Toyota Car Dealers in Japan

Toyota has reportedly confirmed plans to introduce the 2015 Camry at the New York Auto Show.

 2015 Toyota Camry


Details are limited but the facelifted model promises to “challenge conventional expectations of a mid-cycle model change.” That’s not much to go on but the President of Toyota’s Calty Design Research has previously said the car will have a “more emotional, more impactful design.”


Little else is known about the model but it will likely feature carryover engines including:

  • A 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 178 bhp (133 kW) and 170 lb-ft (230 Nm) of torque
  • A hybridized 2.5-liter four-cylinder with a combined output of 200 bhp (149 kW)
  • A 3.5-liter V6 with 268 hp (200 kW) and 248 lb-ft (336 Nm) of torque. 

Source:  Toyota Car Dealers in Japan





Toyota has launched the Corolla Axio and Corolla Fielder hybrids in Japan.


On the styling front, the eco-friendly models are distinguished by a new grille, “Synergy Blue” emblems and an available Light Blue Metallic paint job.


Interior changes are more extensive and include special seat upholstery, a faux leather dashboard and a blue-accented leather shift knob. There’s also a 4.2-inch multi-information display and a “nanoe” ionizer that removes pollen by releasing “particle ions embedded in minute water droplets.”

Both models are powered by a 1.5-liter Atkinson-cycle engine that develops 74 HP (54 kW) and 111 Nm (81 lb-ft) of torque. It is backed up by an electric motor that has a maximum output of 61 HP (45 kW) and 169 Nm (124 lb-ft) of torque. This enables the model to have a combined output of 100 HP (73 kW) and a fuel economy rating of 3.0 L/100km (77.6 mpg US / 93.2 mpg UK) in the JC08 test cycle.


To compensate for the weight of the hybrid’s battery system, engineers retuned the suspension and shock absorbers to deliver “outstanding levels of ride comfort and handling stability.” The cars have also been equipped with a noise-reducing windshield and additional sound deadening material.


Pricing starts at ¥1,925,000 and Toyota expects to sell 1,000 Axio hybrids and 1,500 Fielder hybrids in Japan each month.



Ford is gearing up for the launch of the 2015 Mustang by releasing new details about the car’s aerodynamic styling.


 2015 Ford Mustang Convertible revealed


Faced with the challenge of creating an aerodynamic car that embraces the Mustang’s history, designers settled on a “sleek, modern and muscular interpretation of the iconic pony car.”


In order to reduce drag, the 2015 Mustang is Ford’s first model to feature “wheel aero curtains” that channel air from the front of the car to openings in the wheel wells. The air is then directed across the outer surface of the wheels and tires.


Looking bold and aggressive, the model has an evolutionary design with a “shark-bite” front fascia and a trapezoidal grille that is flanked by slender headlights. The pony car also has a steeply raked windscreen which blends into a classic fastback roof. Other highlights include a sculpted hood, wider rear fenders and three-dimensional tri-bar taillights with sequential turn signals.


If the coupe isn’t too your liking, the convertible has a multilayer insulated cloth top that promises to keep the cabin quiet. The top also lowers twice as fast as its predecessor and has a sleeker profile when lowered.

The aviation-inspired cockpit has a familiar design but adopts higher quality materials and improved switchgear. The cabin has also been given a technological makeover as it can be equipped with Intelligent Access, SYNC, MyFord Touch, Track Apps, MyColor gauges and a new Shaker Pro audio system.

Under the hood, three different engines are available including:

  • A 3.7-liter V6 with at least 300 bhp (223 kW) and 270 lb-ft (365 Nm) of torque
  • A 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder with more than 305 bhp (227 kW) and 300 lb-ft (406 Nm) of torque
  • A 5.0-liter V8 with more than 420 bhp (313 kW) and 390 lb-ft (528 Nm) of torque

Source: Al Ain Japan

Kia Car Dealer

The 2015 Kia Sedona / Carnival has been spied ahead of a possible debut at the New York Auto Show.

 2015 Kia Sedona spied, could be introduced next month 

While this particular prototype is heavily camouflaged, previous spy photos have shown the redesigned minivan will have a stylish front fascia with a prominent grille that is flanked by sweptback headlights. The photos also showed the model will have a distinctive greenhouse which is slimmer at the rear than at the front.

Our spies couldn’t get close enough to snap interior photos but the 2015 Sedona is expected to have a more accommodating cabin with additional passenger and luggage space. We can also expect a modern cabin with high-tech options including an infotainment system, a blind spot monitoring system and a lane departure warning system.

 2015 Kia Sedona (Grand Carnival) spied testing in southern Europe

Despite the modest updates, the entry-level LX comes nicely equipped with air conditioning, Bluetooth connectivity and steering wheel-mounted controls. Moving up to the EX variant adds leather upholstery, heated front seats and automatic climate control.

Motivation is provided by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 269 bhp (200 kW) and 246 lb-ft (333 Nm) of torque. It is connected to a six-speed automatic transmission that enables the model to return 17 city / 24 mpg highway (US).

The 2014 Sedona will go on sale later this year and pricing starts at $25,900 which excludes an $850 destination charge.

Source: Al Ain Japan

The Nissan Note – mini multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) – Al Ain Japan

For Sale – NISSAN – NOTE (2011/12)

The Nissan Note is a mini multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) produced by the Japanese manufacturer Nissan since 2004.


