The North American automotive landscape is littered with the bones of overseas marques that tried and failed to get a toehold here. Peugeot, Austin, Sterling, Yugo, Suzuki, Daewoo… the list goes on and on. Daihatsu had the backing of majority shareholder Toyota and a very successful line of vehicles in its Japanese homeland, so the idea of selling in North America seemed to make sense in the late 1980s. Things didn't work out so well in the end, but two models of Daihatsu could be purchased here for the 1988 through 1992 model years. Here's an example of the better-known Daihatsu, spotted in a Denver-area U-Wrench yard. Apologies for the beschmutzified images; I was pulling vast quantities of Junkyard Boombox parts at this yard's All You Can Carry For $59.99 Sale that day, and I got transmission fluid on the lens. The Charade was very cheap and pretty well screwed-together, but it had to compete against cheap cars from well-known makes such as Subaru (the Justy), Pontiac (the Daewoo-built LeMans), Ford (the Mazda-built Festiva), and Geo (the Suzuki-built Metro), and it was saddled with one of the worst names in automotive history. At least the suits at Daihatsu got the naming thing right with their little mini-SUV: the Rocky. Strangely, I still see the occasional Daihatsu as I roam the car graveyards of the land. I'm not sure where they hide, but they end up here. The three-banger in the '90 Charade generated a not-so-whopping 53 horsepower. Think about that the next time you moan about the new Mirage's allegedly intolerable 78 horses, or the Versa's 109. In Hong Kong, the car's Japanese origins were emphasized in the advertising. We've set a new standards for new cars today… but you can't feel the glow until you drive one away!
The annals of history are filled with some pretty strange vans. Here in the U.S., we've seen such oddities as the Stout Scarab and, more recently, the mid-engine, supercharged, all-wheel-drive Toyota Previa. In other parts of the world, things have gotten even more interesting. Take this Subaru Libero for instance. A 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine means it isn't a Kei car, despite the van's diminutive dimensions. That engine is mounted at the rear, and it sends 73 horsepower to all four wheels through a five-speed manual transmission.
This particular Libero is far from perfect, but it shows just 14,000 miles on the odometer and you're not likely to see many others like it here in the States. The high roof with its trio of glass panels keep things light and airy inside, and its massive rear hatch makes all that space inside extremely accessible.
TOYOHASHI, Aichi Prefecture--Two South African white rhinos who escaped poachers who killed their mothers have found a new home here, playing a part in an anti-poaching movement.
"Tandy! Tom! Come over here!" Hidekazu Ohashi, a staff member at the Toyohashi Zoo and Botanical Park, beckoned the pair toward him. The rhinos, each weighing more than two tons, slowly approached him as soon as they heard their names being called.
By 1983, Datsun's Z car had gone through several major transformations. The engine displacement had grown, and it gained an optional rear seat as it moved on from its roots as a true sports car and into a personal luxury coupe. It also got an optional turbocharger for its straight-six engine, which bumped horsepower from 145 to 180.
The well-kept 1983 280ZX Turbo seen up above is currently for sale on eBay. It's in good shape, too -- the seller says its red paint is original, and the T-Tops (which seal properly, according to the seller) provide perfect period style. This car's silver interior looks to be in pretty good condition, it has a proper five-speed manual transmission, and it shows a reasonable 104,000 miles on the odometer.
GOTSU, Shimane Prefecture--Perfect for catnaps or just hanging out, houses and beds for felines, created by craftspersons of traditional Japanese "washi" paper here, are gaining in popularity among pet owners.
Makoto Sasaki, 60, and his wife, Satomi, 52, who operate the Sekishu Kachiji Banshi washi workshop, in the Sakuraecho district of Gotsu, Shimane Prefecture, developed the products.
With so many smartphones out there, it is quite possible to forget the model name of your Android device. It can happen to all of us. So what do you do when you can’t recall which phone you have?
In this tutorial, we are going to be showing you how to identify your Android smartphone’s model, in a matter of seconds.