People may put too much thought into the different car names. Do you know how those cars pick up their names?
This famous car company got its start as NAT Motorcar in 1914. The “DAT” name came from the initials of the 3 founders’ family names. In the meantime, Yoshisuke Aikawa, who is a businessman, founded Nippon Sango (Japan Industries), which is an industrial holding company in 1928. In 1931, the company bought out DAT, and became abbreviated as Nissan.
During the early 1980s, Nissan cars exported out of Japan carry the Datsun badge. But in 1981, executives announced that they’re changing this practice to boost global awareness of the Nissan brand.
Honda got its name from its founder, Soichiro Honda. He was a gifted mechanic who started the Honda Motor Co. Ltd to build small motorcycles in 1946. By the 1960s, it became one of the largest bike manufacturers in the world. It was only in 1963 that Honda introduced its very first production automobile, which is the Honda T360 pickup truck.
Mazda got its name from Ahura Mazda, which is the Zoroastrian god of reason who granted wisdom and has united nature, man and the other gods.
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In 2007, Japanese cars have surpassed the production in the U.S. by 12%, which makes Japan the largest car maker in the world. This happened even with the fact that vehicle sales hit a 20-year low the year before. Indeed, Japan holds plenty of vehicle firsts.
In 1982, Honda’s Accord first came off the assembly line at Ohio. This is actually the first Japanese car built in America. Since 1976, Accord has already imported on the American road.
Did you know that cheap Japanese cars are sold fast, with about 150,000 cars per week through auto auctions? But even with these affordable prices for cars, not all Japanese or residents of Japan have cars. The high cost of gasoline is the main reason for such. Another reason is that paid parking places are very expensive. Most importantly, it is more convenient to use trains and busses as compared to driving a car.
Stratified-charged engines let fuel into the cylinder even before the ignition is turned on. Nobody in the world has actually marketed such engine until Honda did. The rotary-piston engine was also successfully marketed by a Japanese car company.
Gone are the days when there is a high fatality rate from auto accidents in Japan. Car airbags has greatly contributed to the decline. Other contributors include the improved drunken driving education and the stiffer traffic violation penalties.
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