i was flipping through my hard drive and found the pics below. my high school pimp car, the Acura Integra (LS, yea the no VTEC model). BOMEX full kit, VEILSIDE (wtf is Veilside doing with BOMEX? lol) type2 GT Wing, some used random ENKEI rims, shop’s original exhaust, TEIN springs, CUSCO bushings, black lights and HID… hahaha yea i was only in high school that time and had no money at all. lot of people new about this car in my high school. people wanted for a ride and etc. hahaha. the venue was at NISSEI WEEK back in 2002. wow 6 years ago. btw, this was the first and last show with this car since i totaled it. gotta look for those pics… i was with Team Insight to display the car at NISSEI WEEK. met a lot of new people and still keep in touch with them. well, just wanted to share the pics of my old buddy 🙂
i was just checking on my stats for the blog and found out that some one was actually searching for me with a Honda Ruckus Fujisawa Shinnosuke… wtf? i never had a Honda Ruckus… i dont even have a motorcycle license.. lol hahaha hmmm why would people search for me with this key word??
today, i had a unexpected visitor at my office. at first, i thought it was some random solcitor trying to sell security systems and water pumps or some other etc stuffs. but it wasnt. he came to our office for some marketing stuffs for the NISSAN VERSA (TIIDA in Japan). had a great time chatting with him about the car and how the industry should expand the bridge to these market as well. currently, with the HONDA Fit, TOYOTA YARIS, are two of the top selling cars for those class. NISSAN VERSA chasing their tail lights. but for our industry, its still the SILVIAs and EVOs that holds the tuning bases. but with this current economy, which i believe it will not be back like the good old days where a gas was below $1 per gallon, these gas saver cars should be a great market for tuning market.
in Japan within that class of gas saver compact vehicles, SUZUKI’s SWIFT is the most popular. well, my guess only. the model is doing really good in the JWRC series from their first entry. aftermarket manufactures has being putting more effort in (well, only in the Japan region) for tuning, or i should say “fixing it up” the vehicle. i believe in 2009 or 2010, SUZUKI will be releasing the SWIFT in the US market. currently they have the SX4 for their line-up. plus, they are doing really really well in the Caribbean markets. just to let you guys know, i do distribute SUZUKI Sport products 🙂 lemme know if you have any inquiries. but yea, in Japan, these markets are doing very well for regular markets and after markets. compact model which is a perfect sizing for canyon runs and auto crossing, plus saves you gas? why not put our hands in it? and this does not mean, lets leave the 350Z market and the WRX market behind b/s-ing. those markets are those markets. lets just expand and make our vision a little more wider so it could be visionS. the FIT and the YARIS market arent doing that well then we have guessed. yea some people swapped with a KA24 motor in there for FIT. but that was like the only one i’ve seen which was really interesting. BLITZ has a complete kit for the YARIS as well. i think it was the super charger kit. but thats about it. dont others think that this will be a nitch but great market???