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Mercedes-Benz and Sony will produce ultra-limited-edition VAIO Z notebook in Japan

Imagine booting up your laptop, and an engine sound will roar while your laptop is turning on? Is that something you want to get your hands on? Two famed companies will jointly collaborate to make that happen. Sony and Mercedes-Benz have your back in creating a one of a kind laptop equipped with engine sound effects. Sure beats the boring start-up chime anytime.

We can visualize the perfect car enthusiast collection of memorabilia, including oodles of scale models, expectedly some incredible examples of Lego Technic, eye catching set of stylish thematic furniture. However, if you're still not satisfied with the said thingamajigs, then there's an incoming offer coming from Sony and Mercedes-Benz: a VAIO Z notebook that will be very exclusive, a laptop you’d surely want to bring home with you.

The mentioned companies will be involved in a rare team-up to create an ultra-limited-edition run of the VAIO Z laptops that will flaunt a whole array of Daimler design touches that includes an accompanying start-up sound of a Mercedes-Benz sports car passionately accelerating from a standstill. We can only predict that this will be met with gusto from car enthusiasts and fanboys alike when it will be released in the future.

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2018 Japan-spec Toyota Camry receives TRD and Modellista versions

Toyota Camry is many things but exciting isn’t one of its frequent descriptions. That’s why throughout the years, Toyota has been stepping up its game for the said model in terms of design. We’re pleasantly surprised that the 2018 Camry that we first had a glimpse of at the Detroit Auto Show is offering a stronger, sexier appeal. Not only did it impress us, now people are excited for it to be out in showrooms. But that’s not all, Toyota also revealed Camry’s two new variants - the Modellista and the TRD.

We can make guesses but we can’t guarantee that the packages are more than skin deep. Performance figures have not been announced yet but one thing we know is that the 2018 Camry’s range topping model will come with a 3.5 liter V6 that can yield up to 295 horsepower, paired with an eight-speed direct-shift automatic transmission. The new generation will provide a more comfortable and dynamic driving experience.

Here’s the thing, both the Modellista and the TRD variants may never be shipped out of Japan since the model is based on the Japanese version of the Camry. But don’t lose hope. The fact that Toyota came up with the 850-horsepower sleeper Camry, suggests that the manufacturer is serious about revamping their cars’ performance.

Read the entire article 2018 Japan-spec Toyota Camry receives TRD and Modellista versions

Japan-exclusive Mercedes-AMG G63 to be released for 50th anniversary

If you fancy owning any automaker's limited edition releases then the Land of the Rising Sun is the place to be. Following the anticipated release of the CLA 180 donned in a Star Wars theme, Mercedes-Benz is back at it again with another limited edition in a more appealing AMG guise. The German automaker will be releasing a one of a kind G63 AMG 50th Anniversary Edition to celebrate Mercedes-AMG's 50 years in the automotive biz. However, Mercedes G63 will only be limited to Japan.

The 50th Anniversary Edition G63 will have only 50 units, and will be painted in Mauritius metallic paint that will give an even more premium look to the G63. The roof, fenders, contrast, mirrors and even the side trim will have the classy gloss black finish. To match the shadow look, a set of 20 inch AMG five spoke wheels is also fitted. Red callipers are also attached behind the black wheels that show off the large brakes.

Not to be left behind when it comes to swanky designs, Mercedes created an interior that boasts of high class Designo leather with diamond stitching. The interior of the G56 is also offered in 4 2-tone shades. In particular, 24 units will be produced in Porcelain white, 15 will have a black interior, 6 boasting of a Mocha Brown interior, and the last 5 will have a Saddle Brown toned interior. 3 of them will be bearing black leather for a 2-tone design. For a sporty look, an AMG Carbon Fiber trim package will seal the deal.

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3-row Mazda CX-8 SUV teased, will soon arrive in Japan

Three-row crossover SUVs are all the buzz right now especially among families. One such example is the Mazda CX-9 with its seating system along with outstanding options. The only problem is that the CX-9 is a bit too large to be a good fit in selected markets. This is what led the Japanese automaker to arrive at a nifty solution-- a more compact and dynamically designed 3-row SUV revealed as the CX-8.

