In a word, immaculate. Cars, trucks and buses are all immaculately turned out. First sight was a line of Prius α (aka Prius V) taxis at Kansai Airport, the first of which received further cleaning attention from its driver. They were fitted with steel wheels with hub caps, as for the S “L Selection”.
Lots of Prii of every series. Including PHV (plug-in) and both NHW10 and NHW11 series 1 and Prius Aqua (Prius c). In fact, I was watching a line of 8 cars drive by and 6 were hybrid: Prius, Prius Aqua, Lexus CT, Toyota Sai, Toyota Crown Royal Hybrid, Camry Hybrid.
At the other end of the scale, in Motomachi near our hotel I saw a Lexus RX570 in left-hand drive (!), blinged out to match the Escalade parked next to it. Someone had gone to a lot of trouble to get that car. The term “coals to Newcastle” is quite apposite.
EV are not uncommon, such as the iMiEV I saw being chased past Sannomiya. I caught the obvious shape of a Nissan Leaf from the corner of my eye while waiting for a train.
A surprising number of Jaguars.
Several brand now offer start-stop engines to reduce idling.
Petrol is about Y155 for regular or Y165 for high-octane, which to some residents of Sydney is a bargain. And as usual everyone was travelling at 20-25 over the 80 speed limit, and as far as I could see, no one died instantaneously. There were three tolls (or four if you count TOLL Transport’s facility on the river) between the Airport and Kobe. I lost count of the driving ranges. It was a bit early so no street-legal racing cars to report.
And I spotted a Mitsuoka Viewt outside Okubo Railway station. Not sure whether to admire or despise that car.