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Monday, January 1, 2018

JDM Subaru WRX : 25 Years Old and Legal to Import to the US

GC8A (11/1992-9/1993) Subaru WRX

While the US received the WRX eventually, it was sold in Japan from November 1992. Japan also got many different models and engine power plants than the US vehicles. They are starting to turn 25 years old, and exempt from FMVSS requirements.

History of the WRX by Road and Track Magazine

There have been seven noted versions of the WRX dating back from Subaru's original World Rally Cross staging vehicles. Subaru adopted the name "WRX" to stand for "World Rally eXperimental" (in some places WRX stands for "World Rally Cross") as all WRX versions (1992 to present) feature rally inspired technology, including all wheel drive, stiffened suspensions and turbocharged four cylinder engines. The STI versions were marketed with consecutive numbers. Another way to determine the version of a WRX was to look at the chassis code. All WRX sold between 1992 and 2000 have the beginning chassis code of GC8 sedan or GF8 hatchback; this is followed by a letter from A to G. Coupe versions share the "GC" code with sedans, except in the US, where they have a separate chassis code of "GM".

In 1994, Subaru introduced Subaru Tecnica International (STI) versions of the WRX in Japan. These models were upgraded from the standard WRX in many categories, including blueprinted performance-tuned engines, transmissions, and suspensions. The STI versions of the WRX were immensely successful in rallies and popular among street racers but were only sold in the Japanese market. Compared to the WRX, the STI had mostly mechanical modifications.

The WRX debuted in November 1992 with 240 PS (176.5 kW; 236.7 hp). The center differential was a viscous coupling type, the rear limited slip differential was a viscous type. The WRX Type RA is a stripped down version of the WRX that was available in the Japanese market for people to purchase for motorsports and tuning. Targeted for race and rally, the RA versions were generally lighter in weight; featuring reduced soundproofing, manual windows, no air conditioning, no anti-lock brakes, and added racing features such as more robust engines, driver controlled center differentials, and shorter gearing. The WRX Type RA uses a closer ratio gearbox and a three-spoke leather steering wheel from Nardi.

In Europe, the WRX was introduced as the Impreza GT, and as the Impreza Turbo 2000 (UK). It came with 208 hp (155 kW; 211 PS). In the United Kingdom, Subaru offered six "WRX 1.8 GL" in 1993. The firm imported six Type RS's, the development car that led to the stripped-out Type RA. Three cars went to Prodrive; three were retained by Subaru UK and were subsequently sold. For UK car certification reasons they were registered as "1.8 GL" despite having the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine.

Find your USA legal 25 year old Subaru WRX here.


Saturday, December 30, 2017

4WD - V8 - Nissan Cima For Sale in Cypress, California. FMVSS Exempt


Carl Moyer 2018 On-Road Voucher Incentive Program Funding Tables

Annual Update

The 2018 On-Road Voucher Incentive Program (VIP) Funding Tables are now available.  Mail-Out #MSC 17-21 includes the updated tables, which will be effective Monday, January 1, 2018.  Most fleets with ten heavy-duty vehicles or less that are compliant with the Truck and Bus Regulation and have at least one year of surplus are eligible for VIP funding to replace 2009 and older engines. 
Filtered vehicles that are equipped with 2006 and older engines and following the Engine Model Year Schedule of the Truck and Bus Regulation are eligible.  However, vehicles with filters verified to reduce oxides of nitrogen (NOx) emissions must undergo a separate evaluation to account for the reductions already achieved from the baseline engine.  Those filtered vehicles may require higher minimum mileage requirements relative to non-filtered vehicles or vehicles with filters only verified to reduce particulate matter to receive a certain voucher amount.  Separate funding tables for vehicles opted-in to the Agricultural Vehicle Extension have also been added.  Please see Mail-Out #MSC 17-21.
All approved updates are incorporated into the latest 2017 Carl Moyer Program Guidelines.


