Japanese automakers have ascended the auto industry’s ladder to become some of the most popular and consumer friendly in the whole world.

Younger generations the names Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Mazda, and Subaru are all synonymous with quality cars and are considered as commonplace as microwaves and lawnmowers. All six of these Japanese automakers are staples in everyday life for millions of Americans, as they transport us to and from school and work, down country roads for spirited Saturday drives, and on family road trips to the beach.

The aftermarket and racing communities also tend to be huge supporters of the Japanese automaker.

8. Paul Newman and his kick ass Datsun

In a recent piece on Newman’s history with Nissan, there was a great deal of emphasis placed on his dedication to the Japanese firm and what that meant for the future of the car company here in the states. Seeing an Academy Award-winning actor choose to set his acting career aside for automotive racing was unexpected, but what was even more unexpected was that he chose to dismiss the notion of racing in an iconic piece of American muscle or a European sportscar, and instead brought an under-powered Datsun to the track.

This grabbed the media’s attention immediately, but it wasn’t until Newman had won a multitude of races from behind the wheel of a Nissan that Americans began to consider the automaker a legitimate alternative to racing American or European cars. Newman’s continued dedication the the brand also helped solidify Nissan’s continued investment in the American market, further altering the history of Japanese car sales here in the U.S.

source : myautocars
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