It wasn’t law, it was a simple mutual agreement between manufacturers.
That tiny little kei car… (Tanaka Hawaii, 2012-present)
A scene of the Tanaka Hawaii advertisement in 2015 -
Totally not kidding...
The Tanaka Hawaii was introduced in 2012 as a kei car. Tanaka designed a 660cc Turbocharged Inline 3 producing 64HP just for the Hawaii. It was called the KC-Series (“KC06DI-A1 EarthBoost” used in the Hawaii). But, an naturally aspirated and higher-revving version was created for motorcycle engines in 2013. The Hawaii is a kei car that is used for transporting your family and many adventures. All trims except the Premium have optional AWD for the snowy roads in some parts of Japan.
Tanaka Hawaii Basic shown
This is the Basic. This car is as basic as you can get. The interior is made of basic cloth with a basic CD player. This trim is equipped with 14-inch steel wheels with a hubcap over it. The transmission is a 5-speed manual. The FWD version can do 51mpg while the AWD version can do 49.9mpg.
Tanaka Hawaii Prestige shown
This is the Prestige. It now has standard leather seats, 15-inch alloy rims, fully-clad undertray, chrome trim, fog lights and an advance 5-speed automatic transmission. The FWD version can do 49mpg while the AWD can do 48mpg.
The facelifted Tanaka Hawaii Basic on the left and the Prestige on the right…
The facelifted version was introduced in 2015. They got rid of the CD player and replaced it with a basic infotainment system instead. The headlights and taillights are now LED. The front bumper was also new. Parking sensors are also added and the Prestige has a new rim design. The blinkers on the fender is also new. The rear bumper is also slightly changed.
Tanaka Hawaii Premium shown
Apart from the new exterior and interior improvements, 2015 also brought a new trim level called the Premium. The changes include two-tone (chrome and black) alloy rims, new body kit and a standard infotainment system (instead of basic in other trim levels). It can do 46.5mpg.
The Hawaii is a very popular car in Japan. It is one of the most popular Tanaka vehicle in Japan. With the success of the Hawaii, Tanaka is looking forward to making new kei cars.
Fantastic design! I absolutely love the front facia, those headlights are really dynamic and cool looking and the rear follows form! Nice work!
Thank you! Making the taillights is the hardest proccess. I’m glad you liked it.
The brand-new 2020 Tanaka Iris
Tanaka Iris TR shown
Brand new for 2020 and for the first time, Tanaka lauched the Iris. It is basically a sports kei car. This is for the people who wants a very small fun and sporty city car in a tight budget. It is also only available as a hardtop convertible which means you can enjoy the sunny summer. But in case you are in the winter, an AWD version is optional in every trim (Except the TR). The design is new for us. The big grille with a front body-cloured bar make it look modern and trendy. Standard LED lights also makes the car look modern. The taillights are also LEDs. The connecting taillights and the rear bumper design combined together also make the car look aggressive and modern. The engine is exactly the same one in the Tanaka Hawaii, a 660cc turbocharged Inline 3 producing 64HP (“KC06DI-A1 EarthBoost”).
Tanaka Iris B shown
This is as basic as you can get. The Iris B. It weighs 812kg for the RWD version and 841kg for the AWD version. It can do 65.9mpg for the RWD version and 65.1mpg for the AWD version. The rims are 15 inch steel rims with hudcap wrapped around hard-compound economy tires. It has a 5-speed manual gearbox. The interior is standard with a basic infotainment system. This version will cost you $11109 with an optional AWD system for an extra $569.
Tanaka Iris S shown
This is the Iris S. It is basically a fancier version of the B. It weighs 810kg for the RWD version and 838kg for the AWD version. It can do 64mpg for the RWD version and 63.2mpg for the AWD version. The rims are 16 inch alloy rims wrapped around in wider medium compound tires. The interior is the same as the B. This version will cost you $11340 with an optional AWD system for an extra $569.
Tanaka Iris TR shown
This is the top-of-the-line version of the Iris, the ‘TR’. It now weighs a little under 800kg. It can do 60.7mpg. The rims are now magnesium rims wrapped around a grippy sport compound tires. This version has a new body kit and a new wing. The interior is now a sport with a basic infotainment system. The transmission is now a 6-speed manual. This version will cost you $14022.
