Toyoda Names Non-Toyotas He Likes Best


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An automobile company president wont dare to even accept that the car's churned out from their competitors are better than their own.But the media shy, car buff and Toyota President Akio Toyoda has publicly aired his short list of the top cars made by his domestic rivals.

Getting highest honors from the Toyota chief: the Nissan Skyline, Honda NSX, Mazda Cosmo Sport, Mitsubishi Pajero and Isuzu Bellett.

Toyoda said he cited those nameplates as especially “memorable cars” during a meeting with top executives from other manufacturers.

He recounted the commendation during his inauguration today as chairman of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, the industry’s top lobbying group.

The ever-diplomatic Toyoda usually is hard pressed to single out individual cars as his favorites -- be they his company’s or not. But this time he cited a nameplate from each of the four companies that sent their own CEOs to the board as vice chairmen.

The list says something about Toyoda’s taste in wheels.

The Skyline, as it is known in Japan, is sold today as the Infiniti G in the United States, but the name dates back to the 1950s in its home market.

The NSX is the aluminum-bodied high-performance sports car Honda discontinued before announcing in January it would be revived and built in the United States.

The Cosmo Sport was the roadster bearing Mazda’s first rotary engine in the 1960s.

The long-running Pajero line of SUVs solidified Mitsubishi’s off-road reputation.

And last but not least, the Bellett was a popular subcompact car from the 1960s and 70s that was the first Japanese car to get a GT label.

Wonder what list we will get if we ask this question to Anand Mahindra & Ratan Tata
 

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Re: Toyoda names the non-Toyotas he likes best

wow..!!
great to hear that a manufacturer is accepting and saying in front of media that he Loves other cars too. [clap]
 
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Very humble and honest words from the chief himself.
am myself astonished to see him saying Nissan Skyline which is the only rival of Toyotas legendry Supra.
claps clap
 
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wow..!!
great to hear that a manufacturer is accepting and saying in front of media that he Loves other cars too. [clap]
thats what a clean heart says !!

hats off to Japanese for their courage and clear characters
Well said, Even i wonder how main CEO or Chairman appreciate's there competitor's product?

I would say hats off to Toyoda
Very humble and honest words from the chief himself.
am myself astonished to see him saying Nissan Skyline which is the only rival of Toyotas legendry Supra.
claps clap
Did anyone notice that he only mentioned Japanese cars? Typical Japanese mentality. Just like Japanese shipowners who will go to any extent to prevent any non-Japanese components on their ships.
Has he forgotten that the Germans, Italians, French and to a certain extent the Americans make some of the best cars.
 
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Did anyone notice that he only mentioned Japanese cars? Typical Japanese mentality. Just like Japanese shipowners who will go to any extent to prevent any non-Japanese components on their ships.
Has he forgotten that the Germans, Italians, French and to a certain extent the Americans make some of the best cars.
Either he was asked to name only his favourite Japanese car's or He is very patriotic.
 
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