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  1. iRage

    Japanese Car News

    I had a 2007 silver 250G F package with a basic TRD body kit...yes..loved the thing....sold it last year because no one was using it and house did not have enough parking space. Heard a few months later that the car was taken to a maka-baas who messed up the engine. Well....No...it was not "long-time-coming". More or less likeToyota was long-time taking it there and then saying öops..look what happened !!???". The 130 series in my view is a complete con. It carries the same GR series engines and gearboxes from the 120 series...thus the GRX130 in fact is currently running on 15 year old tech with nothing but a new body stuck to it. Why is it on 15 year old tech..well Toyota's lack of interest ? The Mark X shared the drive and power trains with the Crown and Lexus IS. The Crown and the Lexus both got updated engines including a Hybrid variant a long time ago whilst the Mark X which underwent a model change the same time was still stuck with the old 2GR and 4GR engines and old suspension and gearbox. Toyota could have easily adopted these to the new Mark X but they didn't. So it is no surprise that with the Camry going Hybrid people slowly switched to that instead of the Mark X and those who had a little bit more money went for the Crown and Lexus. In fact until the Camry Hybrid was launched the Mark X was one of Toyota's best selling sedans and you could see it all over the place (just like you can see Allions and Premios all over Sri Lanka).
  2. iRage

    Budget 2019

    well..now you are just being blindly pessimistic and saying negative things for the sake of saying things....the partnerships were never about directly copying everything from each other....there were about tech knowledge transfer. So NO....it is rather blind to say that the partnerships never worked. When you transfer technology know how...the intent is to learn from each other for our own thing rather than taking the other person's work.Toyota was working on the downsized Turbo engines and BMW was working on Hybrids well before the BMW-Toyota partnership....but what Toyota learnt from BMW did transfer in to improving their engines and what BMW learnt from Toyota would reflect in their Hybrid systems (this does not mean a direct copy). Same goes with Subaru. Mazda and Toyota worked on integrated platform strategies together...that does not mean that the TNGA-C platform is the mid size SkyActive platform with a different name. Also, you cannot say that BMW gave much more than Toyota did...in fact there is speculation that the new Supra has an exact copy of the BMW engine dropped in to it because the production process was not to be replicated and also there is the fact that BMW did not let Toyota change the engine to suit the slightly different layout of the Supra Toyota wanted. The only time the system looks exactly the same is in the case of the Axela were Mazda was never interested in developing a Hybrid system and they have claimed that over and over again....their only interest in Hybrids were just as a stop-gap until they could develop engines like the SA-X. Would be interesting to see what the next step is as the world moves away from gasoline. With PSA they never went with Hybrids because it was not feasible for them considering the market.
  3. iRage

    Japanese Car News

    Perhaps the most hard-hitting farewell (especially in SL) would be the Mitsubishi Pajero. Yes..a Final Edition is released in Japan as Mitsubishi announced that it will stop sales of the Pajero in japan by August this year and will stop developing the nameplate further. For now production for the global market will continue, however if they are not certain about developing the model any more..there really is not much hope is there ? https://gazoo.com/news/r321721.html
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    Japanese Car News

    Toyota brings 51 years of history and heritage to a close as it releases the Mark X Final Edition as a farewell tribute to the Marx/X-chassis. The Mark X family is Toyota's 4th longest running name plate right now (currently tied with the Corona which also ran for 51 years), and pretty soon it will just be the Land Cruiser, Crown and Corolla name plates left from the original 5. Sad to see Toyota's last affordable FR sedan taking a bow.... <yeah true the Crown and Lexus IS, both of which shared a lot of drive and power train components with, are there; but those are 40,000USD++ cars whilst the Mark X was between 25,000-35000. > The Final Edition is based on the 250 range which was the most popular range of the Mark X and the updates seem to be mostly modest and visual only. So the Mark X GRMN ver.2 was the last sporty version (although what had th emost amount of power was the SuperCharged M+ variant. The GRMN felt more sportier because it was heavily tuned in the suspension and body rigidity department and the gearbox and ECU tuned to be more at your face (which also came with a 6 M/T); whilst the M+ had less aggressive tuning in the suspension but just had the standard 350 series engine mated to a super charger https://toyota.jp/markx/cp/history/?padid=ag341_from_markx_top_rec_cp2
  5. iRage