The price is without any mark-up.
News: There have been rumors of a European version of the Iris available with a 4 cylinder.
Hehe, colliding names aside (Well, mine has a hyphen lol) I really dig it! The overall design really flows for an aggressive smol boi look. Gotta appreciate the design of the front fascia too, looks amazing! Everything fits just right, and those custom headlights are very impressive. ^V^
Ooops. Sorry for the similar name. I will change the name later. I am still thinking for the right name. But, thank you for your opinion of this car.
The Group B Rally Success (1982-1986)
The FIA Group B rally was launched in 1982. Tanaka wanted to participate. The thing is, they had designed a prototype of a compact mid-engine car in 1980. They thought it was perfect for the Group B rally.
Tanaka Trinity Turbo shown
In 1982, the Tanaka Trinity Turbo was revealed. It was under a ton and it was small and nimble. 200 of these are built each year. It produced 259HP from the factory from its turbocharged Inline-4. It weighed 896kg. The car was also not crazy expensive. It is a RWD only car.
Tanaka Trinity Group B shown
At the same year, the rally versions raced through the rally stages. But the problem is that the car was too light to compete to fit in the engine and weight regulations. So, they had to shrink their engine displacement to 1785cc. Despite this, they managed to squeeze out 330HP. The lighter parts and stripped out interior decreased the weight to 896kg. The suspension was raised by a tiny bit, a new rear wing, and a medium compound rally tires. In that category, the Trinity was very competitive. It had podium finishes.
In 1985, the Trinity was not competitive anymore. AWD cars are beating the Trinity. Tanaka tried to fit an AWD system, but failed to do so. Unfortunately, this means that the Trinity stopped production and stopped competing in Group B. Lucky for them, they had the perfect car in production.
| 1 - Tanaka SFM4 2.0 B | 2 - Tanaka SFM4 2.0 S | 3 - Tanaka SFM4 2.0 Turbo |
This is the Tanaka SFM4. This is an experimental sports car they sold to the public. This car is showcasing their 4-wheel-steering system in preparation to release a bigger sports car (spoiler alert!). The 2.0 B and 2.0 S weighed 947kg and 945kg respectively. The 2.0 Turbo however weighed 1023kg. That means that the twin turbos from their Boxer 4 engine is increasing the weight of the car. The 2.0 B produces 142HP, the 2.0 S produces 153HP and the 2.0 Turbo produces 236HP. The 2.0 Turbo has wider fenders to fit wider tires. All of them are RWD. But, that was not enough. Tanaka wanted a faster AWD version of it.
Tanaka SFM4 Turbo B shown
This is the 2.1 Turbo B (B for Group B). This is their homoligation model. It is a lot heavier with the AWD system. It now weighed 1116kg. There is a new wing, new side skirts and rear bumper. The boxer 4 now produces 315HP. This, with the AWD system, enables the car go from 0-60mph in 7.03 seconds. The car can also do 1.10 g’s in a 20m radius circle. The engine displacement was increased to 2140cc. Of course, 200 units are produced each year.
Tanaka SFM4 Group B shown
This is the rally version. No liveries yet. The fenders are as wide as they can be and a new body kit was created just for this car. Its front bumper is very unique and distinct. The wing on the Turbo B was replaced by a bigger wing. The engine now makes 517HP. But the increased power caused the car to be heavier and has a bigger turbo lag with the bigger turbos. That means that the drivers need to keep their RPM high in order to use all its power. Its current weight is 1140kg even with lighter parts and a stripped out interior. Its most notable feature of the car is a vent ending the rear box fenders. Now, many replicas of the rear fender exists everywhere. Rally parts were added. Now, Tanaka was very competitive in the rally. This ended in 1986 when Group B was cancelled because of a lot of crashes. The production of the SFM4 also stopped in 1986. This marked the end of Tanaka’s fastest rally cars. Today, the SFM4 are popular with tuners.
