Japanese Cars

All Japanese car brands

Japan has given the automotive industry of the world lots of great, fast and high quality cars. Japanese car designs always took into consideration the root of Japanese culture, its history and aspirations. The takeover of the Japanese brands over the world market started in the 1960’s. Before that, they had few unsuccessful trials, among them the production of Mitsubishi model A based on the Fiat Tipo 3. Isuzu did the same and released another car based on the Italian Fiat Tipo 3. After these two unsuccessful trials, Japan decided to change its direction and started designing cars that were completely different from the well-known European models. They did not want to create anything similar to what was already on the market. Such course completely reversed the performance of the Japanese brands on the market.

Japanese Car Brands

Japanese Car Brands

Soon, Japanese automotive industry surpassed some of the major car producing countries, like Germany, Italy and the US. Their famous brands, for example Toyota, outdid the legendary brands like BMW, Ford, Mercedes Benz, etc. Nowadays, Japanese car industry is focused on creating something even more different and is experimenting with the production of robotic cars. Some of the famous Japanese car brands include Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Mazda, Lexus, Suzuki, Subaru, Mitsubishi and Isuzu. Japan is also the country were the stunning car sport – drift takes its origins from.

Japanese car brands list

Acura

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Daihatsu

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Honda

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Lexus

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Lexus is another famous Japanese car manufacturer and one of the several brands owned by Toyota. Toyota started production of the Lexus in 1989 and produced over 30 models by 2003.  It is incomparable in its class and has produced some of the sleekest super cars in the industry, among them is Lexus LFA. Lexus spend several years and plenty of resources on creating the design of this amazing super car, but the wait was definitely worth it. Its 4.8 L V10 engine silents every drivers with its amazing sound. Lexus LFA is surely one of the best models produced by Lexus. Lexus achieved great success by 2007; by then, it had spread in about 50 countries. Besides its innovative LFA model, the current lineup of the brand includes the IS, LS and RX series. In general, Lexus is known for its dedication and attention to the details.

Mazda

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Mazda is one of those brands that always stays true to its logo. It always tries to create models that will resemble eagle with its ability to “fly”. Mazda presented lots of engineering modifications to the industry. The exquisite designs of Mazda models have always been rather demanded on the market. Mazda released its first car in 1960. It was an 836 lb, 380 kg lightweight “keicar” named the Mazda R360. In the next few years, Mazda released another 5 models including the Cosmo Sports and Mazda 110S. There were only 1,519 Mazda 110S models released and they were all hand made. Mazda has released some important models besides its first Cosmo Sport Mazda RX 7; some of them are Mazda MX 5 and Mazda CX 5. Among notable Mazda cars is also Mazda RX 8, which represented coupes of the new type. It can be looked upon as both coupe and sedan, with 2 front and 2 smaller back doors. Even though it has four doors, the look of Mazda RX 8 is definitely that of a coupe. And its 1.3L 6 port rotary engine was one of the first engines to be used in a car for mass production.

Mitsubishi

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Nissan

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Nissan was formed in 1928 by Yoshisuke Aikawa. The company was originally named Nippon Industries and became abbreviated to “Nissan” during the early 1930s. Nissan has always done a great job at competing with the legendary brands like Ferrari, Aston Martin and other famous brands that are producing super cars. Even though it is not an Italian Brand and is not known for its luxury, Nissan has always been surprising the car enthusiasts. Among Nissan productions are some of the popular sports cars like Prince R 380 I, Prince R 380 II, Prince 381 and Prince 382. Soon after that, Nissan also achieved success with its model Nissan Datsun 240Z, which stood out with its sophisticated beauty. It still is the favorite car of many speed lovers. Nissan also released the world-famous Skyline GT, which has been in the production since 1969. It reached the peak of its production between 1972 and 1977, when over 670,500 models were made. The new Nissan Skyline GT is no less of a sports car than Murciélago R-SV or McLaren MP4-12C. More famous models from Nissan include the Micra/March, Bluebird, Primera, Altima and Almera.

Subaru

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Suzuki

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Toyota

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Toyota is a brand that completely stands out from the other brands on the market. Its cars are famous for their efficiency and outstanding quality. Toyota pickups, and not only pickups, are some of the best makes on the market nowadays. In 2009, Toyota sold over 9 million cars of all types all around the world. But, let’s not forget how Toyota achieved such great success. It was all thanks to winning several Dakar Rallies with various models, including Toyota t100. It should be mentioned that Toyota t100 is part of the Top Gear Car Museum. This Toyota car is super resistant and Jeremy Clarkson did everything to prove it to us. During one of his Top Gear episodes he tried to destroy the car using various ways like exploding, burning and throwing it down. However, the Toyota t100 is simply indestructible and one of the safest cars on the market. Some other models produced by Toyota include the Celica, MR2, Supra, Prius, Avalon, Matrix and Yaris. Toyota was one of the brands that did the best job at revolutionizing their designs. Every single year, they are searching for various innovations to incorporate into their models. It is believed that the name of the brand was originally “Toyoda”, which was later changed to “Toyota”, because it takes 8 strokes to write the name in Japanese script and 8 is a lucky number in Japan.