Since 1998, the Carl Moyer Program has filled a critical niche in California’s strategy to achieve clean air.  The Carl Moyer Program provides grant funding for the incremental cost of cleaner-than-required engines, equipment, and emission reduction technologies.  The Carl Moyer Program complements California’s regulatory program by funding emission reductions that are surplus, i.e., early and/or in excess of what is required by regulation.  State law (Health & Safety Code Section 44287) authorizes the Air Resources Board to revise the Guidelines when necessary to improve the ability of the program to achieve its goals.  VIP Guidelines require that Funding Tables in Appendix O be updated annually.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Japanese Classic : 1991 Nissan Fiagro For Sale in California

1991 Nissan Figaro for sale in the USA

1991 Nissan Figaro

Pale Aqua(6K9)

91,377km/ 57,110miles (Original)

VIN - FK10-011586


New Complete Paint

New Spark Plug

New Battery (JP)

New Timing Belt

New Belt Tensioner

New Water Pump

New Thermostat

New Crank Seal x 2

New Fan Belt x 3

New Rear Brake Shoe

New Brake Lamp Bulb x 3

Engine Oil & Filter


Engine Coolant

Brake Fluid

Rear Brake Cylinder Overhaul

Rear Brake Shoe

Brake Master Cylinder Overhaul

Ball Joint Boot x 2 (Front Lower)

Replace Crank Seal 

Steering Alignment


New Front and Rear Seats

New Convertible Top

Financing Available. Please contact us for details. 844-523-2233 or sales@importavehicle.com

All vehicles are As/Is No warranty. These vehicles can not be registered in California until brought into California compliance. Please check all local laws for information on title and registration.

International Vehicle Importers sells in stock, landed, inspected cars over 25 years old at our dealership in California. We also provide the most informed and reliable importing service of classic Japanese (JDM) import cars, or other foreign automobiles over 25 years old, Show or Display, and race cars to the USA. In addition to importation, we can bring direct import vehicles into California Air Resources Board (CARB) requirements.

With our knowledge of the import process and access to over 150,000 vehicles at auction, dealerships, and private sellers each week; we are able to source the car of both our customer's needs, and dreams. We ensure you won't have to worry about side-stepped regulations, improper paperwork, or unnecessary risks - we will only assist in the import of vehicles that have been deemed legal for road use in the USA, or exempt from requirements.

Find Your Car - Looking for a car we don't have in stock? Looking at a car that will be legal in the future? We can help you find, buy, and legally import a vehicle to the USA. From Japan, to Australia, New Zealand, Europe, or anywhere else in the world. Fill out the form here. http://www.importavehicle.com/find-your-vehicle

Buying and Importing FAQ - http://www.importavehicle.com/faq-and-info

NHTSA. Importing a vehicle that is at least 25 years old.

A motor vehicle that is at least 25 years old can be lawfully imported into the U.S. without regard to whether it complies with all applicable FMVSS.

EPA - Vehicles over 21 years old.

If the vehicle is at least 21 years old, there are no EPA compliance requirements upon importation. The age of the vehicle is determined by subtracting the calendar year of manufacture from the calendar year of importation.

Right Hand Drive -http://www.gtrusablog.com/2014/04/is-it-legal-to-drive-right-hand-drive.html In order to be lawfully manufactured or imported for sale in the U.S., a motor vehicle must comply with all applicable FMVSS issued by NHTSA. It is possible for a right-hand drive (RHD) vehicle to be manufactured in compliance with the FMVSS.

Direct Import (or Gray Market) vehicles are vehicles that were manufactured outside the United States for which the original manufacturer did not obtain California or Federal certification(1975 or newer vehicles). The EPA normally covers direct import vehicles under the ICI program, but if a vehicle is going to be registered in California, it needs to meet the California Direct Import requirements.

California has its own EPA called the ARB. Direct Import(or Gray Market) vehicles are vehicles, 1975 or newer, that were manufactured outside the United States for which the original manufacturer did not obtain California or Federal certification. 


1976 or newer needs to be smogged in California every 2 years

1975 or newer must meet Direct Import requirements(FTP testing)

1975 or older exempt from smog in California

1968-1974 Vehicles need to meet EPA requirements per 40CFR Title 85, Subpart P 11/15/1972

1967 or older are exempt from testing/import requirements


Toyota Soarer JZZ30 - May 1991 = May 2016

Mazda FD RX7 - December 1991 - December 2016

R33 GTS - August 1993 = August 2018

R33 GTR - January 1995 = January 2020

R34 GTR - January 1999 = January 2024

Are you looking for a R34 Nissan Skyline GT-R For Sale In the USA? We are legally allowed to import 1999 Nissan Skyline GT-R Vspec- Early Edition, under the Show or Display exemption. http://www.importavehicle.com/vehicles/19/1999-nissan-skyline-gt-r

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