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  • Honda/Acura
    Honda's are vehicles that typically have well planned designs, offer excellent handling, and such vehicles have excellence in terms of safety implementations and fuel efficiency. Honda is a company that was established by Soichiro Honda in 1948 and at first, the company's primary focus was the manufacturing of motorbikes. Later the company would move on to manufacture high quality automobiles during the 1960s, ideal for racing, and in the 70's the U.S. saw the first imported Honda ready for American roads: the N600. Even later, Honda began the production of its extremely popular Civic and in the later 70s the Accord started production. Honda continued to expand as the Civic and the Accord became increasingly popular, and now the company creates an entire line up of vehicles including sports utility vehicles, hybrids, minivans, and trucks. The headquarters for Honda is situated in Tokyo, Japan and the company earned revenue of more than 90 billion dollars in 2006.

    The growth of the Acura luxury line throughout the world has been due to its involvement in auto car racing. The arrival of the Japanese luxury line in 1986 was the idea of Honda business executives who wanted to add a new line of sedans in the American market. Car racing experts and hobbyists who tinker with cars found this line's offerings to be the right vehicles for their needs. The competitive pricing, front wheel drive and safety measures make Acura a natural choice for the racing world. The line's mixture of sportiness and luxury has been put to the test at the grueling 24 Hours of Daytona in Florida. Racers with the International Motor Sports Association GT series have used coupes to compete against the best in the world. This subsidiary of Honda has stuck to their traditional V6 engine and added aerodynamic vehicle bodies to increase fuel efficiency while maintaining their reputation for luxury.
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    09 Feb 2010, 20:39
  • Mitsubishi
    Mitsubishi Motors is part of a larger Japanese conglomerate of corporations in a wide variety of fields, and has been involved in automotive manufacture since it produced the first series manufactured automobile in Japan in 1917. It is now the fifth largest Japanese automotive manufacturer and the thirteenth largest worldwide. While Mitsubishi has struggled with manufacturing problems and financial issues in the fairly recent past, it has a long history of developing profitable alliances with other automotive manufacturers around the world, including Chrysler, Volvo and Hyundai. Today, a variety of models, including a sports car, a sedan, a crossover SUV (or XUV) and a SUV are in the product lineup. These include the Eclipse, the Galant, the Outlander and the Endeavor. The trademark Mitsubishi emblem consists of three red diamonds, and predates the automotive division of the company by nearly a century after being chosen by the original founder of the Japanese conglomerate.
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  • Subaru
    A Japanese car company from the automotive division of Fuji Heavy Industries Company Limited, Subaru is unlike other car companies - it is not named after its founder. Instead, Subaru is named after a Japanese word that means unite, as well as for the Pleiades (the Seven Sisters) group of stars, which shows six stars to the naked eye, with one being much brighter. The Subaru logo is exactly that, five small stars with one larger star, which lends itself to the formation of Fuji Heavy Industries. Before the Second World War, Fuji Heavy Industries was known as Nakajima Aircraft. When the war was over, the company split into 15 companies. In the 50s, five of the original companies combined as a transportation company - Fuji Heavy Industries. They adopted the Pleiades star sign as their logo as a symbol of their convergence. Subaru vehicles are known for high performance and for the turbocharged cars.
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  • Mazda
    Mazda, a Japanese based automobile company was founded originally in 1920 as a machine tool manufacturer. The changeover to cars began in 1931 and has been the main product except during the WWII. After the war the car was again the product and the company began a career of success and also hard times. Some of the difficulties were resolved when Ford motor company became a significant player within the management of the company. When Ford became the controlling stockholder the company began a long climb to a place of prosperity. After a start and fall back period for the company, the climb came to fruition in 2006 when the sales were 1.25 million cars world wide. The automobile business is a fickle business with a specific car popular for one or two years and then losing its popularity. Mazda has had more than its share of the rise and fall of popularity.
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  • Nissan/Infinity/Datsun
    Nissan is the third largest Japanese automotive manufacturer and a significant rival to major American car manufacturers. The company began as Datsun in 1914, and first claimed its current name in 1932, as a manufacturer of trucks, engines and planes for the Japanese military. Under the name Datsun, the company offered small, fuel efficient affordable cars to many markets, including the United States, from the 1950's onward. Successful alliances with Austin Motors, Prince Motors, and today, Renault Motors have aided the growth and development of this major automotive power. After a downturn in business, Nissan is growing and thriving currently, producing both the standard line of cars, trucks, and SUVs as well as the powerful and luxurious Infiniti line. With a wide range of offerings, the newly allied company has mechanically sound, well made and fuel efficient vehicles available in a varied price range, meeting consumer demands for both style and function.

