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Toyota Harrier has 9 months waiting list in Japan, delays Malaysian launch

The fourth-generation all-new 2020 Toyota Harrier is a surprisingly popular car in Japan. Since its official launch in June 2020, the premium SUV has racked up a backorder of close to 100,000 units! Unfortunately, Toyota’s factory is unable to keep up with the overwhelming demand causing a 9-month delay.According to BestCarWeb, sales of the Toyota Harrier has increased a total of 461.7 percent in November compared to the same month of the previous year. That is almost 5 times more than pre

Jerrica

Jerrica

Jan 7, 2021

Toyota Corolla Cross: Japan production to start soon, will rival all-new HR-V

Following the introduction of the Toyota Corolla Cross in regional markets like Vietnam, Philippines, and Indonesia, the new SUV will be launched in Japan soon.According to Japanese sources, Toyota is planning to introduce the Corolla Cross in Japan by Q3 2021. The new SUV is said to be produced at Toyota’s Takaoka plant in Aichi with a monthly production of 7,000 units.As reported earlier, for the Toyota Corolla Cross to succeed in Japan, a hybrid powertrain is a must. The Thai-spec petro

Eric

Eric

Apr 14, 2021

2020's top 10 most popular cars in Japan, Toyota Alphard is No.5

The Japanese fancy boxy vehicles, no matter the size. This is shown in everyones favourite luxury breadvan, the Toyota Alphard which became the fifth best-selling car in Japan in 2020. At least in the non-Kei car category.According to the latest information by the Japan Automobile Dealer Association (JADA), Toyota sold 90,748 units of the Alphard in 2020. This puts it fifth behind the Toyota Yaris, the Toyota Raize, the Toyota Corolla, and the Honda Fit. With that, the Alphard is easily the best

CY Foong

CY Foong

Jan 11, 2021

Toyota Sienta Welcab launched in Indonesia – first outside Japan?

PT Astra Toyota Motor, Toyota’s Indonesian distributor, has launched the Sienta Welcab in Indonesia. This marks the first time Toyota’s assisted-mobility vehicle was offered officially outside of Japan.The Indonesian-spec Sienta Welcab is powered by the same 1.5-litre 2NR-FE engine as the rest of the Sienta line-up as well as the Malaysian-spec Vios and Yaris. That engine is mated to either a 6-speed manual or a CVT.One of the major features that stand out in the Sienta Welcab i

CY Foong

CY Foong

Aug 17, 2020

2020 Toyota RAV4 PHEV sold out in Japan, orders temporarily halted

‘Sells like hotcakes’ is what every carmaker wants to hear about their models. This time, Toyota has done it with their newly launched Toyota RAV4 plug-in hybrid (PHEV) that has sold so well, they've had to suspend orders. Launched in Japan on June 8, Toyota originally planned to sell 300 units a month in Japan, but it soon racked up over 1,000 orders across both the Japanese and North American markets. Japanese media cites two limiting factors that have led to this new

Sanjay

Sanjay

Jul 1, 2020

Toyota Corolla Cross is heading to Japan in Q3 2021, to rival Honda HR-V

The Toyota Corolla Cross is currently on sale in Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam. The model is expected to be launched in Malaysia very soon, but don’t call it a South East Asia-only model yet.Sources in Japan tell us that the Toyota Corolla Cross will be launched in Japan in the third quarter of 2021, possibly imported from Thailand - still the worlds only source of Corolla Cross for now (local assembly in Malaysia to start later).Seeing that hybrid is a must for commercial s

Hans

Hans

Mar 11, 2021

In Japan, Toyota Yaris Cross has a 6 months waiting list, more popular than Perodua D55L/Toyota Raize

Within Toyota’s model line-up for Japan, the two B-segment Toyota Yaris Cross and Toyota Raize (twin of Daihatsu Rocky, donor car to our upcoming Perodua D55L) sit in a somewhat overlapping position. Both B-segment SUVs are priced quite closed together and are chasing more or less the group of customers, but such is the nature of Japan’s saturated car market.Also, the booming SUV market demands for greater choices. Better to lose sales to your own models than to a competitor’s.

