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Japanese Auto Motive Industry
The Japanese automotive industry is one of the most prominent industries in the world. Japan was the world's largest vehicle manufacturer in 2008 but lost one rank in 2009 to current leader China (although the automotive industry in Japan still remains unrivaled by quality standards).It is home to a number of companies that produces cars, construction vehicles, motorcycles, ATVs, engines, etc.
Japanese automotive manufacturers include Toyota, Honda, Daihatsu, Nissan, Suzuki, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Isuzu, Kawasaki, Yamaha, and Mitsuoka
Early years, In 1904, Torao Yamaha produced the first domestically manufactured bus, which was powered by a steam engine. In 1907, Komanosuke Uchiyama produced the Takuri, the first entirely Japanese-made gasoline engine car. In 1911, Kwaishinsha Motorcar Works (later to evolve into Nissan Motors) was established and later began manufacturing a car called the DAT.
Cars built in Japan before World War II tended to be based on European or American models. The 1917 Mitsubishi Model A was based on the Fiat A3-3 design. (This model was considered to be the first mass-produced car in Japan, with 22 units produced.) In the 1930s, Nissan Motors' cars were based on the Austin 7 and Graham-Paige designs, while the Toyota AA model was based on the Chrysler Airflow. Ohta built cars in the 1930s based on Ford models.
The Ford Motor Company of Japan was established in 1925 and a production plant was set up in Yokohama. General Motors established operations in Osaka in 1927. Chrysler also came to Japan and set up Kyoritsu Motors. Between 1925 and 1936, the United States Big Three automakers' Japanese subsidiaries produced a total of 208,967 vehicles, compared to the domestic producers total of 12,127 vehicles. In 1936, the Japanese government passed the Automobile Manufacturing Industry Law, which was intended to promote the domestic auto industry and reduce foreign competition. By 1939, the foreign manufacturers had been forced out of Japan. Vehicle production also was shifted in the late 1930s to truck production due to the Second Sino-Japanese War.
For the first decade after World War II, auto production was limited. Japanese car designs also continued to imitate or be derived from European and American designs.
1960s to today
During the 1960s, Japanese automakers launched a bevy of new kei cars in their domestic market. These tiny automobiles usually featured very small engines (from 360cc to 600cc) to keep taxes much lower than larger cars. The average person in Japan was now able to afford an automobile, which boosted sales dramatically and jumpstarted the auto industry toward becoming what it is today. The first of this new era, actually launched in 1958, was the Subaru 360. It was known as the "Lady Beetle", comparing its significance to the Volkswagen Beetle in Germany. Other significant models were the Suzuki Fronte, Mitsubishi 500, Mazda Carol, and the Honda N360.
Rapidly increasing domestic demand and the expansion of Japanese car companies into foreign markets in the 1970s further accelerated growth. Passenger car exports rose from 100,000 in 1965 to 1,827,000 in 1975. Automobile production in Japan continued to increase rapidly after the 1970s, as Mitsubishi (as Dodge vehicles) and Honda began selling their vehicles in the US. Even more brands came to America and abroad during the 1970s, and by the 1980s, the Japanese manufacturers were gaining a major foothold in the US and world markets.
With Japanese manufacturers producing very affordable, reliable, and popular cars throughout the 1990s, Japan became the largest car producing nation in the world in 2000. However, its market share has decreased slightly in recent years, particularly due to old and new competition from South Korea, China and India. Nevertheless, Japan's car industry continues to flourish, its market share has risen again, and in the first quarter of 2008 Toyota surpassed American General Motors to become the world's largest car manufacturer. Today, Japan is the third largest automobile market and, until China recently overtook them, was the largest car producer in the world. Still, automobile export remains one of the country's most profitable exports and is a cornerstone of recovery plan for the latest economic crisis.
Timeline of the Japanese car industry
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1907 - Hatsudoki Seizo Co., Ltd. established
1911 - Kwaishinsha Motorcar Works established
1917 - Mitsubishi Motors' 1st car
1918 - Isuzu's 1st car
1920-1925 Gorham/Lila - auto production established (merged into Datsun)
1924-1927 Otomo built at the Hakuyosha Ironworks in Tokyo
1931 - Mazda Mazdago - by Toyo Kogyo corp, later Mazda
1934-1957 Ohta begins auto production
1936 - Toyota's 1st car (Toyota AA)
1952-1966 Prince Motor Company (integrated into Nissan)
1953-1967 Hino Motors starts auto production (merged into Toyota)
1954 - Subaru's 1st car (Subaru P-1)
1955 - Suzuki's 1st car (Suzulight)
1957 - Daihatsu's 1st car (Daihatsu Midget)
1963 - Honda's 1st car (Honda S500)
1966 - One of the best selling cars of all time, the Toyota Corolla, is introduced
1967 - Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA) is founded 
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1982 - Honda Accord becomes the first Japanese car built in the United States
1982 - Mitsuoka 1st car (BUBU shuttle 50)
1983 - Holden and Nissan form a joint venture in Australia
1984 - Toyota opens NUMMI, the first joint venture plant in the United States with General Motors
1984 - Voluntary Export Restraints limit exports to United States to 1.68 million cars per year, but Japanese competition only increases
1986 - Acura is launched in the US by Honda
1988 - Daihatsu enters the US making it the first time all nine Japanese manufacturers are present
1989 - Lexus is launched in the US by Toyota
1989 - Infiniti is launched in the US by Nissan
1989 - United Australian Automobile Industries (UAAI) founded in Australia as a joint venture between Toyota and Holden
1996 - UAAI joint venture dissolved
2003 - Scion is launched by Toyota
2008 - Toyota surpasses General Motors to become the world's largest car manufacturer
2010 - 2009–2010 Toyota vehicle recalls
2011 - Tohoku earthquake affects production.
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