• May 1, 2011
Those of us brought up in the '90s import scene were dealt a serious blow last week with the announcement that HKS is shuttering its U.S. operations after years of stagnant sales in the States. Now comes word that the video series from Best Motoring International and Hot Version have been killed and the hosts disbanded.

2&4 Motoring, owned by Japanese publishing juggernaut Kodansha, has been responsible for the popular automotive video series for the last two decades, but slow sales and a lack of consistent revenue have taken their toll. The series' creators and their hosts – including Hideki Tanabe – are supposedly moving on to bigger and better things, making Hot Version #110 and April 2011's Best Motoring shows the final installments of the series.

Correction: When originally posting this story, we made a grave error in removing the 7Tune watermark from the photo above. We erroneously assumed this was a stock photo from Best Motoring and we extend our sincere apologies to the photographer Adam Zillin and the crew from 7Tune, who we greatly respect.

[Source: 7Tune | Image Credit: Adam Zillin]


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      Zeer
      • 3 Years Ago
      BMI and HV are legendary. It's because of these shows that I have respect for the tuning industry, and as well as a better understanding of the Japanese automotive realm. Hopefully some other show(s) arise from their ashes.
      htay9500
      • 3 Years Ago
      I loved watching their shows....
      Esteban 愛 Franchina
      • 3 Years Ago
      I really feel like I have just been hit in the nuts. This is so bad.
      Haub
      • 3 Years Ago
      fffffffffuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu... Rage. Very rage. Atleast Top Gear can sort of fill the niche... but that in itself is mostly entertainment. I'll miss make/model track battles and the fantastic touge runs.
      gasaraki88
      • 3 Years Ago
      Awe damn. I love Best Motoring... ='(
      WatchF1
      • 3 Years Ago
      I just hope they can live on, in some fasion or another. Speed seems to be developing more and more car based shows. I'd love for Speed, even if it's just a streaming show, to pick this up. OR One of the American networks picks up these guys and does a Fifth Gear type show and incorporates a regular Hot Version / Best Motoring segment. I don't care that it'd have to be subtitled. I don't care if it's only a 2-5 segments per 10-13 episode season. I don't care. But keep these guys doing the awesome stuff they do... ESPECIALLY the touge battles.
        Blakkar
        • 3 Years Ago
        @WatchF1
        There would be crippling licensing issues. Plus an American channel or Network would have a big problem snagging sponsors for a program, or just parts of a program, whose general motif is "Japanese cars are the unqualified best and everything else sucks donkey balls in some way or another". I mean have you really watched BMI, for example? They will find every problem with a non-Japanese car while happily ignoring or glossing over the faults of the Japanese cars. At least, they don't harp on issues it like TG does. But an American version would not be out of sorts and be much more varies and less biased.
          WatchF1
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Blakkar
          I know it'd be biased. I know it's not a broad use of vehicles. I have watched them belittle other cars. But I like the Touge battles so much that I can't stand the though of them not releasing new shows.
      _M7_
      • 3 Years Ago
      NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO u.u why every time tv series whit real PRO drivers gets cancelled... ...the picture its from Hot Version vol108 ...power wars whit a cuple of GTR whit 800hp, +/- FD3S 600hp and R34 600hp ...
      haji
      • 3 Years Ago
      pity that two of the best japanese auto media are gone. remaining japanese media, car graphic, le volant, f-road, etc are all worthless junks...
      jdmstandarduser
      • 3 Years Ago
      NOT COOL Autoblog. Why did you remove the 7TUNE watermark from this shot? Adam Zillin runs 7TUNE and is the photographer who took that photo. The LEAST you could do is give the man credit.
      Andre Neves
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh no, they cancelled "Fixed Motoring". :-\ Good riddance.
        Blakkar
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        Yeah they do have a very annoying habit of seriously playing up Japanese cars at the expense of almost all others.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Pozzy
      • 3 Years Ago
      NOT COOL. I never would have thought that AutoBlog would have gone so low as to REMOVE a watermark from an otherwise copyrighted image. They seem to think that international copyright law does not apply to them. Disgusting behavior.
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