Holy crap, the curmudgeons really came out in last week’s QotW responses. Well, we asked for it. This week, however, we’ll take a more positive spin.
Which Japanese automaker has stayed truest to its roots?
We’re going to risk the wrath of thousands of Mazdafarians breaking down our doors with sharpened eccentric shafts by saying that it’s the little automaker that could from Hiroshima. Sure, the magnificent 7 is no longer in production, nor is its revolutionary centerpiece engine, but everything we know about the new MX-5 says that it’s so pure, so true to the original without being a thoughtlessly bloated counterfeit that it gives us hope for the automotive industry as a whole. If it’s a hairdresser’s car, then call us Zohan.
What say you, dear reader? As always, the most entertaining comment by next Monday will receive a prize. Scroll down to see the winner of last week’s QotW, “Which Japanese automaker is furthest from its roots?”
A few of you wise-asses noted that Mazda no longer makes corks, Toyota looms, and Mitsubishi coal mines. Rayson‘s quote about Mitsubishi Motors being run by the guys in charge of rice cookers was hilarious, as was Coltspeed‘s policing of Nissan’s taglines, while JDMjunkies‘ comments about Honda evoked more sadness than humor. However, the winner this week was Jim-Bob, who mourned the downfall of that greatest of marques: