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Fancy an Isuzu Begin Box or a Mazda Bongo Friendee? are the wonders of Japan, says Rutherford

12:00AM BST 27 Oct 2001

It was years ago, at a remote track in the Japanese countryside, I finally plucked up the courage to say I’d been thinking I first visited the Land of the Yen back in the Eighties.

Screaming and I was strapped into the back of a Honda Accord that to lap the circuit at alarmingly high – despite the fact it had no driver.

One of the company’s white-coated engineers a Mr Shimoyama, if I remember correctly was sitting beside me. This million-dollar autopilot car was his pride and but my worst nightmare; it filled me the sort of undiluted fear I I never taste again. Mr devious grin, haunting and heavy-duty crash helmet added to my worries.

You’re mad, you lot, I yelped as I and felt the driverless Accord brake, change gear and on a particularly fast and tricky of the track.

Oh yes. Thank you very I am happy man, he replied, in the knowledge that he was facilitating the memorable, surreal and downright car journey of my life.

In the nicest way, Honda’s Mr Shimoyama was

In the truly wacky world of car production, he’s not the only Take, for example, his industry who name the showroom models and cars that the Tokyo has become famous for.

In the there have been corkers: the Toyota Synus, Dingo, Suzuki Alto Tea, Toyota Country Boy and Boy Supreme, Nissan Cedric my favourite, the Mitsubishi Lettuce.

What astonishes me is that somewhere actually got paid for his brains, doing his research and at the considered, professional conclusion it would be a good idea for his corporation to name its latest after something grown on an It’s even more that he then decided to his superiors to propose that the be adopted. But the most amazing of all is that his boss said along the lines of: The Lettuce.

It does have a certain to it, doesn’t it? Yes, it’s the name for our new car. Let’s use it!

think the Japanese would twigged by now that their excellent models all too frequently unnecessary hostility and ridicule because of their daft

But still the penny hasn’t Earlier this week at the Show, I saw Westerners rolling in the when they heard the latest concept vehicles, include the Isuzu Begin Box, Nissan Nails, Life Dunk, Mazda Hideout, Daihatsu Naked F, Cist and Suzuki Van Van, incidentally, is not a van.

And, I promise you, on sale in Japan are everyday such as the Daihatsu Terios Honda Fit, Mazda Friendee, Isuzu Big Horn, Delica Space Gear, Datsun, Suzuki Every and Toyota Sparky.

Nobody can explain the phenomenon. Some offered hopeless excuses. for example, says it took a winning word – – and replaced the B with a D Diamond) to arrive at Dingo.

Frankly, I am not convinced.

Other people have suggested to me English words and names are more than a series of lines to most of their and it’s therefore how they rather than how they that’s important. If they are pleasing, they are stuck on no questions asked.

Maybe the case. Why else would you driving around in a Cist, a Big or a Bongo Friendee?

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