    The Infiniti range of luxury cars and sport utility vehicles (SUV) were introduced in the United States by Nissan in 1989 to rival other Japanese brand presence in the United States. The brand's Q45 sedan proved popular with its four-wheel steer and an active suspension system, a first in an automobile. In 1997, Infiniti unveiled a luxurious mid-size SUV with off-road ability, the first non-SUV specialist brand to do so. After this, financial woes beset Nissan, which saw a drop in sales of Infiniti vehicles. Switching its efforts to building a range of impressive luxury automobiles, Infiniti rolled out the G35 entry-level luxury car/compact executive car to increased sales in 2003. Infiniti's current range includes compact executive two-door coupes/four-door sedans with four-wheel steering; mid-size luxury/executive cars; mid-size luxury crossover SUVs, and full-size luxury SUVs, all of which have a logo that draws inspiration from Mount Fuji in Japan. Nissan's current headquarters is in Tokyo, Japan.
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    07 Mar 2010, 09:04
  • Suzuki
    Multinational Japanese car manufacturer Suzuki has 15 automotive manufacturing plants in 14 countries. Offering a wide variety of vehicles, especially Keicars and small SUVs, Suzuki's montage of vehicles extends beyond into motorcycles, ATVs and more. The Suzuki Loom Company was founded in 1909 by Michio Suzuki, which built silk weaving looms for the booming industry in Japan. With 120 patents and model rights for his looms, Suzuki began to look for ways to expand his company. In 1937, nearly 30 years after his first business was born, he began to make innovative prototype small vehicles. Everything ground to a halt during the Second World War, but after the war was over, Suzuki began experimenting again. He created the Power Free - a motorized bicycle. With that, the Suzuki Motor Corporation was born. Today, Suzuki vehicles can be seen everywhere, primarily SUVs and motorcycles with many small, efficient cars in the mix as well.
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  • Toyota/Lexus/Scion
    The Toyota Motor Corporation is the largest automaker by sales revenue in the world. The Toyota Motor Corporation has a half-owned subsidiary company, Daihatsu, and is both a part of the Toyota Group, of which Lexus and Scion auto manufacturers are also a part. The Toyota Group contains 522 subsidiary companies. Toyota was founded by Kiichiro Toyoda in 1937 as a spin off from his father's textile company. The new company that Kiichiro created aimed at making automobiles. The first Type A engine from Toyota was created in 1934 and the first passenger car in 1935, before the company went on its own. The company is headquartered in Toyota, Aichi, Japan. Toyota is primarily known for its vehicles, it also creates robots and still makes looms as the original company did. Toyota leads the way in the automotive industry, surpassing General Motors in sales figures.

    In 1983, Eiji Toyoda posed this question to his top executives, "Could we manufacture a car to challenge the world's best luxury model?" The company wanted to develop a luxury car to expand their product line in an upscale market. After an extensive development process, which included designers, engineers, technicians, prototypes, and over a billion dollars in cost, the Lexus was introduced in 1989 in the U.S. The first model manufactured had a 4.0-liter engine with rear wheel drive. The company now offers a variety of compact/mid-size sedans, convertibles, SUV's, and hybrids. All vehicles must pass an "IDEAL" philosophy that stands for Impressive, Dynamic, Elegant, Advanced, and Lasting, a series of stringent quality control tests before they are released. Known for its ergonomic interiors, aerodynamics, fuel economy, and value, it quickly achieved the status of top selling luxury import in the U.S. Available now in over 40 countries, Lexus continues to rank high in dealership service, customer satisfaction, and reliability surveys worldwide.

    Scion is a relatively new brand of car, dating back to only 2003 as Toyota worked to bring newer, younger buyers to the Toyota brand. The vehicles began their rollout in California, then to the South and toward the east coast, becoming nationally available in 2004, coinciding with the release of the 2005 models of cars. Scion cars, like Saturn's are sold at list price, known as "pure price" to this particular manufacturer. The stated price is intended to shrink negotiation time for the impatient members of Generation Y, and to bring down the hassle and negotiation aspects of car buying to make the process more accessible to younger people. Another successful marketing strategy of the Scion involves limited edition cars with full options and accessories in often loud or bright hues to attract youngsters.
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    31 Jan 2010, 11:31
  • Isuzu
    The Isuzu story began in 1918 when Tokyo Ishikawajima Shipbuilding & Engineering Company (TISEC) produced the first Japanese truck with Tokyo Gas & Electric Industrial Company. TISEC experienced several mergers and divestitures before establishing itself as Isuzu Motors Limited in 1949 and making a name as a major heavy-duty trucks manufacturer. In 1959, it produced the world's first two-ton light-duty forward-control truck. In 1971, Isuzu inked an agreement with General Motors Corporation to jointly manufacture vehicles in the United States, before establishing American Isuzu Motors Inc. (AIMI) in 1980. AIMI began selling Isuzu vehicles in the United States from 1981 and in 1992 became the first import manufacturer of vehicles in the mini, compact and full-size segments on the expanding sport utility market. In 2004, AIMI merged with Isuzu Motors America Inc., becoming the United States distributor of Isuzu light vehicles and diesel engines. With its headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, Isuzu's range includes small to medium compact automobiles, and medium to large duty commercial trucks.
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