Posts tagged ‘japanese cars’

June 12, 2013

Japanese Car Names: The Sequel

It’s been over a year since my last post about Japanese car names.

I’d say it’s about time for another post!

Lately I’ve been noticing a lot of cars with Spanish-sounding names. Is this a trend in Japan, I wonder? Or a worldwide trend? It made me think. Off the top of my head, I can think of the Kia Rio, the Nissan Maxima, and the Chevy El Camino in the states. You’ll see what I found in Japan.

Another thing I wanted to mention… In Japan, they definitely market certain cars to women. See here:


But what makes a car a “feminine” car? So-called feminine colors like pink and light blue? Room for kids and shopping bags in the back? A storage box under the seat for baby/kid toys and food? The way they market this car is like… You will become a stylish super-mom if you buy it. If I was a man and saw this advertisement, I would definitely not feel like this car was being marketed to me.

I have to wonder how many guys have bought themselves a pink Honda Life Diva?


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March 7, 2012

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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