Japan’s Flex to bring its retro Toyotas to US

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Flex Automotive is a Japanese company that specializes in changing present-day Toyotas into a little something resembling earlier generations of the vehicles. The standout is Flex’s Land Cruiser choices which are produced to look like the 60 series Land Cruiser of the 1980s.

Flex calls the converted cars Renocas, a portmanteau of “renovation” and “car.” Flex sees this kind of personalization as a indicates to foster and reinforce the romance involving the automobile and its operator.

Flex was started in 1967 as a vendor network and at present has 50 dealerships across Japan. The retailers work underneath a special strategy where by just about every specializes in a one design, usually the Land Cruiser or Toyota’s Hiace van.

Now Flex is ready to develop to the U.S. and has confirmed San Diego, California, as the spot of its first local shop. The retail store, which will be the very first exterior Japan, is scheduled to open up in the wintertime.

Flex Toyota Land Cruiser conversion

Flex Toyota Land Cruiser conversion

The San Diego retail store will at first provide a pair of Flex’s retro Land Cruisers, but much more additional styles are planned including a retro Tacoma pickup truck becoming created solely for the U.S. market place.

The confirmed Land Cruisers incorporate the Flex 106, which is a 100 series Land Cruiser manufactured to appear like the 60 series, and the Flex Wonder, which is an 80 sequence Land Cruiser also made to look like the 60 series.

The adjustments built to the autos are largely beauty, though relying on the car or truck, Flex can include mechanical updates, this sort of as lifted suspension and off-street wheels and tires. The business also has trim upgrades for the interior.

Pricing for the U.S. market place hasn’t been announced but Flex’s online configurator reveals Japanese pricing setting up from about 3 million yen (approximately $21,900) for most models, not like the cost of the donor vehicle.

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