Comments - Has Japan Finally Found Its Design Niche?

Published: Aug 01, 2012
Description: There are only a handful of countries in the world that produce substantial numbers of cars for export. The United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, France, Sweden, South Korea and Japan ran...
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Jordan Smith Aug 01, 2012
I agree. It's been a while since we've had an editorial.
Bob Jones Aug 01, 2012
Great article, I hope the editorials are back for good.
Description: British cars like Bentleys, Jaguars and Aston Martins have a certain stately elegance to them. Italian cars like Ferraris, Maseratis and Lamborghinis are known for their sumptuous curves and aggressiv...
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Terrance Parker Aug 01, 2012
It would b great to c all the other countries auto nitces'
Tevin Xko Davis Aug 04, 2012
It's not a GT-R give it, it's own look and stop tryna be like Porsche, Lamborghini n few others that did this. And maybe this can come on top even more.
Paul Dickey Aug 01, 2012
Get rid of those ugly ass fog lights and it'll be half decent.
Wyatt Gordon Aug 01, 2012
I hate these things. So hideous, but thats just IMO
Malachi Monteiro Aug 01, 2012
It does have a unique look
Paul Lissona Aug 01, 2012
I think altimas look cool though.
Paul Lissona Aug 01, 2012
These look terrible and very weird, not a good look for cars.
Logan LeMonnier Aug 01, 2012
My neighbor has one of these and seeing it everyday has made it grow on me a lot
Zaire Wilkins Aug 01, 2012
just imagine how beast this thing would be with turbos but on the AWD model
Ceyda Deniz Gurler Aug 01, 2012
Awefull desing!!
Bala Uncc Aug 01, 2012
I puke every time I see one
Nicolai Stålstrøm Dalen Aug 01, 2012
Every time i see one, i think kill it with fire.
Darian Vorlick Aug 01, 2012
I wasn't a fan until the Juke-R. I love the styling of that thing. Once I saw that, the base model grew on me.
Matt Piccolo Aug 01, 2012
These have slowly but surly grown on me
Description: Take most any Toyota, Nissan or Honda from the archives and they could very well have been designed and built anywhere in the world. The island nation's luxury cars - bearing the emblems of brand...
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Description: Nissan has arguably championed this design approach more than any of its rivals, with cars like the Juke, the 370Z, the Maxima and of course the king of them all, the GT-R, standing as proud examples ...
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Wyatt Gordon Aug 01, 2012
theres a saying that goes "*insert something here* should be seen but not heard". IMO, I think its the other way for the LFA. I think it should be heard but not seen
Ryan Haverty Aug 01, 2012
One of the best sounding vehicles on the planet!
Nicolai Stålstrøm Dalen Aug 01, 2012
Awesome car. Especially the sound.
Description: Even the latest Suzuki XL7 is dominated by deeply angled headlights that would look at home on a Kiss set if they weren't so emblematically Japanese in their shape. Of course Japan is still build...
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Shaun Conroy Aug 01, 2012
Does anyone remember when Hyundai and Kia where the lowest of the low? And does anyone else realize that they have copied from the best designs? I hate hearing about Korea's bold designs, when they just recycle Europes talent.
Henz Herrero Aug 01, 2012
Seriously? Lol.. How can you say a big 7 seater mdx can be mistaken for a small crossover equinox.. Wow
Carl Andrew Muniz Tirella Aug 01, 2012
I can see how an older Acura MDX could be confused with a first gen Chevy Equinox if you had no idea what your talking about. Stop with your japanese fanboy status bc everything in the article is true my dude..
Henz Herrero Aug 01, 2012
Umm.. Wat acura look like a chevy?? And how do you see a hyundai in a g37.. Wth??
