Toyota has released a new teaser image of the 4Runner TRD Pro – Al Ain Japan

Toyota has released a new teaser image of the 4Runner TRD Pro.

 

 2014 Toyota 4Runner pricing announced (US)

 

Set to be unveiled on February 6th, the model has been equipped with black accents, TRD Pro badging and black alloy wheels with off-road tires. Little else is known about the SUV but a previous teaser video showed the TRD Pro lineup will adopt a revised grille with black accents.

 

Toyota didn’t have much to say about the model but confirmed it will be unveiled alongside the Tundra and Tacoma TRD Pro variants. The company also hinted “Let’s conquer the great outdoors.”

 

Toyota has remained quiet about the models but they have likely been equipped with an off-road package that includes styling and performance tweaks. There’s no word on when they will be unveiled but we’ll likely find out shortly.

 

while under the hood will be the V6 4.0-liter engine outputting 270 bhp (201 kW) and 278 lb-ft (376 Nm) linked to a 5-speed ECT-I automatic transmission.

 

Toyota says the 2014 4Runner can return an EPA-estimated 17 mpg city / 23 mpg highway for the 4×2 variant and 17 mpg city / 22 mpg highway for the 4×4 model. It has a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds and all models benefit from an integrated tow-hitch receiver and wiring harness.

Compared to the outgoing model, the 2014MY brings an updated interior cabin with a multi-information display, new Optitron gauges and a few modifications in terms of trim. Other goodies include the firm’s Entune infotainment and an in-glass antenna which replaces the old mast unit. For more money clients can opt for a 7-inch display part of the navigation system.

 

The base SR5 model comes as standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, Entune infotainment system and fabric seats, but for an extra 1,875 USD it can have auto-dimming mirrors, sunroof, navigation, SofTex faux leather seats and power passenger seat. Four-wheel drive is an optional 2,920 USD.

 

SR5 and Limited versions are available with third-row seating, while the former gets as standard an 8-way power driver seat. Limited model has a leather-trimmed interior with ventilated driver/front passenger seats which are also 8-way power-adjustable for the driver and 4-way for the front passenger. The second row of seats has a 40/20/40 configuration and a one-touch walk-in function which grants easier access to the third row.

 

Source : Al Ain Japan

BMW i3 – Al Ain Japan

Rumors about a BMW i3 have been swirling for years but BMW’s production boss has revealed the company won’t introduce any new i models until they have a better grasp on demand.

 BMW to delay future i models until they can better anticipate demand - report

While the i3 is off to a successful start, Harald Krueger told Al Ain Japan “We need to see how demand for the cars develops.” There’s no word on when a determination will be made but it will likely come after the model has been launched in key markets like the United States.

While the i3 is four meters long, the i3 is believed to receive a 150mm stretched rear overhang and will offer an additional 100mm of rear legroom. It won’t be a very complex and expensive procedure to develop the i5 since the i3 has a separate chassis so lengthening the car would basically require just extending the chassis’ longitudinal aluminum extrusions.

Notable styling highlights include a distinctive grille, U-shaped LED headlights and a “black belt” that runs from the hood to the tailgate. The model also has rearward opening “coach” doors, “stream flow” side contours and 19- or 20-inch forged light-alloy wheels.

There are no details right now about the possibility of installing a more powerful powertrain in the i5 but it should happen taking into account the car will not only be larger, but it will also have to carry more cargo. As a reminder, the i3 offers 170 HP (125 kW) and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) from an electric motor working together with a 22 kWh lithium-ion battery.

As we have previously reported, the i3 was launched in Germany last November. Since then, the company has received more than 11,000 orders which has resulted in a waiting list of up to six month.

The 2014 BMW i3 will be priced from €34,950 in Germany, £25,680 (after a £5,000 government grant) in the U.K. and $41,350 – excluding a $925 destination & handling fee – in the United States.

Source : Al Ain Japan

Lexus Car – Al Ain Japan(Japanese Car Dealers)

According to reports out of Japan, Lexus could offer a new IS F.

 

 Lexus IS F could still be in the works - report

 

Details are limited but the model would be heavily influenced by the RC F Coupe which recently debuted at the North American International Auto Show. This means the sedan could come equipped with an aggressive body kit, a sport-tuned suspension and a Torque Vectoring Differential with three different modes.

 

Power would likely be provided by a 5.0-liter V8 engine that develops more than 450 bhp (335 kW) and 383 lb-ft (518 Nm) of torque. In the RC F, it enables the coupe to accelerate from 0-60 mph in less than 4.6 seconds and hit an estimated top speed of 168 mph (270 km/h).

