Lawyers for South Korean plaintiffs seeking damages for wartime labor say they have begun court procedures to sell assets seized from Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.
They say they have asked the Mitsubishi side for a meeting three times but the requests were ignored. They also say three of the plaintiffs have passed away while MHI refuses to implement a ruling by South Korea's Supreme Court.
The 2020 Toyota Supra is on sale today, folks. Yes, you can drive on down to your Toyota dealership today and buy one. Toyota says so, at least. Perhaps you read that with some exasperation, as the rollercoaster of a campaign that was the Supra rollout finally hits the ground. The car might even stay on sale for as long as the automotive industry has been talking about it. But there's no need for speculation now. If a Supra is what you want, now is finally the time to snag one. As a reminder, the first 1,500 out the door will be Launch Edition models, which cost $56,180. They're going to be rare one day, so this would be the best choice for any kind of a collector searching for exclusivity. If you've been pining over one since it officially launched at the Detroit Auto Show this January, the normal (non-Launch Edition) models will be coming shortly after. A totally base Supra adds up to $50,920 before options. All of them come with the 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Power is a respectable 335 horsepower and 365 pound-feet of torque. Toyota's configurator has been up for quite some time now, so you can get over there and spec one just how you'd like. There aren't many options, so pick your color and trim level, then call it a day. We know that we'll be looking extra close on our next trip by the local Toyota dealer to see if they're out. Let's just hope there aren't massive stickers with the words "Market Adjustment" on them. The first one sold at auction for $2.1 million, so it's an aggressive start.
It's somehow fascinating that one of the most interesting developments of Mazda's MX-5 Miata roadster is the one that isn't a roadster at all. Unlike the NC and ND generations with retractable power hardtops, the second-generation NB Miata got a special coupe version with a fixed roof, done in the style of the first-generation coupe concept. We're talking very limited production numbers: just 179 of these NB coupes were made, and they were all Japanese-market models, so it's not often that one comes up for sale. Except now.
Itself even more of a limited-edition car, this sportier Type S version residing in Hong Kong and advertised on Pistonheads is one of just 63 made. It's right-hand-drive, as both its Japanese market origins and Hong Kong regulations dictate, and out of the available engine variations it comes with the 1840cc unit and a six-speed manual gearbox. What's more, despite its low 30,000 miles, the 2004 fixed-roof Miata is said to be fully overhauled and restored to as-new condition. We can't imagine those coupe-specific parts such as glass and trim are easy to source, so with these extremely rare cars it's probably best to go with the best condition example you can find, if you can find one to begin with. Rust hits all old Miatas at some point. With that backdrop, the £30,000 ($38,700) asking price doesn't seem all that unreasonable. With the Miata's enormous enthusiast base, there are now aftermarket solutions that imitate the flowing lines of the rare factory coupe, but they do lack the strengthening that Mazda's specialty skunkworks shop put in these — and the body-stiffening roof adds a mere 22 pounds to the car's dainty overall weight. For some lucky Miata hobbyist, this particular red coupe might be the crown jewel of their roadster collection.