Nissan Note - Japanese Car Dealers


Changes to Nissan Note include:

  • redesigned head lamp, engine hood, front grill, front bumper
  • coloured/gun metallic front grille on G/X series models
  • smoke plated front grille on sporty series models
  • 3 new colours (blue turquoise titan pearl metallic, frost green titan metallic, amethyst grey pearl metallic) for total of 10 body colour choices
  • new seat and door trim options sand beige, black, carbon black (with red stitching)
  • sand beige interior includes colour scheme change
  • 2-link meter (LCD odometer, trim trip meter with fuel consumption display) as standard equipment
  • sporty series (15RX/15RS) includes white meter
  • dimpled leather-wrapped 3-spoke steering wheel with red stitching (standard in 15RX)
  • rear centre arm rest with 2 cup holders (standard in 15G, 15G FOUR, 15RX)
  • water spray seats (standard in 15G, 15G FOUR)
  • cold terrain vehicles include 4-wheel drive as standard equipment
  • driver seat seat belt reminder as standard equipment
  • 2-wheel drive models with HR15DE engine and Xtronic CVT transmission passed JC08 model fuel consumption and emission tests

Plus navi HDD models are based on 15G, 15X, 15G FOUR, 15X FOUR, with:

  • exclusive HDD navigation system (7-inch wide VGA display, touch panel, VICS(multi-FM), music stocker, iPod control, CD player, Electronically tuned AM/FM radio, 30GB hard drive)
  • Green-tinted UV-blocking windshield glass with top shade
  • 2 rear speakers (standard in 15G, 15G FOUR)

Note Rider is a version of Nissan Note with:

  • exclusive front bumper and bumper grille, front grille, side sill protector, rear tire protector
  • Euro suspension (2WD models)
  • exclusive 15-inch brilliant aluminium wheels with 175/60R15 81H tires
  • exclusive naming emblem, seat floor and door trim floor, leather-wrapped 3-spoke steering wheel
  • 4 speakers
  • exclusive finisher in black (sterling finisher, centre cluster finisher, instrument upper box)
  • exclusive sport muffler by Fujitsubo (Autech option)
  • exclusive sound system + iPod adapter + exclusive speaker (Autech option)
  • choice of 4 body colours (white pearl (3-coat pearl) (#QX1), diamond silver metallic (#KY0), twilight grey pearl metallic (#K21), super black (#KH3))

Note Rider performance spec is a version of Nissan Note Rider with:

  • increased engine power by 7 PS (5 kW; 7 hp) and 0.8 kg·m (8 N·m; 6 lbf·ft)
  • exclusive strut tower bar (front)
  • tunnel stay
  • YAMAHA performance damper (front)
  • exclusive tuned suspension, Bridgestone Potenza RE-01R 185/55R15 81V tire, sport muffler by Fujitsubo, naming emblem, car speed sensing electric power steering, aluminium pedal

Opel ADAM VR|46 Limited Edition announced

Opel has announced plans to offer a limited edition Adam VR | 46 in Italy.

 2013 Opel Adam priced from 11,500 euros (DE) - Al Ain Japan

Jointly developed with MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi, the special edition is based on the Adam Slam and features a carbon black, matte black or dull gray roof which contrasts with the metallic black, yellow, red or white body. The special edition also has black and fluorescent yellow accents as well as VR | 46 logos.

According to Rossi, “[The] Opel Adam convinced me immediately, and not only for the lines, accessories, [and] technology. I find it really fun with the possibility of being able to customize many variations, I tried so many different combinations: I do not know how many there are, but certainly enough to be able to take some satisfaction.”

Measuring 3.70 meters long and 1.72 meters wide, the Adam represents Opel’s offering in the A segment and it will be offered in three trim levels: Jam, Glam and Slam.

The base version will cost 11,500 euros in Germany (including VAT) and it’s the one powered by a 1.2-liter gasoline engine with 70 hp (51 kW). There’s also a larger 1.4-liter engine offered with two different outputs: 87 hp (64 kW) and 100 hp (74 kW). Regardless of the engine choice, these are connected to a 5-speed manual gearbox and are available with the ecoFLEX technology package, including the stop/start system.

The interior cabin of the Opel Adam can accommodate up to four people, a cabin which benefits from the “Made in Germany” build quality as Opel mentions in the press release. Perhaps one of the key selling features of this petite car is the high number of personalization options available, including a starlight headliner complete with more than 60 LEDs that can recreate a starlit sky for 380 euros

Source – Japanese Car Dealer

Volvo Car Dealer

A new report indicates Volvo’s brand new CMA platform will underpin the next-gen V40 and C30, along with an XC40 compact crossover.


 Volvo’s new CMA platform to underpin next-gen V40, C30 and a possible XC40 - Al Ain Japan


Swedish marque Volvo has created in recent months a lot of buzz around its upcoming Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) but very few people know the company is also currently developing a Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) which as the name suggests will be used on future compact models.


Initially, Volvo wanted to team up with another automaker to work on the CMA platform but in the end collaborated with parent company Geely. A possible first candidate to ride on the newly established architecture is the V40 which is said to transform into a true wagon. The C30 successor is also an example and could turn into a five-door model dubbed C40. Last but not least, Volvo is apparently working on a compact crossover which will be sold under the XC40 moniker.


Volvo’s first CMA-based products are programmed to see the light of production day in the next 3-4 years.