 

While Lexus on coy on specifics, the RC F has been equipped with an aerodynamic body kit that includes aggressive bumpers, ventilated front fenders and revised side skirts. The car also has a bulging hood, a revised grille and 19-inch forged aluminum wheels which are available in three different designs.

 

If that’s not impressive enough, the RC F can be ordered with carbon fiber components and an active rear spoiler that deploys at approximately 50 mph (80 km/h) and retracts at speeds less than 25 mph (40 km/h).

 

The interior echoes the standard RC but has been equipped with sport seats, revised instrumentation, alloy pedals and an “elliptical cross-section thick grip steering wheel.”

 

Source: Al Ain Japan

 

 

 

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TOKYO — General Motors has done surprisingly well in Japan’s shrinking market, notching three straight years of rising sales. But a dearth of right-hand-drive vehicles stymies hopes for higher volume.

 

The redesigned Cadillac CTS and Chevrolet Corvette go on sale next year, promising another sales boost. But because both are left-hand drive, their arrival means there will be only two nameplates in GM’s eight-model lineup with the steering wheel on the correct side for Japan, where cars drive on the left side of the road.

 

The outgoing CTS is one of the three current right-hand-drive models.

 

“To get to the next level, we really need a right-hand-drive portfolio, like BMW, Mercedes, Audi,” Gregg Sedewitz, GM Japan sales and marketing director, said last week at the launch event for the CTS and Corvette in Tokyo.

 

“It’s going to require somebody special to say, ‘I love this brand. It doesn’t matter.'”

 

After the redesigned CTS comes in April, GM’s only right-hand-drive offerings here will be the Chevy Sonic small car and Captiva compact crossover.

 

Failing to configure American cars for Japanese roads is a stumbling block for Detroit brands trying to break into this notoriously finicky market. It’s often a turnoff for Japanese, who can choose from a large selection of right-handers from European companies.

 

Yet for the Americans it’s a chicken-and-egg problem. It’s often not worthwhile to introduce a right-hand-drive version because sales are so low. And sales are so low in part because there are no right-handers.

 

Sedewitz said more right-hand-drive offerings are needed to break out of the niche level; GM sells barely 2,000 vehicles a year in the world’s third-largest auto market.

 

But left-hand drive isn’t always a deal breaker.

 

The current Cadillac SRX cross-over, also offered only in left-hand drive, replaced an outgoing version offered with right. But sales of that nameplate grew anyway.

 

“The product was so much better executed,” Sedewitz said. “The ATS is left-hand-drive only. It’s our No. 1 selling Cadillac. Yes, there’s a limit to what we can do with left-hand drive. But it’s a good foundation to take it to the next level at some point.”

 

Japan’s domestic auto market has been in steady decline for nearly two decades. Through October, 2013 light-vehicle sales fell 3 percent to 4,368,131.

 

Meanwhile, import sales are at record levels. Last year foreign car registrations reached 300,594, and through October sales rose 16 percent to 224,497.

 

GM Japan sales grew in 2010, 2011 and 2012. But so far this year sales of Cadillac and Chevrolet, the only two brands GM offers in Japan, are virtually flat at 2,241, according to the Japan Automobile Importers Association.

 

GM’s sales are way below their peak of the mid-1990s, when the company was selling 50,000 cars a year, most of them Opels. But in 2006 Opel decided to stop selling in Japan and other non-European markets as part of a refocusing of the brand on Europe.

 

The 2009 bankruptcy further dented GM’s Japan presence. GM has been a no-show for the past three Tokyo Motor Shows.

 

GM is banking on better products and a refined marketing strategy to build sales slowly.

 

The company is focusing on regional auto shows in such places as Nagoya and Osaka, instead of Tokyo. And it is revamping dealerships across the country.

 

GM has only 33 outlets, compared with more than 180 for BMW. But the eight-model GM lineup has been expanded from just four in 2010.

 

“We’re in it for the long term,” Sedewitz said. “It’s not going to be an overnight process.

 

Source : Al Ain Japan

2014 Toyota Highlander Hybrid unveiled

Toyota has announced the 2014 Highlander will be priced from $29,215 when it goes on sale in the United States in February.

 

 2014 Toyota Highlander Hybrid unveiled, returns 28 mpg city

 

The entry-level model comes sparsely equipped but features an eight seat interior, a backup camera, an Entune audio system and 18-inch alloy wheels.

 

The LE Plus adds an eight-way power driver seat, an upgraded audio system, a tri-zone automatic climate control system and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The model also has fog lights and a power liftgate.

 

Moving up to the XLE rewards owners with heated leather front seats, a moonroof and a premium audio system with GPS navigation and an 8-inch display.

