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Thursday, November 22, 2018

JDM Imports to the US : How to buy US legal Japanese Imports

We import and sell, 25 year old vehicles to the US. We have a huge selection of cars in stock from Honda Beat, Toyota Supra, and RX-7, to Nissan Skyline GT-R.  We can find the japanese classic car you are looking for.  Looking for us to import you another jdm car, we can help. We have more than 20 years experience in the business. Featured in Road and Track Magazine, Automobile, Jay Leno's Garage, Donut Media, Hoonigan, Super Street, The Smoking Tire, Speedhunters, Hemmings, Hagerty, and many more. https://www.importavehicle.com/inventory

JZA80 Toyota Supra. RHD. Legal Japanese import from importavehicle.com

USA legal Nissan Skyline GT-R. This is a true Japanese classic. 

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Show or Display Midnight Purple II R34 GT-R. Legally imported to the US by importavehicle.com

Suzuki Cappuccino being shipped out to a customer. These are a special RHD car. 

We are specialists in RHD cars. Looking for something from anywhere in the world, we can find and import it for you. 

Acura NSX with TE37. This car runs a 18 and 19 inch wheel setup. titanium exhaust. Beautiful car. 

NSX, R33 GT-R, and R32 new arrivals from Japan. 

Thursday, November 15, 2018

CARB gets ‘REAL’ to further cut pollution from diesel and gas vehicles

Real Emissions Assessment Logging (‘REAL’) will track greenhouse gas and smog-related emissions

SACRAMENTO – The California Air Resources Board today adopted a new emissions tracking program that will help regulators identify vehicles with excess smog-related and greenhouse gas emissions and propel California further towards its goal of meeting state and federal air quality standards in the decades ahead.
Real Emissions Assessment Logging (REAL) is part of the amendments to the OBD (On-board Diagnostic) Regulations approved by the Board at today’s hearing.  OBD systems are mainly comprised of software designed into a vehicle’s on-board computer to detect emission control system malfunctions as they occur by monitoring virtually every component that can cause increased emissions. When the OBD system detects a malfunction, it alerts the driver by illuminating an indicator light on the instrument panel, and stores information that helps identify the faulty equipment, enabling technicians to quickly fix the problem. 
While the OBD system currently notifies drivers when emissions components are malfunctioning, the REAL program would require the OBD system to do more than that.  It would require OBD systems to collect and store emissions data from NOx (oxides of nitrogen, a pre-curser to smog) on medium- and heavy-duty diesel vehicles in-use starting in the 2022 model year.  It would also require OBD systems to collect and store fuel consumption data that would be used to characterize CO2 emissions on all heavy-duty vehicles in-use.  Storage of similar data for greenhouse gas emissions is already required on light-duty and medium-duty vehicles starting in model year 2019.  The REAL data will be retrieved from the vehicle by plugging a scan tool or data reader into the vehicle.    
Currently, to get a snapshot of how vehicles are performing in terms of emissions, CARB either brings them to laboratories for testing or equips a handful of vehicles with Portable Emissions Measurement Systems (PEMS) equipment to find high emitters on the road.
“REAL will provide the ability to monitor all vehicles for emissions performance, and allow us to spot trouble faster.  Had this program been available sooner, we would likely have recognized widespread, serious problems with manufacturers such as Volkswagen and Cummins much earlier,” said CARB Executive Officer Richard Corey. “California’s vehicle fleet is getting cleaner every year but we still have a lot of work to do to reach our air quality and climate change goals. The REAL program is yet another way to utilize the OBD system and help ensure that engines and vehicles maintain low emissions throughout their full lives.”
The REAL program will require no new technology since it will take advantage of existing sensors to track the necessary data. Older vehicles will not be part of the REAL program and will not require any new equipment.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

CARB approves $483 million funding plan for clean transportation investments

Majority of funding from cap-and-trade proceeds; plan prioritizes investments in disadvantaged and low-income communities

SACRAMENTO —The California Air Resources Board today approved a $483 million plan to fund clean car rebates, zero-emission transit and school buses, clean trucks, and other innovative, clean transportation and mobility pilot projects.

The Fiscal Year 2018-19 Funding Plan for Clean Transportation Incentives, largely funded with cap-and-trade proceeds, is part of California’s comprehensive strategy for improving air quality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector, the state’s largest source of air pollution and climate-changing gases. Of the $483 million total, $455 million comes from the cap-and-trade program; the remainder — $28 million — is from the Air Quality Improvement Program. The funding plan prioritizes investments in disadvantaged and low-income communities.
“This funding will make it possible for many more low-income families to afford the very cleanest cars and take part in new clean transportation options like car-sharing. It will also put more zero-emission buses on our streets, and drive the zero- and near-zero technologies for cleaner trucks throughout the state,” said CARB Vice Chair Sandy Berg. “We simply cannot meet our climate or our clean-air goals without transforming and cleaning up all our cars and trucks with an emphasis on putting these ultra-clean vehicles in the communities that need them the most.”
The plan serves as the blueprint for expending funds appropriated to CARB in budget bills passed this year by the Legislature and signed by the Governor, including $455 million from Cap-and-Trade auction proceeds. The plan establishes priorities for the funding, describes the projects CARB intends to fund, and sets funding targets for each project.