The CX-9 has not been made available to Japanese auto dealers. There actually wasn’t a three-row SUV from Mazda until the CX-8. The needs of certain Japanese consumers weren’t being met. But all these will change as Mazda has said that by the latter part of the year, it will be launching the CX-8 in the Land of the Rising Sun. A single image stands as our first peek into the cabin of the six-seater CX-8. It revealed that the roof bends more as it approaches the rear compared to the CX-9.

The design is closely similar to that of the CX-4 on sale in China, but is built on a larger scale. The wheelbase of the CX-8 measures around 2,930 mm (115 inches) akin to the CX-9; however, the new SUV is 175 mm shorter overall. Moreover, the CX-8 is narrower, averaging around 129 mm. CX-8 has a similar width as the CX-5, measuring bout 1,840mm. Regarding the new SUV's height, it is much lower than the CX-9 as the CX-8 stands around 1,730 mm tall. However, the CX-8 is 55 mm taller than that of the CX-5. The buyers can choose from a six or seven seat vehicle. Revealed in the teaser image is a six-seat configuration in which the second row has an armrest and cup holders resting in the middle seat.

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To those urban Japanese clients searching for a more economical supercar to cater to their daily driving needs, say no more. Italian sports car manufacturing giant Ferrari has an answer in the form of the new GTC4Lusso T.

The Ferrari GTC4 Lusso T, the T of which stands for a twin turbo-charged V8 in the nose based on the power unit of the California T, was introduced in the Japan market in a uniquely built marquee located in Daikanyama, Tokyo, Ferrari indicated that the grand tourer is specially built for customers between 30-40 years old in the country known as the Land of the Rising Sun.

Lusso T was unveiled a year ago in Paris, France. Ferrari reported that these new clients want something other than what is conventional in its class yet not demanding an upfront 4-wheel drive. They use their automobile daily in different situations, mostly urban. Moreover, they may take their vehicles from the workplace, to an exercise in the shoreline, head back to the city to pick their children up from school and on to a romantic night cruise with their significant others.

Read the entire article Ferrari’s ad campaign for supercar GTC4 Lusso T is targeting young Japanese

Despite the fact that the BMW i8 continues to be among the most gorgeous-looking vehicles in the market, several tuning companies always want to have a shot at this hybrid sports car. Let’s just say, this is a car we’d love to see Bruce Wayne drive from dusk till dawn for a change.

Japanese tuner ENERGY MOTOR SPORT has recently developed a BMW i8 straight out of DC Comics. According to the company, the “Dark Knight Edition” is made in honor of the 2008 superhero thriller featuring Batman. Directed by Christopher Nolan and produced by Charles Roven and Emma Thomas, “The Dark Knight Trilogy” stars Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Aaron Eckhart and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Therefore, we can expect no less from a car inspired by a movie with such a high caliber cast and crew.

Like all things with the caped superhero theme, this “Dark Knight Edition” BMW i8 wears a Batman–inspired costume. Starting from its new over fender with air ducts, to the side mirror covers, rear flipper and redesigned bumper all the way to its massive rear wing, every inch is wrapped in a matte purple color.

Read the entire article BMW i8 gets Dark Knight Edition body kit from Energy Motor

It’s not everyday that we hear stories about horrible car accidents but it seems this year has brought us a lot of bad news. What’s tragic is that the cars involved are not just average cars. Among the unfortunate incidents are those that destroyed a black Maybach 62S and the Pagani Zonda ZoZo that collided in Tokyo, Japan. Read on.

Based on the photos that surfaced after the accident, the Maybach was behind the one-off Pagani Zonda. Judging from this angle, the luxury sedan isn’t badly hurt. But still, we feel bad for the owner of the Pagani. The special Zonda was made to order by Zozotown founder Yusaku Maezawa. He had it equipped with a powerful 750 hp 7.3 litre V12 AMG engine apart from the specially designed carbon fibre exterior.

Just a few weeks ago, the 41-year old Maezawa posted a video on Instagram showing his beloved Zonda ZoZo alongside an Aston Martin One-77.The online shopping magnate only had his ZoZo in shorter than a year and so it doesn’t feel right to see it go just like that.

