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May 18, 2012

Boss behind Toyota 86 reveals his favourite cars

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Boss behind Toyota 86 reveals his favourite cars

president Akio Toyoda, also a car enthusiast and weekend racer who is changing , has revealed his favourite Japanese cars – but his list doesn’t include ’s GT-R or Mazda’s MX-5.

As the driving force behind “fun to drive” Toyotas led by Lexus’s LFA supercar and the forthcoming coupe, Toyoda announced his short list of the top domestic cars at an industry meeting in Tokyo this week.

They include the Nissan Skyline, Honda NSX, Mazda Cosmo Sport, Mitsubishi Pajero and Isuzu Bellett, which he describes as especially “memorable cars”.
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Apart from the Pajero off-roader, all are driver-focused vehicles, which clearly identify Toyoda’s taste for performance-skewed cars. Interestingly, the world’s top-selling roadster, Mazda’s MX-5, doesn’t get a gong, nor does Nissan’s Porsche 911 Turbo-rivalling GT-R supercar.

The Skyline, as it is known in , is sold in various markets under Nissan’s luxury brand, Infiniti. The Infiniti brand will go on sale in from later this year.

The NSX was Honda’s Ferrari-rivalling supercar from the early 1990s to 2005. Earlier this year, Honda announced it would revive the NSX nameplate using a hybrid drivetrain for greater performance and efficiency.

The Cosmo Sport was Mazda’s first sports car and the first to adopt a rotary engine. With classic Italian styling reminiscent of the Alfa Spider, the 1960s coupe was built by hand at a rate of just one vehicle per day, for a total of 1176.

The Pajero cemented Mitsubishi’s off-road reputation since its launch in 1982 and rivals Toyota’s LandCruiser, the company’s longest-running nameplate.

Similar to the Cosmo, the Isuzu Bellett was a popular Italian-flavoured light car from the 1960s and ’70s. Its successor was the popular Isuzu Gemini, which sold in as a Holden.

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