Archive for January, 2009

Possible Cancellation of the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

An executive from the Japan Automobile Manufacturer’ Association (JAMA) revealed that there are debates going on about the cancellation of the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show. Compared to past motor show, fewer non-Japanese automobile companies have agreed to participate on this year’s show because of the economic crisis happening worldwide. It is also noted that even Japanese automakers are suggesting the cancellation of the show.

Toshihiro Iwatake, the executive director and secretary general of JAMA disclosed that two companies are not confident in pushing through with the motor show in the midst of the global economic crunch. But he also stressed that an internal motor show is the beacon that serves as the symbol for the success of the automobile industry. If the show pushes through, it will show that the industry is striving, even healthy. He proposed that organizing as small show is way better than cancelling the entire thing, however, several JAMA member countered that a small show would make the industry look bad.


Nissan 370Z: Higher Price for More Powerful Punch

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

The 2009 model of the Nissan 370Z is more powerful and good looking than its predecessor and has a suggested selling price of $30625 inclusive of shipping.

An automatic shifting option is also available. The seven speed transmission can be yours for an additional bill of $1300.

Nissan 370z

The car is being offered with a base and Touring variants. The Touring model will have extra perks like Bluetooth technology, aluminum pedals, elegant leather seats, Bose speaker systems, and a satellite radio.

A touring model version with manual transmission will make one $35155 poorer and about $36455 lighter for an automatic 370Z

The 370Z has a bull under its hood, a V6 3.7L engine, that can make the car charge on the road at 332 horse power.

The new Nissan 370Z was redesigned to have a stronger structure despite the use of lighter materials. The car was also designed with a longer wheelbase but shortening the overall length of the newest member of the family. The interior of the 370Z also got a make over using high quality materials.


Mitsubishi Opts Out of Detroit Auto Show to Save Money

Sunday, January 4th, 2009

Amid the global financial crisis and marked declined of car sales on all continents, Japanese car manufacturer Mitsubishi decides to withdraw from the scheduled Detroit Auto Show in January 2009.

Mitsubishi adds to the list of other big names which will not be joining the 2009 Detroit big event. Other car companies like Rolls-Royce, Ferrari, Suzuki, and Land Roverwhich also cited the difficulties faced by the whole industry.

The withdrawal of these car manufacturers doesn’t prevent them from coming back on future occasions. Mitsubishi has expressed its desire to participate in the Chicago and New York Auto Shows.

The Detroit Auto Show is considered one of the most prestigious events of the car industry among some other motoring highlights. The event, like the concluded Los Angeles Auto Show and SEMA, has been plagued by the ongoing cost cutting and operations re-structuring of most car manufacturers.