Japanese Car Maker

Six years passed between the debut of the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R, in 2004, and the super sport’s first comprehensive update. But the improvements were worth the wait. The $13,800 ZX-?10R, which...
Fifteen years ago, Jonathan Ward saw enough beauty in the beat-up bodies of vintage Toyota Land Cruisers to launch TLC, a Van Nuys, Calif., company that restored and serviced the off-road vehicles.
While it’s lovely to have prodigious power under your right foot, a sumptuous cabin to coddle you, and a 16-speaker audio system to amuse you, sometimes a car’s most desirable amenity is the ability...
The most remarkable thing about the Lexus LFA ( www.lexus.com ) is not that it is extremely quick (202 mph), very expensive ($375,000), or exceedingly exclusive (only 500 will be built), but that it...
Not just any car merits a nickname like “Godzilla.” A longtime performance icon in its homeland, the Nissan GT-R took America by storm three years ago with radical looks, a twin-turbo V-6, and all-...
The Infiniti G37 is already a serious contender in the world of premium performance coupes, but the Japanese automaker is ready to make a name for itself in this extremely competitive market segment—...
Progress: It’s a beautiful thing. To wit, the all-new 2011 Infiniti QX56 is larger, quieter, and more sumptuous than its predecessor. Its engine is 25 percent more powerful yet delivers 10 percent...
Known as the Skyline in its native Japan, the legendary GT-R sports car alters the meaning of "bang for your buck." For starters, it has lapped the famed Nürburgring Nordschleife in 7 minutes and 29...
Although the SC 430 won’t win any automotive design awards, it still may find a place in the Lexus annals as one of the marque’s most timelessly appealing models. Virtually unchanged since its...
When Lexus engineers set out to develop the 2010 Lexus RX 450h, energy efficiency was a top priority. A new Eco drive setting modifies throttle response and reduces the air-conditioning system’s load...
The LX 570 takes the term “luxury off-roading” to a whole new level. Lexus’ big rig is based on the legendary Toyota Land Cruiser; thus, the LX sports an extremely capable full-time four-wheel-drive...
The 2011 Lexus LFA is an extreme sports car that completely shatters the Japanese automaker's discreet and conservative luxury car mold. But without historical cues on which to draw, Lexus designers...
In Japan, a country where the quest for perfection is a matter of national pride, the most skilled autoworkers compete for the honor of tending to the Lexus LS production line. As any LS owner will...
Lexus has recently put a lot of development dollars into their IS model line. First came the IS F—the Japanese brand’s first performance sedan—and now a new hardtop convertible model dubbed the IS C...
Don’t let its suffix fool you: The letter F on this Lexus has nothing to do with failing. In fact, the Lexus IS F passes every test with flying colors. When BMW dropped a V-8 into the new M3, Lexus...
The handsomely redesigned GX 460 is one of the rare SUVs with actual off-road competence to back up its off-road looks. The GX packs an arsenal of features to keep things moving when the pavement...
When Lexus began exporting the new 2010 HS 250h in the fall of 2009, the Japanese automaker became the first luxury marque to offer a hybrid-only model. If the car looks vaguely familiar, however,...
If you desire the power and grace offered by the GS 460 but admire the fuel economy that your neighbor gets from the HS250h, then the gas-electric GS 450h hybrid is the ultimate compromise. By...
The GS 460 was the second Lexus to be blessed with the 4.6-liter V-8 engine, shortly after the motor debuted in the flagship LS-series sedan . As in the LS, the GS 460 utilizes Lexus’ 8-speed...
Convertible variations of popular coupes and sedans are often an afterthought in the model line, but Infiniti decided to take a different approach with the G37, redesigning it from the ground up...
Unveiled at last year's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, Infiniti’s all-new rear-wheel-drive, V-8-powered M56 takes aim at a few Teutonic heavyweights, including the Audi A6, the BMW 550i, and the...
Infiniti’s QX56—the luxurious twin of Nissan’s Armada—has aged quite well since its 2004 introduction. So well, in fact, that it is receiving its first full redesign for the 2011 model year. But for...
Designed behind the locked doors of Acura’s California design facility, the ZDX—an oxymoronically labeled four-door sports coupe that debuted as a crossover prototype last April—is now a full...
The MDX is one of Acura’s top sellers in the U.S., and its 3.7-liter VTEC V-6 is the proverbial iron hand in a velvet glove, balancing an urgent 300 hp with ineffable composure all the way to its 6,...
The longtime darling of spy photographers along Germany’s famed Nürburgring circuit, where it seems every new performance vehicle learns its manners these days, the dramatic Lexus LFA has at last...
The only thing better than a thorough aesthetic makeover is a vigorous mechanical one, and Kawasaki’s all-new Z1000 ($10,499) has been indulged with both for 2010. While it’s compacted, creased, and...
As Infiniti’s most popular model line, the G Series has always been chasing the BMW 3 Series—from sales numbers to performance figures. In fact, when BMW announced that it was building a retractable...
What’s in a firing order? In the case of the 2009 Yamaha R1’s power plant, trickle-down MotoGP technology and a vast transformation of engine character. The revision to the 2009 Yamaha R1’s mill...
Last year, the Robb Report editorial staff held the keys to a number of desirable cars, all of which were parked in our Malibu office garage for long-term evaluation. The limited-edition Audi RS4...
Amid the endlessly escalating horsepower wars, the frenzied pursuit of fairing fashion, and the breathless anticipation of the latest and greatest, it’s easy to lose track of the basics. And when it...

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