Tanaka Trinity Turbo and Tanaka SFM4 Turbo B shown together in Castello, Italy…
Tanaka Akuma Spied
13 February, 2019
Today, spy shots were taken from an anonymous user on the internet. The picture seems to be taken at an abandoned port in France with trees surrounding the area. Apparently this is a top-secret operation. The car might be waiting for a truck to be picked up from the port to the Geneva Auto Show where the matte black wrap is removed.
“We should’ve been more careful. The spy shots ruined the surprise which is really bad.” -Tada Tanaka (Manager of Tanaka Europe)
With so much thrust and grip, the Purple Dragon version of the TR2 Turbo would have been able to dominate the contemporary street racing scene - assuming someone managed to get their hands on it!
7th Generation Tanaka Aventus (2010-2018)
Tanaka Aventus 3.7 L shown
The 7th generation Aventus was actually scheduled to be revealed on 2008, but during that time, the global economic crisis was still there, so they just continued selling the 6th generation Aventus. While recovering from the crisis, the engineers figured that they could work on the 7th generation Aventus. It was revealed at in 2010. It is the only generation where it is only available with a V6. However, consumers still liked the car as it was more economical than its rivals. All trims can go over 30mpg. AWD is not available. However, people did not like its long-term reliability. While other Tanaka vehicles are reliable, the Aventus seems to be lower than the other models.
Tanaka Aventus 3.7 G shown
This is the 3.7 G, the base model. Alloy rims are standard. The interior is made of luxurious leather with a luxury SatNav system. It can do 30.5mpg. The 3.7 litre V6 produces 351HP.
Tanaka Aventus 3.7 L shown
This is the 3.7 L, the top-of-the-line model. The undertray is changed to a fully clad. It also has a luxury infotainment system. It only has 4 seats. It can now do 31.1mpg.
Tanaka Aventus 3.7 G facelift shown
Tanaka Aventus 3.7 L shown
The 2015 facelift introduces new things such as LED headlights and taillights and more. The wheel design is new. The place where the license plate sits at is now black to make the design more contemporary. It is also more reliable. The 3.7 litre V6 now produces 353HP. Slightly more powerful. Sales are going stronger, but fall down in 2017 and 2018. It is replaced by the new 8th generation Aventus that was revealed at the 2019 North American Auto Show.
The return of the Trinity
The original Tanaka Trinity advertisement in 1995 shown
This is the 2nd generation Tanaka Trinity. No one saw this coming. They thought that the Trinity was just used for the Group B rally. But from their experience in rally, they transferred it to this. Their mission is to put as much technology as possible in a budget. They spent a lot of time in their R&D division. The car was also co-developed by Tanabe Racing (hence the TR from Trinity is combined). The special features of this car includes all-wheel-drive, all-wheel-steering and a Turbocharged engine. The result of that is one of the best cars Tanaka has ever made.
The car was equipped with the Turbocharged version of the same engine used in the Tanaka Aventis and Atlantis, the D-Series. This particular engine is the D20MPEFI-D1T, which produces 210HP. It revs up to 7200RPM. The power is then transferred to a 6-speed manual transaxle. It has a mechanical LSD and AWD as standard, making it Tanaka’s first mid-engined all-wheel-drive car. The Trinity weighs around 1101kg.
The Tanaka Trinity was also daily-drivable. Because it has AWD, it can drive through the snow in case their customers live somewhere snowy. Not only that, but the AWD also makes this car very drivable. The Trinity also sips on fuel, with 32.6mpg. Tanaka is so proud of this that they are promoting this car a lot in movies and advertisement. It is appeared in many movies and animes, In fact, this is one of the most promoted Tanaka model in history. The result 360,000 of these successfully sold from 1995-2002. The Trinity went down in history as one of the greatest Tanaka model and one of the best-selling Tanaka sports car. Nowadays, these cars are used in autocross, time attacks and mountain racing in Japan. The car was produced from 1995-2002.
1991 Great Archanean Trek [FINAL RESULTS]
For those who never got a chance to drive the infamous TR2 Turbo Purple Dragon, the Trinity would have been the next best thing, with AWD traction, ample turbo power and light weight. The surprisingly good fuel economy and low purchase price would have been icing on the cake.
