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[ The  Manufacturers ]

Autozam;  Daihatsu;  Honda;  Mazda;  Mitsubishi;  Mitsuoka;  Nissan;  Smart;  Subaru;  Suzuki;  Toyota;  Yamaha.

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1990 – 1994 ) Autozam CarolSuzuki Alto ): m2

1990 – 1994 Autozam Scrum mini MPVSuzuki Carry ): m3

1992 – 1994 Autozam AZ-1 mid-engined sportsSuzuki Cara m4

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The Daihatsu Motor Co Ltd ( ダイハツ工業株式会社 daihatsu-kōgyō-kabushiki-gaisha is the oldest of all the Japanese car manufacturers.  Its headquarters are in Ikeda, Ōsaka Prefecture.  The company is a member of the Mitsubishi UFJ Financial GroupMUFJ ) keiretsu*.

* Akeiretsu‘ ( 系列 ) is a group of companies who all have shares in each other.  This is common practice in Japanese car companies and  helps to limit possible trading fluctuations.

On March 1st 2017, Daihatsu adopted a new group slogan ‘To Light You Up‘ to mark the 110th year of its founding.

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Daihatsu Kei’s include – Cars: The Atrai, Bee, Ceria (Indonesia), Copen, Cuore, Domino, Esse, Gran Max, Fellow, Fellow Max, Max, Mira, Mira Gino, Move, Leeza, Naked, Opti, Sonica, Tanto, Wake& Commercials: The Hijet & Midget l & ll.   The Daihatsu name is a combination of the first *’kanji‘ of Ōsaka in Japanese, which can be pronounced ‘dai‘ and the first kanji of engine manufacture which is ‘hatsu‘ hence ‘Daihatsu‘.

* ‘Kanji‘ are the characters used in written Japanese (of Chinese origin).

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[ The  Copen  automatic  top ]

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Honda Motor Co. Ltd. 本田技研工業株式会社 ) honda-giken-kōgyō-kabushiki-kaisha.

Sōichiro Honda:  im1  Takeo Fujisawa pp35

The Honda company was founded in Hamamatsu, Japan in October 1946 by Sōichiro Honda本田 宗一路 ) 1906 – 1991  and Takeo Fujisawa藤沢 武夫 ) 1910 – 1988  and employs around 200,000 people today.  Soichiro Honda was not interested in traditional education.  His school handed grade reports to the children, but required that they be returned stamped with the family seal, to make sure that a parent had seen it.  Sōichiro created a stamp to forge his family seal out of a used rubber bicycle pedal cover.  The fraud was soon discovered when Honda started to make forged stamps for other children !!

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers ( ASME ) established the Sōichiro Honda Medal in recognition of Honda’s achievements in 1982.  This medal recognises outstanding achievement or significant engineering contributions in the field of personal transportation.  In 1989, he was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame near Detroit.  He was posthumously appointed to the Senior 3rd rank in the order of precedence and appointed a Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun.  Takeo Fujisawa, after his retirement opened an antique shop in Tōkyō.  After his death, he was posthumously appointed to the 4th rank in the order of precedence and decorated with the Order of the Rising Sun 3rd Class.

1963 ) Honda T360 pickup:  m16

1967 ) Honda N360, Honda’s first 2-door hatchback:  m17

1971 Honda Lifem18 ( 1972 Honda Life Step Van: m19

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   Mazda  ( マツダ Image result for mazda badge

Today, Mazda offer badge-engineered Suzuki models. see: Autozam )

 Matsuda Jūjiro ( 松田·重次郎 ):  im2  ( 1875 – 1952 )

Founded the Mazda Motor Corporation.

Mazda AZ-lss43  R360cc125  FlairWagon ):cc126

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   Mitsubishi  ( 三菱 )   Related image

Mitsubishi Motors 三菱 自動車 工業 株式 会社 ) mitsubishi-jidōsha-kōgyō-kk.

  Yataro Iwasaki弥太郎 岩崎 ):  IM3  ( 1835 – 1885 )

Founded the Mitsubishi *Zaibutsu.

He was the great-grandson of a man who had sold his family’s samurai status in obligation of debts.  Iwasaki began his career as an employee of the Tosa clan.  The clan had business interests in many parts of Japan.  The name Mitsubishi is a compound of mitsu (three) and hishi (lit: water chestnut), often used in Japanese to denote a diamond or rhombus.  Its emblem was a combination of the Iwasaki family crest and the oak-leaf crest of the Yamanouchi family, who were leaders of the Tosa clan, which controlled the part of Shikoku where Yataro was born.

* ‘Zaibutsu‘ (lit: financial clique) is a pre-war Japanese type of industrial & financial business conglomerate.

Minica Toppo Van & Saloon 1962 – 2011 kc157 kc158

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my48   光岡 )   Mitsuoka Motors

Mitsuoka Akio ( 光岡 章夫 ): pp37

Representative Director & President of Mitsuoka Motors.

Mitsuoka Susumu 光岡 進 ) Is the Founder & Chairman: pp38

His vision: ‘To create cars that expressed spirit & soul & share them with the world

The BUBU 50 Series:  my60my61my62

( 1998 – 2007 ) Mitsuoka mid-engined 50cc K-1:  my63 my64 

In 2004, a special edition of the MC-1 was produced of which there were 35 examples, they were fitted with a retro Citroen H Van front end & side panels.

