produce the IT-HT and begin selling it in Spring of 2020.  Shoei is well-known in the industry for making some of the best helmets around. NS West is less well-known, but it has the technology and expertise to get it done. The company worked with Mazda and Daihatsu in ...
Tags: Japan, Motorcycles, Hud, Mazda, Daihatsu, Motorcycle News, Shoei, NS West, IT-HT, IT HT Shoei


Subaru’s Sales Success Comes With a Big Side of Trouble

Subaru’s sales in the United States effectively tripled in the past decade, making it the most important market for the brand by a wide margin. However, the automaker has had to expend quite a bit of energy in its home country of Japan to address recalls and regulatory scandals over the last few years. While the […] The post Subaru’s Sales Success Comes With a Big Side of Trouble appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Japan, United States, Autos, Subaru


Rare Rides: A Very Malaise Datsun 200SX From 1977

A fourth-generation Nissan 200SX surfaced previously in an edition of Buy/Drive/Burn, where its squared-off good looks went up against two other Japanese coupes from 1986. Today, we step back two generations and have a look at an 200SX from the Seventies. Maybe you can figure out if Datsun achieved what it was aiming for with […] The post Rare Rides: A Very Malaise Datsun 200SX From 1977 appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Japan, Editorials, Used Cars, Autos, Nissan, 1980s, 1970s, Imports, Economy Cars, News Blog, Coupes, Datsun, Malaise Era, Collector Cars, Rare Rides, Compacts


2019 Honda CBR400R launched in Japan; India launch unlikely

The all-new 2019 Honda CBR400R has been introduced in Japan. The motorcycle is...
Tags: Japan, India, Autos, Honda


The Nineties are calling: November’s Kawasaki Zephyr 750

The Kawasaki Zephyr 750 is one of those under-the-radar bikes that deserves a higher profile. It played a big part in kickstarting the retro boom in Europe in the 90s, but mysteriously fell flat in the USA—despite outclassing the Honda CB750 Nighthawk on almost every front. “The stable, no-surprises Zephyr works like a standard is supposed to,” said Cycle World at the time. “We can’t imagine why this bike isn’t selling.” The Zephyr 750 has plenty of fans amongst riders in the UK, and two o...
Tags: Europe, Japan, Usa, UK, England, US, Motorcycles, Ducati, Honda, Customs, PAUL, Kawasaki, Bridgeport, TIG, Linda, Brembo


Next-gen 2019 Toyota Hiace exterior leaked in Japan

The fifth generation Toyota Hiace was introduced back in 2004. Now, the sixth...
Tags: Japan, Autos


Toyota’s new car subscription company Kinto is gamifying driving behavior

Toyota has officially launched Kinto, a company first revealed late last year that will manage a car subscription program and other mobility services in Japan, including the sale and purchase of used vehicles as well as automotive repair and inspection. Kinto is jointly funded by Toyota Financial Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Toyota, and Sumitomo Mitsui Auto Service Company, a member of the Sumitomo Corporation Group. Initial funding for Kinto is 1.8 billion yen, or about $16 million, a...
Tags: Transportation, Europe, Japan, Tech, Automotive, Lexus, Tokyo, Automotive Industry, Toyota, Volvo, Subscription Services, Cadillac, Toyota Financial Services, Mobility Services, Kinto, Sumitomo Mitsui Auto Service Company


660cc Suzuki Alto to be launched in Pakistan this year - Report

Japan is reportedly receiving an all-new Suzuki Alto this October, a Japanese...
Tags: Japan, Pakistan, Autos, 660cc Suzuki Alto


Mitsubishi Sides With Nissan in Merger Backlash, Ghosn Claims He Was Set Up

Depending who you ask, the November arrest of disgraced auto executive Carlos Ghosn was either swift justice or a coup d’etat — with some help from the Japanese government. Re-arrested in December and held ever since without bail, Ghosn faces breach of trust charges alleging the exec covered losses incurred through foreign exchanges with Nissan’s funds […] The post Mitsubishi Sides With Nissan in Merger Backlash, Ghosn Claims He Was Set Up appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Japan, Autos, Law And Order, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Renault, Crime And Punishment, Ghosn, Carlos Ghosn, News Blog, Osamu Masuko, Hiroto Saikawa, Renault-Nissan Alliance


Mooneyes Star: A hardtail knucklehead from Asterisk

The next Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show is over ten months away, but many top-flight builders are already plotting their next entries. After all, ‘Mooneyes’ is the top custom show in Japan. It’s jam-packed with supreme craftsmanship—so if you’re bringing a bike, it had better be good. Here’s a closer look at a gem we uncovered at the most recent show: a magnificent hardtail with a knucklehead engine, created by Hideki Hoshikawa and his team at Asterisk Custom Works. Hoshikawa-san built it just ...
Tags: Japan, Motorcycles, Chevy, Firestone, Harley-davidson, CNC, Chevrolet Bel Air, Jenny Lind, Custom Motorcycles, Hideki, Yossy, Cannonball, Hideki Hoshikawa, Knucklehead, Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show, Harley bobber


Is a Honda X-ADV 300 Coming?

A Smaller Displacement Adventure Scooter Could be Coming Rumors are spreading about Honda putting together an X-ADV 300. That would mean there could be a smaller displacement adventure scooter soon on the market. According to MoreBikes, the new model could be based on the Forza 300.  At the moment, the current X-ADV isn’t sold in the U.S. That could change in the future. From some searching around on the Web, it’s clear to me that people are interested in it. Whether or not it would sell is ano...
Tags: Japan, Motorcycles, Honda, Scooter, Forza, Motorcycle News, X-ADV



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