Alvaro Perez Aug 01, 2012
Will the Lexus Ls dose look like a merc when your really far away until you get close to it then you find out it a deferent car
Carlos Ernesto Garcia Aug 01, 2012
At knight genesis coupes look extremely similar to G37 couped
Bob Jones Aug 01, 2012
Until recently, most Lexuses looked like direct copies of Mercedes'. And I love the G37, but I can see how it looks like it could be a Hyundai. I disagree with the Acura part too though, they look nothing like Chevys.
Matt Piccolo Aug 01, 2012
And where do u see ANY Hyundai in the g37... G37 looks miles Bette than any Hyundai
Matt Piccolo Aug 01, 2012
I don't agree with any of those statements, acura's DO NOT look like chevy's, lexus's don't looks like Merc's or audis either
Description: That may be the strategy which Japanese automakers have sought with certain models, much as they did with their predecessors. And time will tell how history will remember their edgier counterparts lik...
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Bull Dogone Aug 02, 2012
For better or worse, Lexus is taking a tremendous step forward in design. Notwithstanding the LFA, the newly redesigned GS, ES and LS are now closely tied together with the front, rear and overall interior/dash design. The GS coupe concept will kill!
Kev Berkel Aug 01, 2012
Nooooo! Loved the fangs
Joshua Minh Tran Aug 01, 2012
I loved the fangs..now it kinda resembles that smiling cartoon car...what's it called.
John Francis Aug 01, 2012
I don't miss the fangs. It looks better without them imo.
Matt Piccolo Aug 01, 2012
I think I actually miss the fangs, not sure
Pablo Herasme Aug 01, 2012
Trying to get one of these and fit a aftermarket exhuast
Zaire Wilkins Aug 02, 2012
lol @ connor & brock
Matt Piccolo Aug 02, 2012
Srry for all da comments, but @ Bruce, how are those better ban for ur buck cars too? 370's same price, equal performace and depending on ur taste in styling, we'll just say equal styling for comparison sakes
Matt Piccolo Aug 02, 2012
@ brock, considering a m5 has 560hp that's no surprise, it would outrun anything under 40k, considering its 0-60 is 4.4 seconds
Matt Piccolo Aug 02, 2012
But obviously looks are personal opinion.... And I personally would choose the 370 just cuz it'll out last the ss or gt and keep up
Matt Piccolo Aug 02, 2012
@ Bruce, a 370 nismo let alone a regular 370 can keep up wit an ss or gt, just sayin... Especially on the track!
Bruce-Almighty Tumblin Aug 02, 2012
@Matt you always did like Japanese cars so its no surprise there, I like the Z but for 40 stacks you a better bang for your buck with the 5.0 or SS & it looks good as well
Brock Zager Aug 02, 2012
i smoked a nismo 0 to 80 in my m5 yesterday
Esam Mohammad Aug 02, 2012
@jackson who said anything about german ?? Or were you just stating a fact or something ?
Jackson Bond Aug 02, 2012
To be honest I think it's pure sex. It's aggressive but not stupidly so. Challenger look like a 60's model that got stung by a bee ( still cool though ) and anything German is too expensive to maintain
Jordan Smith Aug 01, 2012
It depends on who you ask Joshua. Some of my friends that are girls prefer the Chally because they like the muscle look. Go figure. But some like the 370 more. In my opinion, it'd be the Chally.
Logan LeMonnier Aug 01, 2012
This isn't really that attractive of a car
Joshua Minh Tran Aug 01, 2012
I think the challenger is ugly....especially the rear...the stance is so high. Ask any woman who aren't into cars (because their opinion would be non biased as to the manufacturer or horsepower of the vehicle) to judge the two cars on looks they'll always pick the 370...some have even said the curves look similar to a Porsche.
John Francis Aug 01, 2012
Does anybody else think the Z Roadster is ugly? With the top down it isn't bad but I hate it with the top up.
John Francis Aug 01, 2012
The Challenger is one sexy ride, not gonna lie. The Nismo Z is still my choice for any car under 50k though. Just my opinion.
