The girls of the 2015 Tokyo Auto Salon, in 38 exclusive pictures

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The 2015 Tokyo Auto Salon opened its doors yesterday to throngs of people who took the pilgrimage to Makuhari Messe, a site that is so far out that it already is in Chiba. TAS 2015 is a must-go confab of wrenchers and wenches, it is mass worship of body modifications (both kinds,) and bolt-ons (both kinds.) The rites at the annual celebration are performed by pagan nuns in traditional attire. Following the traditions of TAS, there usually is very little attire. Which is made up by a lot of attitude.

The Daily Kanban’s coverage of the annual auto adulation likewise is steeped in long tradition, its roots go back to before the beginning of time. Of course, we had to do it again.

(Careful: The following pictures will tax the bandwidth or your Internet connection, and the limits of good taste. In certain jurisdictions, if found with these pictures, you might be beheaded. Elsewhere, you may simply lose your head.)

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Dispatches from behind the Chinese Firewall

My Google-free office for 5 days

My Google-free office for 5 days

How dependent are we on Google, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube? In the past five days, I had the dubious opportunity to find out, the hard way. I spent nearly a week at the Shanghai International Circuit to cover the FIA World Endurance Championship. I also had plenty occasion to watch Twitter-junkies go cold turkey. [Continue Reading]

Thursday morning car news roundup, October 30, 2014

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Despite technical difficulties due to our momentary presence in China, we bring you the daily fare of car news leads. Do not count on it for tomorrow …

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Honda hits headwinds

Honda Executive VP Tetsuo Iwamura

Honda Executive VP Tetsuo Iwamura

Every three months, Honda is first among Japan’s major automakers to report the numbers for the quarter. It sets the tone for the presentations of its peers. Today was the day to go to Aoyama-Itchome in Tokyo, and to hear that business isn’t bad, but not rosy either. Honda is still making plenty of money, but less than expected.

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Tuesday morning car news roundup, October 28, 2014

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Monday morning car news roundup, October 27, 2014

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World’s largest automakers 2014: Better luck next year

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Now that Toyota reported its 9 month global production and sales numbers, we can update our projections of who will be the world’s largest automaker when 2014 comes to an end. The new numbers don’t differ much from our back-of-the-envelope estimate from a week ago,

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Friday morning car news roundup, October 24, 2014

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