Japan's progress in the realms of motor manufacture since the end of the war has now reached phenomenal proportions.
Japan's progress in the realms of motor manufacture since the end of the war has now reached phenomenal proportions. The total number of private cars in Japan in March '57 was 188,000 of which almost half were 'Made in Japan'. This is in sharp contrast to the pre-war years when almost every car on Japan's roads was imported.
Monthly production of private cars has now reached 4,500 -- and this includes the Toyopat, Datsun, Ohta and Prince, which are manufactured in Japan, and the Hillman, Austin and Honnult cars which are assembled in Japan from imported components.
The Prince cars, manufactured by the Fuji Precision Co. of Tokyo, of which some 1,200 units a month are made, have been the subject of some controversy in the British Press. It was alleged that the design of the Prince 'Skyline' was largely copied from British and French cars.
President Dan Ino, of the Fuji company, refuted those statements and said that the French 'Versailles' - one of the cars alleged to have been copied - was produced last January and the 'Skyline' in April, too close, he said, for imitation to be possible.