Read the entire article One-off Pagani Zonda ZoZo faces horrible crash in Japan

In Japan, Toyota stays in the limelight by always cooking up something new for its famous 86 sports car. A colour orange Toyota 86 performance edition is one that’s hard to miss. Apart from the vibrant “Creamsicle” shade of orange, the 86 Solar Orange Edition features Toyota’s High Performance package. This includes Sachs’ Shock Absorbers and Brembo’s high performance brakes with red calipers. The coupe also comes with 17-inch thin spoke wheels and limited edition black mirror casings to complete the fiery look.

Toyota has equipped the 86 Solar Orange cabin with a blend of Alcantara fabric and leather for the upholstery. There are also intricate interior design and orange stitchings all over the dashboard, door cards, gear shifts, handbrake, steering wheel and heated bucket seats to complement the exterior colour motif of the coupe.

The 86 Solar Orange Edition’s Performance Package will be out on sale on the 7th of February 2017. The Automatic comes with a price of $31,360 or equivalent to 3,461,400 Yen while the 6-speed manual is priced at $30,660 or 3,394,440 Yen inclusive of tax.

Read the entire article Japan-exclusive Toyota 86 Solar Orange Limited Edition has new brakes, shocks and fiery orange shade

We have good news for those who are waiting for the latest version of the Mazda CX-5 compact crossover. It was just unveiled in November at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, and now the Japanese carmaker is busy assembling the 2017 Mazda CX-5 at its production facilities in Japan.

In fact, a number of CX-5 models – those wrapped in the new Soul Red Crystal color – have been rolled off the production line at the carmaker’s Ujina Plant No. 2 located near its global headquarters in Hiroshima, Japan. The initial batches of the new 2017 Mazda CX-5 compact crossover will arrive in Japan in February 2017 and in other global markets right afterwards.

Developed as “an SUV all customers will enjoy,” the new Mazda CX-5 is designed to provide superior passenger comfort with its quiet and finely crafted cabin and pleasant ride. In an effort to improve the crossover’s motion control, Mazda fitted the 2017 CX-5 with the G-Vectoring Control that could tweak its engine’s torque level to allow easier steering. Three engines are available for the 2017 Mazda CX-5: SKYACTIV-G 2.0 and 2.5 gasoline units and the SKYACTIV-D 2.2 diesel powerplant.

Read the entire article 2017 Mazda CX-5 production kicks off in Japan

In a surprising move, the Japanese unit of German premium carmaker Audi AG has produced a real-life version of the so-called “Star of Lucis” from the latest installment of the Final Fantasy gaming franchise.

Gamers from around world are currently waiting for the upcoming release of Final Fantasy XV – a long-awaited JRPG once known as Final Fantasy Versus XIII – on November 29, 2016 on PS4 and Xbox One. In the run-up to the official release of the game, Japanese video game developer, publisher, and distribution company Square Enix released an anime series – Brotherhood: Final Fantasy XV – in late March this year.

It was followed in July by a limitedly released CG movie Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy, which features the voices of Lena Headey and Sean Bean of Games of Thrones and Aaron Paul of Breaking Bad. It was in this film that the Audi R8 Star of Lucis – a bespoke personal transport for the Lucis Royal Family – was featured.

Read the entire article Audi Japan is raffling off chance to buy R8 Star of Lucis from Final Fantasy XV movie

In line with the 100th anniversary celebration of BMW Japan, the brand has once again released another limited-edition model which is the BMW 640i Gran Coupe. Specifically however, this new version will be the 12th such model that is part of the brand’s “Celebration Edition”. The new model will be based on the 640i that has been fitted with the M Sport package.

For the general features, it is easy to see that this Exclusive Sport model does not add anything new considering that all of the add-ons put on it can be applied as well on the standard 6 Series Gran Coupe. The body comes in Sapphire Black Metallic with the alloy 20-inch M wheels. There is also the aluminum side window BMW Individual moldings applied in addition to the M Sport body kit.

