the Harrier TRD Sportivo

Toyota has announced plans to introduce a variety of concepts at the Tokyo Auto Salon.

 

 Toyota Harrier Modellista & Harrier TRD Sportivo concept to debut at the Tokyo Auto Salon

 

The company is keeping details a closely guarded secret but they confirmed plans to showcase the Harrier Modellista and Harrier TRD Sportivo concept at the event.

First up, the Harrier TRD Sportivo concept has been equipped with an aerodynamic body kit that includes a front spoiler, revised side skirts and two rear spoilers. The crossover also has a revised grille, a TRD suspension, a sports exhaust system and 18-inch aluminum wheels.

Likewise, the Harrier Modellista has a Ver.1 Aero kit with a front spoiler, revised side skirts and a tailgate-mounted spoiler. There’s also lowering springs and 19-inch aluminum wheels with Yokohama tires.

Interior pictures were not released but Toyota says the model has piano black trim, a wooden luggage compartment and LED lighting.

The car is scheduled to go on sale on December 2nd with a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine mated to a CVT sending power to a standard two-wheel drive or an optional four-wheel drive system. The power unit develops 151 HP (111 kW) and a peak torque of 193 Nm and enables the car to have a fuel consumption in the JC08 Japanese cycle of 16 km/l (6.2 liters / 100 km or 37.9 mpg US or 45.5 mpg UK).  It is connected to a continuously variable transmission that sends power to the front wheels.

Wait until January 15, 2014 and you can order the new Harrier in a hybrid version equipped with a 2.5-liter engine and an electric motor providing a combined output of 196 HP (144 kW) and 206 Nm (152 lb-ft). Toyota mentions the Harrier Hybrid will be sold exclusively with a four-wheel drive arrangement. 

The 2014 Toyota Harrier starts at 2,720,000 JPY (about 27,300 USD / 20,300 EUR / 17,175 GBP) for the standard model and from 3,610,000 JPY (36,300 USD / 27,000 EUR / 22,800 GBP) for the hybrid derivative.

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Source :Al Ain Japan

MAZDA – AXELA(2008/12)

On Sale

 

Price                   US$3,837
Maker                  MAZDA     
Model                  DBA-BK5P     
chassis number     BK5P-332290
Year/Month          2008/12     
Mileage (km)        174,821 km
steering                right     
displacement        1,500 cc     
Fuel                     GASOLINE
transmission         AUTOMATIC     
color                   GRAY     
Body type            AXELA
Other Options      A/C,Power Windows,Power Steering,

 

Images of car – Mazda

 

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Source: Al Ain Japan

Mazda has introduced the new Flair in Japan

Mazda has introduced the new Flair in Japan.

  Mazda Flair crossover introduced in Japan

Described as a lightweight crossover that combines fuel efficiency with “superior performance,” the Flair features a rugged exterior with plastic body cladding, skid plates and 15-inch wheels. Most owners won’t dare to take it off-roading but the Flair boasts 175-180mm of ground clearance and a 28° approach angle.

 

Interior pictures were not released but Mazda says the model has a spacious cabin that can comfortably seat four adults. The Flair also comes nicely equipped with heated front seats, color coordinating trim and a rear seat that can fold, recline and slide.

 

Power is provided by a 660cc engine which is connected to a continuously variable transmission. Performance specifications were not released, but the Flair can be equipped with an optional four-wheel drive system that has a hill descent control system.

 

The Flair will go on sale on January 31st and pricing starts at ¥1,285,200 ($12,270 / €8,965).

 

 
Source: Al Ain Japan

Nissan IDx Freeflow and IDx Nismo Concepts at 2013 Tokyo Show

It’s a brave man who can come out with barrels blazing and say that he thinks buyers of the Scion FR-S or Subaru BRZ are having a ‘midlife crisis’. That’s exactly what Nissan Executive Vice President Andy Palmer said recently when referring to two of the hottest, most affordable sports cars to venture forth from Japan in a decade. So can Nissan do any better? It thinks so. “You’ll see our answer to the midlife crisis at the Tokyo Motor Show. Except it won’t be for a midlife crisis,” added Palmer. “It’ll be aimed at young and middle aged types alike.” In a marketplace where Generation Z is losing interest in cars and car culture, Nissan is trying to reignite some interest and passion back into motoring with a new two door, rear wheel drive concept car, the IDx.

 

Nissan designers say that customer paradigms are changing significantly, warranting change. Trying to appeal to digital natives who value IT and social media networks as the new communication tools of the 21st Century is the key, says one designer. The car has to be stylish, offer the right combination of social networking tools including Bluetooth, internet and navigation connectivity and drive well. But Nissan’s product planners realized that these features were not enough to create a car that catches the eye as well as the heart. So Nissan decided to delve back into its rich heritage of sports cars and race cars to find inspiration. As chief designer Satoru Tai says, “we are talking about models like the Datsun 1600, Skyline and Laurel from the 1960s and 70s. That is where we sourced our inspiration. We conceived the IDx through direct interaction with Generation Z who seek a compact, minimalistic sedan-shaped coupe.” Boasting a low and wide stance, Tai tells us that the IDx is actually a little shorter in wheelbase than the FR-S and BRZ so colourfully described by Palmer.

