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2592014 Mazda6 finally breaks cover in Moscow

Mazda has made the unusual choice of selecting the Moscow Motor Show to unveil its all-new 2014 Mazda6. The mid-size sedan looks very sharp, and powered by the Japanese automaker's latest line of Skyactiv engines, it ought to be efficient and solid to drive, as well.

AddWhy We Took Translogic Overseas: Japanese Car Culture

Translogic goes trans-Pacific for Episode 8.3, the first of six epsiodes we'll be bringing you from Japan. Which begs the question: Why?

94Grassroots Motorsports' Tim Suddard picks ten future Japanese collector cars

First generation Mazda Miata - Click above to see entire list of future Japanese Collector Cars

28Toyota's drastic overhaul to reportedly replace 40% of management

In an effort to slow the crash, Toyota Motor Corp. is undertaking a massive overhaul and management reorganization next month when Akio Toyoda takes over as president. Toyoda, the grandson of Toyota's founder, will be officially appointed on June 23 at the annual shareholder's meeting. With the new president in place, the Financial Times is reporting that the company will replace 40% of its senior managers and bring back Yoshimi Inaba, a former senior executive, to lead U.S. operations.

AddNissan confirms the "Cube," a 37 MPG, hybrid, Scion-look-a-like, is coming to the US

Shiro Nakamura, Nissan's global design director says "the Cube is coming to the U.S. market." The Cube gets 37 MPG and has something called e-4WD, which includes an electric motor that kicks in when you need it. The Cube is already out in Japan (see wacky Japanese commercial below the fold) and there were rumors it might come to the U.S. Now that it's confirmed, I wonder who needs the Scion xB? Well, Nissan has said they don't intend to compete with the Scion xB. To that I say, "Yeah right, what

5Japanese furniture company creates "wooden supercar"

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12For Sale: Mazda Hen's Tooth..err, Cosmo

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8Jim Press gains a seat on Toyota's board of directors

Jim Press, the man at the helm of Toyota Motor North America, is set to become the first non-Japanese member of Toyota's board of directors. He is currently a managing officer of the company, but when promoted the title on his desk will read "Senior Managing Director". That desk will be shipped to Japan, where Press is apparently being relocated. It's not clear how effectively Press will be able to manage Toyota Motor North America from his executive desk chair in Japan, though we imagine many r

21Kim Jong-il bans Japanese cars in North Korea

If one of us were a bat-crazy dictator, we'd have all sorts of fun issuing nonsensical edicts and impossible-to-follow commands like "Increase the day to 32 hours!" "Make the toilet water flush clockwise!" "Upgrade my computer to Windows Vista!!!" Stuff like that is why we love to hate Kim Jong-il. The North Korean dictator recently decreed that from henceforth all cars of Japanese descent shall be banished from his land. The edict was issued back on January 1st and is thought to be in response

13Future Classic: Dodge Colt

With the rise of the import trend, we're seeing Musclecar-era Japanese rides attain some of the same cachet as domestic iron from the same time. Funny, they didn't strike us this way at the time, but looking at them now, they're like three-quarter scale models of the Big Three's offerings. There seems to be a soft spot for early Celicas and of course, the Datsun 510 makes one hell of a half-price 2002. Somewhat overlooked, in our opinion, are the Mitsubishi models imported by Chrysler in the ear

11RR of the Day: Shot of Cappuccino

This week we bring you another Japanese Kei car, but one infinitely cooler than the Mitsubishi Toppo we featured last week. Today's RR of the Day is a nice Suzuki Cappuccino owned by a gentleman that goes by the Flickr handle benoitcerrina. The Cappuccino is a rear-wheel drive roadster that, because it's a kei car, would easily fit inside the footprint of a Mazda MX-5. Because of its diminutive dimensions and feather-like weight, the Cappuccino is still supposedly a blast to drive despite being

222006 Volvo S40 T5 AWD in the Autoblog Garage Day 3-4

Some automakers do things differently just to be different. Volvo is one of those brands, and the interior of the S40 bears out the company’s antiestablishment ways. From the ultra-slim center console to the Dynamic T-Tec seating material to the vertically stacked stereo and HVAC controls, it’s clear the interior of the S40 has been developed by designers who march to the beat of a different drum.

6Diesel's star on the rise in Japan?

As in the U.S., Japan isn't exactly known for their voracious consumption of diesel-powered vehicles. In point of fact, just a single derv-burning model, the Toyota Landcruiser Prado, remains on sale in the entire country.

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