On the interior, one can observe that an electric sunroof has been fitted as standard. Then there is the Alcantara headliner, the same one in the BMW Individual catalog. While the dashboard has been wrapped in leather that comes with contrast stitching, the seats are covered in black/cognac Nappa leather. Meanwhile, the brand made sure to give the iDrive controller a ceramic finish. To serve as evidence that this is not your standard 640i Gran Coupe, the interior has the piano black trim that has the Exclusive Sport badge.

Read the entire article BMW Japan releases limited-edition 6 Series Gran Coupe Exclusive Sport

Japan is a beautiful country and home to some of the quirkiest antics in the world. From weird food to peculiar fashion, Japan is the perfect place to find your inner fun and weird self. It’s a place where eccentricity is normal and normal can become almost boring. It’s where you can freely test waters and try out different combinations and no one will absolutely give a damn as long as you’re happy and confident with what you’re doing.

For some, the eccentric nature becomes a way of life while there are others who divert from the norm just to attract attention. Whatever their reasons may be for trying to be different, they surely attract so much attention from people all over the world.

What easier way to attract attention than to dare to be different in physical appearance. Some would change their clothing style, others would prefer surgical intervention, and there are some who attract attention by the things they own – and one very good example is an out-of-this-world tuned car.

Read the entire article Out of this world tuning brought to you by Japan [w/video]

The Mazda Roadster, also referred to as the MX-5 outside Japan, has been awarded as the Car of the Year Japan for 2015-2016. Mazda Motor Corporation’s all-new Roadster is the sixth model among the new-generation vehicles that have a full range of SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY and KODO-Soul of Motion design.

SKYACTIV is the term used for Mazda’s new generation technology including transmissions, gasoline and diesel engines, and a body and chassis built with the Mazda’s Zoom-Zoom vision. This sports car designed for Jinba-ittai driving fun is a lightweight two-seater open-top rear wheel drive.

Mazda engineers worked on perfecting the driving position as well as reducing the vehicle’s weight by about 100 kgs. The vehicle has been made more practical with a convenient open and close top which is weatherproof. It also now has a bigger luggage space to fit two carry-on sized bags.

Read the entire article 2016 Mazda MX-5 is the Car of the Year in Japan

Pagani has recently unveiled the one-off Zonda 760 Kiryu convertible in Japan, albeit privately. However, there is no need to scour the internet for spy photos since the carmaker has already released several images of the latest iteration of the 760 series to the public.

Just like all other members of the Zonda 760-series, the Pagani Zonda Kiryu is powered by a 760 hp 7.3-liter naturally aspirated V12 engine, although it remains unclear whether this powerplant will be mated to Pagani’s seven-speed semi-automatic transmission or a six-speed manual gearbox.

Nonetheless, the Pagani Zonda Kiryu will be a rear wheel drive model with an extremely low kerb weight. Just like the 760 LM, the Zonda Kiryu features a bare carbon-fiber body laden with an array of elements designed to improve its aerodynamics like a large splitter on the front, and a larger motorsport-like diffuser and fixed wing on the rear.

Read the entire article One-off Pagani Zonda Kiryu released after private unveiling in Japan

Testing on the first of Nissan’s prototype vehicles that were built with autonomous driving technology has just begun in Japan. Nissan wanted to know how well it works on both the highway and in the trickier inner city roads.

A sustainable mobile society – this is Nissan’s vision for the future. The automaker defines this as being able to achieve two of its targets -- "Zero Emission" and "Zero Fatality."

What the company means with Zero Emission is that there should be no CO2 gases emitted from its vehicles while Zero Fatality aims to make fatalities due to road accidents a thing of the past.

Read the entire article Nissan begins testing its first autonomous prototype based on Leaf in Japan

Toyota is currently hard at work in developing the successor to the first JPN Taxi Concept. This concept will make its debut at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show, like its predecessor that debuted in the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show.

Toyota plans to unveil the concept before April 2018. Toyota’s goal with this new taxi concept is to make it a common fixture in the streets of every city in Japan and perhaps the world. This goal is comparable to how the company’s Crown Comfort has become a common choice for taxis in Japan today.