The K-2 is based on my65my66 the Messerschmitt TG500: 

K-3:my67 K-4in red, yellow, light & dark blue:  my70

The 1st Generation Mitsuoka Ray is a heavily modified Mazda Carol.  The car started out with 3-doors, however, in 2002 Mitsuoka changed it into a 5-door car.  The price ranges from ¥911,000£5,734 ) to ¥1,359,750£8,553 ).   Mitsuoka described the Ray as ‘Like a dignified and graceful flower‘.  It received mixed reviews, earning a place on the ‘Ugliest Cars in Britain‘ list due to problems with quality and design.   However, it was chosen the most attractive car in Australia !!

(1996Mitsuoka Ray l:  my71 cc127

The Ray ll:  my72my73

The Ray lll  my74my75 resembles the Riley Elf Mk 3:  

2010 – 2012 Mitsuoka Like:  The frontview of Mitsuoka Like (HA3WLDDB).JPG

The ‘Likeis a rebadged Mitsubishi MiEV electric car.  It gets its name from the Japanese word ‘Raiku‘ ( 雷駆 ), which is a combination of the characters for Thunder雷 ) and Drivetrain駆 ).

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[ The Nissan Motor Company Ltd. ]

日産 自動車 株式会社 ) nissan-jidōsha-kabushiki-kaisha.

T h e   N I S S A N   C o – F o u n d e r s . . .

Aikawa Yoshisuke鮎川 義介 )  IM4  ( 1880 – 1967 )

In 1928, Aikawa became president of the Kuhara Mining Company and created a holding company called Nihon Sangyō, or Nissan for short.

Den Kenjiro:  IM5  Co-founder of the Nissan Motor Company.

Den was also one of the founders of the Kaishinsha Motorcar Works in 1914.  The ‘D‘ in the company acronym ‘DAT‘ was originally from ‘Den‘.   Later changed to ‘Dat‘ hence ‘Datsun‘, the company was acquired by the Nissan zaibatsu in the 1930’s.

Gorham William R (Reagon) ( 1888 – 1949 IM6 Nissan Co-founder.

Gorham William R (Reagon) was an American automobile engineer who emigrated to Japan.  Gorham would make substantial contributions to the technology and capability of Japan’s fledgeling automobile industry, and worked with a number of companies that would eventually be merged into the Nissan Motor Company.  In David Halberstam’s 1986 book The Reckoning, Halberstam states – ‘In terms of technology, Gorham was the founder of the Nissan Motor Company‘ and that ‘In 1983, sixty five years after Gorham’s arrival young Nissan engineers who had never met him spoke of him as a god and could describe in detail his years at the company and his many inventions‘.

Hashimoto Masujiropp36 Co-founder of the Nissan Motor Company.

Takeuchi Meitaro & Aoyama Rokuro were also co-founder’s of the Nissan Motor Company.

 

Nissan only sell badge-engineered Mitsubishi & Suzuki models.

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Smart スマート ) offered a ‘kei‘ version of its Fortwo called the ‘Smart K‘ in Japan at Yanase dealerships from 2001 – 2004, with specially developed rear fenders, reduced tyre dimensions and track width, to conform to kei-car standards.

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スバル )   Subaru Corporate Headquarters Tōkyō:

Subaru is a division of Fuji Heavy Industries . . .

. . . and was founded on July 15th 1953 by ‘Chikuhei Nakajima‘: IM7

Subaru is the Japanese name for the Pleiades star cluster ‘aka’ The 7 Sisters.  It is also a reference to the number of companies that merged to form the company.  There are only 6 stars on the badge, because traditionally one of the stars is invisible.

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The 2G Stella is a re-badged Daihatsu Movemy109

Shinroku Momose 晋六 百瀬 ) 1919 – 1997:  pp39  Designed the Subaru Sambar.

He was inducted into the Japan Automotive Hall of Fame in 2004.

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The Suzuki Motor Corporation スズキ株式会社 ) suzuki-kabu-shiki-kaisha.

The Suzuki Headquarters in Hamamatsukc160

Michio Suzuki:  IM9 Osamu Suzuki IM10

Suzuki Motors was started by Michio Suzuki in 1954 and its current Chairman & CEO is Osamu Suzuki, the 4th adopted son-in-law in a row to run the company.

The Suzulight Sedan was the first production car to be made in (1955)kc161

Suzulight Carry trucks & vans were the first to use the ‘Carry‘ name and are still in use today.

Current kei-cars include the Alto: kc162  Lapin: kc163

Palette kc164  Wagon Rkc165  Every: kc167

Jimny:  kc168  & Carry: kc169

Previous models: Capuccinokc170  Cervokc171

Fronte:  kc172  Keikc173

Mighty Boykc174  & Twinkc175

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The Toyota Motor Corporation トヨタ自動車 株式会社 ) toyota-jidōsha-kabushiki-kaisha.

IM8  The Toyota company was founded by ‘Kiichiro Toyoda‘ ( 豊田 喜一郎 ) in 1937.

Toyoda the family name was changed to Toyota as it sounded better, and its 8-stroke count in Japanese is associated with wealth & good fortune.

The Toyota Pixis Mega is a badge-engineered Daihatsu Wake: Daihatsu WAKE G "SA" (LA700S) front.JPG

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The Yamaha Motor Company Ltd. ( ヤマハ発動機 株式会社 ) yamaha-hatsudōki-kabushiki-gaisha.

YM Mobilemates, a branch of the Yamaha Motor Company, announced the production of the Ami, a micro-coupé with a Ferrari F40 inspired design.  The Ami was actually  a Daihatsu Opti variant with a dummy mid-engine design body.

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Only 3 were ever made out of a projected 600 !!

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