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Japan

Everybody’s producing exclusive models in Japan these days. A few days after Volkswagen introduced the Golf Erste Edition in the Land of the Rising Sun, fellow German automaker BMW is set to have its own limited-run, Japan-exclusive model.

It’s called the 5-Series Executive Sport Edition and as you can tell, it’s been tagged as an exclusive model by BMW because of the multitude of new features added to make it stand out from the rest of the 5-Series models out there.

Only 300 models of the 5-Series Executive Sport Edition will be made. Unfortunately, none of them will hit U.S. shores, so the closest thing we can come to looking at them is through the photos below.

That being said, it’s not like we’re missing a whole lot. It’s still a 5-Series, which is available in our shores, albeit with a few added goodies. But in the end, we won’t be losing a whole lot of sleep knowing that this model will only be available from halfway around the world.

Click past the jump to learn more about the BMW 5-Series Executive Sport Edition

Volkswagen’s presence in the Japanese market is pretty strong and it’s probably because of this standing that Volkswagen Japan is releasing a special-edition Golf model that will be exclusive to the Japanese market.

Dubbed the Erste Edition and built to celebrate the German model’s 60-year run in the country - Der Erste means "the first" in German - the Golf Erste Edition models will come in two different trims: Comfortline and the Highline.

Surprisingly, the pair of Erste Edition models come don’t have a whole lot of distinguishable characteristics that separate themselves from standard models. It doesn’t even have any special badges, as far as we can tell.

Having said that, these models are treated as limited run models and well, we’ll treat them as such.

Click past the jump to read more about the Volkswagen Golf Erste Edition models. You never know, you might like them enough to have one imported in these shores.

BMW has just announced a new special edition 1-Series for the Japanese market. Built on the 116i version , the new "Fashionista" will be offered exclusively in a five-door body and will be limited to only 370 units. The model is now on sale at a starting price of ¥3,460,000 (around $37,500 at the current exchange rates).

The new special edition is distinguished by a stylish and sophisticated design, and can be ordered in three exterior colors: Crimson Red, White III Arupin and Deep Sea Blue metallic. Each color will be combined with chrome kidney grille bars and a black finish for the window surrounds. The model will sit on a set of 17-inch alloy wheels in a Y-spoke design, which further emphasizes the elegant and sophisticated appearance of the car.

For the interior, BMW offers Oyster Dakota leather for the seats, sections of the doors and the handbrake. The leather is offered in warm colors and it is combined with a gloss off-white finish for the dashboard, lower center console and door arms.

Nissan’s press conference regarding the current state and future of its in-house performance division, NISMO , was eye-opening for a multitude of reasons.

But the most important part of the whole thing, at least in our eyes, is the announcement made by Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn regarding the possibility of a Nismo edition being built for the company’s flagship supercar, the GT-R .

Well, Ghosn put all the rumors to rest at the official opening of the new Nismo global headquarters and development center in Yokohama, Japan. "It would be unthinkable for us to develop a range of Nismo road cars without including the GT-R," Ghosn said during the press conference.

"The standard road car is a global supercar and the GT-R’s performance on track reflects the passion and talents of the Nismo team. The GT-R Nismo will be special and I can’t wait to drive it."

Well, there you have it, fellas. The Nissan GT-R will get a Nismo version and Carlos Ghosn, as well as the entire population we imagine, "can’t wait to drive it."

No details were released regarding any specs or figures, but the automaker did say that the model will be based on the 2014 GT-R and is scheduled to hit dealerships in a year’s time.

"We know that enthusiasts around the world will be itching to know more about the forthcoming GT-R Nismo," Nismo president Shoichi Miyatani explained.

"It’s too preliminary to share any details yet, but fans can be certain we’ll be applying all of our motorsport expertise to creating a GT-R Nismo worthy of the name."

And with that, expectations for the GT-R Nismo just went through the roof.

Less than a year after the Japanese market received a special-edition Mercedes C63 AMG called the Performance Studio Edition , it’s getting another one...in a completely different color.

The model introduced last June was painted in a matte black color with red accents on the wheels to go with a two-tone, red and black interior and a saucy performance upgrade.

As for the new C63 AMG Limited Edition, Japanese customers will be treated to a car with a white body model with red accents on the mirrors. A boot-lid spoiler has also been added, as are new brake calipers and its own two-tone red and black leather interior modifications that, incidentally, is different from the interior treatment received by its predecessor.

Equally important for the white C63 AMG Limited Edition is the power upgrade. Thanks to an engine tune from Merc , the output of the luxury sports coupe was increased from 451 horsepower to 480 horsepower. Not too shabby, if we do say so ourselves.

For all of the similarities between the two, the C63 AMG Limited Edition will also be sold on a limited basis. Only 15 coupe models are available with an extra 20 models for the sedan version.