As current trends tend to focus on environmentally-friendlier vehicles, Toyota will of course design the new JPN Taxi Concept to feature excellent environmental performance. It will also be designed with a rapidly aging population in mind. The new JPN Taxi Concept will feature the same hatchback design as its predecessor.

Read the entire article Toyota announces next-generation taxi for Japan

Toyota Motor need not despair even after giving up its title as the biggest automaker in the world as it was able to outdo its top two competitors when it comes to profits. Because of windfall currency gains, Toyota was able to report a 9.1% climb in operating profit to ¥756 billion ($6.16 billion) in the April-June period, its fiscal first quarter.

In this same period, Volkswagen AG posted a $3.85 billion operating profit while General Motors had a $1.3 billion operating profit. VW was able to take away the top spot in global sales from Toyota. For the first six months of 2015, VW said that it sold 5.04 million vehicles. It had a 20,000-unit lead over Toyota, which sold 5.02 million vehicles.

The gap is very slim. Toyota’s Camry sales figure in the U.S. is higher than this number. GM is in third place, with 4.86 million vehicles sold in the first half. In the latest quarter, Toyota posted record operating profit and revenue for any first quarter. For the first quarter, it recorded a net income of $5.27 billion, a 10% increase.

Read the entire article Weak yen leads to record profits for Toyota for April-June 2015

Mazda has commenced sales of its CX-3 compact crossover in Japan, powered by a 1.5-liter diesel engine. But for the United States, the engine choice will be a gasoline one, according to Mazda chief engineer Michio Tomiyama. Mazda expects to sell around 150,000 CX-3s annually, 36,000 units of them from Japan.

The Japanese price for the CX-3 starts at JPY2.376 million ($19,970) and tops out at JPY3.024 million ($25,410). Mazda chief executive Masamichi Kogai said the CX-3 will be introduced in Australia by end of March this year, and then in Europe. The compact crossover will be launched in the US in mid-2015.

According to Kogai, Mazda only offers a diesel package in Japan since the brand’s other diesel offerings are hot commodities in the country. In fact, around 75 percent of CX-5 buyers in Japan picked diesel version, and Mazda sold over half of the 79,222 clean diesel passenger vehicles delivered in the country in 2014.

Read the entire article Mazda begins diesel CX-3 sales in Japan, plans gasoline version for the US

Toyota has been known for its its massive assembly lines producing thousands of vehicles every day. Yet, it has established a workshop that builds just three vehicle everyday, manned by just 13 people. This workshop is for its futuristic fuel cell sedan, the Mirai. What is ironic is that while Mirai is Toyota’s most advanced vehicle, it seems to have a low-tech birth – no conveyors, no andon lines, just a small-batch, kid-glove approach.

Assembly is also done by hand. “Compared with other plants, this has very low productivity,” remarked Mitsuyuki Suenaga, an assistant manager at the Motomachi workshop, which was tasked to build the Mirai. “It is all manual,” he said. But everything has a purpose, as President Akio Toyoda says the Mirai represents a return to roots, in attention to quality and pioneering spirit.

While actual actual production of the Mirai started in December 2014, Toyoda remarked he deliberately chose Feb. 24, 2015, to celebrate as it marks the fifth anniversary of what many in the carmaker consider as its lowerst point.

Read the entire article Toyota starts at basics with Mirai assembly in Japan

Workers at Japanese auto makers are asking for a bigger share of the companies’ projected JPY4 trillion ($33.6 billion) in annual profit, via a raise for the next fiscal year. The workers, represented by 11 unions, plans to demand a JPY6,000 ($50) monthly raise for the fiscal year starting April 1, according to the Confederation of Japan Automobile Workers’ Unions, which has around 766,000 members at parts suppliers, dealers and the carmakers.

Even Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has urged companies to increase wages to help the country sustain its ongoing recovery. While pay surged in 2014, it failed to boost spending due to a sales-tax increase, carmakers were able to earn more thanks to the weakening yen.

The JPY6,000 surge in in monthly base wages that the Toyota Motor Workers’ Union recently proposed was equal to a raise of around 1.7 percent for its 63,000 workers. Toyota is expected to answer the proposal on March 18.

Read the entire article Workers at Japanese carmakers want higher pay
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