The Tanaka AA Platform - 7th Generation Aventis and 1st Generation Ascent (2015-Present)
The all-new 7th Generation Tanaka Aventis
Tanaka Aventis 2.0 G shown
The 7th Generation Aventis was introduced in 2015 to replace the outgoing generation. The engine is a brand new unit for 2015, the J-Series. The 2.2 litre direct injection version of J-Series was used in the 3rd generation Tanaka Atlantis revealed in 2019. For the Aventis, a 2 litre Multi-Point Fuel Injection version is used. To reduce complexity and cost. The design is also new. It is now more aggressive to attract younger customers. But also modern at the same time to keep it from looking dated.
Tanaka Aventis 2.0 B shown
This is the Aventis 2.0 B, the base model. It has steel rims with a hudcap on it. The interior is standard with a basic infotainment system. It can do 40.2mpg. The transmission is a 7-speed advanced automatic.
Tanaka Aventis 2.0 G shown
This is the Aventis 2.0 G, the mid-level trim. The bumper is slightly different as it has fog lights. The rims are now alloy. The interior is now standard with a standard infotainment system. It can do 39.2mpg.
Tanaka Aventis 2.0 S shown
This is the Aventis 2.0 S, the sportier model of the G. Changes include wider medium compound tires, 18-inch alloy rims, lower ride height, sportier suspension setting, more powerful engine (J20MPEFI-C1 EarthBoost producing 204HP), a ducktail spoiler on the trunk and a new front bumper. The brake calipers are now red. AWD is now standard on the S and TR version. The transmission is a 6-speed manual, making it a driver’s car. It can do 0-60mph in 7.62 seconds. It can also do 1.01g.
Tanaka Aventis 2.0 TR shown
This is the ultimate version of the Aventis, the 2.0 TR, which was introduced in 2017. Tuned by Tanabe Racing, the TR is now lighter than the 2.0 S thanks to 18-inch magnesium rims and a now standard 10s safety. The hood now has a vent to allow the engine to breathe even more. There is a rear-wing to produce downforce. There is also a lip at the front bumper. There is also a rear diffuser at the rear bumper. The J-Series engine (this version: J20MPEFI-D1 EarthBoost) is now pushed to 304HP and it now revs up to 8200RPM. The tires are switched to sports compund and are also now wider to give as much grip as possible. Combined with the lower ride height and a sportier suspension setting, the 2.0 TR can do 1.16g. The differential is now a mechanical LSD instead of the viscous LSD’s used in other trim levels. It can now accelerate from 0-60mph in 5.47 seconds. The steering is now switched to the traditional variable hydraulic system to allow drivers to communicate with the drivers. Launch control is also now available in the 2.0 TR.
Since 2015, 500000 units of the 7th generation Aventis has been sold worldwide. The Tanaka Aventis has always been Tanaka’s best-selling model and this one is no different. It has outsold the previous generation Aventis in the first year and has been going great ever since.
The brand-new Tanaka Ascent
Tanaka Ascent 2.0 G shown
Tanaka has been watching the markets carefully and found out that crossovers are getting more popular. So they decided that the platform that the 7th generation Aventis is perfect for a crossover. However, they didn’t want to make a hatchback. So instead, they turned it to a crosswagon. The Ascent is introduced at the same time as the Aventis. The design is mostly the same with a more rugged look.
Tanaka Ascent 2.0 G shown, tow hitch is part of the optional towing package.
The Ascent is available with AWD as standard. The engine is the J20MPEFI-C1 unit, the same as the Aventis 2.0 S. The ride height is increased. Other than that, it is basically the same car as the Aventis. It can do 34.2mpg. The 2.0 G is the only trim level.
A black Tanaka Ascent 2.0 G towing a full-interior trailer.
In terms of sales number in North America, the Ascent has slighly more than the Aventis. This car is mostly used by moms for grocery-getting and by families for road-tripping. But occasionally, the Ascent is used by off-roaders to climb up the mountains and to tow things.
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The Epitome of 90s Tanaka Luxury (The 5th Generaton Tanaka Aventus)
Tanaka Aventus 5.0 L shown
This is the 5th generation Tanaka Aventus, introduced in 1996. This was one of the longest wheelbase of Tanaka models on the 90s. Its only focus is luxury and it is one of the best selling Aventus generations. It is also one of the customer’s favorite car because of its very long wheelbase for its time, the Aventus was very roomy inside. It is up to par with its german rivals. For the first time, the Aventus is equipped with a hydropneumatic suspension system that makes this feel like riding on the cloud. This was also the first Aventus to be equipped with a V8 and a computer-controlled automatic transmission. It ended production in 2005 where it is replaced by the 6th generation Aventus.
