Good-bye, Sumika’s 180sx!

This is the 180sx of Sumika Kubokawa, Drift Queen of D1Ladies League, called Kiiro san.

During three years, she’s used this car, and now she’s going to change to another.  This car was with her while she joined the Team Orange, when she gained the licence for the Street Leagal, when she won the first Ladies League, and etc..  Sumika has lots of good and important memories with this car.  Of course for us as well.  It’s a pitty but she’s going to show us good drift with her new car and share nice time with us.. Good bye, Kiiro san!  Thank you for your good job♥

This picture was from 3 years ago..^^

MARTIN BRUNDLE RETURNS WITH NISSAN AT SILVERSTONE

After making a successful return to world-class sportscar racing at the Le Mans 24 Hours last month, Martin Brundle will enter a second endurance race this year, alongside his son Alex and Nissan’s first GT Academy winner, Lucas Ordonez.

Alex Brundle, Martin Brundle and Lucas Ordone

Alex Brundle, Martin Brundle and Lucas Ordonez

The trio made a formidable team at Le Mans so when the opportunity arose for Greaves Motorsport to run a second Nissan-powered LMP2 car at the FIA World Endurance Championship race at Silverstone in August, it was an easy decision to make.

I thoroughly enjoyed the whole Le Mans 24 Hours adventure,” said Martin. “So when I was asked to race the Greaves Zytek-Nissan on the spectacularly fast Silverstone GP circuit with Alex and Lucas, the answer was simply ‘yes’. I’m looking forward to another race finish, hopefully on the podium. Alex Brundle is right in the middle of a busy season of racing but has squeezed this extra event into his schedule. With dual campaigns in the European Le Mans Series and GP3, the young British racer is relishing having a packed diary.

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to race with Nissan and Greaves Motorsport again in the WEC,” said Alex. “I will race at the British Grand Prix with the GP3 series and I feel comfortable and confident around the Silverstone circuit. I am really looking forward to a chance to explore the Greaves LMP2 around this special venue for a British driver. Lucas Ordonez never thought he would have an ex-F1 driver as his team-mate, until he found out the line up for Le Mans this year. He learnt a great deal from Martin during Le Mans week. “At first when I heard I was driving with Martin I though ‘wow’ this will be amazing and I will learn a lot about racing technique,” said Lucas. “I actually learnt a lot more than that as Martin is an incredibly professional driver in all areas. By watching him I have learned a lot about how to handle myself in this sport.

2012 Le Mans 24 Hours

2012 Le Mans 24 Hours

I can’t wait for Silverstone as we will be able to race without pressure and I think we should be able to get a good result there. I hope that after the race I will have a photograph of me on the podium with Martin and Alex. Thank you to Nissan for yet another great opportunity; this is turning into an amazing season!

The scheduling of the FIA WEC race at Silverstone couldn’t be better as it takes place during the F1 break on 25-26 August.

Toyota Sales Increase More Than 60 Percent in June 2012

Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., today reported June 2012 sales results of 177,795 units, an increase of 54.3 percent compared to the same period last year on a daily selling rate (DSR) basis. On a raw volume basis, unadjusted for 27 selling days in June 2012 compared to 26 selling days in June 2011, TMS sales were up 60.3 percent from the year-ago month.

The Toyota Division posted June total sales of 157,773 units, an increase of 51.7 percent on a DSR basis from June 2011. On a raw volume basis, Toyota Division sales were up 57.5 percent from the year-ago month.

For the first half of the year, TMS reported sales of 1,046,096 units. With 154 selling days in the first half of 2012, compared to 152 selling days during the first half of 2011, sales were up 27.0 percent on a DSR basis from the same period last year. On a raw volume basis, unadjusted for two extra selling days in 2012, sales were up 28.7 percent during the first half of the year.

“June and first-half year sales were driven by consumer interest in our new models including the Prius c, the newest member of the Prius family, and the Camry, the best-selling car in America,” said Bob Carter, Toyota Division group vice president and general manager, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. “We expect to see continued stability in the automotive market during the second half of 2012 thanks to pent-up demand, low interest rates and a continued influx of new products.”

The Lexus Division reported total sales of 20,022 units in June 2012, up 79.0 percent from June 2011 on a DSR basis. Volume-wise, Lexus Division sales were up 85.9 percent compared to the same period last year.

Toyota Division

Toyota Division passenger cars recorded combined monthly sales of 90,079 units, up 68.1 percent from June 2011. Passenger car sales were led by Camry and Camry Hybrid with combined sales of 32,107 units, and Corolla reported combined June sales of 26,647 units. The Prius family of vehicles posted June sales of 19,150 units.

Toyota Division light trucks recorded June sales of 67,694 units, an increase of 34.3 percent compared to the same month last year. Light truck sales were led by the RAV4 compact SUV and Tacoma mid-size pickup truck, with monthly sales of 15,129 and 11,864 respectively. Highlander and Highlander Hybrid reported combined sales of 10,379 units, and the Tundra full-size pickup reported sales of 8,693 unit.

Scion posted June sales of 8,400 units, up of 134.1 percent over June 2011. The newly launched FR-S sports car led the way with sales of 2,684. The tC sports coupe reported sales of 2,128 units, flat year-over-year. The xD five-door urban subcompact posted sales of 1,017 units, and the xB urban utility vehicle posted June sales of 1,869 units. The all-new iQ premium micro-subcompact posted monthly sales of 702 units.

Lexus Division

Lexus reported passenger car sales of 10,247 units, up 99.7 percent from June 2011. The ES 350 entry luxury sedan led Lexus passenger car sales with sales of 3,780 units, while the IS luxury sports sedan reported sales of 2,572 units. The CT 200h premium hybrid compact posted 1,387 units.

Lexus luxury utility vehicles recorded sales of 9,775 units, up 61.4 percent over June 2011. Lexus light truck sales were led by the RX and RX Hybrid luxury utility vehicle, which posted combined June sales of 8,641 units. The GX 460 mid-size luxury utility vehicle reported sales of 808 units, while the LX luxury utility vehicle recorded sales of 326 units.

TMS Hybrids
TMS posted June sales of 25,776 hybrid vehicles, an increase of 335.2 percent compared to the same period last year. Toyota Division posted June sales of 23,105 hybrids, while Lexus Division reported sales of 2,671 hybrids for the month.