British or Japanese: How Many Cars Can You Identify?


By: Robin Tyler

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

There is no doubt that both the British and Japanese are capable of producing some incredible cars and have done so over the decades.

The British in particular, are known for their sophisticated designs, open top tourers and luxury models. We are talking about the MG's and  Triumphs here. Of course, they don't shy away from the occasional sports car with Aston Martin being the go-to brand when it comes to sophistication, luxury and speed all rolled into one. And if you see yourself as royalty, well then just like the Queen of England, look no further than Rolls Royce, the epitome of luxury.

And the Japanese? Well, they make just about any type of car there is, including their legendary Kei cars or small city cars. Brands like Toyota, Honda and Nissan have branched out all over the world, selling their models in the United States as well.

Both British and Japanese vehicles will provide you with just the car you are looking for. But onto the task at hand, then. Would you be able to tell if a vehicle is British or Japanese just by looking at it?

Let's see how you fare in this tricky car identification quiz.

Did this vehicle originate in Britain or Japan?

The 2018 Acura IRX is one of the cheapest vehicles in its class. It offers excellent fuel economy but performance wise, it's not that impressive. The entry-level model also has the bare minimum in terms of accessories. Expect 35 mpg on the open road and around 25 mpg in the city.


Extremely popular in the United States with sales of over 300,000 units per year, is this car British or Japanese?

First produced in 1976, the Honda Accord is currently in its ninth generation and forms part of the full-size car market. It is a top seller in the United States and sells over 300,000 vehicles a year almost every year. The best sales year ever recorded was in 1990.


Stately then and still stately now, which nation was responsible for this vehicle?

Designed by Sir Henry Royce, the Rolls Royce 15 hp was produced just for 1905 with only six of them made. It was powered by a 3.0-liter 3 cylinder engine.


Which nation is responsible for this stunning sports car?

A sports car from Lexus, the LFA was produced for just two years from 2010 to 2012. It was one of the most expensive vehicles offered by the brand, and only 500 were built. The LFA was powered by 4.8-liter V10 capable of producing 552 brake horsepower.


Is this six-wheel Formula 1 racer of a British or Japanese origin?

The Tyrrell P34 was the only car with six wheels ever to race in Formula 1. It did so in the 1976 and 1977 season and won a race, but the idea was soon scrapped thereafter.


This vehicle has been marketed around the world, sometimes as the Cosmo. Where is it from?

The 121 badge has been used on a range of models from Mazda. It first appeared on piston-engined versions of a sports car produced by the company from 1975 to 1981, the Cosmo.


In this image we have a popular rear-wheel drive roadster. Is it British or Japanese?

The Lotus Elise is a 2-door, rear-wheel drive roadster that first turned an engine over in anger in 1996. Still produced today, the Elise remains a fun, nimble car to drive with plenty of power under your foot.


Which nation produced the best-selling electric car in the world, pictured here?

An all-electric vehicle, the Nissan Leaf went into production in 2010. Of course, perhaps the most important thing with such a car is the range. Today, a fully charged Leaf has a range of 107 miles with the larger 30 kWh battery. A flat battery can be charged to 80% within a mere 30 minutes.


In this image is a popular off-roader. Is it British or Japanese in origin?

The generation 2 model of the Toyota Tacoma is ranked by many as one of the top off-roaders ever made. Not only are they excellent in tough terrain but they are also reliable, an important factor when you are far from the nearest mechanic when something goes wrong. One concern about the Tacoma is that the stock suspension is not as good as it could be and this is often the first thing that owner modify.


What country is responsible for the sedan pictured here?

Although maybe not as popular as other Japanese makes, the Mazda 6 offers excellent handling thanks to its responsive steering. Not only that but also expect a comfortable ride and great gas mileage of around 27 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highways.


Recently, a car such as this sold for $21.7 million. Is it British or Japanese in origin?

In 2016, a buyer paid $21.7 million for a 1950s Jaguar D-Type! Simply staggering numbers for an equally staggeringly beautiful car. This is a British classic if ever there was one!


James Bond loved it and so do we. But is it British or Japanese?

Other than the fact that it is the quintessential Bond car, the Aston Martin DB5 certainly is a classic! This luxury grand tourer was only produced between 1963 and 1965 with little over 1,000 of them made. It was available as a hardtop and as a convertible.


A model first introduced in 1981 and still going strong, do you know if this is a British or Japanese model?

The Nissan Maxima, a full-sized sedan has been a Nissan model since 1981. Now in its eighth generation, the Maxima power options include either a straight-four or V6 engine.


Surely you know who is responsible for this motoring classic?

In 1959, the Mini Mk1 was introduced to the world. And what a popular car it proved to be. Over the years, it underwent many upgrades, but that distinct Mini appeal never left. The last of these cars rolled off the production line in the late 1990s.


It costs around $1.4 million but can reach the 200 mph mark. Is it British or Japanese?