    Budget 2019

    Actually no....further development of the technology and technical assistance for it is stated to be free ! Of course, Toyota benefits from it as well because they get to see how their tech can be further developed and used As I said before...BMW and Mazda partnered up with Toyota for Hybrid tech transfer (in return they had to share turbo engine tech to suspension to integrated platform know-how).....then part of Suzuki and Toyota's partnership involved transfer of Hybrid tech (granted initially it was mainly sharing of battery tech for small cars (which Toyota I suppose was looking at using for Daihatsu ?) and small cars themselves. The components of the Synergy Drive, etc... came in to play only recently. Then the PSA partnership also looked in to Hybrid exchange but nothing materialized from it....Then if you go through Toyota's annual reports you will see that since about 2013/2014 they have been giving away a lot of components to smaller manufactures (sorry i don't know who). I know when Porsche was looking in to the Hybrid Panamera and Cayenne they were in discussion with Toyota about the Hybrid system (not sure if anything came out of it). Actually, what Toyota did last month is kind of a kick in the face for these partners
  6. iRage

    Budget 2019

    1. You do realize that the related companies became related because they wanted the Toyota HSD know how right ? Thus, after they become related it really does not make sense to say it does not count. As for your article....the website is not the most well balanced or unbiased websites around. They have a strong following of skeptics and doomsday followers and they have openly indicated that they have strong interest in Teslas economic success (so when they say don't fall in to Toyotas trap...can't one just as easily say that Tesla has interest in maintaining EV only vehicle's success rather Hybrids let it be gasoline or FCVs ?) A few notes: 1. The tech is not stated to be able to be used in EV vehicles because Toyota has not used it successfully in EV vehicles. No one has. Thus, it would not be in their best interest to say it can be used in EVs. 2. What fee-based services ? The patent is free....and for further development the technical assistance is FREE. 3. Toyota has not gained traction in the EV market thus they have been cozying up with the Chinese for ages. The CH-R has an EV variant, the Chinese Corolla is supposed to be next, etc...the other EV vehicles around the world have been small-scale. Also, it is interesting to know that the website does not site the fact that one reason Toyota lost out on the EV race was because of what the American gas industry did in the late 90s (where Toyota first developed the EV RAV4...). 4. Japanese manufacturers believe that Hybrid and EV vehicles are transient technologies and that the next long term step would be fuel cell vehicles along with a shift to personal mobility devices and large volume transport solutions. So they have no interest in prolonging Hybrids indefinitely. In fact Toyota and Honda are investing heavily in Japan with the government in setting up Hydrogen stations....Any country's or company''s positioning on the technology scale is cyclic....so it is natural for a certain company or country to be at the low end of technology spectrum whilst another is ahead until the next step comes in. 4a. Toyota's explanation as to not do complete EV vehicles by themselves has always been a matter of production volumes. They have always claimed that they have the capacity to build only a few tens of thousands of EV vehicles but a few 100 of thousands of Hybrids (i suppose this is in terms of batteries); and that their assessment is that the number of Hybrid vehicles will provide more ecological benefits than a few thousand EV vehicles (i.e. they will be selling more gasoline vehicles as lesser eco friendly vehicles). Of course the legitimacy of this claim can be questioned (how eco benefit was calculated etc...) 5. Yes cars have shorter life spans. But that does not mean neither Euro nor Japanese nor Korean manufacturers have reduced their R&D processes and compromised quality. The Europeans did that in the past....the Japanese did that in the 2000s and it did not work for either one of them. When R&D processes were short (or manufacturers were in a rush to put out technologies) all of them had issues of quality. They have changed that now for the most part not by compromising R&D but by developing long lasting, evolving platforms (Mazda started it with the SkyActiv) and partnering with other manufacturers. No one spends long R&D time on things that do not matter like cup holders or plastic components. They (all of them) spend time on long R&D on things that matter...like engines, etc...but for the record..you should also know that designing the structure of something that seems as trivial like a cup holder is not as simple as it seems. So it is not a valid statement to say R&D cycles have compromised quality. At the end of the day..you need to except that all these companies are there to make money. None of them are charities (they do charitable work but not charities). Thus, their financial sustainability always comes in to play (and Tesla pretty much play the game by projecting themselves as the disruptors and trying to be the Robin Hood amongst them). In the long term..the biggest issue all these companies face is that the younger generations are moving out of cars...
  7. iRage

