For starters there are a lot of Japanese Car Manufacturers, perhaps the most well know are Toyota, Honda, Mitsubishi, and Subaru. Wikipedia has provided a much longer list, some of which are motorcycle and instrument manufacturers but you get the idea. The major Japanese Automotive groups of today include; Toyota (Lexus & Scion), Honda (Acura), Daihatsu (owned by Toyota), Nissan (Infiniti, Autech & NISMO), Suzuki, Mazda (pronounced matsuda in Japanese), Mitsubishi (literally meaning 3 diamonds), Subaru, Isuzu, Kawasaki (primarily motorcycles), Yamaha (motorcycles, scooters, recreational boats), and Mitsuoka (cars).
I wont go into the history of the Japanese automotive industry, because technically it was there for a few decades, then it collapsed and then it came back after WWII. The US had a hand in creating it in the first place, which was very interesting to know. Just look at the Wiki on Automotive industry in Japan, it's fairly short and has links to each corporation and their subsidiaries.
So, a little background. While I was on my mission in Japan I saw a lot of neat cars. Sadly, not all of those cars are/were available in the US, so you might be scratching your head on a few of my choices. Nevertheless I shall now divulge my top 3 picks.
3. Mazda -I think Mazda's are pretty nice. I like the way they look, they have great acceleration and are over all nice cars. I've never owned one, but If I was given the chance I'd want to get the RX8. Its not a super car, but everyday when I come into work I see one parked outside and it makes me melt with jealousy. Just take a peek at this model. Also there's a new model coming out soon called the RX9, which looks even nicer!
|Some lovely Nissan GTRs|
|Did I mention that Nissan is making an Electric version? Yeah, they totally are.|
Aside from that Toyota as a company is constantly improving their vehicles and adding new features. The Prius is among their best selling cars of course, but their other creations from Lexus and Scion provide a much broader area of aesthetic and functional value to consumers. I know that Lexus is expensive, but compared to Luxury cars from Europe they are a steal! And Scion give us affordable sporty cars with good gas mileage. You might scoff a Scion tC's 4 cylinder engine, but it's designed to be quick. I've been pleasantly surprised with my driving experience in that car over and over again. Anyway, I choose Toyota as number one because they simply are the best there is, Honda is close to taking the lead, but I honestly think that will never happen. Besides, who else would give us beautiful cars like these?
So yeah, that's it. Enjoy life!