Hans

Hans

Dec 23, 2020

Under pressure from Toyota Yaris, Japan-market Honda Jazz (Fit) to get new nose job

Once Japan’s No.1 selling car, the Honda Jazz (sold as Fit in Japan) is now languishing in Japan’s sales charts. On certain months, it even bumped off the top-5 list, which is now dominated by Toyota.The new TNGA platform Toyota Yaris (not available outside of Australia, Europe, Japan) is now the No.1 selling car in Japan, followed by the Toyota Raize (twin of Daihatsu Rocky, donor car for upcoming Perodua D55L), Corolla, and Harrier. In certain months, the even the Toyota Alphard se

Hans

Hans

Dec 2, 2020

This is the all-new TNGA platform Toyota Yaris for Japan, to replace Vitz

At the sidelines of the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, Toyota gave us a sneak peak of its upcoming all-new Toyota Yaris. Curiously, the Yaris was not presented at the motor show’s venue, but at a nearby mall located next to Toyota’s MegaWeb brand experience centre.Like its archrival the Honda Jazz (sold as the Fit in Japan), the all-new Toyota Yaris will only go on sale in Japan in February 2020.As such, details on the vehicle’s specifications are still lacking and the display car was

Hans

Hans

Oct 28, 2019

New 2021 Toyota Camry facelift launched in Japan: 10 variants, improved TSS ADAS

Toyota has just launched the updated 2021 Toyota Camry in Japan, updating its D-segment sedan with new looks and improved safety.Regular Camry picturedLike the American and European model, the Japanese market Toyota Camry gets a restyled exterior that encompasses a new front bumper as well as mildly-updated tail lights. New wheel design round off the Camry’s exterior.Sportier Camry WSJapanese buyers also have the option of a sportier Camry WS. In addition to the sportier-looking front bump

Eric

Eric

Feb 2, 2021

When Japan stopped working half Saturdays, the Toyota RAV4 became No.1. Here’s why

The Toyota RAV4 is the world’s most popular SUV, holding a strong lead over the Honda CR-V and Nissan X-Trail. The RAV4 is also the fourth best-selling car model worldwide, after the Ford F-Series, Toyota Corolla, and Honda Civic.Earlier this year, the Toyota RAV4 crossed its 10 millionth unit sales milestone, after 26 years on the market (since 1994).All these might come as a surprise to many Malaysians because the Toyota RAV4 has never been a strong contender in here. Few RAV4s were sold

Hans

Hans

May 1, 2020

Toyota Raize/Daihatsu Rocky launched in Japan, Myvi size and priced below a Honda HR-V

Remember the unnamed Daihatsu compact SUV that we saw at the recent 2019 Tokyo Motor Show? Well it has now gone on sale in Japan as the Daihatsu Rocky and Toyota Raize.The model is produced by Daihatsu at its Shiga plant, which also builds the same car for its parent company Toyota, which will then sell it as the Toyota Raize. For now, the Raize/Rocky is only for Japan but we are pretty certain that the same model will eventually find its way to our region.If it doesn’t appear as here a Pe

Hans

Hans

Nov 5, 2019

All-new Toyota Harrier launched in Japan, starts at 2,990,000 Yen

Toyota has launched the new Toyota Harrier in Japan with prices starting at 2,990,000 yen. Toyota has dropped the 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine and replaced it with two Dynamic Force powertrains.Ditching the turbo, the first engine is a 2.0 L M20A-FKS NA engine (171 PS and 207 Nm) paired with a Direct Shift CVT. Apart from the naturally-aspirated unit, Toyota is also offering the all-new Harrier with a 2.5 L A25A-FXS hybrid petrol engine (178 PS and 221 Nm).The hybrid version of the

Arif

Arif

Jun 17, 2020

The 2020 Toyota Harrier gets a sporty GR body kit in Japan

If the 2020 Toyota Harrier isn’t enough for your taste, Gazoo Racing (GR) just released a sporty-looking body kit only available in Japan. Form over FunctionThe body kit adds a sporty-looking front and rear diffuser, side visor fins, side skirts and a rear spoiler.You can further add on air intakes on the bumpers, 4 stainless steel-tipped faux exhausts, red racing stripes, 20-inch black multispoke alloy rims and tinted windows.So is there anything functional?An anti-swa

Brian

Brian

Jun 23, 2020

China's flagship Hongqi H9 to enter Japan, is this a joke?

