Factory new Pink Cars found in the Japan car auction

It is not a repaint but original “pink” found in one of the Japan car auctions today.

Personally I think it looks fine, actually nice.  Not sure whether my pride would let me buy one though, being male.  In Japanese they call it the “momotaro crown” or pink crown.  Personally if I had one of these in my neighborhood it would make me stand out too much.  Do something “wrong” or that annoys another driver and your car is so rememberable.!  I’d much rather slip-around town in a white Prius.  Do something to annoy another drive and they will never remember who you are!




Brand new Honda Vizel selling in Honda Auction Monday 3rd

Brand new Honda vizel selling in the Honda auctions (regularly).  Reaches 2,559,000 for a brand new car.

The vizel is a 1500cc Hybrid 4WD, competing against the Nissan Juke but with a hybrid status.


These are called “shinkousha” in Japanese basically meaning “near new”.  Due to various reasons the Japanese dealers put them into the auctions, probably to help turn over numbers.  They always sell cheaper than a new one.

Unusual Toyota Prius 2010 twins for sale!

A quick look at today’s car auctions shows a couple of Toyota 2010 Prius twins for sale:

Twin one

And slightly uglier, Toyota Prius 2010 twin 2

They both have the same kms, so they definitely have been following each other, same colour, same driver  (may be not), but twin two has a dirty secret that twin 1 doesn’t have.  Twin 2 had a crash repair sometime in it’s life.  Probably trying to stay too close to his big brother!

Prius 2010 Prices

Perhaps the most available car in the Japanese used car auctions is the Toyota Prius.  Due to it’s huge numbers, the prices can be totally predictable.  Removing “black” Prius’ from the data (black colour doesn’t seem to behave in the same manner as the other colours), results for Prius sales in the last few months.  The Prius targeted was the 2010 model.   The price the car sold in the auctions was plotted against the kms of that vehicle. All vehicles were grade 4.

Here are the results:

The y coordinates is the price in 000yen and the x coordinates are the kms in 000


Golden week auction schedule

The annual large Japanese holiday “Golden week” will be upon us soon.

The auctions will be on holiday for the following days:
Last normal day for auctions: April 27th (Saturday)
First normal day for auctions after the break  Wednesday 8th