Can You Name All of These JDM Cars from a Photo?


By: Robin Tyler

7 Min Quiz

Image: Tennen-Gas/Alexander Migl via Wiki Commons

About This Quiz

What's not to love about Japanese cars?

Since the late 1950s, car makers such as Toyota, Subaru, Nissan, and Mazda have produced some amazing models.

The auto industry in Japan rose out of the ashes of a nation heavily defeated in World War II. Many of these companies had helped with the war effort and now turned their attention toward peacetime activities. As with most things in Japan, they certainly made a massive success of it.

Japanese cars started out small but soon, larger models were not only appearing on the streets of the country but were also being exported. That doesn't mean the small city class car disappeared. In fact, the Kei cars, as they are known today, continue to thrive. And some are truly bizarre looking. One thing you can be sure of, they are never boring. This is one class of car that is mostly found only in Japan. Not many Kei car models are exported.

That's just one type of vehicle you will find in the Japanese domestic car market.

There are many others and in this quiz, we will test your knowledge of both their names and their makers. Do you think you have what it takes to come out on top?

Good luck!

An easy one to start. Name this stalwart of the Japanese domestic car market, please.

Known for its incredible handling and punchy performance, the Subaru Impreza was first introduced to the Japanese market in 1992. This car is now in its fifth generation and remains an excellent seller worldwide.


Tell us the name of this vehicle, please.

And a cube it is! One of the oddest looking vehicles on the road, the Cube was released by Nissan for sale in Japan in 1998. After a decade, it was made available in both the European and U.S. markets.


The vehicle in this image is a stalwart of the Japanese domestic market. It is a _______.

Since 2012, the Honda Civic has sold more than 1.6 million units in the United States alone. The Civic brand was first introduced by the Japanese automaker in 1972 in the subcompact car bracket. From 2000, however, the Civic has competed in the compact car class.


A true Japanese performance sedan but can you name it?

The Evo saw the light of day in the early 1990s. This sports sedan featured front engined four-wheel drive. Not only quick, the Evo handled like a dream as well. Six different generations were produced in the 1990s.


A true classic, this much-loved​ sports car is revered in Japanese auto folklore.

Also known as the Honda NSX, this 2-door sports car became very popular in the United States. Former F1 champion Ayrton Senna even had input into its design.


What a car! Can you name this unbelievable performance sedan from a single image?

One of the finest sports cars on the planet, the Nissan GT-R is not only fast but it handles incredibly! This is a real racer, so don't expect a daily driver here, unless you want to get to your destination quickly. The current generation GT-R was introduced in 2007 and is a following of the Skyline GT-R. It is powered by a 3.8 L twin-turbo V6 engine.


A truly beautiful sports car. Can you name it?

A sports car from Lexus, the LFA was produced for just a two-year period from 2010 to 2012. It was one of the most expensive cars offered by the brand and only 500 were built. The LFA was powered by a 4.8-liter V10 capable of producing 552 brake horsepower.


A classic beauty, name this Japanese vehicle, please.

Manufactured under license by Yamaha, the 2000GT sports car was a model offered by Toyota between 1967 and 1970. Essentially, this was the first supercar built by a Japanese firm. The 2000GT was powered by a 2.0-liter straight six engine capable of producing 150 brake horsepower. Only 351 were built.


Name this Japanese vehicle that seems to have been around forever.

The 323, also known as the Familia in Japan, was a small compact car marketed by Mazda for 40 years from 1963. All in all, the Familia included eight generations, each with a range of body styles, including wagons, hatchbacks, and sedans.


Identify this vehicle, please.

This two-door, two-seater sports car was first marketed by Nissan in 2009. The 370Z is a model found worldwide, but in Japan, it holds the Fairlady name. This badge goes back to the late '60s when Nissan introduced its first sportscars. The 370Z is available as both a roadster and coupe.


Any idea what vehicle is shown in this image?

This 2-door roadster was part of the Honda model range from 1999 to 2009. During this time, two generations were produced with around 110,000 sold in the U.S., Japan, U.K., ​and Canada over a 10-year period.


Name this vehicle which forms part of the Japanese domestic market.

The Swift is a roadcar produced by Suzuki. It is powered by a 1.6-liter engine.


Name this station wagon sold in Japan, please.

This mid-sized station wagon forms part of the Saburu fleet since 2014. The top of the range model is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol engine. The Levorg is sold in Japan as well as in Europe.


First released in 1997, this compact SUV is a ______.

A compact SUV, the Honda CR-V first hit the road in Japan in 1997. The fifth generation is currently one of the best-selling models in the United States with more than 357,000 sold in 2016 alone. Honda recently opened a factory in Greensburg, Indiana, that produces the CR-V for the American market.


What a stunner! Name it, please.

Produced between 2006 and 2014, the Mitsuoka Orochi is a sports car that was available in Japan as a 2-door coupe or convertible. It is powered by a 3.3-liter Toyota V6


Any idea as to the maker and name of this Kei car?

This funky looking Kei-class vehicle was first introduced by Subaru in 2005 and continued in production till 2010. Essentially, this is a two-door version of Subaru's R2, which is powered by one of three 650cc engines, one of which is supercharged.


Are you able to tell us what this vehicle is?

Also known as the Pajero in parts of the world, this Mitsubishi model has an excellent off-road pedigree and won the Paris-Dakar rally in 1985, its third attempt. The current models are powered by a range of power plants, including a 3.8 Liter V6.


Can you name this Japanese truck?

Built by a lesser-known Japanese manufacturer, the Hijet is a larger pickup truck built for transporting materials or goods. It descends from the Kei line of trucks first built by Daihatsu in the 1960s. Daihatsu even introduced a hybrid version in 2003 that was 30 percent more fuel efficient


Name this vehicle that appears in the super-mini vehicle category, please.