Recently, an account known as “Hongqi Japan” has surfaced on Chinese social media site Weibo with the picture of a Hongqi H9 captioned “launching in Japan on February 2021”. This has caught the attention of many who started wondering if the Chinese car brand Hongqi is planning to join the Japanese market to compete with cars like Toyota, Nissan, and Honda? Many of you probably have never heard of the brand Hongqi, but if you’re savvier with Chinese manufacturers, yo

Jerrica

Jerrica

Jan 30, 2021

Toyota Raize rises up in the sales charts in Japan, can the Perodua D55L do the same?

The Toyota Raize (and its Daihatsu Rocky sibling) have proved to be a popular model in Japan, but can the Perodua-derivative achieve the same results?According to data sourced from the Japanese Automobile Dealers Association (JADA), Toyota sold 10,220 units of the Raize (Daihatsu did 3,153 units) in January, putting it well ahead of the Toyota Corolla (8,480 units) and Nissan Note (7,529 units).The momentum continued in February, as Toyota sold 9,979 units of the Raize (Daihatsu Rocky did 3,411

Eric

Eric

Mar 31, 2020

The 2019 Japan Car of the Year is coming to Malaysia in 2020

Results are in for the annual Japan Car of the Year awards and the winner is the Toyota RAV4 with 436 votes, beating out the Mazda 3 (328 votes) and BMW 3 Series (290 votes).The new Toyota RAV4 is still not made available in Malaysia, although we are expecting the SUV to finally make its return into the C-segment SUV market in 2020.According to sources familiar with the matter, the Toyota RAV4 will be introduced in this region next year, with Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia on the list.Sources

Jerrica

Jerrica

Dec 11, 2019

Next-gen 2021 Toyota 86 to be Japan-only, and 2021 Subaru BRZ for the rest of us?

It seems like the Toyota/Subaru twins might take a different direction come 2021, cites Creative311. This comes after rumours that the 2020 Subaru BRZ has been discontinued.The Toyota 86 Black LimitedWith the launches of the Subaru BR-Z Final Edition and the Toyota 86 Black Limited runout specials in Germany and Japan respectively, it seems that the rumour isn't unfounded.Since both models share a platform, it’s only a matter of the time before the 86 gets discontinued too.So what

Sanjay

Sanjay

Jul 22, 2020

Good enough for Japan? Thailand-made Nissan Kicks launched in Japan

The brand-new 2020 Nissan Kicks e-Power will kick off sales in Nissan’s home country of Japan from June 30th onwards. The new compact SUV will be exported to Japan from Thailand. The new Nissan Kicks made its global debut in Thailand just last month. Its arrival in Thailand marked the first time Nissan’s e-Power hybrid electric drive powertrain was sold outside of Japan.This is not the first time that Nissan is importing cars from Thailand to Japan. They have previously imported

Jerrica

Jerrica

Jun 25, 2020

2020 Toyota GR Yaris launched in Japan – Smaller, more special rival to the Civic Type R

Toyota has officially launched the totally bonkers GR Yaris hot hatch in Japan. The Toyota GR Yaris is conceived as a vehicle that “anyone can drive the way they want with peace of mind on any road in the world”. Now, that’s a mission statement that I can abide by.The GR Yaris is developed together with the Toyota Gazoo Racing World Rally Team and is the first Toyota developed with the reversed concept of turning a motorsports car into a production car.The shiny GR FactoryThe J

CY Foong

CY Foong

Sep 7, 2020

Perodua developing Daihatsu models in Japan, independent model development aimed

Perodua is now entering the third phase of its transformation plan aimed at raising the company’s competitiveness beyond Malaysia as well as aiming for a sustainable future, one that is integrated into Daihatsu’s global supply chain.Yesterday, Perodua President and Chief Executive Officer Dato’ Zainal Abidin said that Perodua is also working with all its partners to see where existing expertise can be utilised beyond Malaysia.He gave the example of how Perodua staff are now wor

Hans

Hans

Feb 17, 2021

Once upon a time, retro-inspired JDMs were popular in futuristic Japan

You might see Japan as this fascinating nation that is built on the future but there was a period of time when Japanese carmakers were fascinated by the past. And yes, we’re going to focus on that weird van in the recent Honda HR-V spyshot.Despite its old-school looks, it comes with keyless entry!We identified that van as a 1997 Daihatsu Atrai Classic, a retro variant of the Daihatsu Atrai, which was a more luxurious version of the Daihatsu Hijet van. The thing is, this is an official mode

