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Japanese Car Brands

The automotive industry in Japan is one of the most prominent and largest industries in the world. Japanese automotive manufacturers include Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Mazda, Subaru, Mitsubishi, Suzuki, Isuzu, Daihatsu, and Mitsuoka.

Japanese luxury car brands include Lexus, Acura, Infiniti, Toyota Crown, and Toyota Century.

The Nissan GT-R is the best Japanese sports cars of all time. Mazda MX-5, the world's best selling sports car.

Let's take a look! Which car brands are on the list.

Mass Market Brands

In the mass market, Toyota is undoubtedly the most popular car brand in the United States, followed by Honda, Subaru, and Nissan.

Toyota is the second-largest automobile manufacturer in the world, behind Volkswagen (Germany), based on 2019 unit sales.

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    1937-Present Toyota Mass-Market Cars
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    1948-Present Honda Mass-Market Cars
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    1953-Present Subaru Mass-Market Cars
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    1933-Present Nissan Mass-Market Cars
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    1920-Present Mazda Mass-Market Cars
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    1970-Present Mitsubishi Mass-Market Cars
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    1909-Present Suzuki Economy Cars

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Luxury Car Brands

The Lexus is marketed in more than 70 countries and territories worldwide and has become Japan's largest-selling make of luxury car brand. According to the J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Survey: 2020 Brand Ranking, The most reliable Japanese car brands was Lexus.

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    1983-Present Lexus Luxury Vehicles
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    1986-Present Acura Luxury Vehicles
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    1989-Present Infiniti Luxury Vehicles
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    1955–Present Toyota Crown Luxury Vehicles
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    1968-Present Mitsuoka Luxury Vehicles

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Truck Brands

Hino is a leading producer of medium and heavy-duty diesel trucks in Asia. It is a subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corporation and one of 16 major companies of the Toyota Group.

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    1942-Present Hino Light, Medium and Heavy-duty Trucks, Bus
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    1934-Present Isuzu Medium-duty Trucks (Class 3-6), Bus
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    1935-Present UD Light, Medium and Heavy-duty Trucks
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    1931-Present Datsun Light Trucks, Economy Cars

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Other Brands

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    1984-Present Nissan Nismo High Performance
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    2007-Present Nissan GT-R Sports Cars
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    1907-Present Daihatsu Automobiles, Engines
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    1947-Present Autobacs Automobiles
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    2003-2016 Scion Sport Compact Vehicles

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Largest Car Companies

Rank Company Country
*1 Volkswagen logoVolkswagen Germany
*2 Toyota logoToyota Japan
*3 Daimler logoDaimler Germany
*4 Ford logoFord Motor United States
*5 General Motors logoGeneral Motors United States

Largest Tire Manufacturers

Rank Company Country
*1 Bridgestone logoBridgestone Japan
*2 Michelin logoMichelin France
*3 Goodyear logoGoodyear United States
*4 Continental logoContinental Germany
*5 Sumitomo logoSumitomo Japan