Japanese Car Names

My family has had quite a few Japanese cars that I can remember: The Toyota Landcruiser, Toyota Camry, Nissan Murano, to name a few. We had a Honda in Singapore, I think, but I can’t seem to remember the name. In 2009 I was able to buy my first car, a Honda Civic. That Civic quickly became my favorite little car in the world and I could fit all my worldly possessions inside it (for my move to Texas).

See Specimen A, 2007 Honda Civic EX with hopeful 18 year-old Stacy-face:


But, moving on.

Those car names up there don’t seem too odd, do they? Landcruiser. Camry. Murano. Civic. Pretty normal. Other Japanese cars in America have pretty normal names too, like Corolla, Prius, CR-V, Pilot, Odyssey… Just off the top of my head. None of those really strike me as odd or funny.

But in Japan, I find Japanese car names absolutely hilarious. I tend to take pictures of them wherever I go and now I have built up quite a little collection.

Before that, here are the cars I that I was not able to see or photograph… but wish I had:

Isuzu GIGA 20 Light Dump
Isuzu Mysterious Utility Wizard
Honda Life Dunk
Honda That’s
Mitsubishi MUM 500 Shall We Join Us?
Mitsubishi Chariot Grandio Super Exceed
Mitsubishi Guts
Yamaha Pantryboy Supreme
Nissan Elgrand Homy
Daihatsu Charade Social Poze

Haven’t you always wanted a Izuzu Mysterious Utility Wizard? Or a Pantryboy Supreme to get you to where you need to go? I am always a pedestrian/bike rider, so I probably have too much time to catch the amazingly ridiculous names on the backs of these cars.

Without further delay, the cars!

I once saw an old woman driving a Honda Life Diva: I would buy a Honda Vamos Turbo
based on the name alone.
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I see the Daihatsu Esse all the time. Literally Spanish for “that” or “that one,” but it can also be slang to refer to a male like “dude” or something. The Toyota Rush says that you are in a rush to get anywhere! That is certainly not Japanese-style.
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Nissan Moco, meaning “booger” in Spanish: Daihatsu Naked. Enough said.
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I’m Toyota Freed! I can go anywhere! The Nissan Serena always reminds me of Sailor Moon, no matter what.
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Ouch. Suzuki Stingray WagonR Toyota Freed Spike
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Honda Life gets your life into gear! Toyota Succeed. Is buying this car a sign that I have succeeded?
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And lastly, the Honda Zest. Who wouldn’t want a little Zest in their life?



So, sportsfans, which car would you like?


5 Responses to “Japanese Car Names”

  1. Definitely the VAMOS! Also like the NAKED! Too funny, Stacy! Thanks for lightening up my day!

  2. Either Rush or Zest. Vamos is pretty good, too!

    I would also drive Naked someday. I mean, A Naked. HUH.


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