Tanaka Aventus 5.0 G shown
This is the base version of the Aventus. The 5 litre V8 produces 313HP and 314lb-ft of torque. It has a luxury interior with luxury cassette player. The rims are 16 inches 5 spoke alloys wrapped around medium-compound tires.
Tanaka Aventus 5.0 L shown *
This 5.0 L was introduced in 1997 as part of Tanaka’s Personality Program (TTP). Here, customers can choose their paint finish, interior colour, interior trim pieces, choice of rims and etc. All the little details can be added like a customized door sills, colour of interior lights, colour of stiching and piping, etc. Even flag poles can be added. The interior is a hand-made interior by the workers of TPP and a luxury CD player. The rear seats are now 2 individual reclining captain seats instead of the bench seats of the 5.0 G. There is an in-built refrigerator that replaced the centre seat.
* This example shown in the picture above is equipped with a gloss black paint and two-tone rims. The interior is beige with an oak wood interior. The interior is not equipped with any piping options.
“Tanaka Aventus ‘Bippu’ style”
The 5th generation Aventus has appeared in many movies where the Yakuza gang is involved. Nowadays, used 5th generation Aventus are popular in the VIP stance scene. The most popular body kit is from “Emotion Body Kits” which is installed on this car. This one has an accuair air suspension sytem. Shown on this picture, it is on its lowest setting.
Unlike other Tanaka models of the 90s, the Aventus is quite unreliable. The engine is quite reliable, but the electricity parts of this car are not. The CD player, traction control and basically any other electrical parts of the Aventus are very problematic. That is why you should never buy the Aventus without any service history. Always bring it to any official Tanaka dealership or any Tanaka-approved dealership for a pre-purchase inspection.
The 70s Brown…
Tanaka Aventus 6.0 L shown
This is the 2nd generation Tanaka Aventus. It was in production from 1978-1980. Compared to the first generation (which has a wheelbase of around 2.8 meters), the 2nd generation has a longer wheelbase (around 3.1 meters). This made the car being more spacious, but also slower and heavier. Their original plan is to make their Inline 6 more powerful. However, they did something else.
The CL60MFI-A1 engine under the hood of the Tanaka Aventus 6.0 L
That’s right, it’s a V12. They glued 2 of their Inline 6 into a V-engine. At the time where people have small 4 cylinder engines in the fuel crisis, this Japanese company put a V12 into a large luxury car. With the V12, they made power easily. The 2nd generation Aventus made 235HP. It is mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission. This generation is more reliable than the previous one. The V12 is super smooth.
The only available trim level is the 6.0 L. The interior is made of luxury leather and pillows with loads of wood trimming and a luxury 8-track. The rims are 17-inch alloys. It can do 0-60mph in 9.19 seconds and has a top speed of 130mph (BECAUSE OF HOW MUCH OF A BRICK THIS IS!). Exclusive for the 2nd generation Aventus is a colour called Century Brown, which is the colour used on the pictures above.
The 2nd generation Aventus were used as a government car in Japan in the 70s. The Japanese emperor at the time owned this car. Unfortunately, this is a Japan-only car. It is not exported to any other countries. This is the only generation of the Aventus to use a V12.
I am very proud of this design. Let me know what you think? Is it 70s enough?
I like your 70´s style generally. ther are some little things that are not optimal, the sidebars seem to be one piece, so how do you open the doors?
I think the indicators on the side are too big, also the on the front, they are to long, but that´s my personal taste.
