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Right. Suggest we all stop eating Japanese whale meat.
That'll teach them.
Icelandic whale meat is much cheaper and produced more locally...
Unfortunately their cars in the UK have been crap looking since the 90's onwards. Looking like brick like Euroboxes, conforming to euroisity. (is that a word LOL?)
Before that I had great looking Honda's, popup lights, sleak, low, futuristic looking. VVT engines, S range now gone from UK. CRX range now gone from UK. Pathetic.
In fact when I get to Australia, I am going to import a secondhand Japan home market 'kei' (small) car 'The Honda S660 convertible' as my mid life pensioner crisis present, for fun weekends
It is not available in UK directly, though a few have been imported here, though very overpriced at just under £18k, but is available in Japan home market, Far east, India/Packistan at £11k new for base model £12k for top model, and easily imported to Oz from Japan. It has 2 seats only, no storage at all, roof is taken off manually and stored under the bonnet, and has a rear 660 cc 3 cylinder engine that goes nuts
I am going to purchase this fun car, it is the same size as the old Honda Beat that was available in the UK if you remember it, quite a number already in Oz, and have been in contact with the Oz importer for this car to get me either a red or blue one, depending on best condition. If it arrives early, my son out there can drive it, till I get there.
They are only around £7500 for a good one or two year old secondhand with low mileage, and import taxes and container delivery to Oz should be another £1500.
Now these are fun cars and should have been available in the UK, as that used to be Honda for style and reliability. This I think is why a lot of loyal Honda owners left them, like me.
alfie noakes says...
"Icelandic whale meat is much cheaper and produced more locally..."
And there's even a bilateral agreement on tariff preferences for fish products...
This item was edited on Wednesday, 20th February 2019, 18:39
A big reason for all car making firms in Britain having problems at the moment is due to having so many diesel models instead of petrol. Example Range rover.Land Rover car are 80% diesel engines /20% petrol engines.
The Government have went out of their way to demonise diesel over recent years, by way of asking cities and towns to introduce 'pay to enter' if you have a diesel engine or even suggesting being banned in cities period!.
Also the fact that many new EU6 emission diesels are having problems due having more burn cycles of the DPF filter to meet EU6 causing faster oil contamination, meaning oil and filter changes every six months, and other diesels drinking excess adblue, means unhappy owners. This in turns lets people on car websites see the diesel problems and turn to a petrol car or hybrid.
People like myself who have owned diesel vans for years have shifted to smaller petrol engines. So there is a shift in motive power, and car companies have not seen it, and will have to gear up away from diesel, or go bust.