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Japan’s top 8 cars: Toyota Corolla, Mitsubishi Lancer, Honda Civic, more

Thu May 07 2015, 7:43 pm
  • Before World War II, the American and European automobile market was shining like a bright star. However, a couple of decades down the line, the world saw an emerging auto industry making its name in the global market - the Japanese auto industry. Come 80s and 90s and the Japanese auto manufacturers set the world stage on fire with their exceptional sales volumes. The same scenario still continues with the manifold growth of Japan's automakers. So let us have a look at some of the best cars that have been offered to the world, bringing a revolutionary wind in the industry.

    Nissan GT-R: Nissan introduced GT-R in the year 2007 with specific specifications in their minds. Only four master artisans known as ‘Takumi’ in Japan assembles the engine of this larger-than-life all-wheel-drive coupe. Each of the 2+2 seater GT-R engines is assembled by only one artisan thus yielding a different character to every motor. The supercar can perform equally well in a rough rally as it can be vroomed on tracks and at the same time, behave like a caring family car. Though some said that the GTR could not be fitted with adaptive headlights, owing to its fast speed, the company did give the vehicle Adaptive Front Lighting System in its 2014 model.

  • Toyota Corolla: Toyota Corolla is probably the best selling sedan in the world, which is available in India too. Corolla is one such vehicle that has helped Toyota setup a brand name for itself in foreign countries. The first generation Corolla was introduced in the year 1966 and is still going strong with its 11th generation rolling. The company has sold more than 40 million Corollas till date, the highest any car has achieved till date.

  • Honda Civic Type R: Honda’s first generation of Civic Type R was introduced owing to its super iVTEC motor. The 2015 model of the Civic Type R gets a powerful turbo engine. The company compliments itself on producing the most brutal Type R vehicle it has ever produced in its 22-year of history. Honda has packed the new 2015 Type R with super power and masculine styling. Under the hood, the beast comes with a 2.0 litre turbocharged 4-banger engine that churns out 310PS of power at 6500rpm and a peak torque of 400Nm at 2500rpm. The car has made its way to the fastest front-wheel-drive hatchback list on the globe with a lap timing of 7m:50s:63 for the Green Hell, Nürburgring Nordschleife. The concept and soon-to-be-turned production car was showcased at the recently concluded New York Auto Show.

  • Toyota Prius: After Henry Ford’s famous T Model, Toyota’s Prius Hybrid can be counted as the second revolution the Japanese auto market has witnessed. Toyota launched Prius in Japan in the year 1997 when the Americans and Europeans were busy extracting more power from their engines. The Prius remains one of the most selling hybrid cars in the world until date. Countless other rivals such as Honda Insight crossed the path of the Prius but none could survive being the best seller as

    Read full story: Toyota Prius did. The Prius, which started the hybrid revolution in the auto world, is also retailed in India since 2010.

  • Mitsubishi Lancer Evo: Mitsubishi Lancer Evo was first introduced in 1992 and is currently running its 10th edition of the Lance Evo. The vehicle created a history with its big turbo motor set in an all-wheel-drive system. All this set up in a sedan! All the versions of the vehicle have gone through Roman numerical badging. The Lancer Evo, in all its 10 versions, sports a 2.0 litre turbocharged 4-banger engine with an AWD setup. Sadly, the vehicle its breathing its last in the year 2015 with the company rolling out the final Edition of Evo recently, of which only few units will be produced.

  • Mazda Miata: Mazda introduced Miata in the year 1989 and thereby, transformed the world of roadsters. The Miata was introduced as the affordable roadster with modern features that borrowed classic hues from the British roadsters - MGB and Austin-Healey Sprite. Until date, the model remains the world’s bestselling roadster with a massive figure of 940,000 units sold until July 2014. The company announced the fourth generation of the Miata/MX-5 last year and it is already on sale this year.

  • Toyota Mirai: Like Toyotas Prius, world’s first mass-produced Hydrogen vehicle - Mirai seems to bring a Hydrogen revolution in the global auto market. Coming from the same parent Toyota, the Mirai proved to be as competent as its sibling Prius. Mirai, which stands for ‘future’ in Japanese, runs on hydrogen tanks which can cover 300 miles of distance on a single tank of hydrogen. The refuelling of the vehicle takes a mere five minutes and the car emits only water vapour. While the Mirai already runs on the streets of Japan, the Americans will be soon driving it.

  • Subaru Impreza: Subaru Impreza WRX STi is a string runner-famous for its aymmetrical AWD setup and horizontally opposed boxer engines. The car was introduced in the late 90s as a rally specific model for mass production. The horizontally opposed boxers engine are turbo fed adding that extra punch to the vehicle. The vehicle was introduced as a four-seater sedan but its 5-door hatchback is available too. The Subaru was exported to Europe in 2001 while America saw it in 2003.

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