The great marques from the Land of the Rising Sun.
Acura is the luxury vehicle division of Japanese automaker Honda Motor Company. The Acura brand has been used in the US, Canada, and Hong Kong since March 1986 to market Honda's performance and near-performance vehicles.
Honda was founded by Soichiro Honda and
Takeo Fujisawa. It dates back to 1946 when the Honda Technical Research Institute started. Its name was changed to Honda Motor Co. in 1948.
Infiniti is the luxury car division of Japanese automaker Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. Infiniti officially started selling vehicles on November 8, 1989 in North America and its global operations have grown to include more than 230 dealerships in 15 countries.
Lexus is the luxury vehicle division of Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corporation. It was originally introduced in 1989 in the United States.
Mazda Motor Corporation is a Japanese automotive manufacturer based in Fuchū, Aki District, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan. Founded in 1920 by Jujiro Matsuda, it is said that the name Mazda coincides with the anglicized pronunciation of the founder's name.
Mitsubishi Motors Corporation is part of the Mitsubishi keiretsu, formerly the biggest industrial group in Japan, and was formed in 1970 from the automotive division of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.
Nissan Motor Company, Ltd., shortened to Nissan, is a multinational automaker headquartered in Japan. It was formerly a core member of the Nissan Group and marketed vehicles under the "Datsun" brand name when it was founded in 1931.
Subaru is the automobile brand name of Fuji Heavy Industries Group (FHI) which was established in 1953. The company is named after the star cluster Pleiades, which in Greek mythology is known as the Seven Sisters, and in Japanese mythology the name is "Subaru", which roughly translated into English means, "to govern", "unite," or "gather together".
Toyota Motor Corporation was founded by Kiichiro Toyoda in 1937 as a spinoff from his father's company Toyota Industries to create automobiles.