You only have to look at recent statistics to see how demand for Japanese cars in the UK has been rising. More than 350,000 vehicles made by Japanese manufacturers were registered in the first nine months of 2017 alone.
So what’s behind the runaway success? Fasten your seatbelt as we steer you through the reasons why we’re such Japanese aficionados when it comes to our cars.
Step Back in Time
History reveals some of the secrets behind the Japanese car industry phenomenon. Vehicle manufacturing in the land of the rising sun didn’t always have the enviable reputation it has now.
After the Second World War, Japan’s economy was no match for its American counterpart. Toyota’s early days look pretty feeble. Only three thousand cars were made when Ford’s Detroit assembly line rolled off seven thousand vehicles a day.
One of Toyota’s big difficulties was that it didn’t have enough cash. It needed more money to purchase all the stamping [...]
The Land Rover Discovery is an iconic pure British thoroughbred, even the most popular colour is ‘British Green’, so how can it be the Japanese love these wonderful cars so much they importd them from the UK to Japan? Presige for one, the Japanese love most things British and Land Rover represents Britain through and through. The Land Rover Discovery started to find its way into Japan from the UK in the early 1990’s as the 300 series, it was mainly the TD County version with all the toys of course, leather interior, 7x seats, alloys, twin AC with climate, sunroofs etc etc. Other Land Rover including the Freelander and Range Rover also are seen regularly on the Japanese roads. But now here’s the strange thing – Algys Autos have been returning these Land Rovers from Japan to the UK roads for over 20 years! Where is the value in that [...]
The Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the law on vehicles, which introduce a new road tax for cars and vans with a high level of carbon dioxide emissions. The new road tax system applies to vehicles belonging to categories M1 and N1, i.e. cars with up to eight passenger seats, including the driver, as well as trucks weighing up to 3.5 tons, which will be registered in the Republic of Cyprus after the law enters into force, in early 2019. On the other vehicles, these changes do not apply. The new bill will cancel many concessions, which facilitated the registration of imported used cars. According to the new rules, the older the car and the greater the power of its engine, the higher the tax on the road. Owners of “young” cars will pay less. The new road tax will take into account combined-cycle CO2 emissions — euro [...]
The popularity of Japanese cars is undeniable, but which ones are the top of the top? Here are this year’s hottest Japanese cars and Japanese car brands.
Japan’s dominance in the auto industry is common knowledge, and the world’s most popular car, the Toyota Corolla, is Japanese.
Japanese car brands had a banner year in 2018. Cars from Nissan, Hyundai, Suzuki, and, of course, Toyota topped the list of best-selling cars in countries across Europe. These brands made strides not just in sales but in the evolution of the motor vehicle.
The Corolla’s 2020 model features a significant redesign, but what are the Japanese designs that stood out this year? What Japanese cars have been the hottest so far, both in terms of design and in terms of sales?
Keep reading for our rundown of just which Japanese cars we think deserve your attention the most from 2018.
Japanese Car Brands With Exceptional Popularity in [...]
The ‘Mini’ Car or Kei car as it is correctly called in Japan category originated in the Post war era of the Second World War, when most of the Japanese public could not afford a full sized vehicle, yet many had enough money to purchase a motorbike. So to promote the growth of the car industry, the kei car category was introduced by the Government. The category was originally limited to a tiny 150 cc then in 1949, dimensions and engine size limitations were slowly expanded to tempt more car manufacturers to produce the kei cars. In 1955 the engine size was increased to 360 cc as the upper limit, and so the Kei class began taking off, with cars from Suzuki and Subaru 360, saw the first mass produced [...]
Algys Autos Imported literally hundreds of Mazda Bongo from Japan to the UK during the late 1990’s and first decade of the 2000’s, dozens of the familiar Bongo were laying in await at the garage to be campervan converted. Mostly the elevating roof version was sought after and most were used as a faithful weekender having the ability to instantly convert from an 8 seaat MPV to a 4 berth campervan. Many even had a full campervan conversion with cooker, sink, fridge and storage. Some even ‘pushed the boat out’ and had ‘rock and roll’ beds, drop-down DVD players and tables installed. As we trned the year 2010 corner the elevating roof Mazda Bongo started to dry up and hnce the attention moved to the Bongo Tin-Top where there was an abundance of stock. We installed the elevating roof into a Tin-Top and th problem was solved. It was actually even bettr than solved as [...]
The Nissan Figaro has long been a very collectable retro classic and in the last few years Canada and of late, the USA, have joined the list of countries that can import the beautiful convertible classic. Manufactured in 1990 / 1991 it was producd just for 1 year and a limited production of 20,200 vehicles to celebrate the 50 year anniversary of Nissan. The car was only produced as a right hand drive auto, much to the displeasure of left hand drive countries throughout Europe and of course Canada and the USA. Algys Autos junior Company, Figs4u, are the premier Nissan Figaro supplier and have for some years converted and supplied a limited number of Left Hand Drive Nissan Figaro for sale to Europe and the USA. The work to do the job is huge and therefore costly, hence why no-one else attempts the job, it is also of course very skilled work. Figs4u are [...]
The Toyota MR2 is a 2 seat, mid-engined, rear-wheel-drive sports car manufacturd by Toyota, introduced in 1983 until July 2007. There are 3 different generations of the MR2: Generation 1 is from 1983–1989, with angular, origami-like lines, the Generation 2 was from year 1990–1999, which had styling that some compared to a Ferrari 355, and lastly Generation 3 from year 2000–2007, which looked like the Porsche Boxster. It was designed to be a small powerful, nippy sport car, with an economical powerplant, but sporty in style and handling. All 3 Generations were 2 seats small engines 1600- 2000cc and extreme fun! The first generation MR2 also had a Supercharged version and has now bcome quite collectable, prices can only spiralupwards. The Generation 2 version also had a turbo charged version whish was extremely powerful and fantastic acceleration for a small low cost sports car.
If you need any of these Toyota MR2 simply email Algys [...]