    Budget 2019

    and thus my original question...why would an econo brand like Toyota get a luxury tax whilst the premium brand like Mercedes be excempt from Luxury Tax ? Does not go along with the intent of the brand let it be Premium or Luxury (which brands like Mercedes do cross-over). Also....you cannot just imply in to saying japanese cars do not age well because of poor build quality...it is also about maintenance. 95% of the people who buy Japanese cars buy them for the perceived cheap running costs and they are not maintained that well apart from carrying out the most basic of services (most at cheap garages) and most of these cars get fixed with substandard cheap chinese parts....
  8. iRage

    Budget 2019

    Actually no....since about 5 years ago they have been sharing the HSD tech with other parties as part of the Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050....so it wasn't something that came about last month, the open source patent just became official last month. Until then they did give out a lot of resources starting from battery tech to HSD systems for free and some under technical partnerships. At the end of the day....one cannot deny the fact that Toyota is still the most selling Hybrid vehicle followed by Honda I believe ? Yes...combining diesels with Hybrids and turbo charged gasolines would give better mileage because of the inherent benefits of diesels and downsized gasolines...but then again none of the Japanese manufacturers were (and are) in to diesels for passenger vehicles (Japanese legislature killed it), and where getting more horse power is concerned...perhaps with the exception of Honda none of the other Japanese manufacturers are really in to that. Even when they do go for power it is for specialized vehicles where..well the buyer really would have very specific needs. The intent of opening the patent was mainly for other start-ups to develop the system and Toyota even would give technical assistance for further R&D with the intent of moving away from fossil fuels. In many ways Toyota does not seem to be interested in other "manunfacturers" adopting their Hybrid tech...after all most of the big manufacturers did partner up with them. BMW in 2011 partnered with Toyota to share Diesel tech and Hybrid Tech. Then there was Mazda where the partnership was about sharing HSD with Mazda and Mazda shares its know-how n developing an integrated platform (SkyActive). Toyota was giving the HSD tech to the Chinese for some time...mainly because Toyota wanted the Chinese''s EV tech know how (because Toyota seriously screwed up EV vehicle tech for themselves so they went about pretending Hybrids were better ) But then all this is good and fine...but what is the logic behind putting a luxury tax on an econo brand like Toyota and having a luxury brand like Mercedes exempt from a luxury tax ? Just sets the wrong message/precedence on what they vehicles are.
  9. iRage

    Budget 2019

    I don't know if you are being sarcastic or being completely oblivious. 1. Price conscious motoring....does not mean using a tuk tuk or uber....by this statement you are also implying that people in SL buy cars for wanting to be exorbitant. Also...cars like the Axio, Prius are not pricey cars...they are pricey in Sri Lanka because of stupid policies. You seem to be missing that when comparing Mercs and Toyotas.... 2. The ICE Civic is a ICE ! Pure Gasoline engine....why on earth would a sane person compare that with a Hybrid ? It is also obvious that you are oblivious to developments that are happening with model changes. The Civic (which is a pure gasoline only model) went turbo charged with the change of model. The Corolla with the change of model is also going turbocharged with its pure gasoline engines and Hybrid line up will be separate. This seems to be the general strategy for Toyota (and even Nissan and Honda) when and where feasible, some markets will still have the large capacity pure gasoline engine purely for maintainability sake. Most of Toyota's turbo know-how had been improved through the BMW and Subaru partnerships....and the other's Hybrid tech has been improved via Toyota's Hybrid know-how. So it goes both ways (if you had read any of my previous posts you would know that Toyota's HSD patents are free for use) 3. It is not a matter of holding out. Holding out serves no purpose to anyone..including themselves...them holding out and then putting out old technology is not going to make them any more richer. The Japanese have always been conservative when it comes to rolling out automotive tech. They have always been so and always will be. They play a long R&D game along with waiting and watching what happens to others and their tech...The classic statement "The US/West will invent it, Japanese will improve it and Chinese will mass produce it cheaply" still holds.
  10. iRage

