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    Japanese Car News

    The Modellista kits for the Corolla Sedan and Corolla Touring Wagon...now that is a nice looking wagon
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    Aution sheet details

    Well...depends on the number of the G....but for the most part, if the vehicle has a chip in the windscreen or a serious crack on it...the G value will be high and the car's Auction Grade significantly goes down as per Japanese regulation any vehicle with a crack or significant chip on the windshield means the car is NOT roadworthy. The same applies for certain other glasses as well.
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    Montero Sport 2012

    The Challenger (or the same vehicle in any other name) was not sold in Japan since 2003. Thus, only the K90 series Pajero Sport/Challenger was sold in Japan. The mode went on to be produced for the export markets till 2008 when the 2nd Gen was introduced.
  4. I have not deciphered the 3BA part yet...but looking at that code.... NRE210H...NR engine (the 8NR), E is the Corolla family and 210 is the series and H is for hatch. BHXNZ suggests it is a CVT (a K313 with a 04A axle) that is a G trim, the -Z indicates that it is a sub trim Z. So you have a 1.2L Gasoline engine Hatchback manufactured in Japan (as indicated in the Tsutsumi plant (I forget it is either Takaoka or Tsutsumi...one is A41 and the other is A42). As you can see the Model code and the Frame number it self does not say what the country of assembly/production is.
  5. Well..the hybrids were supposed to be assembled in Japan as per original plan..and I think that is still happening as the Thai plant is not fully up to scale in assembling Hybrid cars. The Gasoline vehicles were supposed to be imported from Thailand, but depending on production capacities it was supposed to be switched to Japan for JDM models. I am not sure if it has been shifted. Yes...the once that are assembled in Japan are assembled using parts from Thailand...but then not all components in even the fully Thai assembled models are made in Thailand....so some parts are from Thailand, some are from Japan, some fromsomewhere else...etc. Cars in certain markets have VIN numbers (eg in America, some EU and Middle eastern markets) The VIN number has a code that shows what the country of origin is. The VIN number is not the same as the chassis code in JDM and most asian market vehicles. The VIN is as it is far more informative than the chassis number, but both the chassis number and VINs serve the same purpose..provide unique identification for the car. The Asian chassis number shows only model code and the vehicle's production number. The model code sometimes says what class of engine the vehicle has and the platform. For example, for Toyota; NZT260-0932222 would indicate that the car has a NZ type engine...T260 series and that the car in question is the 932222nd car produced. Toyota even has a model frame code which is something like NZT260-AEWEK and this code identifies what the trim/grade level of the car is and things like the transmission type. Nissan, MItsubishi, etc...have their own slightly different codes. If your car has a VIN number...because it came from UK, or somewhere else...then look in the user manual as to what each part of the code says and then you can figure out where it came from. If you have a car from a market that has Chassis/Frame number, then you cannot say where the car came from...however in most of these cars the ID plate says who the manufacturer is (Toyota Thailand, Honda Thailand, Nissan Japan, etc...) or you can get it from the plant code.
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    Aution sheet details

    The letters describe what kind of damage it is..the numbers indicate how severe/bad the damage is.... A: Is a scratch with 1 means a light damage and as the number goes higher the severity of the scratch gets worst U: Is a dent. W: Wavy, which pretty much means the the paints shows some orange peel or the body shows certain signs of panel beating and tinkering work. X: Panel is damaged beyond repair and needs replacement XX: Panel has been replaced. Y: damage to front or rear lights. C- Rust X/G: chip on the windscreen Where the numbers are concerned..lower the number lesser the damage. thus as the number goes higher that means the intensity/severity of the damage increases.
  7. Actually no....the Hybrids are manufactured in Japan (the production facility in Sayama. The Gasoline variants were supposed to come from Thailand (which they might have changed by now and build that also in Japan). Even then most of the parts are produced in Thailand and brought over to japan.
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    Japanese Car News

    The 6MT is positioned as a more engaging drive. The 1.8 gasoline replaced the 1.5L because the 1.8L apparently offered a smoother (and quieter) ride than the 1.5L whilst giving the same economy and emissions as the older 1.5L engines.
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    Japanese Car News

    99% of our drivers can barely drive an automatic and stay on the road straight....you really think our lazy, selfish, road-m***ns will want to drive an AT ? On the other hand..since our guys are under the impression that MT always save fuel and they are thel higannas..they might flock behind the MT with a 1.2L engine as that is like a double wish for the thel higannas...wait for the adverts claiming 45.749 kmpl Why drive a Corolla when we can drive a Merc ? HA HA HA....we already have a higher consentration of Merc and BMWs than most other developed countries....now we will have more ! This is what happens when we elect kakille rajjuruwo and his band of imbeciles in to office.
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    Japanese Car News

