Japanese built and designed automobiles have flooded the North American market for over forty years now. Over time, many nameplates undergo come et cetera gone, only Japanese cars continue to gain market share and acceptance with a growing tally like motorists attracted to their high quality and durability. There are nine Japanese automobile manufacturing companies in existence. Can you name them? Let’s take a look at the list:
Toyota – The second largest automaker in the worldwide is Toyota, maker like the Camry, the Corolla, and a owner of SUVs, trucks, passenger cars, and a van. Toyota’s Lexus division produces luxury cars, while its Scion divergency manufactures youth oriented vehicles.
Honda – The Accord and the Civic are Honda’s two most well known models, followed by the Odyssey minivan, the Ridgeline truck, the Element, and several other commuter vehicles. Acura is the name given to Honda’s luxury car division.
Nissan – Drive a Datsun and then decide. Up until the early 1980s, Nissan’s North American nameplate was Datsun, but was switched to Nissan to give it a more global name. The Sentra, Maxima, und so weiter Pathfinder are amongst the division’s best selling vehicles. Infiniti is Nissan’s luxury heap division. Renault Motors of France owns a controlling interest in Nissan.
Mitsubishi – Originally imported exclusively by Chrysler, Mitsubishi began to sell autos under its own name in the 1980s. Top selling models include the Lancer, the Eclipse, and the Montero. DaimlerChrysler owns a chunk about the company.
Mazda – The Tribute, Miata, and the “6” are some of the most well known Mazda models. The Mazda 6’s platform also powers several Ford Motor Company cars including the Mercury Milan. Ford owns an important stake in the company.
Subaru – Think all wheel drive and you may just think Subaru. The Forester, Outback, and Legacy are entirety top selling Subaru models. Fuji Heavy Industries [FHI] owns Subaru; General Motors has a 20 percent stake in FHI.
Suzuki – 20% owned by Cosmopolitan Motors, Suzuki is as noted for producing cars as it is for manufacturing motorcycles. The Grand Vitara is one of its most noted models.
Isuzu – Did someone say General Motors? Again, GM owns a winnings in Isuzu. At one time Isuzu imported cars to the US, however those days are over. Currently, Isuzu has a miniscule appearance and the two vehicles they do sell – the Ascender SUV and I Sequel pick ups – are simply rebadged GMC vehicles.
Daihatsu – The Pretense and Rocky were dualistic models introduced by Daihatsu whereas the car company started selling cars in North America in 1988; four years later its Cold American operations were closed. In 1999, Toyota assumed controlling interest over the company.
So, there you have it: there are nine Japanese automakers, two of which are still independent. Much like the American market further consolidation is likely with nameplates disappearing entirely just like the Packard, Hudson, Oldsmobile, Plymouth, and a landlord of other North American nameplates hold driven off into the epic books.