"The way is now clear for the Asian brands to
really ram home their advantage."
The Japanese have never had an original design since those early square
boxes they sold in the early 70's. Hell ,there is a guy running around in
San Diego in a newer model two door civic with the license plate "325i jr".
But anyway let's go to the List...
Lexus = Pick any Mercedes
Acura = Pick any BMW
New Maxima = Audi A6
The new MR2 = Boxster
Most Honda's/Nissan = BMW Jr.'s
I think the only opposite crossover was the BMW Miata. I remember back to
the early 90s, it was well noted that the Porsche 968 (which replaced the
944) changed its headlight design for on simple reason...the Japanese had
copied it so much that it had lost its originality.
I've owned Japanese cars, I recommend Japanese cars, but, in no way shape
or form are they Japanese in the same stratosphere as the Germans at this
point in time. Don't worry...Kamikaze Krazy goes away as that plastic knob
breaks off in your hand for the millionth time or you notice rust after only
3 years of ownership.
Some time ago I read somewhere that it is a japanese way to show respect
for engineering genius by copying an original.
To me it looks very funny how much the contemporary Lexus LS 430 looks like
an outdated Mercedes W140. In my eyes Mazda is the only japanese
manufacturer who really cares for individual cars. The new RX8 is really
stunning in my eyes. Too bad it lost a comparison against a BMW 330Ci with
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The Japanese culture is like this though, they want to use what works well,
and improve and refine it with an obsessive level of attention to detail.
But unlike many cultures, one of their strengths is that they are always
keen to learn from what others have done.
I saw a group of Japanese tourists in France who got a cab in order to go to
a railway line to take pictures of the TGV going at full speed. Now the
Japanese have their own high-speed train, but they are still very interested
in other people's solutions.
I rather like their approach. Rather than arrogantly assuming they know
best, they go out, and they see whats out there, and quite often buy it,
take it to bits and figure out what makes it good, and what makes it bad.
In a way though I am surprised this hasn't happened sooner.
Most people claim the most important thing in a car is reliability, and this
is why how people (questionably) justify the expense of a brand new car over
a used one.
But Japanese brands, and now indeed Hyundai do consistantly well in
reliability surveys, over and over again. So people are slowly but surely
cottoning on to the fact that Japanese marques will never leave you
stranded, and gradually shifting to them.
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