Pickup trucks. They’re one of the most-recognized vehicle categories around the world, and they’re the major players in Americas, Oceania and Southeast Asia, as well as a climbing category in Europe. However, they’re an already-extinct vehicle category in Japan, with all vehicle models have been axed off JDM from…
The Toyota Hilux is back in Japan. After 13 years of demise.
Japanese Domestic Market, while having cars we don’t get, have a dark side. Japan doesn’t get any pickup truck we have globally, such as Toyota Hilux, Tacoma and Nissan Datsun Truck (later Navara). While the overseas people have these large fun stuff, Japanese people can’t be able to get one.
Audi’s A3 Sedan, which is developed for sedan-preferred global markets, looked somewhat like Mitsubishi’s outdated-and-dead Lancer. What a resemblance.
Since third-generation (2007), Subaru Impreza replaced the wagon with the hatchback due to decline of station wagons and the rise of SUVs and minivans in Japan. While some Imprezas were offered with FWD, most Imprezas in global market are 4WDs. This include insane WRX STI, which is already a rally homologation.
(Been quite a while since my last post here. I plan on having my Tumblr account linked.)
With Honda bringing back the new Civic range to Japanese Domestic Market after 8 years (in 2018), will the Japanese automaker bringing back the sedan version for the tenth generation Civic’s Type-R model as well?
(This article is about the French carmakers’ involvement in the big hatchback market. And this article talks about big, D/E/F-segment hatchbacks. Small, C-segment hatchbacks and below aren’t included.)
(This article is about the reasons for the decline of station wagons in Japan. Since most people on Oppositelock are Americans, I will use the term “minivans” for multi-purpose vehicles, or MPVs.)
(Copied from this article in my blog: http://galapagosizedautomotive.kinja.com/hot-hatches-a-potential-galapagos-phenomenon-from-euro-1786653501)
(Copied from this article in my blog: http://galapagosizedautomotive.kinja.com/pickup-trucks-japans-forbidden-fruits-1786652987, with edits.)
Hot hatches are a common topic ranging from small cars and large luxury cars, but we mostly use the term “hot hatch” for the small performance two-box hatchbacks, since many fast large luxury hatchbacks blurred the “large hatchback” designations due to fastbacl-like designs (large hot hatches including Audi RS7 and…
(This article is based on my online research in Japan-related websites. Since I can read Japanese, I took lots of time to translate my research on pickup truck market in Japan. The pickup trucks I refer to are the traditional, “bonnet-type” trucks which are popular in USA and Southeast Asia, but extinct in Japan.)