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    Ralliart announces it is closing its doors... so what does that mean for Mitsubishi?
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    In a letter issued to its customers, Ralliart, a Japanese high-performance subsidiary of Mitsubishi, has announced that it is closing its doors. The company's business case has apparently faded, a victim of the wilting domestic aftermarket scene as well as its lack of continued motorsports ...

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    JDM Toyota Passo/Daihatsu Boon hatchlets get redesigned
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    2010 Daihatsu Boon – Click above for high-res image gallery
    The twin hatchbacks known as the Toyota Passo and Daihatsu Boon in the JDM sphere have been launched in their all-new guises. The Toyota version comes in two flavors, Passo and Passo + Hanna, the latter of which gets extra features ...

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    Rumormill: Lexus SC430 to end production in July with special edition "Eternal Jewel"
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    Much unloved by the automotive press and lately by consumers who haven't been buying them, the folding-hardtop Lexus SC430 is possibly ending its production run this July. To celebrate and honor the occasion, Lexus is releasing a special edition. Called "The Eternal Jewel," this special edition ...

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    Report: All 165 Lexus LFA supercars earmarked for Japan already spoken for
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    Lexus LFA – Click above for high-res image gallery
    We knew the new Lexus LFA was fast, but we didn't know just how fast until reports came in of the rapid rate at which wealthy Japanese customers are snapping it up. In the three months since the final car was unveiled, all 165 examples of ...

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    Keeping Up Appearances: Subaru launches JDM Impreza WRX STI A-Line Type S
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    Subaru Impreza WRX STI A-Line Type S – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Another day, another new special-edition Subaru Impreza. There are worse things, after all. This one, however, doesn't quite have the substance of the recently unveiled WRX STI R205. Whereas the R205 is a real ...

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    Mitsubishi releases updated JDM Outlander Roadest with unique look
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    2010 Mitsubishi Outlander Roadest - click for high-res gallery
    Normally when an automaker updates a model, even if it's just a quick cosmetic change, the earlier version is treated like cheek meat – nobody wants it unless it's a real good deal, and the dealers just want them gone. ...

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    VIDEO: The Fastest Yellow and Red - Best (and most ambitious) stop-motion diecast car film ever?
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    Fastest Yellow and Red -- Click above to watch video
    It took just one minute and 13 seconds into this video for us to scream "Epic!" In fact, we're not sure there's enough epic epicness in that single word to properly describe the epic proportions contained therein. This 1970's JDM homage has ...

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    Mitsubishi's new sub-CUV will be called RVR in Japan... what will it be called when it hits the US?
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    Mitsubishi RVR - click for high-resolution gallery
    Mitsubishi is dusting off and old name for its new compact crossover. The new RVR that will be released in Japan next spring is nothing like past Mitsus wearing the moniker, a model we knew here as the Expo LRV. The RVR shares the Mitsu family's ...

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    Accord Crosstour, JDM Odyssey, or JDM Accord Tourer - Which would have been your pick?
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    While we were in Japan last week for the Tokyo Motor Show, at least two American Honda officials expressed interest in bringing the automaker's Fit-based Freed MPV to the U.S. market. However, as we strolled the streets of Tokyo's Ginza district, another thought occurred to us when a JDM Odyssey ...

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    Tokyo 2009: Rear-wheel drive Toyota Mark X had us at "mite-suppressing agent"
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    2010 Toyota Mark X - Click above for high-res image gallery
    Remember back when Toyota actually offered rear-wheel drive cars? Sure, a production version of the FT-86 concept is on the way, and yes, you can get a Toyota-branded truck or plump for a Lexus that routes its power out back – but ...

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    Tokyo 2009: Godzilla Refined - Nissan shows revised GT-R
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    2010 Nissan GT-R – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Without much fanfare (okay – zero fanfare), Nissan has rolled a tweaked version of its home-market GT-R onto the show floor here at the Tokyo Motor Show. While you're not likely to notice any exterior differences, JDM buyers ...

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    It's o-kei! Suzuki Palette SW introduced in Japan
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    2009 Suzuki Palette SW - Click above for image gallery
    You're Japanese. You have a family. You need a minivan. But minivans are freaking huge, Japan's streets are crowded, and you want something that's a lot smaller and can dart between lumbering dekotora lit up like Vegas. So, you look to a kei ...

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    Mazda releases 20th Anniversary Edition Miata for JDM faithful
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    20th Anniversary Mazda Miata -- Click above for high-res image
    Japan gets to celebrate the 20th birthday of the Mazda MX-5/Miata with a special edition for JDM buyers only. The Crystal White Pearl Mica roadster comes in two varieties: an RS soft-top with a 6-speed manual, and a VS hardtop with a ...

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    Toyota unleashes 2010 Prius Modellista aero kits
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    2010 Toyota Prius Modellista kits - Click above for an image gallery
    To coincide with the official launch of the 2010 Toyota Prius in its home market of Japan, the automaker has unleashed a whole slew of styling and performance upgrades available through Modellista, its in-house tuning arm. There ...

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    JDM Subaru Legacy unveiled. Wave "hi" to the wagon from afar...
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    2010 Subaru Legacy Touring Wagon (JDM) - Click above for a high-res image gallery
    Subaru has unveiled the all-new Legacy in JDM form, and on paper, it pretty much looks the same as the U.S.-spec car. The 2.5- and 3.6-liter boxer engines you'll find underhood when the new Legacy arrives at your ...

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    Honda Insight first-ever hybrid to become Japan's #1 selling auto
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    2010 Honda Insight - Click above for high-res image gallery
    In a historic move that's sure to irk their archrivals in Toyota City, Honda's new Insight has become the first-ever hybrid vehicle to top the sales charts in Japan. By shifting some 10,481 units last month, the teardrop-shaped model ...

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    EX Phone Home: Nissan rebadges Infiniti EX as Skyline Crossover for JDM
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    Nissan Skyline Crossover - Click above for a hi-res gallery
    Enthusiasts couldn't help but be disappointed when Nissan let slip that plans for a new Infiniti flagship sedan based on the all-conquering GT-R wouldn't see the light of day. What you see here is just the opposite: an Infiniti re-labeled ...

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    Toyota reportedly expects 40,000 pre-orders for new Prius
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    2010 Toyota Prius – Click above for a high-res image gallery
    The well-publicized battle for hybrid sales supremacy between Honda and Toyota has taken yet another intriguing turn. According to Japan's Nikkei newspaper, Toyota is saying that it expects to take 40,000 preorders in Japan for its ...

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    Japan reportedly pondering $3,000 green car stimulus program for consumers
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    2010 Toyota Prius – Click above for high-res image gallery
    The U.S. automotive market is in a rut the size of the Grand Canyon, but it's not alone. Most nations are experiencing lackluster sales, and the Japanese car market is experiencing its own free fall. As a direct result, Reuters is ...

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    Toyota reportedly cutting Prius price to match Honda Insight in Japan... will U.S. follow?
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    2010 Toyota Prius - Click above for a hi-res gallery
    Toyota may have gotten used to being the leader in the hybrid sedan segment, but the Japanese auto giant didn't get to where it is today by failing to see the writing on the proverbial wall. With arch-rival Honda having priced its new Insight ...

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