Toyota president Akio Toyoda names top cars from rivals

Article by Anita Panait, on May 18, 2012

Could you expect a top executive of one of the largest car companies in the world commend vehicles made by rival automakers? Akio Toyoda, president of Toyota Motor Corp. and a known car buff, just did. According to Toyoda himself, he did publicly announce his shortlist of memorable cars during a meeting with top executives from other carmakers.

Topping the list are the Nissan Skyline, Honda NSX, Mazda Cosmo Sport, Mitsubishi Pajero and Isuzu Bellett. He related the commendation during his inauguration as chairman of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association. Toyoda succeeds Nissan chief operating officer Toshiyuki Shiga at the post.

Toyoda is usually hard pressed to name his favorite cars, and unusually today, he did cite cars from each of the four carmakers which chief executives also serve as vice-chairmen of the board of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association.

The list also implies Toyoda’s car likings. The Nissan Skyline, sold as the Infiniti G in the United States, has been on the Japanese market since 1950s. The NSX, meanwhile a high-performance sports car that Honda had discontinued but will resume production in US in the near future.

The Cosmo Sport roadster carries the reputation of sporting Mazda’s first rotary engine in the 1960s. The Pajero, meanwhile, has become a testament to Mitsubishi’s off-road reputation. The Bellett subcompact car, on the other hand, had its popular days in the 1960s and 1970s and is reputed to be the first Japanese car to get a GT label. [source: Autonews]

Topics: toyota

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Login or Create new account to add a comment!

Recommended

The bidding war for one of the only 20 examples -- 21 actually, but the 00 version went to a museum -- of the classically beautiful Lamborghini Reventon built and...
by - January 18, 2017
Bentley once again confirmed its plans to push PHEV into their future lineups. As a matter of fact, the Bentayga SUV will be the first to have the plugin hybrid...
by - January 18, 2017
Each time that Mini launches a new generation of the Countryman crossover, a John Cooper Works performance version is always expected to follow. When Mini unveiled the next-gen 2017 Mini...
by - January 18, 2017
Ford Mustang customers won’t be able to specify the V6 powerplant for the latest iteration of the carmaker’s pony car. This comes as the new 2018 Ford Mustang is saying...
by - January 18, 2017
The man sitting at the top of the performance division of Mercedes-Benz – Tobias Moers – cryptically indicated that the Mercedes-AMG GT4 could be really coming. Moers, chief executive of...
by - January 18, 2017
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries