How Much Do You Know About Japanese Auto Manufacturers?

By: Annette Parks
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About This Quiz

They make some of the most efficient and safe cars in the world, but how much do you know about Japanese auto manufacturers? Fancy and fun, their cars revolutionize the industry, and now we're going to test your familiarity! So pour a cup of green tea and let's get started.

What was the first Japanese car in the U.S.?

The first Japanese car in the U.S. was the Toyopet Crown Custom Sedan. And this didn't arrive till 1959!

Which of these is a top Japanese brand?

These are all in the top 5 Japanese brands. The list is rounded out by Mitsubishi and Mazda.

Which is true about Asian cars?

Some Japanese brands are actually made in the USA! This includes Toyota, which employs many U.S. workers.

Why do we like Japanese cars?

American consumers love Japanese cars because they have these characteristics and so much more. Not only that, they have some pretty interesting and innovative features as well.

Which of these is a popular place for Japanese cars?

Japanese cars do really well at auto auctions. In fact, in terms of cheap Japanese cars, there are 150,000 sold per week at auction.

Which was the first Asian automaker to manufacture cars in the U.S.?

Honda was the first Asian automaker to begin production in the States, with the Honda Accord. The year was 1982.

Which is true about Japanese cars?

Thieves love Japanese cars, especially Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. These cars are in high demand for their parts on the black market.

What are the hallmarks of a Japanese car?

Japanese cars are known for being small in size and fuel efficient. That's why people love them so much.

Japan is currently what?

Japan is currently the world's third largest auto producer, behind China and the U.S.

What continues to be the #1 selling car in America?

The Toyota Camry is continually the best selling car in America. It has won the sales crown for many years in a row.

Which Japanese car manufacturer %0Dstarted out by making looms?

Toyota began by making automated looms. Founder Sakichi Toyoda received a patent for his first loom in 1891, at the age of 24.

Which of these manufacturers makes cars in the U.S.?

All these manufacturers make cars in the U.S.. Some of them even make cars in Mexico!

Driving in Japan is ________?

Driving in Japan is quite expensive. For this reason, many people don't have cars. It seems ironic, doesn't it?

Which do consumers like for its longevity?

Toyota is the most famous in terms of longevity. It is said that 80% of the cars that were built 20 years ago can still run great!

Besides the U.S., where else are Japanese cars popular?

Japanese cars are re-sold in underdeveloped countries. They are welcome in these countries because they're affordable and reliable.

By the mid-2000s, what design shift did we see in Japanese cars?

European design influences started in the mid-2000s. This was to appeal to the more luxury European market.

What's another reason fewer people drive in Japan?

Because Japan has such a remarkable train system, there's no reason to drive. Most people take a train to work.

In what year did Scion begin production?

Scion, a sub-brand of Toyota, began production in 2002. The last Scion was built in the 2016 model year.

As Detroit was facing crisis, what did the Michigan governor do?

Governor Jennifer Granholm went all the way to Japan to speak to Toyota. She said she would welcome a Toyota plant in Detroit.

What is an advantage of driving a Kei car in Japan?

Kei cars are very small, with yellow license plates. The engine has to be less than 660cc. Owners get tax breaks and pay lower tolls.

Who is making Japanese look-alike cars?

Leave it to China to make Japanese look-alikes. Take for instance the NiSSAi. It's like a fake Chanel handbag.

What Japanese car reached 1,000,000 miles?

There was a Honda Accord that reached 1,000,000 miles. Granted, the engine was rebuilt once. But that's still quite an accomplishment.

What's the safest car for pets?

The Subaru Tribeca is said to be the safest car for pets. But Subaru, in general, is very pet-friendly.

In Japan, what is the meaning of a yellow and green symbol on a car?

The yellow and green symbol, known as a Wakaba mark, alerts others that the driver of a car is new to the road. Seems like a good idea!

What revolutionized Japanese cars in 2002, 2003 and 2004?

The whopping diesel engines gave a real boost to sales in the early 2000s. Honda, Nissan, and Toyota all had success in this regard.

Where are racing cars manufactured in Japan?

Dome means "a child's dream" and it's where racing cars are made! Dome produces cars for Formula One and Prototype racing.

When did Honda begin making automobiles?

Their first car was the T360 pickup. Soichiro Honda was once an employee of Toyota.

Where did Isuzu come from?

Isuzu was originally a joint venture between Tokyo Shipbuilding​ and Tokyo Gas and Electric. It was started in 1916, and now is owned by GM.

Where did Mazda get its name?

The Zoroastrian god of wisdom is named Mazda! The auto manufacturer went into business in 1920.

Who manufactured the lightweight A6M2 fighter planes that attacked Pearl Harbor​?

It's not pleasant to think about, but Mitsubishi made the planes that attacked Pearl Harbor. In their defense, they make very friendly cars now.

Why was Mitsuoka popular in the '60s?

Mitsuoka was popular in the '60s for making sports cars. These were modeled after Jaguars and Aston Martins.

What did Nissan start out as?

Nissan began as Datsun in 1914. The DAT came from three investors - Den, Aoyama and Takeuchi.

Who is the world leader in hybrid cars?

Toyota is currently the world leader in hybrid cars. There were roughly 1,700,000 hybrid Toyotas on the road in 2014.

How many major Toyota production plants are on U.S. soil?

There are a whopping 5 production plants! That means they're giving a lot of honest jobs to U.S. workers. Go Toyota!

Which is true about vintage cars in Japan?

Vintage and old cars are seriously expensive in Japan. No one wants them! You're actually taxed for owning an old car.

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