This study chronicles the success of the Japanese car in America. Starting with Japan's first gasoline-powered car, the Takuri, it examines early Japanese inventors and automotive conditions in Japan; the arrival of Japanese cars in California in the late 1950s; consumer and media reactions to Japanese manufacturers; what obstacles they faced; initial sales; and how the cars gained popularity through shrewd marketing. Toyota, Honda, Datsun (Nissan), Mazda, Subaru, Isuzu, and Mitsubishi are profiled individually from their origins through the present. An examination follows of the forced cooperation between American and Japanese manufacturers, the present state of the industry in America, and the possible future of this union, most importantly in the race for a more environmentally-sound vehicle.58 The Miata had a 1.6-liter twin-cam engine beneath its hood that gave the car 116 horsepower and 100 ft-lb of torque at 5, 500 rpm. ... The car could scamper to sixty in 8.6 seconds, thanks in part to its slight weight of just over 2, 000 pounds.
|Title||:||Driving from Japan|
|Publisher||:||McFarland - 2005-01-01|