 

A look at the IDx’s silhouette reveals these design slants. As the former owner of a Datsun 1600, this writer can definitely see some 1600 influence in the IDx’s side profile. And while this design is fresh and new but with retro hints for young buyers, the overall design seems all too familiar yet appealing for buyers in their 40s who grew up watching 1600s and Skylines appear on the roads. Tai went on to say that one other aspect of this concept that we thought important for young and mid-aged buyers alike would be a rear-wheel drive platform. Nissan was being tight-lipped about the powertrain, but one engineer suggested that a naturally aspirated 1.6 liter engine generating around 140-150hp would most probably find its way into the IDx’s engine bay. To pluck at the heartstrings of all those who long for the “new,” but with a touch of nostalgia, Nissan also unveiled an IDx Nismo version draped in the company’s traditional racing colors and featuring bigger wheels, along with racier body styling and interior appointments.

 

There was a time when customer surveys and interaction with the public were regarded as dangerous. “The customer doesn’t know what he wants–we have to tell him!” Nissan believes that modern social media connections render that conventional wisdom obsolete, and the IDx concepts are proffered as proof. They were designed from their inception in interactive collaboration with a group of 100 Gen-Z teenagers. They were not random teens, but car-loving ones, as evidenced by their encouragement of design themes evocative of the Datsun 510 (I don’t know a teen that could pick a “Dime” out of a lineup). They reportedly identified the 510 as an icon of the brand, especially when adorned with Peter Brock racing stripes. The other key attributes demanded by this group were comprehensive connectivity (naturally) and a high degree of customization. Toward that end, the car features a spaceframe architecture with lightweight body panels that can be swapped for different looks. Different headlamp designs are plug-and-play interchangeable. While the teens apparently did not demand rear wheel drive, that’s what Palmer sees when he looks at the IDx, and he asserts it is easily buildable on modified existing architecture, though he declined to specify. The auto show stand had a display case showing die-cast models of the IDx in two sizes, if that can be interpreted as an intent to render 1:1 scale versions. Palmer declined to confirm any production plans, other than to say that if green-lighted today it would be three to four years out. Start the letter-writing campaign today.

 

Source: Al Ain Japan

 

 
 

Vezel compact crossover will enter the U.S. market in 2014

Honda has announced the Vezel compact crossover will enter the U.S. market in 2014, followed by a European launch in 2015.

 Honda Vezel hitting stateside next year, Europe in 2015

The Honda Vezel represents a production version of the Urban SUV concept and was showcased to the public for the first time in November at Tokyo Motor Show. The JDM variant is already on sale and now we have learned from Honda the U.S.-spec model is scheduled to come out in the second half of 2014.

The Jazz/Fit-based crossover will also reach the European market in 2015 when it will have to face competition coming from the Nissan Juke, Renault Captur and Peugeot 2008. Details about what will power the U.S.- and Euro-spec versions of the Vezel have not been announced, but Honda did say the hybrid version – which has a 1.5-liter gasoline engine, 22 kW electric motor and 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox – will not leave Japanese territory.

Honda Vezel’s chief engineer, Yoshiharu Itai, said the car will likely retain its moniker since it’s a global strategic vehicle but according to Honda officials it will receive several tweaks (most likely cosmetic) to better suit local markets.

 

The all-new Nissan X-Trail/Rogue

The all-new Nissan X-Trail/Rogue has made its world debut today at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.

It has lost some of the familiar rugged looks as these were replaced by a more premium styling with sculptured muscular lines, “boomerang” taillights and modern 19-inch alloys. Nissan mentions upper-spec models will get full LED headlights with daytime running lights once the car goes on sale in the first quarter of next year.

2014 Nissan X-Trail / Rogue (US) 10.09.2013

 

The interior cabin is a blend of chrome, metal and piano black finishes with a “theater-style” seating arrangement and the possibility of ordering two extra seats for a seven-seat layout. Lower-spec models come with a cloth fabric but more expensive versions feature full leather upholstery with contrasting stitching.

The 2014 X-Trail’s rear doors open to almost 80 degrees which enables an easy access inside the cabin, and those sitting on the middle row seat now benefit from additional knee room thanks to the elongated wheelbase. The third row of seats can be folded forward to boost cargo capacity, whereas the middle row can recline and slide.

 

It has received the latest generation of Nissan’s ALL MODE 4x4i system controllable by using a rotary switch installed on the center console. The driver gets to choose between 2WD, Auto mode or Lock which offers permanent four-wheel drive. The 2014 X-Trail also boasts Active Ride Control capable of monitoring the road up ahead to spot undulations and will modify the damping to compensate. Active Engine Brake is also fitted and can increase engine braking during cornering or when decelerating to a standstill.

Nissan fitted the new X-Trail/Rogue with Active Trace Control comprising an on-board sensor monitoring steering angle, speed, braking effort and throttle opening to brake the wheels individually as a method of reducing understeer. Lastly, the off-roader will be offered with Uphill Start Support and Advance Hill Descent Control.

Details about the engine lineup will be disclosed closer to the car’s market launch.

Source: Al Ain Japan

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An undisguised 2015 Chrysler 200 was spied in the evening while participating in the shooting of a promotional clip.

 

 2015 Chrysler 200 spied in the evening without camouflage

 

Right from the start we notice the sloping roofline which provides the car with an almost coupe-like silhouette while the front of the vehicle shows some Tesla Model S cues, especially in the headlights. There’s also a chromed grille and overall the design is considerably more fresh compared to the outgoing model.

 

Our spies also managed to grab some shots of the interior in the daylight and it seems to be derived from the Dodge Dart, featuring a small number of buttons and knobs along with a rotary gear selector which could indicate the vehicle will be offered with the rumored 9-speed automatic gearbox helping the sedan hit 38 mpg US (45.6 mpg UK or 6.1 liters / 100 km) on the highway. There were also some LED lightning effects throughout the cabin which are likely taken from the Dart.

 

The 2015 Chrysler 200 will be reportedly unveiled in January at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit.

 

Source:  Al Ain Japan