Known as the Micra in the rest of the world, the March was first released by Nissan in Japan in 1982. It features in the super-mini car segment and is currently in its fifth generation.


A classic performance sedan from the '90s. Can you name it?

Wanted to own a supercar but thought you never had enough money? Well, in the '90s, thinking outside the box would net you the 3000GT VR4. Not only a good looker, the VR4 pushed out some awesome performance numbers at a fraction of the cost of other supercars.


This vehicle is a _________.

Sold mostly in Japan but also in some Asian countries, the Biante, built from 2004 is an 8-seater, large MPV. It offers three engine options, one of which is based on the Mazda's Skyactive Technology which provides increased fuel consumption and reduced emissions. Only a hanfdful of countries feature the Biante, with Indonesia the first.


This 4-door car competes in the compact segment and is only available in Japan. Do you know what it is?

First marketed in 2001, the Allion competes in the compact car segment. This 4-door sedan is sold only in Japan. Current models offer only an automatic transmission while there are three petrol engines from which to choose.


This mini MPV hit the Japanese domestic car market in 2004. Can you name it?

A mini MPV, the Note first entered the Japanese market in 2004. This hatchback styled vehicle offers comfortable seating for five and has a range of engine options, including the e-power hybrid engine launched in 2016. This is different from other hybrid engines in the fact that the electric engine always powers the wheels while the petrol engine charges the battery.


Are you able to identify this luxury MPV?

Made mostly for the Japanese market, the Alphard is named after the brightest star in the Hydra constellation. This luxury MPV, first marketed in 2002 is still in production. It features three different models and is available as either a seven or eight seater. Now in its third generation, the Alphard top of the range model is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine.


Pure luxury! Are you able to identify the vehicle in the picture which was first introduced into the Japanese market in 2013?

The flagship of the Acura brand, the RLX was first introduced in 2013 and is now in its second generation. It features an all-wheel steering system, all-wheel drive and is definitely aimed to compete with luxury German models. It offers both a hybrid and gasoline engine.


A car fit for the Japanese Emperor! Do you have any idea what the make and model is?

A long-serving model in the Toyota range, the Century was first marketed in 1967. This four-door limo is the flagship model for the brand in Japan and is used by the emperor, prime minister, as well as Japanese businessmen. It is currently in its third generation.


The vehicle in this image is a ______?

The Scrum, introduced in 1989, was originally badged as the company's another marque, Autozam. It features in two body shapes, a micro truck and a cab over microvan. The Scrum is powered by a 660 cc DOHC three-cylinder engine and has both 2-wheel drive and 4-wheel drive variants.


A Japanese only model, do you know the name of this minivan?

This minivan entered the Toyota stable in 2004. Available only in Japan, the Isis was designed by Hiroshi Okamoto. Transmission is automatic, while the Isis is powered by either a 1.8 or 2.0-liter engine.


Are you able to identify this vehicle?

Introduced in 2011, the CT is a hybrid sports hatchback based on the Toyota MC platform also used for the Matrix and Corolla. The petrol engine used in this hybrid system is a 1.8-liter straight four while the electric engine is powered by a 1.3 kWh nickel-metal hydride battery.


Any idea as to the make and model name of this compact crossover?

First launched in 1997, this compact cross-over from Japanese car maker Subaru is currently in its fourth generation. With seating for five, impressive cargo space and above average gas mileage figures, the Forester is not be overlooked in the crossover segment.


Any idea as to the name of this vehicle which appears in the city car segment in Japan?

This Kei or city car was produced in Japan between 1999 and 2006 as either a 3-door or 5-door hatchback. Like many vehicles in this class, the Laputa featured a 700cc engine and both front-wheel and all-wheel-drive models were available.


Strangely enough, this car is a favorite with Japanese drifters. Can you name it?

Available in Japan only, the Chaser was produced between 1977 and 2001, first as a compact car and then from 1988, in the mid-sized car segment. The Chaser shared the same chassis with two other Toyota models, the Cressida/Mark II, and the Cresta. Thanks to its front engined, rear-wheel drive layout, the Chaser became a popular car to use in drifting.


Pure luxury! Any ideas as to what vehicle this is?

The first hybrid vehicle from Lexus, the HS was marketed from 2009 to 2014. It was based on the Toyota MC platform also used for both the Corolla and Matrix. This luxury 4-door sedan was marketed in the United States from 2009 to 2012. Sales, however, were below expectation.


The vehicle in this image is a _______.

In 2006, the Integra Type-R was named the ‘best front-wheel-drive car ever’ by Evo magazine. That’s high praise indeed.


Name the coupe seen in this image, please.

This two-door coupe, first produced in 2015, is a real looker. Engine options start with a 2-0 liter powerplant but the top of the range RC is powered by a 5.0 L 2UR-GSE V8 engine.


Related to the Toyota Rush, can you name this vehicle?

First released in 1997, this mini-SUV is now in its third generation and is related to the Toyota Rush.


Can you name this compact executive car?

A compact executive model, the TSX featured as an Acura model from 2003 to 2014. It is sold all over the world with the second generation available as a sedan and station wagon. The top of the range model has a 3.8-liter V6 engine that produces 280 brake horsepower.


Name this well-loved coup.

Produced between 1994 and 2000, the FTO is a front-wheel-drive coupe from Mitsubishi. It was Car of the Year in Japan in 1994/1995.


How cute! Name this vehicle, please.

This two-door roadster with a detachable hardtop was produced by Suzuki from 1991 to 1997. It was powered by a 650cc double overhead cam engine.


The final question! Name this strange-looking Kei car, please.

The Wake from Daihatsu certainly has a very different look and is not everyone’s cup of tea. This 5-door hatchback is powered by a 650cc engine.


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