Projects in the FY 2018-19 plan prioritize environmental justice by addressing specific community needs and increasing awareness of, and access to, cleaner transportation and mobility options exceeding the requirements called for under Senate Bill 350. The Board is increasing the target for investment in disadvantaged and low-income communities and households to 50 percent as called for by Assembly Bill 1550.
The funding plan builds upon successes and lessons from previous years’ investments and furthers collaboration across related initiatives such as the AB 617 Community Air Protection Program.
Highlights of the FY 2018-19 Plan include:
  • $200 million for the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP), including increased rebates for low-income consumers. (CVRP promotes clean-vehicle adoption by offering rebates for the purchase or lease of new, eligible zero-emission vehicles, including electric, plug-in hybrid electric and fuel cell vehicles.)
  • $75 million for Transportation Equity Projects, including the Enhanced Fleet Modernization Plus-Up/Clean Cars 4 All Program (incentives for lower-income drivers to scrap and replace older, high-polluting cars with zero- or near-zero-emission cars), Financing Assistance for Lower-Income Consumers, Clean Mobility Options, Agricultural Worker Vanpools, Rural School Bus Pilot Project, and the new Clean Mobility in Schools Project.
  • $180 million for Clean Truck & Bus Vouchers (HVIP and Low NOx Engine Incentives) and the Zero- and Near-Zero Emission Freight Facilities Project.
  • $28.6 million for Air Quality Improvement Program or AQIP-funded heavy-duty vehicle investments, including the Truck Loan Assistance Program and new Diesel Particulate Filter Retrofit Replacements.
Ninety-four percent of funding for the plan, or $455 million, comes from California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of cap-and-trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment — particularly in disadvantaged communities.
Over the past five years, the Legislature has appropriated nearly $1.2 billion for low-carbon transportation projects from the cap-and-trade program. These investments are an essential element in the state’s transition to a low-carbon economy and meeting 2030 GHG emissions reductions targets of 40 percent below 1990 levels.
Funds also come from the Air Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) with an annual budget of about $28 million. AQIP supports CVRP, the Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP), and has been funding demonstrations for advanced emission reduction vehicle technologies since 2009.
By coordinating investment decisions across programs and fostering a comprehensive portfolio through additional sources such as AQIP and Volkswagen mitigation funds, CARB is able to maximize benefits and see transformative clean transportation pilot projects come to fruition in communities across the state. 
Investments demonstrate continued support for emission reduction goals set forth in California's Climate Change Scoping PlanMobile Source StrategyState Implementation PlansSustainable Freight  and Zero-Emission Vehicle Action Plans.

FY 2018-19 Funding Plan

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

California Smog Check Program Areas

California Smog Check Program Areas

The Smog Check Program divides the State into three areas determined by the air quality in the designated area. While the OBD II focused inspection is required statewide for most 2000 model-year and newer vehicles, 1976-1999 model-year vehicles may receive a different inspection, depending on program area.
Generally, the area in which a station is located determines the station license types and the station equipment requirements. A Smog Check is required in all program areas when an affected vehicle changes ownership, with the exception of gasoline vehicles four or less model-years old. A Smog Check is also required in all areas when a vehicle is initially registered in California.
The ZIP Code locator can be used to determine your Smog Check area. The Smog Check Program Area Map provides a view of the California Smog Check Program areas.

Program Areas

All areas of California require Smog Check certifications when a specified model-year vehicle changes ownership or is registered for the first time in California. The Smog Check Program divides the state into the following areas:
Enhanced Areas: These areas do not meet federal or state air quality standards for ozone and carbon monoxide. Biennial Smog Check inspections are required in these areas, in addition to the change of ownership and initial registration inspection requirement. Additionally, a portion of the vehicles in Enhanced Areas must receive their biennial Smog Check at a STAR station. In order to measure NOx emissions, specified model-year vehicles in Enhanced Area are subject to an ASM (Acceleration Simulation Mode) emissions test.
Basic Areas: Basic areas are less polluted then Enhanced Areas; however, due to their marginal air quality, biennial inspections are required. Specified model-year vehicles in Basic Areas require a Smog Check every two years during their registration renewal with DMV. Vehicles registered in a Basic Area must receive a TSI (Two Speed Idle) Smog Check.
Change of Ownership Areas: These more rural areas of the state require Smog Check certification only when an affected vehicle changes ownership (with the exception of gasoline vehicles four or less model-years old), or is initially registered in California. Vehicles within specified model-years registered in the Change of Ownership Areas are subject to Smog Check only upon change of ownership or initial registration in California. Vehicles registered in this area must receive a TSI (Two Speed Idle) Smog Check.

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