JDM means the vehicle, option, part, or accessory is manufactured for the cars sold in Japan. These usually differ from those parts that are made for the US market (USDM) by design, function, aesthetics. These parts are therefore rarely found on US vehicles.
If you noticed the logo on the front grille, it's not the standard Toyota logo. This is the Netz logo (Japanese dealership for Toyota). The other visible difference is that there is a kerb mirror on the left side.
Flint Mica is basically a dark grey base coat with a LOT of "mica" or what used to be called "pearl coat" in the first few clear coat layers. It is usually applied in 3 layers. -base -pearl/mica -clear ... this is from my years as an autobody painter, so things may have changed since then.
This layer of mica allows the paint to reflect all of the colours in a specific wavelength from the mica in the sun, and appear simply grey, in the shade.
I have the Flint Mica on my sport model and I love the way it "sparkles" in the sun! 8)
Great looking car, looks almost the same as the RAV4 Iâ€™m going to get in June.
Why almost?!? In Europe we donâ€™t have a Sport version. The only version with the 18â€ alloy wheels is the high-end diesel version. And even then itâ€™s only an option if you order them with run-flat tires. Of course itâ€™s possible to order these wheels but they are only available in a run-flat configuration which is incompatible with the petrol version I ordered (no tire pressure warning system).
I see your RAV4 has a spare-tire on the back door, so Iâ€™m guessing you donâ€™t have run-flat tires on your car. Is it possible for you to find out what the part number is for the 18â€ OEM wheels? I would greatly appreciate it.
- Jack -
P.S. Congratulations with the new RAV4 and hopefully a lot of happy and save miles (kilometres) with it.