I Can't Buy A Honda Fit Hybrid In The U.S.; Can I Import One?

I Can't Buy A Honda Fit Hybrid In The U.S.; Can I Import One?

We occasionally run articles about "forbidden fruit," or cool and desirable cars sold overseas that aren't available in the U.S. With Honda down to a single hybrid vehicle for the 2016 model year--the aging and low-volume CR-Z two-seater--it turns out one reader is looking covetously at the... read more

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Cocoa Motors WalkCar

Electric Minimalism: Laptop-Size Electric Skateboard Scoots You Around

Cars aren't the only way to get from place to place, nor are they the only mode of transportation to take advantage of electric power. For shorter journeys where walking may... read more August 16, 2015 by 

Nissan Leaf electric-car sharing in rural Japan

Japanese Hot Springs Maintain Serenity With Nissan Leaf Electric Cars

The Nissan Leaf electric car has become part of a novel tourism promotion in its home market of Japan. A car-sharing service is being set up in rural Japan to help tourists... read more August 13, 2015 by 

Toyota Sienta

Toyota Sienta Hybrid MPV (Small Minivan): Forbidden Fruit Or Bizarre Oddity?

Toyota recently introduced a new minivan, and it's like nothing sold in the U.S. Buyers on this side of the Pacific are familiar with the rather large Sienna. But this is the... read more July 14, 2015 by 

Hydrogen station in Ebina City, Japan

Toyota, Honda, Nissan Set Details Of Hydrogen Network In Japan

If hydrogen fuel-cell cars are to succeed, region by region, they will need an adequate number of public fueling stations in each area where they're sold. Carmakers have... read more July 2, 2015 by 

Toyota Mirai showroom and hydrogen fueling station, Tokyo, Japan, May 2015

Tokyo's Toyota Mirai Dealer & Hydrogen Fueling Site: Photo Gallery

The 2016 Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel-cell sedan will go on sale in limited regions of California later this year, but it's already available in Japan. On a recent trip to... read more May 26, 2015 by 

2016 Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel-cell car, Newport Beach, CA, Nov 2014

Despite Quick Charging, Toyota Exec Says Electric Cars Won't Work For Long Ranges

Toyota does not like battery-electric cars, and the world's largest carmaker isn't shy about that sentiment. Through numerous ads and statements from its executives, the... read more April 27, 2015 by 

2015 Honda Accord Hybrid

Honda Accord Hybrid Production Relocates From Ohio To Japan

The topic of the press release issued late last Wednesday was not the sort of thing to set green-car fans' hearts racing: "Statement...Re: North American Production... read more April 13, 2015 by 

2016 Nissan X-Trail Hybrid (model sold in Japan)

Nissan Rogue Hybrid Launched In Japan, U.S. Sales Uncertain

More than four years after launching its Leaf electric car, Nissan is by far the leading maker of electric vehicles globally. In hybrids, however, it was late to the game and... read more April 8, 2015 by 

BMW i3 on Amazon.co.jp

Buy An Electric Car Online? In Japan, BMW i3 Is Sold On Amazon

The direct online sales model used by Tesla Motors has ignited a vigorous discussion--to say the least--over the state laws that protect franchised dealers in the U.S. Now... read more April 3, 2015 by 

Rendering of Tesla battery gigafactory outside Reno, Nevada, Sep 2014

Tesla urges Japanese Battery Suppliers To Take Gigafactory Risk

Almost as soon as it announced plans to build its lithium-ion cell "Gigafactory," Tesla Motors began to hint that it could be the first of many. After beginning construction... read more March 30, 2015 by 

2016 Toyota Mirai

Toyota Mirai Fuel-Cell Car To Get Global Showcase At 2020 Olympics

The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games are set to become a global showcase for hydrogen fuel-cell cars. Japan is already planning to use the games as an opportunity to expand its... read more March 16, 2015 by 

2016 Toyota Mirai construction at Motomachi plant

Low-Volume Assembly Line For Toyota Mirai Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Car

What do a hydrogen fuel-cell sedan and an exotic supercar have in common? In the case of the 2016 Toyota Mirai and the defunct Lexus LFA, the answer is: an assembly plant... read more February 25, 2015 by 

Hydrogen station in Amagasaki City, Japan

Toyota, Honda, Nissan To Support Hydrogen Fueling Sites In Japan

Electric-car adoption is being helped by manufacturers spending money to build up charging infrastructure, taking it upon themselves to install charging stations for... read more February 13, 2015 by 

Honda N-Truck and N-Camp travel trailer concept, Japanese Camping Car Show, Feb 2015

Honda N-Truck Kei Concept: World's Tiniest Travel Trailer, Too Cute For Words

Sometimes there are cars that just make you grin. So how can you not love a tiny Japanese kei car, their minier-than-minicar class, converted into a pickup truck with its own... read more February 10, 2015 by 

2016 Toyota Mirai

Japan To Spend $385 Million On Hydrogen For 2020 Olympics Deadline

Tokyo will host the 2020 Summer Olympics, and officials there are already preparing the city to host an influx of athletes--and bask in the global spotlight. Japan is also... read more January 22, 2015 by 


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