The 4th Generation Tanaka X-Series (2010-2019)
Tanaka 450X shown
This is the 4th generation Tanaka X-Series. It was released in 2010 being the first X-Series powered by a V8, the Z-Series, instead of a turbocharged V6 from the previous generation. This newly-designed V8 was the basis for the engine used in the 2nd and 3rd generation Tanaka Akuma. The one in the X-Series were the naturally-aspirated versions. This generation has the longest wheelbase of any X-Series generations yet with a wheelbase of around 2.8 meters. This generation was also the first and probably last to use a lightened AHS steel chassis. To make it look beautiful, the designers has made the hood long with a smaller cabin than usual, which is why people complain about the tight space in the rear seats. The philosophy of the technology detox works well with the X-Series, making it a driver’s car even though it’s a GT. The design is a little bit ahead of its time thanks to its unique taillights. It is also the first generation to use LED running lights.
Tanaka 450X shown
This is the 450X, the base model. Equipped with the Z45DI-A1 unit producing 422HP and 325lb-ft of torque going through a 6-speed dual-clutch transmission for the first time, a mechanical LSD (this is the last generation to use them) and an active comfort suspension. It was RWD. The X-Series has a luxury interior combined with a luxury infotainment system. It can do 22.3mpg. The rims are 19-inch alloys wrapped around medium-compound tires. The 450X can accelerate from 0-60mph in 4.7 seconds and can do 172mph flat-out.
Tanaka 450X S shown
This is the 450X S, the top-of-the-line model until 2017. The 450X S has a sportier suspension setup, slighly wider sport-compound tires and 20 inch alloy rims. It is also lower. The Z45DI-B1 unit produces 458HP and 339 lb-ft of torque. The springs are active sports. It can do 21mpg, accelerate from 0-60mph in 4.3 seconds and has a top-speed of 175mph.
Tanaka 450X Facelift shown
A facelift for the X-Series occured in 2015. The facelifted versions have new headlights (the LED running lights can also be used a turn signals), new rims for both 450X and 450X S, a new 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, an electric LSD and slighly better all-round quality. But the biggest change of them all is the introduction of the AWD versions and a new trim, the 450X TR. Because of the new AWD system, the front tires of all 450X were thicker than the RWD models.
Tanaka 450X S Facelift shown
The 450X S has a bigger change. Not only are the rim designs new, but they are also now made of magnesium. The 450X S also have a more agressive diffuser to fit in with the more aggresive rims.
Tanaka 450X TR shown
In 2017, the 450X TR was released. It is a special edition only for 2017 and 2018. The 450X TR is based on the 450X S AWD. Only 300 of these are ever made. They only made so few of them because they did not want to damage the X-Series’ reputation of being a GT. The 450X TR were considered as supercars because of the supercar levels of performance. Tuned by Tanabe Racing, this version used the Z45D1-A1 Earthboost unit from the 2nd generation Tanaka Akuma which produces 585HP and 557 lb-ft of torque, has a sportier suspension setup, wider tires and fenders, 19-inch carbon-fibre rims, a new body kit, a wing, carbon-fibre trim pieces, removed rear seats, sports interior, launch control and more just to name a few. The X-Series is lighter than any of the facelifted models. The pre-facelift models are still lighter. The result is that 0-60mph happens in only 3 seconds flat and has a top-speed of 181mph.
Example: Tanaka 450X (pre-facelift) shown, equipped with 19-inch rims, looks like 18-inch
Did you know that the X-Series rims look smaller than they actually are?
The lip of the rims are made black to blend in with the tire. The reason behind this is because the size of the rims affect the looks of the car. Too large and the car looks weird. This design however stopped with the facelifted 450X with the new rims, but still continues with the 450X S and 450X TR. Because of its 20-inch rims and the new rim design (which has a very thin lip), they decided to make the whole lip black and leave the spokes untouched. This makes those 2 versions look very agressive.
Breaking News - Tanaka Motors Announces Bankruptcy!
Tanaka Model 5 shown
Tanaka Motors, a major Japanese car company, had announced bankruptcy. They will close all plants and free up thousands of people working there. As their new job, Tanaka bicycles are looking for more employees. The Tanaka bicycles have some history to the Tanaka Heavy Industries. With the Model 1 produced from 1962-1969, Model 2 from 1969-1979, Model 3 from 1980-1995, Model 4 from 1995-2006, and its current iteration, the model 5 from 2006-present. Tanaka Heavy Industries is looking to expand and had now started to making air-conditioning and TV’s. This sparks a new beginning in the future history, introducing the Tanaka Home Equipments.
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