From one small, car-mad island to another, cars built in Japan have a particular appeal here in the UK for all the significant differences in our respective cultures and geographical distance between us. While its car industry is still relatively young all things considered, the Japanese evolved quickly from making cars that mimicked American and European tastes into confident expressions of local engineering skill and – now – design too. Even Toyota, the world’s second biggest carmaker and often regarded as the definition of ‘white goods’ car manufacturing, has discovered the self-confidence to cut loose and have some fun these days. And not just with a certain little four-wheel drive hot-hatch that seems to be driving everyone potty with excitement these days (the GR Yaris, if you hadn’t guessed). Not including that one here are our favourites.
The nine best Japanese cars for 2021
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