Japan

Nissan electric cars to warn pedestrians by ‘singing’ 0

One of the public’s biggest concerns about electric cars is the noise they make – or more accurately, the lack of it. Superficially, this may sound like a good thing but it can actually present a problem as vehicle noise is one of the key warnings that alerts pedestrians of oncoming traffic. The silent engines(…)

Nissan halts production in Japan over inspection concerns 0

Nissan has halted car production in Japan over fears about its inspection process. The cessation has caused the firm’s shares to fall by 2%. Six Japanese Nissan factories are to stop production while the firm ensures regulations are being complied with. The decision follows the recall of 1.2 million cars checked by non-certified inspectors. Japan’s(…)

Toyota and Nissan admit steel used to manufacture vehicles could be substandard 0

Two of the UK’s largest car manufacturers, Toyota and Nissan, are conducting an urgent probe into whether or not crucial body parts may have serious safety flaws. The two companies are investigating if metals imported from one of Japan’s major exporters could be too weak. Hitachi – the manufacturer of some of Britain’s high-speed trains(…)

Nissan and Toyota admit steel used to manufacture vehicles could be substandard 0

Two of the UK’s largest car manufacturers, Nissan and Toyota, are conducting an urgent probe into whether or not crucial body parts may have serious safety flaws. The two companies are investigating if metals imported from one of Japan’s major exporters could be too weak. Hitachi – the manufacturer of some of Britain’s high-speed trains(…)

A look back at the Nissan Datsun Sunny 120Y (1973 – 1978) 0

Today’s retrospective takes us back to the ‘70s and a properly golden period in the Datsun/Nissan timeline. The company’s sales boomed in the UK in particular, and this success was most likely attributable to the easy availability to its cars, thanks to the Japanese production lines. At a time when the majority of Britain’s manufacturing(…)

Toyota developing electric car that can charge in minutes 0

Toyota is currently developing an electric car powered by a new design of battery that can recharge in minutes whilst significantly increasing driving range. Reports in the Japanese media said that the carmaker is aiming to begin sales by 2022. The new vehicle will be built on a brand-new platform and will use all-solid-state batteries,(…)

A look back at the Nissan Figaro (1991) 0

Today’s retrospective takes a look back at the Nissan Figaro. As classic cars go, the Figaro nailed ‘retro’ before the style was even in fashion. It was certainly unique, an eccentric labour of love that harked back to the classic sports convertibles that motored the roads of Europe in years gone by. Built in 1991(…)

A look back at the Toyota Corolla AE86 (1983 – 1987) 0

It’s rare that a car becomes more well-known by the code used to identify it at the assembly plant rather than the name used at showrooms, but that’s exactly the legacy that has befallen the Corolla AE86. Joining the illustrious ranks of the Rover SD1 and Alfa Romeo Type 105 comes the AE86, known as(…)

A look back at the Toyota Corona Mk3 (1964 – 1969) 0

The Corona was a main player in the Japanese carmaker’s range since it was first released in 1957. Constantly evolving over time, in keeping with the manufacturer’s philosophy to meet the demands of its customers, a Corona was an ever-present in the line-up well up to the 1980s. Originally intended to be a no-frills family(…)

A look back at the Toyota Land Cruiser 40-Series (1960 – 1984) 0

It’s a genuine surprise to many that Toyota’s Land Cruiser 40-Series was actually around as far back as 1960. In the UK and Europe they only achieved fame later in life, but in all other parts of the world they are considered true legends. Nowadays they have a true cult following, a later entry into(…)