UK Radical will sell this in Japan while Detroit can’t stop bitching about closed markets

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The biannual Tokyo Motor Show will open its doors to the public at 12:30 on Friday, October 30. Showgoers will see wares offered by all 14 Japanese manufacturers. From abroad, 17 manufacturers will put 27 brands on display. The big American makers will be AWOL as usual.

Today, the TPP ministerial meeting finally reached a deal in Atlanta. Detroit desperately tried to prevent that. In the past days, an old trope was trotted out in a last-ditch attempt to torpedo TPP: The closed Japanese car market. Japan in fact has one of the world’s most open car markets, mostly due to American pressure. Zero percent tariff. 5,000 cars per year and model can be brought in with next to no paperwork. Try that in the U.S.A., where Detroit’s cash cow, the light utility vehicle, is protected by a 25 percent tariff and a huge wall of other trade barriers. Japan can open its market as wide as can be, Detroit and its shills won’t stop their closed market lies. [Continue Reading]

Detroit’s Japan bashing has one aim: To protect obscene pick-up profits at home.

With a steering wheel on the wrong side, would this car stand a chance in America? The wheel is on the wrong side in Japan.

With a steering wheel on the wrong side, would this car stand a chance in America? The wheel is on the wrong side in Japan.

For many years, Detroit has blamed Japan for Detroit’s insipid sales in the island nation. Detroit, and its mouth pieces in Washington, claim this is because the Japanese market is closed. A look on the customs charts and into sales statistics would unmask this as blatant lies. In an overall flat Japanese auto market, sales of Imports rose 9.5 percent in 2013. Japan’s tariff on cars is zero. But then, who reads sales statistics and customs charts? Hopefully, more people read Reuters.
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U.S. barriers to entry caught on CBP video

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Two weeks ago, a perfectly good Land Rover Defender ended in the claws of U.S. Customs. It died in front of running cameras. (Video after the jump.) The car’s crime: It was 30 years younger than stated. And we can’t have that in America. [Continue Reading]