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Top 10 All-Time Japanese Cars / For men
Japan’s designers and engineers didn’t invent cars, they redefined them time and time again. A look at the 10 most important cars they’ve produced is long overdue, but is by no means easy to compile. With dozens of deserving vehicles, some great cars and sentimental favorites have to be excluded.
As for the survivors, they’re milestones from their manufacturers. These all-time Japanese cars were (and may still be) influential in and beyond their segment. It’s this impact (not performance, price or total sale) that determined their rank. Each car’s initial model year is listed, and you’ll also see which years are standouts.
Without further hesitation, we’d like to present the top 10 all-time Japanese cars.
10. Toyota Corolla (1966)
For over 40 years, the Toyota Corolla has been a reliable, if unsexy, way to get around. As one of the first cars to justify the need for a sixth number on its odometer, buyers didn’t hesitate when Toyota brought the car to the U.S. in 1968. They made it the No. 2-selling import just two years later – and it didn’t stop there. Corolla was
the world’s best-selling car from 1974 to 1977. With tens of millions of Corollas on the world’s roads, early impressions of the new 2009 model suggest it could be the best yet, making it one of the all-time Japanese cars around.
9. Honda Civic (1973)
The Accord may be Honda’s breadwinner today, but the Civic’s success enabled the company to introduce the bigger model in 1976. What began as not much more than a reinterpreted Austin Mini soon became a legend. All along this all-time Japanese car has stood for comfort, value, refinement, and reliability. Body
styles from wagons to two-seat targas have been made, but the most desirable unmodified car for enthusiasts...
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