 

Inside, the cabin comes nicely equipped with perforated leather seats, second row captain’s chairs and a third row bench that can accommodate up three passengers. The model is also has wood grain trim, a JBL audio system, an En-tune infotainment system and a 4.2-inch Multi-Information Display that has an energy monitor

 

The range-topping Limited boasts perforated leather seats, heated / cooled front seats and a variety of safety systems. The model also has LED daytime running lights and 19-inch alloy wheels.

 

Depending on which model is selected, options include a heated steering wheel, second row captain chairs, ambient interior lighting and a Blu-ray entertainment system. The crossover can also be equipped with automatic high beam headlights, a dynamic radar cruise control system and a Smart Key system.

 

Under the hood, three different engines are available including:

  • A 2.7-liter four-cylinder with 185 bhp (138 kW)
  • A 3.5-liter V6 with 270 bhp (201 kW) and 248 lb-ft (335 Nm) of torque
  • A hybridized 3.5-liter V6 with a combined maximum output of 280 bhp (209 kW)

 Motivation is provided by a Hybrid Synergy Drive system that consists of a 3.5-liter V6 engine and an electric motor-generator. It is connected to an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission and an electronic on-demand all-wheel drive system. This setup enables the crossover to produce a combined maximum output of 280 bhp (209 kW) and return an EPA-estimated 28 mpg city / 28 mpg highway / 28 mpg combined (US).

Source: Al Ain Japan

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Mitsubishi has taken the wraps off the Mirage G4 Sedan at the 2014 Montreal Auto Show (Jan 17-26), following an announcement made earlier this month.

 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 sedan teased ahead of Montreal Auto Show reveal

 

Last April we saw Mitsubishi’s G4 Compact Sedan at Auto Shanghai and now the Japanese automaker has revealed the production version in the form of the Mirage G4 Sedan. Essentially a sedan variant of the Mirage hatchback, the new model comes with a longer rear overhang, oval taillights and a tall trunk lid with a lip spoiler.

On the styling front, the car features a prominent grille, sweptback headlights and chrome accents. We can also see small alloy wheels, an upward sweeping character line and side mirrors with integrated turn signals.

Interior pictures were not released but Mitsubishi says the car has “generous rear seat leg space” and “large door openings” for easy entry and egress.

It looks virtually the same as the Mitsubishi Attrage available in Thailand and is currently being exhibited at the Montreal Auto Show with a 3-cylinder, 1.2-liter gasoline engine with 79 bhp (59 kW) and 78 lb-ft (106 Nm) sent to the front axle through a continuously variable transmission (CVT).

Mitsubishi hasn’t decided yet whether the Mirage G4 Sedan will be sold in Canada but they will make a decision based on the received feedback. Expect the car to be exhibited in April at the New York Auto Show in United States, followed shortly by a market launch.

Source : Al Ain Japan

Nissan Used car in japan – Al ain Japan

Tokyo-based aftermarket specialist Impul has released a tuning kit for the Nissan March/Micra.

The facelifted March/Micra is not the type of car you would normally imagine going through the garage of a tuner but it happened in Tokyo where Impul created a wide body kit for the petite Japanese city car. Showcased earlier this month at Tokyo Auto Salon, the vehicle received a redesigned front bumper with a large spoiler lip along with bigger side skirts and a new rear bumper.

 Japanese tuner Impul releases beefed up Nissan Micra/March

 

The most noticeable exterior modification is without any doubt the added rear wing but there’s nothing going on in the engine department to match the aggressive looks. Other changes include vertical strips of LED daytime running lights sitting next to the fog lights in the lower front grille, as well as the tuner’s RS S-05 alloy wheel set.

The base Visia model has electric front windows, remote central locking, ABS, ESP, several airbags, power steering and CD/AUX/USB. Acenta rides on 15-inch rims and comes with additional equipment such as automatic lights and wipers, Bluetooth, front fog lights and several cosmetic tweaks. The range-topping Tekna has 16-inch wheels, park assist, parking sensors, climate control, panoramic glass roof, new paint hues, keyless start, folding door mirrors and 5.8-inch touchscreen Nissan Connect media/sat-nav system.

Engine lineup includes the same 3-cylinder, 1.2-liter gasoline mill and a supercharged 1.2-liter DIG-S gasoline engine which can do 57.3 mpg US (68.9 mpg UK or 4.1 liters / 100 km) and has CO2 emissions of 95 g/km. These are mated to a standard five-speed manual transmission or an optional CVT.

It should be noted Nissan is offering hotter Nismo and Nismo S versions of the March in Japan, with the latter providing 116 HP (85 kW) and 115 lb-ft (156 Nm) from a 1.5-liter engine mated to a five-speed manual gearbox.

Source:Al Ain Japan