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Rethinking the tiniest class of car

Travel | ON THE ROAD Jul 20, 2008

Rethinking the tiniest class of car

They are Japanese cultural icons, easily recognizable by their diminutive size and yellow license plates. But unlike their even smaller anime cousins, such as Pokemon, kei-jidosha (subcompact cars) have remained a completely domestic phenomenon. Soaring fuel prices and economic and environmental uncertainty, however, seem ...

Japan's gourmands should hit the highway

Travel | ON THE ROAD May 11, 2008

Japan's gourmands should hit the highway

At the beginning of the postwar period of economic growth in Japan, highways were more for transporting parts and goods to jump-start the economy than for going on a Sunday drive. Even into the 1980s, pit stops in highway rest areas were still the ...

Ranking Japan's most scenic skylines

Travel | ON THE ROAD Jan 13, 2008

Ranking Japan's most scenic skylines

Mountaintop vistas and an absence of patrol cars make for a slice of motoring heaven. Though it's a major producer of cars, Japan has never been regarded as a driver's country. Many people here live comfortably without one — relying instead on public transport. ...

Design climbs into the driver's seat

Travel | ON THE ROAD Oct 28, 2007

Design climbs into the driver's seat

Japanese automakers' attention to the style stakes is on display at the Tokyo Motor Show, but they still need to shift it up a gear. Toyota appears unstoppable as it prepares to overtake General Motors in the race to be the world's No. 1 carmaker. However, ...