In a scene full of shady Japanese car importers, Florida-based Rivsu Imports was supposed to be one of the good ones. No illegal cars. All legit. And with JDM imports on the rise, they seemed like the perfect shop to invest in. But that was before its owners up and disappeared. Last November, Rivsu, a shop that specializes in importing desirable Japanese cars to the U.S., accepted a $335,000 loan from close acquaintance and Florida resident Craig Seidel to refund customer deposits for three Nissan Skyline R34 GT-Rs. It was supposed to be a straightforward deal and, on paper, it wasn’t an unreasonable arrangement for Seidel, a Japanese import fanatic who was in talks with Rivsu to come on as a business partner with a stake in the company. But the transaction went anything but smoothly, according to a lawsuit filed by Seidel. He now finds himself at the center of a story about a well-known Japanese domestic importer that’s accused of the same unseemly tactics that have put a … [Read more...] about Lost Nissan Skylines, A $335,000 Lawsuit, An Empty Warehouse: Has A Well-Known JDM Importer Skipped Town?
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Driving the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross through Florida Written by Marco Carvajal Photographs by Marco Carvajal, Guy Spangenberg & Mitsubishi Mitsubishi is reviving its well-known sedan eclipse. The eclipse brand is now reborn as a luxury SUV under the name Eclipse Cross. The new modern and stylish Crossover Utility Vehicle, the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is as a medium-sized CUV with an European-like trendy design, super All-Wheel Control system, a panoramic sunroof and a powerful direct turbine engine. The Eclipse Cross feels like a $40K+ car, it looks like an European SUV, not too far in exterior beauty from the Porsche Cayenne, BMW and Audi. But it is possible to buy it for only $23,000 in the United States. Introduction This is my second test drive of this new CUV, first time I drop the Eclipse Cross through California and now the second time I drove the Eclipse from North Florida all the way south to Miami. Loaded the cargo trunk with suitcases and took my … [Read more...] about 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Great Value and Luxury Design
As part of efforts to better serve customers living in rural areas outside Kuching, Sarawak, Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia (MMM) has launched the Mitsubishi Mobile Service Unit there. “As part of our after sales business expansion program, the Mitsubishi mobile service unit is to provide greater convenience and assurance for our customers living in rural areas in Sarawak that are far away from authorised Mitsubishi service centres,” said Tomoyuki Shinnishi, CEO of MMM. “The Mitsubishi mobile service unit is capable of servicing up to ten cars per day and will cover vehicle schedule maintenance, inspection of vehicle wear and tear, and timing belt replacement,” he added. Using a Triton as a base, the mobile service unit is equipped with a Mitsubishi vehicle diagnostic scanner, hydraulic jack with stand, air compressor and tool sets. There’s also room for spare parts such as oil filters and lubricants, as well as a generator for power supply. The mobile … [Read more...] about Mitsubishi Mobile Service Unit launched in Kuching
The sub-subcompact “city car” segment is one of those rare occurrences where Canadians have it better than Americans in terms of choice and price. While the U.S. fields just two of these tiny runabouts (the Smart Fortwo Electric Drive does not count, and we’re not counting the Fiat 500, either), Canucks can warm their frozen cockles knowing there’s three four-door, ultra-cheap models waiting for them at local dealers. Not only that, but all three models carry an MSRP in the four-figure range. Just barely, but in a country where an A&W Uncle Burger cost your author $9.03 last week ($9.03! No combo, either), this is tantamount to bank robbery. So, as we take a look at the changes Chevrolet has in store for its 2019 Spark, let’s gauge the overall health of this tiny segment — north and south of the border. First, the new Spark. For the coming model year, the most diminutive of Chevys joins its larger siblings in adopting a larger stacked grille, now … [Read more...] about As Chevrolet Readies a Brighter 2019 Spark, How’s the Scorching Minicar Segment Doing?
► UK car market shrinks in 2017► New car sales down -5.4%► But still sixth biggest year ever New car registrations dipped by 5.4% in 2017, with 2.54 million cars sold throughout a ‘very, very volatile year,’ according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. Rocky consumer confidence caused by Brexit, uncertainty over whether to buy a diesel engine and even the stasis of a hung parliament combined to diminish registrations.‘2017 was a very, very volatile year,’ SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes said briefing journalists. The year kicked off with a registrations goldrush as owners sought to beat the vehicle excise duty increases that came into force in April 2017, leading to a record first quarter – before year-on-year sales declined for every one of the nine months following.‘Let’s put 2.54m registrations into context: that’s still the third best year in a decade, and the sixth best year on a … [Read more...] about 2017 new car registrations: Vauxhall, diesel and the climate the big losers