Oh, What a Feeling
The first Japanese cars arrived in the United States in 1957 when Toyota Motor Corp. shipped two of its Crown sedans to California. But it would take more than a decade before U.S. drivers, especially younger ones, began to take notice and start buying. By the time baby boomers were having babies of their own in the '80s and '90s, Japanese car companies were going head to head with Detroit's Big Three for market dominance. In recent Japan's automakers have made up to 6 of the 10 bestselling vehicles in the United States (last year, it was 4 of the 10). How did they do it? By building game-changing cars such as these.