According to the Statista Research Department, China was the world’s leading light passenger car producer in 2020, with around 21.4 million units manufactured. Japan came in second with about 8.3 million units. Rounding up the list of the world’s leading car producers was Germany, India, and South Korea. The U.S. ranked sixth place producing 2.51 million. Most of these nations are home to the world’s leading passenger vehicle manufacturers including Germany’s Volkswagen Group and Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corporation. Statista defines passenger cars as vehicles with four wheels, used to transport passengers and to comprise no more than eight seats and the driver’s seat. These statistics explain car choice popularity.
Breaking things down, how popular are Japanese-made motor vehicles in the U.S.? The statistics are self-explanatory.
The motor vehicles export volume from Japan to the U.S. in 2019 was around 1.73 million, up from about 1.53 million in 2010. Over the last decade, the export volume from Japan to the U.S. peaked in 2016 and 2017, to around 1.74 million units – especially compared to 2014 and 2015 when it was 1.54 million and 1.6 million respectively. The definition of vehicles includes trucks, buses, cars, and others.
The next question is why U.S. citizens want to import Japanese cars rather than stick with local brands? The size of Japan vs. its dense population has demanded innovation from automakers. Cars must be practical yet ensure a small footprint. So, roomy, rugged, efficient, and compact!
Importing Japanese cars can involve much red tape if you don’t know U.S. import rules and regulations – as with any imports into the U.S. For vehicles, in particular, the issue revolves around competition and hence politics as well.
At one point, importing Japanese cars was not as complicated. However, the U.S. tightened the screws on security regulations, classifying some models as illegal for import into the U.S. For instance, JDM cars (vehicles produced for sale in Japan only) constructed for right-hand driving are unlawful as the U.S. has left-hand driving. As a result, nearly all 1997 or newer JDM cars are considered illegal. Owning or driving illegal JDM cars could result in worse penalties than possessing drugs or automatic weapons.
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