Esam Mohammad Aug 01, 2012
@matt I guess the dodge challenger is the best looking car under 40K .. It's way more beautiful than this to me . Not saying the Nissan aint beautiful though .
Matt Piccolo Aug 01, 2012
@ Connor, yea the a5 is really nice, probubly in the top 5 for me, but idk, it might just be me, there's something just amazing about this car to me... Idk Nissan really blew me away with this one
Matt Piccolo Aug 01, 2012
@ brian again... Srry but with this nismo kit, I must ask how is this blan... Not trying to sound mad at all, just wondering... Cuz if had to buy a new car right now under 40k, this would be it FORSURE... I'd have to think about 50-70k but its close!
Matt Piccolo Aug 01, 2012
@ Brian, idk I'd take it over all the cars u listed, the z4 being close... @connor, k then jw, what car would u choose? And I'm talking about exterior looks, not performance.
John Francis Aug 01, 2012
Why's that Paul?
Paul Dickey Aug 01, 2012
No Matt. Just no.
Matt Piccolo Aug 01, 2012
IMO, this is the best looking car under 40k, with that nismo trim kit, this thing is absolutely beautiful.... Might even be best lookin car under 60 or 70k? I love this thing
Zaire Wilkins Aug 01, 2012
the closet car to the GTR & 370 aka maxima
Matt Piccolo Aug 01, 2012
I'd take this over any Bentley, just sayin
Andrew McNeal Aug 01, 2012
If only it weren't $375,000...that's Bentley price range!
Harry Chagger Aug 01, 2012
love the awesome LFA
Jackson Chan Aug 02, 2012
You can tell they made the headlights to resemble the suzuki sign. Still looks awful
Shaun Conroy Aug 01, 2012
I think it looks awful!
Paul Lissona Aug 01, 2012
It's partly gm based I think.
Andrew McNeal Aug 01, 2012
Suzuki needs to stick to bikes
Matt Sutton Aug 01, 2012
My wife and i test drove one. Besides the cheap interior, it had the same radio and surrounding instruments as the rental impala we pulled up in.
Paul Dickey Aug 01, 2012
Yeah I'm diggin those lights.
Jordan Jackson Aug 01, 2012
I actually kinda like the shape of the headlights, it's different
Pablo Herasme Aug 01, 2012
They just wanted something unique.
Matt Piccolo Aug 01, 2012
Never liked these, the headlights have an odd shape to them, it's mainly the turning signal, it looks like they made the headlight, forgot a turning signal, and then just slapped it on the bottom
Omair Lukmani Aug 03, 2012
Doug, your lack of intelligence, in this subject, is showing..cover it up
Douglas Dielle Aug 02, 2012
One of ugliest cars around together with the WRX. For racer boys with little or no sense of looks and design.
Malachi Monteiro Aug 01, 2012
Ah the Evo X, my arch enemy.
Jacob Mullner Aug 01, 2012
It has two different front tires....strange
Brian Johnston Aug 01, 2012
You need to do more news on evos.
Paul Dickey Aug 02, 2012
Ever hear of an aftermarket hood?
Pablo Herasme Aug 02, 2012
@Paul, those are the turbo intakes, without those there would be no point of having turbo.
Pablo Herasme Aug 02, 2012
Believe it or not, its one of the most aerodynamic cars .
Jackson Bond Aug 02, 2012
It's not designed to be sleek, it's designed for downforce and channeling air into the spoiler
Wyatt Gordon Aug 02, 2012
I know they spent alot of time with it in the wind tunnel, but i still don't see how this brick of a Datsun is possibly aerodynamic
Paul Dickey Aug 01, 2012
I never like those nostrils in the hood. That's the first thing I would change on mine.
Paul Dickey Aug 01, 2012
Change to different black runs and I'm in.
Tyler Tarbox Aug 01, 2012
Best Japanese car
Nicolai Stålstrøm Dalen Aug 01, 2012
Not a huge fan off the car but it does look awesome.