10 Japanese cars that were successful

Japanese automakers invaded the American market during the oil crisis of the 1970s. In the beginning, Japanese cars were ridiculed as piles of rubbish. Until then it was clear that Japanese cars were on the same level or even higher than American and European cars. Thus, small Japanese cars began to gain space in the world. Japan introduced and competed in all markets such as oversize cars, sports, luxury, minivan, motorbikes and trucks.

Japan has revolutionized the world of automobiles until today, every year thousands of projects are created, new technologies, as was the announcement of the “mirai” car, powered by hydrogen. So in this article we will see 10 old cars until the maximum of 2012, which had some influence or importance in the car industry. It is worth remembering that we will not mention even the best or the best known, just 10 cars out of the thousands that exist.

1. Toyota Corolla

The Toyota Corolla is the best-selling car in history. Since its introduction in 1966, a Corolla has been sold every 40 seconds (on average). The Corolla has undergone 10 major redesigns over the years.

Toyota corolla 1966 first model

2. Toyota Prius

The Prius was the world's first mass-produced gasoline-electric hybrid car. It was launched in 1997 with a user-friendly design, which revolutionized the automotive industry. Until 2008, the Prius was offered in 70 countries and sold more than 1 million units. The humble Prius became a status symbol that represented concern for the environment. Other Prius drivers were proud of the car's ability to reduce its dependence on foreign oil.

Toyota prius second generatio 2004

3. Mazda RX-7

The Mazda RX-7 it was a sports model produced by the Mazda company between 1978 and 2002. It has a rear-wheel drive and 260 horsepower engine with a maximum speed of 9000 rpm. It was introduced in 1978 with an 1146 cc rotary engine (twin-rotor). It offered sporting performance at a reasonable price. A total of 811,634 cars were produced.

Efini rx 7 aka mazda rx 7

4. Honda Accord

The Honda Accord was the first Japanese car to be manufactured in the United States in 1982. It was the best-selling Japanese car in the USA for 15 consecutive years (1982-1997). The Accord has a longstanding reputation as one of the most reliable cars ever made. Several drivers have broken down to the maximum in their speedometer reaching more than 1,600,000 km.

Honda accord 1976

5. Lexus LS400

The Lexus LS400 was the first Lexus from Toyota to enter the American luxury car market. It was released in 1989 and was an instant success. It's project won awards and innovative customers. Other brands felt threatened, so it ended up stimulating competition, generating innovations around the world.

Lexus ls400

6. Nissan Leaf (leaf)

Nissan was the first to put a fully electric car on the market in 2010. LEAF won numerous awards, including the European car of the year in 2011. (That's because it is Japanese.)

10 Japanese cars that were successful

7. Datsun 240Z

A sport model, popular marketed by Nissan in the USA as the Datsun 240Z from 1970 to 1978. The Datsun 240Z pleased many for its comfort and low cost. Despite his popularity, he started to disappear from the roads in the 1980s.

Datsun 240z

8. Subaru Legacy

Subaro Legacy was created to compete against the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. Its sleek design has won fans among snowboarders, camping enthusiasts and anyone else looking for a cheap AWD model.


9. Honda Civic

A compact and reliable model introduced in 1972 - a year before the oil crisis of the 1970s. Civics are also used for racing. It is a popular family car as well. After several generations the model remains successful today.

1975 honda civic

10. Acura Integra or Honda Integra

A compact Honda coupé, manufactured between 1985 and 2006 worldwide, and to this day it continues to be manufactured in Japan. It has also won numerous awards for best car.
Acura integrates


These were some cars that were successful. It does not mean that they are the best or that they were more successful. Most of those cited had a recognition in the West. There are thousands of car models, and many others in Japanese eyes, for that we will leave a Japanese website for you to enjoy the cars, click here.

This article was written based on a survey made by “Japan talk” with a date of 2012, some information may have changed over the years, but we redid the survey a little, some of the models are the oldest photos.


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