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    Official: Toyota pimps out Esquire van for Japanese businessmen [w/video]
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    A few months back we reported on a dealership owner in Japan who was petitioning Toyota to make a luxury van. The problem, he reasoned, was that he couldn't take as many friends, colleagues and clients around with him in his Lexus LS, and his Toyota Alphard van wasn't luxurious enough. Well, it ...

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    Official: Toyota casts off in Ponam-31 motor yacht [w/video]
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    Some Japanese automakers focus purely on cars, while others dabble in all sorts of motorized transportation. Honda, for example, makes everything from motorbikes to jet aircraft. But while Toyota may be known principally for automobiles, it also makes a line of boats. And this is the latest. The ...

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    Video: Batman caught astride Batcycle in Japan
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    Holy makeshift Batcycle, Batman. This rider in Japan deserves a round of applause and pat on the back for his dedication to an idea. We've seen people build more authentic looking recreations of the Batpod in the past but never with this much commitment to the whole look. This Dark Knight ...

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    Official: Toyota celebrates 30th anniversary of Land Cruiser 70 with Japan rerelease [w/videos]
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    It's a common refrain among auto enthusiasts to bemoan the current models being sold for being overly complex and expensive and to wish that automakers would just make vehicles like the old days. Sure, they might not have been as safe or efficient, but there was often a certain rugged simplicity ...

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    Official: Subaru WRX S4 gets big power bump in Japan, but not in US or Canada?
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    A month after originally teasing it, Subaru is finally unveiling its WRX S4 model for Japan. It's a bit more than just a plush take on the sport sedan, because Subaru is fitting a more powerful version of the 2.0-litre, turbocharged boxer four-cylinder engine than we get on this continent. The ...

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    Video: Pharrell Williams' Happy gets a JDM tuning twist
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    We have to come clean. We're kind of getting tired of Pharrell Williams "Happy" song. As great as it is, you can't help but hear it play at least once per day, be it on the radio, on TV, online, or on your Gameboy Colour. It just gets old ya know? All that noise aside though, this video is ...

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    Report: Asian automakers still reluctant to use more aluminum
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    There's a logical progression of technology in the auto industry. We've seen it with things like carbon-ceramic brakes, which use to be the sole domain of six-figure sports cars, where they often cost as much as an entry level Toyota Corolla. Now, you can get them on a BMW M3 (they're still ...

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    Teased: Subaru teasing new WRX S4 model ahead of Japanese debut
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    The Subaru WRX range is growing just a little bit larger, at least in Japan, with the automaker's teasing announcement of a new version called the S4. Unfortunately, the company is keeping details about its latest all-wheel drive sport sedan a closely guarded secret for the moment. From what we ...

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    Video: Father-son team grows close by building tuned Porsche
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    We've seen several heartwarming videos of kids bonding over cars with their parents, whether racing together or giving them as gifts. The story of Leh Keen and his father McGrath, though, is somewhat different. Not many dads are looking for a vehicle quite this mental. As Leh tells it, his dad ...

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    Video: Meet the Kanjozoku, Osaka's infamous street racers
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    Street racing is obviously illegal and incredibly dangerous, but that has never stopped people from doing it. While we don't hear nearly as much about the scourge of Japanese tuner cars as when The Fast and the Furious first hit theaters over a decade ago, illegal street racing is still bubbling ...

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