How Much Do You Know About Japanese Auto Manufacturers?

By: Annette Parks
Estimated Completion Time
3 min
How Much Do You Know About Japanese Auto Manufacturers?
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About This Quiz

They make some of the most efficient and safe cars in the world, but how much do you know about Japanese auto manufacturers? Fancy and fun, their cars revolutionize the industry, and now we're going to test your familiarity! So pour a cup of green tea and let's get started.
What was the first Japanese car in the U.S.?
A Mazda
A Toyota
The first Japanese car in the U.S. was the Toyopet Crown Custom Sedan. And this didn't arrive till 1959!
A Ford

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Which of these is a top Japanese brand?
Honda
Toyota
Nissan
All of the above
These are all in the top 5 Japanese brands. The list is rounded out by Mitsubishi and Mazda.

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Which is true about Asian cars?
They're always manufactured in Asia
Their cars are not as fast as other manufacturers'
Sometimes they're made in the U.S.
Some Japanese brands are actually made in the USA! This includes Toyota, which employs many U.S. workers.

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Why do we like Japanese cars?
They're affordable
They're reliable
They're safe
All of the above
American consumers love Japanese cars because they have these characteristics and so much more. Not only that, they have some pretty interesting and innovative features as well.

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Which of these is a popular place for Japanese cars?
American auto shows
Auto auctions
Japanese cars do really well at auto auctions. In fact, in terms of cheap Japanese cars, there are 150,000 sold per week at auction.
Junk yards

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Which was the first Asian automaker to manufacture cars in the U.S.?
Subaru
Honda
Honda was the first Asian automaker to begin production in the States, with the Honda Accord. The year was 1982.
Toyota

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Which is true about Japanese cars?
Teenagers love them
Poor drivers love them
Thieves love them
Thieves love Japanese cars, especially Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. These cars are in high demand for their parts on the black market.

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What are the hallmarks of a Japanese car?
Small in size
Fuel efficient
Chrome embellishments
A and B
Japanese cars are known for being small in size and fuel efficient. That's why people love them so much.

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Japan is currently what?
The world's third largest auto producer
Japan is currently the world's third largest auto producer, behind China and the U.S.
The world's smallest auto maker
The world's largest auto producer

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What continues to be the #1 selling car in America?
Toyota Camry
The Toyota Camry is continually the best selling car in America. It has won the sales crown for many years in a row.
Subaru
Nissan Sentra

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Which Japanese car manufacturer %0Dstarted out by making looms?
Toyota
Toyota began by making automated looms. Founder Sakichi Toyoda received a patent for his first loom in 1891, at the age of 24.
Subaru
Mitsubishi

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Which of these manufacturers makes cars in the U.S.?
Nissan
Honda
Toyota
All of the above
All these manufacturers make cars in the U.S.. Some of them even make cars in Mexico!

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Driving in Japan is ________?
Dangerous
Expensive
Driving in Japan is quite expensive. For this reason, many people don't have cars. It seems ironic, doesn't it?
Frowned upon

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Which do consumers like for its longevity?
Toyota
Toyota is the most famous in terms of longevity. It is said that 80% of the cars that were built 20 years ago can still run great!
BMW
Lexus

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Besides the U.S., where else are Japanese cars popular?
Underdeveloped countries
Japanese cars are re-sold in underdeveloped countries. They are welcome in these countries because they're affordable and reliable.
Antartica
In the military

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By the mid-2000s, what design shift did we see in Japanese cars?
More European style
European design influences started in the mid-2000s. This was to appeal to the more luxury European market.
More Indian style
More Chinese style

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What's another reason fewer people drive in Japan?
A great train system
Because Japan has such a remarkable train system, there's no reason to drive. Most people take a train to work.
The gasoline is scarce
The roads are bad

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In what year did Scion begin production?
1989
1997
2002
Scion, a sub-brand of Toyota, began production in 2002. The last Scion was built in the 2016 model year.

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As Detroit was facing crisis, what did the Michigan governor do?
Tried to get Japanese manufacturing out of the U.S.
Threw her hands in the air
Went to Japan to woo Toyota
Governor Jennifer Granholm went all the way to Japan to speak to Toyota. She said she would welcome a Toyota plant in Detroit.

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What is an advantage of driving a Kei car in Japan?
Tolls and taxes are cheaper
Kei cars are very small, with yellow license plates. The engine has to be less than 660cc. Owners get tax breaks and pay lower tolls.
They have the right of way
They can be resold for more than the original purchase price

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Who is making Japanese look-alike cars?
Germany
France
China
Leave it to China to make Japanese look-alikes. Take for instance the NiSSAi. It's like a fake Chanel handbag.

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What Japanese car reached 1,000,000 miles?
A Mitsubishi Outlander
A Honda Accord
There was a Honda Accord that reached 1,000,000 miles. Granted, the engine was rebuilt once. But that's still quite an accomplishment.
A Nissan Sentra

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What's the safest car for pets?
Toyota Corolla
Subaru Tribeca
The Subaru Tribeca is said to be the safest car for pets. But Subaru, in general, is very pet-friendly.
Lexus; any model

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In Japan, what is the meaning of a yellow and green symbol on a car?
The car is a taxi
The car failed an emissions test
The driver is a beginner
The yellow and green symbol, known as a Wakaba mark, alerts others that the driver of a car is new to the road. Seems like a good idea!

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What revolutionized Japanese cars in 2002, 2003 and 2004?
Diesel engines
The whopping diesel engines gave a real boost to sales in the early 2000s. Honda, Nissan, and Toyota all had success in this regard.
Better steering
Enhanced safety features

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Where are racing cars manufactured in Japan?
Disneyland Japan
A field in Tokyo
Dome
Dome means "a child's dream" and it's where racing cars are made! Dome produces cars for Formula One and Prototype racing.

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When did Honda begin making automobiles?
1890
1963
Their first car was the T360 pickup. Soichiro Honda was once an employee of Toyota.
1998

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Where did Isuzu come from?
Tokyo
Isuzu was originally a joint venture between Tokyo Shipbuilding​ and Tokyo Gas and Electric. It was started in 1916, and now is owned by GM.
China
Detroit

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Where did Mazda get its name?
From Inoshirozama Mazda
From The Zoroastrian god of wisdom
The Zoroastrian god of wisdom is named Mazda! The auto manufacturer went into business in 1920.
From the Mazda flower

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Who manufactured the lightweight A6M2 fighter planes that attacked Pearl Harbor​?
Suzuki
Mitsubishi
It's not pleasant to think about, but Mitsubishi made the planes that attacked Pearl Harbor. In their defense, they make very friendly cars now.
Toyota

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Why was Mitsuoka popular in the '60s?
They made dirt bikes
They made sports cars
Mitsuoka was popular in the '60s for making sports cars. These were modeled after Jaguars and Aston Martins.
They made station wagons

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What did Nissan start out as?
Pug
Datsun
Nissan began as Datsun in 1914. The DAT came from three investors - Den, Aoyama and Takeuchi.
Hochow

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Who is the world leader in hybrid cars?
Toyota
Toyota is currently the world leader in hybrid cars. There were roughly 1,700,000 hybrid Toyotas on the road in 2014.
Chevrolet
Lexus

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How many major Toyota production plants are on U.S. soil?
5
There are a whopping 5 production plants! That means they're giving a lot of honest jobs to U.S. workers. Go Toyota!
4
2

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Which is true about vintage cars in Japan?
They're coveted
They're cheap
They're expensive
Vintage and old cars are seriously expensive in Japan. No one wants them! You're actually taxed for owning an old car.

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