TheToyota Mark X G Sports Carbon Roof Concept is a car that we probably won’t ever get to see on these shores. Having said that, it’s a pretty popular ride in Japan and Toyota is doing its part to drum up even more interest on the sedan in its homeland.

At the Tokyo Auto Salon, the Mark X G Sports Carbon Roof Concept was displayed. For this model, though, the Japanese automaker decided to introduce a carbon-fiber roof that not only looks pretty cool, but also shaves off 6 kg (13.2 pounds) of fat from the sedan. With the new roof, Toyota was also able to lower the car’s center of gravity by 3.5 mm (0.137 inches), which is always a good thing when trying to improve handling. The carbon-fiber weave pattern on the roof is an unmistakable reminder of the material’s high-quality characteristics.

Add that to a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that produces 318 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque and mates to a six-speed automatic transmission, and you have a car that’s poised to be a hot ticket in Japan. Wish we had this baby stateside because it would get considerable interest here too.

Most of you are likely waiting for Sunday to see the seventh-generation Chevrolet Corvette in Detroit, but GM’s Japanese customers will have the chance to see a special-edition Camaro at the Tokyo Auto Salon. The new Camaro Giovanna Edition will be offered in V-6 versions priced at 4,990,000 YEN ($55,800 at the current exchange rates) and V-8 version with prices starting at 5,990,000 YEN ($67,000).

The updates on the exterior are minimal, but they update the look of the car pretty well, as GM adds in GT body striping, a custom fuel door with a “Giovanna Edition” logo, and SS and RS emblems on the front end. The car sits on a set of bespoke 20-inch alloy wheels.

For the interior, Chevrolet added special headrests and exclusive door sill plates with Giovanna Edition logos.

Full details will be unveiled during the car’s official debut in Tokyo and we’ll post them as soon as we get them.

We first brought to everyone’s attention that our favorite National Geographic show, “Megafactories,” was going to do a full-on documentary on Japan’s resident supercar, Godzilla itself, the Nissan GT-R .

It was a long wait, but now the episode has finally aired and we can now let out a gasp of excitement. “Mega Mega factories” has always been a hot ticket on our TV-viewing schedules, in large part due to their penchant for featuring some of the hottest exotic cars on the planet.

The GT-R is no different and the show did a pretty nice job of taking its viewers on a behind-the-scenes look at how Godzilla is born. No, we’re not talking about some deep crevice in the earth where the giant fire-spewing monster lays her eggs. We’re talking about Nissan’s facility in Tochigi, Japan, the site where the GT-R is built, and perhaps, after watching this video, the site where we’re going to find ourselves at in the event we end up going to Japan.

Check out the video in its entirety. It’s over 40 minutes long, but rest assured, it’s 40 minutes well spent.

Details are still very sketchy and all we have to show you is the blurry teaser image that TRD has unveiled, but there is a new GT 86 concept from TRD heading to the Tokyo Auto Salon. Sure, we already talked about the new Sports FR Concept Platinum and how awesome it is, but its partner in Tokyo – the GT 86 Griffon Concept – just may blow it out of the water.

Like we said, the details are sketchy, but we do know that TRD went to task lowering the GT 86’s overall weight, then tweaked at least the suspension and exhaust. TRD then took the GT 86 Griffon out to the Tsukuba circuit and laid rubber to tarmac, netting a best lap time of 1:01.872.

That may seem like nothing on paper, but when you start adding in the fact that time beats out times of the Ferrari 458 Italia , Ferrari 360 CS , Nissan GT-R Spec-V , Corvette ZR1, Lambo Gallardo, Porsche 911 GT2, and so on, you realize that this must be one beastly `Yota GT 86.

We will find out more on the 11th of January when TRD officially releases the specifications, but were are 100-percent certain that there is a lot more tweaking going on than just some suspension stiffening and exhaust work.

We’ll update this review once we get the official info.

UPDATE 07/13/13: New photos of the Toyota GT 86 TRD Griffon have been released. Check them out in the gallery below!

Chevrolet may not be bringing its full armada of vehicles to the Tokyo Auto Salon, but for an American automaker that’s going halfway around the world, its offerings of two special edition concept vehicles and a limited-edition Camaro is impressive enough on its own right.

One of the aforementioned special-edition vehicles is the Chevrolet Captiva Freedom Rider, a subtly modified Captiva crossover that comes with a black body with baby blue accents on the lower-front bumper, the wheel arches, the door panels, and the set of 20-inch “Gianna Crown” alloy wheels. A new chrome grille was also added, as were new side steps and window surrounds. Judging by the rendering Chevrolet released, the Captiva Freedom Rider appears to also have a roof rack that can hold a full-sized mountain bike.

The Chevrolet Captiva Freedom Rider, together with the Sonic Street Edition and the Camaro Giovanni Edition, will comprise Chevrolet’s participation at the 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon. It’s not a lot to go by, but these vehicles, including the Captiva Freedom Rider, do have some appealing qualities.

We’ll see if any of them actually hit production in some form.


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