    Budget 2019

    Again...you are missing the point of a Luxury tax versus a Eco-tax. Also, wouldn't you think that these technologies would add to the manufacturing price ? Which goes contrary to what the standard Toyotas and Nissans try to achieve (price conscious motoring solutions) ?
  11. iRage

    Bump of rear wheels

    No..it is the same as the passenger variant. Difference is rear seats, etc are rather ..well..non existent and the trim and stuff are more cargo friendly. Its just a low cost version. I guess it comes to SL in ship loads because it is cheap.
  12. iRage

    Bump of rear wheels

    Your alto....is it a van variant ? If you and your friend's Alto has the chassis code HA36V, then you have the van variant which is the variant made for business use (i.e. carrying cargo). The passenger variant would be HA36S. Both the variants have variants of the a Torsion Beam suspension system (Suzuki says the 4WD has a ITL ?). The difference is the HA36S has softer suspension and the van has harder suspension. So that could be the main cause for the hard feeling. But it being bumpy...well..like the others have suggested maybe too much air pressure or some alignment/balancing problem ? or worst yet...it has had an accident and poorly fixed (that is the extreme case). But yes...don't be surprised if more than one car has been subjected to the above....a lot of people get their cars maintained through ********* or use it harshly (slammimng over curbs, pot holes, etcc messing up the telemetry of the wheels...and quite a lot of people over inflate their tires (on the advice of service station boys) so that they save fuel...
  13. iRage

    Budget 2019

    A few points: 1. Nope....the HSD was completely revamped for the TNGA platform...does it have know-how from the original HSD integrated in to it...yes. But that is like saying a modern internal combustion engine is the same as a century old technology. 2. This is luxury tax..not to be confused with eco tax. The excise taxes, etc...are there for providing benefits for eco friendly cars. If the objective was to lessen the foreign exchange being seeped out in buying cars...then incentivisizing the purchase of a high value vehicle does not work does it ? 3. The Japanese have been R&Ding the downsized engines for a sometime and now they are being rolled out...so yes...the Corolla and even the mini cross overs come with a 1.2L engine.
  14. iRage

    Budget 2019

    Still makes no sense....so a base Hybrid Camry will be slammed with luxury tax whilst a Turbo charged diesel Hybrid E-Class will not ? (the CIF value will exceed the tax threshold but still it says 0% luxury tax).
  15. iRage

    Japanese Car News

    The Fairlady is 50 years old Nissan has launched a limited commemorative model.... The most obvious distinction is the 240Z BRE color scheme (which one the SCCA in the 70s). It can also be had in grey with a similar color layout
  16. iRage

    Japanese Car News

    Nissan Versa (Latio/Tiida/Narrow body Sunny) Half a world away Nissan unveiled the new Nissan Versa in the US....and that too is pretty cute. Nice to see Nissan's sedan in the small sedan segment actually looking nice...lets be honest the current Tiida/Sunny sedan looks like a wizard.
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    Japanese Car News

    The all new Nissan Sylphy (wide body Sunny)....it is gorgeous ! So far the only engine announced is a HR16DE engine mated to a funky CVT...I am sure there are additional power trains that will be offered. The dash looks very Toyota-ish though...
  18. iRage

    Japanese Car News

    China is probably leading the world in EV adoption and the major cities does seem to have infrastructure and services to support it (last year Nissan was testing and launching out a battery swap service for its EV cars...when your battery runs low...drive up to a battery station and swap your batteries with charged ones and drive off...apparently some Chinese manufacturers were already doing it before Nissan, so Nissan redesigned its battery compartment for the Chinese EVs...) At the Shanghai Motorshow TOyota unveiled an EV CHR and Honda unveiled the X-NV (based on the Vezel)..again..so far...China only models...
  19. iRage

    Japanese Car News

    The world finally got to see the actual Lexus LM (following Lexus' naming convention LM should be Luxury MPV) at the Shanghai Motorshow yesterday. Is the Lexus LM minivan really needed when the Alphard/Vellfire are already pretty luxurious ? I suppose its more about wanting to sell the Alphard/Vellfire globally...it does seem to have some extra luxo finishings though...
  20. iRage

    How To Buy A Car?

    Sorry if I missed it..but may I ask where you are located at ?
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    Importing classic and used cars to Sri Lanka

    By taxes i meant import duty (which is a composition of different taxes), Makes no difference if you register it or not...you still have to pay them at the time of import when clearing the vehicle. In fact if you do not register it..you will get fined someday when you do register it and get the revenue license for it. Also, not registering it is too much of a risk due o theft, etc.. without registering the car you won't be able to insure it or anything of the sort.
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    Mazda demio 2018

    I believe the most common variant of the Mazda 2 is the sedan. The engine on the Demio depends on the exact model year you are looking at. The earlier variants (until about 2017 ?) came with a 1.3L (SkyActive?) engine and a 1.5L SkyActive engine for a sporty grade.After 2017 or so the entire petrol range got the 1.5L SkyActive engine. The 1.3 had about 88 hp and the 1.5 has about 105 hp. The Vitz 1.0L has about 65hp. The Mazda 2 sedan on the other hand has the SkyActiv 1.5L throughout (at least those that came to SL ?) . The car sales people will put down the Mazda 2 claiming that it is made in Thailand and it is not good, etc...which is BS. Mazda is probably the only manufacturer where the Japanese built one has absolutely no difference from the Thai built one. In fact there was a period when the Demio hatch was sourced from Thailand to meet sales volumes.
  23. iRage

    Suzuki Stingray Door Kick Protection

    Are you sure you posted your reply in the right place ? The OP is asking about a certain type of door protector for a Wagon R Stingray. Nothing to do with prices of cars or Chinese cars at all. For the record..the Suzuki Alto is NOT Chinese. Its assembled in Japan...some smaller parts come from India...I am sure there are small components that would come from China as well. There are good Chinese cars...unfortunately they are as expensive as the low end Japanese and Korean cars (not surprising since most of these good Chinese cars are actually Japanese/Korean/European cars made in partnership with China) The Maruti Suzuki Alto is manufactured in India (and Pakistan ?)
  24. iRage

    Mazda demio 2018

    The Demio is a much nicer car to drive and is more modern. The Vitz..well it is as reliable as the Demio..but not as fun or refined as the Demio. The Demio feels more refined and somewhat better equipped. The Vitz is a 8 year old platform that has been tried and tested and tickles the Sri Lankans in all the right places because of the Toyota badge.
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    Importing classic and used cars to Sri Lanka

    ALready happened decades ago....so no one can bring one anyway.... You don't need a cabinet paper....if it actually is a classic car (or a car that has been with the family abroad for like forever and has sentimental value) you can bring it down. However, with the cost involved you would not want to bring down the latter. You need to go to Import Control and the Ministry of Finance and ask for special approval. They will issue you a special import permit depending on your case. However, it is the taxation that screws you up. They will tax the car based on market value (for example in case of a rare classic) or tax it based on the value of a brand new vehicle of the specific model, depending on which is higher. For example a 20 year old Corolla that costs 2000USD in Japan will be valued at the price of a brand new Corolla which would be about 17,000USD).
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