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Car Watch: Honda Integra Type R

November 20, 2008

Continuing our series all about the different types of vehicles you can find from Japanese used car exporters, this time we will focus on the Honda Integra Type R. Coming from one of the most popular manufactures for cars, the Integra Type R is of the sporty variety, popular about car enthusiasts and car tuners.

For those who are unfamiliar with a somewhat common terminology, not all Integras are Type R. Type R refers to the “Racing” type of a vehicles (same as Civic Type R), which involves the car’s weight being reduced by taking anything unnecessary out and also using more performance-orientated parts for vital systems. The other way to look at it is that a Type R car is generally more uncomfortable, noisier, and much less “options” that would otherwise weigh down the car. As an example, here is a 2000 Honda Integra Type R:

DC2 - 2000 Honda Integra Type R - red

When considering if there is a market for these types of vehicles in your country, you must also consider import rules concerning these cars. Often, they are using after market parts instead of the standard stock parts and because of that, they may not qualify to come into your country. On the other hand some countries don’t mind you import special vehicles as long as they pass safety and emission tests (such as Australia).

Even if you don’t particularly like these types of cars as an importer, maybe there is niche market where you are for these types of vehicles. Another benefit is the cars generally produce very passionate crowds that are willing to go extra lengths to purchase such a vehicle.

Related Pages:
Car Watch: Mercedes-Benz A-class
Car Watch: Toyota Landcruiser Prado

What’s special about Japanese cars? (PART A)

November 21, 2007

Why would somebody be interested in importing a car? What would be its benefit?

This part A of a series.

These are question common among people who live outside the JDM world. This because they aren’t familiar with it, just as they aren’t familiar with the acronym JDM (which means Japanese Domestic Market)

For a car to be JDM isn’t just merely any car from Toyota, Nissan, Honda, etc., but rather any car designed, built, and marketed with the Japanese society in mind. For example, the Toyota Allion or the Nissan Figaro. This are called exclusive JDM cars as they were JDM car and where sold only in Japan.

There is another type of JDM cars, as you might guess, that are designed, built, etc. for Japan, but were/are sold in other countries, often re-badged. For example the Toyota Hilux Surf is the same as 4Runner and Toyota Rush is also sold as a Daihatsu Be-go. Also look at the Subaru line-up. The line between a non-exclusive JDM car and merely a Japanese make car is thin and some people consider them the same.

So in-route to answer the first question, I would like to point out the source of their “specialness” is the JDM competitiveness. Most countries don’t manufacture vehicle and America, one of the biggest automotive industries in the world, only has the “Big Three”. In contrast, Japan has Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Suzuki, Subaru, and Daihatsu producing cars and Hino, Isuzu, and Mitsubishi Fuso which mostly focus on the larger transport industries.

Because of the more competitive nature of Japan, there is more choices of models and sub-models/types that are offered that aren’t sold elsewhere. Also there are more technological advancements being introduced all the time. Navigation system are standard nowadays and many cars have much more advance systems for safety, performance, economical, and ecological purposes.

To put it simple, one point for why JDM cars are special is that there is more variety and they are more technologically advance (even compared to comparable Japanese make cars outside of Japan).