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  1. iRage

    Japanese Car News

    The New Honda FIT... Official release will be at the Tokyo Motorshow... I am a bit disappointed...I expected it to look a bit more edgier and sporty like in the past. Now it just looks cute and chubby.... Power train choices have not been revealed yet (I think) but obviously there is PHEV option. As for the grades..they have "5 grades with names like : “Basic”, “Home”, “Ness”, “Kloster” and “Luxe”.
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    DFSK 580

    Gentlemen...please stay on topic....we really do not care and nor do we have to comment about anyone's language proficiency. Stick to constructive discussions about the car !!
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    Japanese Car News

    Yes....this will be in a segment above the Alphard...but lower than the luxury small micro-buses. This might also be a replacement for the 200 series commuter/microbus.
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    Japanese Car News

    @Magnum...as above..Alphard/Vellfire gets merged in to one and then this is going to be placed as a executive limo van.
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    Japanese Car News

    CHR GR Sport Toyota has given the CHR a face-lift. but the more exciting news is that the CHR will now have GR Sport variant. In the GAZOO Racing tuning hierarchy GR Sport is the lowest level of tuning but it still makes a huge difference to the usually boring car....so it will have extra welds, braces, stiffer coils and shocks and most fun of all a 6MT
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    Japanese Car News

    Yeah...these were being worked on for like ever and you could see a little bit more added on to it every year at MegaWeb and at the motor-shows....however, this is till not commercially available...they are only to be released as personal mobility vehicles at the Future Expo in Japan in 2020. So that is kind of like their real-word test before putting it out in to the mass market. Also, still they are not sold as full-sized EV cars like the Leaf. For that they have been cozying up with a lot of Chinese manufacturers.... On the other hand...Mazda is supposed to preview/release their full EV car at the Tokyo Motorshow in two weeks time.
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    Honda Fit GD1

    No...you are correct....people do say things like Mazda and Honda parts are more expensive....it is just that Toyota parts are cheaper because there are plenty of crap parts out there at every corner store
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    Honda Fit GD1

    Myth....original ones, especially from the agents are more or less the same. In some cases Stafford was cheaper for our CRV than Toy Lanka is for the RAV4. The thing is there are far more fake and 3rd party parts (in varying quality and price points) for a Toyota than a Honda.
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    DFSK 580

    Don't you think you should do the same as well ? Do some calculations....yes a CRV costs considerably more than a DFSK 5xx..however, the CRV would last much longer and have a much greater residual value (over a longer period of time) compared to the usual Chinese vehicles. Therefore the total cost you should consider is NOT just the cost of all the repairs and replacements that the DFSK will have to do and then proclaim that it would still be cheaper than a CRV. You should consider TOTAL cost o ownership which includes the vehicles depreciation, cost of maintenance and lost opportunity cost when the vehicle is not running. If you are considering the cost of funding, then you also have to consider the value of money (present and future) and then you might realise 22lks now is not entirely 22lks in 5 years time. So...your example needs a little bit more grounding. Secondly, people in Sri Lanka are not paying a high amount of money for a Japanese vehicle...they are paying high for two things : 1. the government...our policies are retarded. We live ina country where a Mercedes Becz C class can cost less than a Toyota Corolla 2. a car that they really do not need...most Sri Lankans buy a car not to meet the functional requirements they have but with the hope of it being an investment and to impress the neighbors and colleagues. So they buy a car they cannot afford that leaves them with no cash for anything else (including pumping petrol or even proper maintenance) So it is not a Japanese vehicle thing... Yes....people do drive around a lot in zero safety rating vehicles. In case you haven't noticed...there are either Chinese or low-end Indian vehicles. Again...most of these were bought because of mis-placed priorities. Sri Lankans give less priority to safety and more to bells and whistles and the size of a car. If you look around, for the price of these zero-star vehicles there always is a Korean or even Japanese vehicle for around the same price (albeit perhaps in a smaller segment)
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    Japanese Car News

    So far all the other TNGA cars have been pretty good. This is the first time we are seeing the small GA-B platform.
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    Japanese Car News

    Toyota announced the new Yaris (Vitz will be named Yaris in Japan as well) based on the GA-B platform. So we get a new Vitz/Yaris after a decade ! Vehicle has been completely redesigned and the only carry-over technology is the ACC. Three power options are announced. a 1.5L gasoline variant in CVT/6MT form, a 1.5L Hybrid and a 1L variant (EDIT : the 1L is apparently a completely revamped 1KR...not a completely new 1L as first indicated). In pictures it looks rather decent inside and the cheapness is gone. I like the outer appearance too (maybe because I was a point of throwing up after seeing the previous model for so long
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    ## Post Whoring - Part 3 ##

    Nope...the Prado and the 4Runner/Surf used to share the same platform and was advertised as such until the end of the 200 series 4Runner/Surf. Then the Surf was dropped and th 4Runner came to being and then Toyota advertised it as sharing he FJ Cruiser platform. Guess what ?? What they did not say very publicly is that the FJ Cruiser is actually the same as the Prado platform adjusted for its 2-door body structure. So when you take the FJ cruiser's 2-door modified platform and modify it back to a 4 door configuration...guess what you get !!! ??? This is exactly why Toyota has jsut stopped doing all this BS and is going with the TNGA architecture....rather than cutting and chopping and re-attaching and making dumb claims...
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    Japanese Car News

    Its so cute ! DaihatsuToyota Copen GR Sports ❤️ Its like adorable ! Would be a fun little thing to drive with customized suspension and increased rigidity....MT starts at 2.4mil and the CVT 2..3mil....times were much simpler when the MT was actually cheaper than the ATs If you already have a normal Copen or can only afford a normal Copen, Gazoo Racing offers the BODY kit and accessories separately. So you won't be getting the added welds and the upgraded suspension and braces (although the latter two can be sourced as replacement parts or OEM parts ) <standard Copen range is between 1.8 - 2.1mil yen base ?>
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    Autolanka Funniest Moments

    and I am sure there would have been a herd of cows who were going "patta" and then seriously thinking of doing it....I once saw an old Lancer (tube light) in a garage where the suspension had been completely screwed. The owner had cut the springs to make it lower and then welded a metal part back on as the cut was too much and he wanted to raise it back
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    ## Post Whoring - Part 3 ##

    The Prado is as the Lexus LX....the new one is available in the US. In fact Toyota/Lexus did an Overlander prototype which was awesome. Yes, the Sequoia has been around for about two decades or so now.. It was Toyota's answer to the Ford Expedition when huge gas guzzling SUVs were the thing....it is a big hog...drove a few 1st gens way back then and..well it was like driving a ship on the road. Yes the US has always been more in to the 4Runner and is an established badge...Japan just killed it for dumb reasons....when the 90 series Prado and the 180 Hilux Surf/4Runner started sharing the same platform the two vehicles were positioned at two different price points. Although both were sold as similarly capable offroaders the Prado had slightly better comfort and off-road features made available. But then with the 200 series Hilux and the 120 series Prado..the Hilux Surf was as pricey as the 120 series Prado so people did tend to go for the Prado instead as it had more on-road cozyness. Too bad....
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