CY Foong

CY Foong

Feb 1, 2021

Japan too has a problem with cars driving against traffic

The problem of motorists riding/driving against traffic is not unique to Malaysia, although your Facebook feeds will give you that it’s a growing problem confined only to Malaysia.Yesterday, a 35-year old man in Japan was killed when his Honda N-Box was hit head-on by a Toyota Crown driven by a 78-year old man who was driving against traffic.The incident happened yesterday 6-January, at 12.40 am at the Nishimeihan Expressway in Yamatokōriyama city, in Nara prefecture.The younger driver die

Hans

Hans

Jan 7, 2021

No more recond Subaru BRZ from Japan soon, 2021 Toyota 86 to debut in May as GR86

We’ve already seen the 2021 Subaru BRZ making its global debut in the US, so it’s only natural to ask when the other half of the Toyobaru coupe twin will be launched. According to Japanese sources, the answer is May 2021.As before, the second generation Toyota 86 will mirror the Subaru BRZ’s mechanicals, built by Subaru to. Like the Subaru BRZ, the ‘flat-four’ engine’s capacity has been increased to 2.4-litre.The body is slightly longer and wider too, and kerb

Hans

Hans

Dec 9, 2020

Daihatsu to launch full-hybrid kei car in Japan in 2021, how will this affect Perodua?

Toyota’s compact car specialist subsidiary Daihatsu will launch a new full-hybrid ‘kei’ (mini) car within financial year 2021, reports Japan’s Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun.The business daily also added Daihatsu’s first battery electric vehicle (BEV) will go on sale on year later, in financial year 2022.Daihatsu Move Canbus shownUnlike mild-hybrids, full-hybrids can accelerate from standstill using electric power alone, thus offering a smoother driving experience in stop-go

Hans

Hans

Dec 29, 2020

Next-gen 2022 Lexus NX spied doing development testing in Japan!

The current Lexus NX was groundbreaking in many ways. It was the first Lexus that had a turbocharged heart, and Lexus first foray into the luxury compact SUV (before things got even more compact with the UX). However, its been around since 2015, and is getting long in the tooth.The good news is, an all-new Lexus NX has been spied doing development testing. According to a source, the development mule was spotted in a car park in Shizuoka City, Japan. Does this mean an imminent announcement is due

Jason

Jason

Apr 14, 2021

Honda City & Civic to be discontinued in Japan but not Malaysia, why?

Sad news for potentials sedan buyers in Japan, as Honda will be discontinuing the Civic Sedan and City (sold in Japan as the Grace) in Japan by August.In fact, Honda will also trim its Japanese line-up by axing the Jade – a station wagon based on the ninth-generation Honda Civic.The report from Creative Trend mentioned that sales and production of all three models will cease in August.Honda Civic – Once the de-facto icon of Japan’s automotive industry will be goneThe Civic Seda

Eric

Eric

May 25, 2020

Toyota Vellfire/Alphard’s ADAS is rated best in Japan

The Toyota Alphard and Vellfire have been awarded the highest rank awards in JNCAP’s safety assessment.JNCAP tested the ADAS aspect of the Alphard and Vellfire and awarded the duo with the “ASV +++” score, as the luxury MPVs from Toyota scored full points (141 out of 141).The scoring takes into account these criteria: Autonomous Emergency Braking Autonomous Emergency Braking (Pedestrian) Lane Keep Assist Reverse camera system Headlights Pedal Misoperation controlFurthermore, th

Eric

Eric

May 27, 2020

Check out these Pokemon themed manholes in Japan! Gotta catch 'em all!

In memory of the Tohoku disaster (2011 earthquake and tsunami), Japan has released 2 new Pokemon manhole covers, known as Pokefuta in the Aomori prefecture. Pokemon lovers will have more reason to head over to northern Japan to hunt down these manhole covers!Pokefutas are becoming more and more popular in rural areas in Japan. The manholes were installed to encourage tourism in less popular areas of Japan.Each manhole cover features a Pokemon against a backdrop depicting the most popular landmar

Jerrica

Jerrica

Mar 17, 2021

Honda shifts away from UK plant, to produce more models in Japan

Some iterations of the next-generation Honda Civic could be totally be homegrown models as Honda has decided to transfer some production from the United Kingdom to Japan. The Swindon plant currently produces the Civic hatchback and the Type R - be it for sale within Europe or beyond (the Type Rs we get are made there) among others. The plant is also shutting down in 2021. This decision comes as the UK is set to leave the European Union. As such, the British and Japanese

Sanjay

Sanjay

Aug 26, 2020