September 28 is Ask a Stupid Question Day, so today’s your chance to ask a stupid question about Japanese cars, no judgements. Why do Japanese cars limit their engine displacements and power? Why do Japanese cars have so many variations of the same model? Why is the 2-t0ne color of the S130 Z called the Manhattan? Make them general or specific. We’ll try to answer them as best we can, and other readers can chime in as well.
What stupid question have you always wanted to ask about Japanese cars?
The most entertaining comment by next Monday will receive a prize. Scroll down to see the winner of last week’s QotW, “What pivotal Japanese car made our modern favorites possible?”
We enjoyed many of the answers this week, which ranged from the sporty, like My_Fairlady_ZFG‘s pick of the Datsun Fairlady roadsters or Ellis‘s pick of the Prince Skyline GT, to the practical, like Scotty G pick of the Honda Civic CVCC or speedie‘s humble Toyota Corolla or Negishi no Keibajo‘s Subaru 360. There were even practical choices like MikeRL411‘s pick of the Toyota Land Cruiser or Dutch 1960‘s pick of the Datsun 220. In the end, it was Michael Robert Young‘s nomination of the first-generation Honda Accord that won the week, splitting the difference between economical and fun.
The Z and the nickle-dime are obvious answers of course. In my mind the first generation CVCC Accord was a true game-changer. While the Civic marked the first serious effort by Honda to gain a share of the U.S. mass market, the Accord was a huge step forward in that effort. Roomy, nicely constructed, and well appointed even in base trim, the Accord showed that small cars didn’t need to be cramped, inexpensive didn’t have to mean “cheap”, and family sedans and coupes could be reliable and fun to drive.