    Yes...the leg room space in the back is apparently limited than the Allion/Premio and less well utilized than in the Axio. The reasoning for the size to be smaller for Japan is so that it will fit and be easily maneuverable in typical Japanese streets. Toyota has no concern for what people wanted from the Allion/Premio because the model (and the segment) has been dead for the last 6 or 7 years (so yes....it is only countries like Sri Lanka who were hungriy purchasing 12 year old tech for 12 years). So for a Japanese market model, it made no sense to try meet what was required of a sedan the size of the Allion/Premio as that segment is been taken over by crossovers and MPVs
  11. and that is where it gets hazy but also non-sensible. The CRV runs on regular gasoline....it is just that in some countries regular ranges from 91 - 95 (Japan) and in some countries it is just 92 and in some countries it is just 95 (like UK..or even if you go to Esso or Eneos in Japan it will be 95). SO the question becomes although the regular gasoline in the UK is 95...does that mean that it cannot run on 92 ? It probably can...then the question becomes will the car's emission control systems work properly if it was lower.
  12. yes..basically what the engine's tech would need....and what is required for the emissions systems to work properly to stay within the regulated thresholds. Now a days...most cars (that fall under the whole, global models bracket) would have more or less the same requirements.
  13. Based purely on (3); CR-V because Sri Lankans have this weird mentality against Euro cars....and also...I do believe the CR-V would be easier to maintain in terms of accessibility to parts and stuff (since there are more CR-Vs on the road than the P3008). As for differences in climatization....I don't think any of us know the practical reality of these new vehicles. Toyota, Honda and other Japanese manufacturers keep talking about their vehicle lineups being global standard models with differences only in engine/regulatory specs and accessories/features; whilst everything, materials and quality of finish, etc...being equal. So based on these kinds of statements you would think that the dashboard in a UK spec model will not turn in to a sticky pile of faux leathered plastic in SL.
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    Japanese Car News

    Interesting to see the size difference between the old Axio and the export variant of the same car. Corolla (sedan) Corolla touring New Difference from conventional type (Axio) Difference from overseas models New Difference from conventional type (Fielder) Difference from overseas models Total length (mm) 4,495 +95 -135 4,495 +85 -155 Full width (mm) 1,745 +50 -35 1,745 +50 -45 Overall height (mm) 1,435 -twenty five 0 1,460 -50 0 Wheel base (mm) 2,640 +40 -60 2,640 +40 -60
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    Sedan Car for permit holder

    You should know...that today the new Corolla was released in Japan. This also means the current Axio is not sold anymore EXCEPT for the base business grade. So if you are looking at a bnew one...you are just going to find stocks saved up by car exporters and those too usually go up in price because of the BS the SL car exporters create.
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    Premio car importing

    The new Corolla got released in Japan today....check it out...might be worth a look. It is the replacement for the Axio, Allion and Premio and size wise is the same as the Allion/Premio. The TNGA platform is nice to drive as well...
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    Japanese Car News

    JDM Corolla Sedan and Wagon After much waiting we finally see the JDM variants of the Corolla sedan and Wagon. Its a little bit narrower and shorter (length wise) than the global model, so things seem to rake in slightly different. Power trains are 1.2L Turbo (114hp/185Nm) 1.8L Gasoline (138hp/170N.m) 1.8L Hybrid (150hp/lot of torque) The 1.2L comes with a 6MT (the 6MT on the Corolla Sport Hatch was quite fun...and the CVT was surprisingly less stringy). All other variants come with only a CVT (for now and that probably will never change). There is a choice of FF or AWD (just to get you through the slippery snowy roads). For Sedans, the 1.8L starts from 1.9mil yen onwards....Hybrid starts from 2.4mil yen onwards and the turbo sits in between. So in essence the pricing falls in the bracket of where the Allion/Premio used to be. I suppose with accessories, delivery charges and taxes they will run into the upper 2mil yen price segment
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    Buying a leased car

    but then if the brother actually has a power of attorney and can get the CR out after paying the full amount then you are pretty much on a straight path. However, if he expects to pay out the lease from the money you are going to pay for the car..then you will have to do some due diligence to make sure that the guy gets the PoA and that the leasing company is willing to accept it BEFORE you give him your money. You do not want to give him a whole lot of money only to find out that the guy hit a snag and couldn't get the CR out.
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    car wax

    I used to use AutoGlym Ultra Deep Shine (UDS) as the cleaner and AutoGlym Extra Gloss Protection (EGP) as a protective coating. Now I use Ultra Deep Shine as the cleaner (because so far I don't see any Soft99 or other products in japan that does anything better than UDS). For the coating I use Fusso MirrorShine (which again is going out of production and replaced by something else apparently). EGP in the past lasted only about 4 months on average before I I lost the protective properties (film and the beading and smooth touch it results in). MirrorShine says it will last 6 - 9 months with a light touch up recommended at the 6th month time....so far the MirrorShine film has lasted a lot longer than the EGP film. Interestingly it does not bead like EGP did but when washed it still has that deep buttery look and the soft touch to it. The following photo was taken on the 3rd of August soon after washing and before wiping and drying....see..the bead looks crappy...but after wiping it is like in Pic 2.
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    car wax

    Oh..sorry..I live in Japan and Vietnam most of the time...so I buy it Japan. A few of my friends like @Octanehead were looking for MirrorShine but found other equally good Soft99 products in SL....so if you look around at specialty shops you will find them...same with AutoGlym and Chemical Guys products...you will have to go to the somewhat premier detailing shops to buy them. This was taken on 2nd June after putting MirrorShine....the car did not get a polish before except for a few spots that had weird marks This was taken on 3rd August...after a wash and not wiped down. During June 2 and August 3rd...the car was parked in a dusty underground parking lot for 2 weeks and then driven in the rain for nearly one month where the roads were muddy (and full of cement dust) and flooded. I was able to wash the car between these two months only like 2 times before....and even then they were just quick washes. I have not used any spray on waxes on the car either after these washes... As you can see the buttery wet shine is still there even after hard usage. The reflection on the second one seems off because of the light and the car was not properly wiped down (also because I was taking a pic without glasses and images tend to get blurry at those times )
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    Buying a New Vitz

    Uhh..Yahoo Japan does not show the vehicles up for auction at the actual auction houses. Most of those are just cars up for sale by privateers...not actual auction houses like USS...they ahve their own portals. You can find those auction sites by talking to a few agents or doing a Google search (do not buy off of a place you found off of google though). Yes..talk to TL...they might be bringing down cars from official Toyota Japan Used car channels. Official Manufacturers' Japan used car channels usually hold only cars that can be resold in Japan so you know they are road worthy as they need to pass Japanese roadworthy tests. Also...all used cars sold within Japan need to have a 6 - 1 year no questions asked money back warranty...so they do not have any incentive for covering up broken cars...
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    car wax

    Might be under same management but the products are miles apart. Yes....Meguairs stuff (and other brands like AutoGLym) is expensive..but they last longer. For example...I got a Meguairs Ultimate Wax in about 2015...waxed the mark X..then brought it to Vietnam and waxed a Fortuner a few and about 1/8th of the can is still there. It is now sitting there because I switched to AutoGlym and Soft99 FUsso MirrorShine. The AutoGlym bottle after polishing the Fortuner once about 3/4 os the bottle is still left. I use the Meguairs Ultimate Wash and Wax to wash...and a large bottle lasts for me a year (and a bit more) and I wash the car every two weeks or so.... So yes...the initial purchase is expensive..but they last....because the cleaning and coating is a lot better..and you do not need to use a lot of the product if you use the proper wash, cleaner and wax/coating. Spray waxes are not durable....you need to do a proper wax/coating and the spray should only be used as a touch up every once in a while after a wash...
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    Premio car importing

    The 1.5 grades are : F, F L package and F EX Package... The F and F L package has been around for ever (almost since the beginning) The F EX package I believe was introduced around 2012. These grades sometimes were complimented with some special/limited specification models that were released now and then.Some of these limited models were Manufacturer packages and some were dealer packages (like the G Superior dealership package offered by Japanese Toyota dealers for the F EX Package...sadly 99% of the ones in Sl are fake and not done by the Toyota dealer). You will notice that the difference between grades has trimmed down a lot. There are two reasons for this One reason is because the model is getting phased out and Toyota does not want to manufacturer a lot of different accessory/feature parts for the model. Secondly it is because Japanese transport regulations dictate that safety features become standard on all vehicles. Pretty soon the Premio will stop sales in Japan and what you will be able to buy are existing stock that vehicle exporters would have horded up. Go through the following links and tables and that should give you an idea. Mechanically they are all the same and the difference is basically in accessories/features that is offered as standard and the person buying the car in Japan ordered it with. F EX Package : https://toyota.jp/premio/grade/grade3/ F L Package : https://toyota.jp/premio/grade/grade4/ F : https://toyota.jp/premio/grade/grade6/ General grade comparison : https://toyota.jp/premio/grade/ A PDF file comparatively tabulating the standard accessories/features : https://toyota.jp/pages/contents/premio/002_p_020/pdf/spec/premio_equipment_compare_201812.pdf A PDF file that puts ALL the equipment in a list : https://toyota.jp/pages/contents/premio/002_p_020/pdf/spec/premio_equipment_list_201702.pdf Green : standard / Yellow : Manufacturer Option / Yellow with a star : Manufacturer option when ordering the leather package / Blue : Dealership option. The first 4 web pages..you can use google translate on your browser to read it. The PDF file...use the Google translator app on your phone.
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    car wax

    No..they are NOT the same.... Meguair's hands down is better.....think of doing the actual clean-up though...color correction and surface cleaning and then the wax. I would also recommend you look at solutions from AutoGlym or the Chemical Guys. Remember..it is not always about just wax and wax does not have to be the usual paste Lankans are used to and sometimes a coating is as or even more effective than a standard wax.
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