Powered by a 6.0-liter V12 and able to hit the 200 mph mark, the Aston Martin One-77 should be purchased as soon as possible. Well, that is if you have $1.4 million lying around. That's fairly cheap considering it cost $2.4 million when it was first released. Or maybe you should steer clear - that's some depreciation happening there!


This car from the 1930s is beautiful; of that, there is no doubt. Did it originate in Britain or Japan?

In 2012, a Bentley 4½ Litre Le Mans Sports 'Bobtail' sold for $6.449 million at an auction in California. These cars set a number of records in the early '30s, which just add to their attraction.


Is this compact sports hybrid of Japanese or British design?

Produced between 2010 and 2016, the CR-Z is a three-door sport compact hybrid with coupe styling. The electric engine produces around 14 brake horsepower, while the 1.5-liter gasoline engine produces 112 brake horsepower.


First introduced in 1983, this vehicle is instantly recognizable. Who is responsible for its design?

Maurice Wilks designed the first Land Rover in 1947. Over the years, the Land Rover has become a favorite of many with the Defender one of the companies most iconic models. The first Defender rolled off the production lines in 1983 and remained in production till 2016.


Good looks and high-performance without breaking the bank, that's what the car in this image provides. Where did it originate?

Wanted to own a supercar but thought you never had enough money? Well, in the '90s, thinking outside the box would net you the Mitsubishi 3000GT VR4. It was not only a good looker, but the VR4 also pushed out some remarkable performance numbers, and this at a fraction of the cost of other supercars.


Can you tell us if this off-roader is of British or Japanese origin?

With a standard package of a two-speed transfer case, a rear locking differential as well as a boxed ladder frame, the Nissan Xterra is a brilliant off-roader. It is powered by a 4.0-liter V6 engine which produces 265 brake horsepower.


Very similar to the Ford Explorer, where did this vehicle come from?

Sold from 1991 to 1994, the Mazda Navajo was essentially the first generation of the Ford Explorer, marketed at the same time. It was the first SUV sold in America by the Japanese brand.


This vehicle was first made in the 1970s and received a V8 motor in the 1990s. Is it Japanese or British?

By the time 1996 rolled along, the Lotus Esprit had been in production for over 20 years. The V8, however, quickly became a firm favorite. It was powered by an aluminum V8 engine coupled to a 5 or 6-speed manual transmission. The V8 could reach a top speed of 175 mph and go from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds.


Is this old car of British or Japanese origin?

Much debate surrounds this vehicle. Some say the 1925 Old Number One was the first MG ever built although it only came to light two years after the brand had already in production. What is known is that it was built to race in sporting events. It was powered by a 1.6-liter engine.


The nimble sports sedan pictured here hails from either Britain or Japan. Which do you think it is?

The Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI saw the light of day in the early 1990s. This sports sedan features front engined four-wheel drive. Not only quick, but the Evo also handled like a dream as well. Six different generations were produced in the 1990s.


Modern sports cars do not get better than this. Is it British or Japanese?

One of the finest sports cars on the planet, the Nissan GT-R is not only fast, but it also handles incredibly! The current generation GT-R was introduced in 2007 and is a following of the Skyline GT-R. It is powered by a 3.8 L twin-turbo V6 engine.


900 brake horsepower! That's a lot of grunt. Who is responsible for this behemoth?

Not only does it look fast ... the McLaren P1 GTR is fast. This 900+ brake horsepower behemoth is an upgrade on the regular P1. Recently, one sold for $4.3 million. Best of all? It IS street legal!


Originally found in the supermini class, is this vehicle from Japan or Britain?

As part of the supermini class, the Corsa was first introduced into Europe in 1982. Marketed under the Vauxhall badge in the United Kingdom, this model has remained popular very popular and is currently in its fifth generation.


Where do you think this pickup orginated?

Produced by Japanese auto manufacturer Mazda since 2006, the BT-50 is related to the Ford Ranger. The current model comes with two power plant options, either a 2.2 liter or 3.3-liter diesel engine.


Can you tell us of the options below, who is responsible for this SUV?

Introduced in 2006, the Lavina is available as both a compact and mini SUV. Interestingly, the Lavina was first sold in China before it was available anywhere else in the world. The current second generation offers both manual and automatic transmission and three gasoline engines to choose from.


Not many models of this vehicle were made. Do you know if it is British or Japanese in origin?

In 2008, a Jaguar E2A sold for $5.6 million at an auction in California. This vehicle is considered a prototype as it was the model that linked the E-Type and the D-Type Jaguar.


The vehicle pictured here was a popular import in the United States in the 1950s and 1960s. Is it British or Japanese?

Built between 1959 and 1967, the Austin Healey 3000 was powered by a 2.9-liter straight-6 engine. This two-door vehicle was available as a roadster or convertible, and many 3000’s made their way to North America. In fact, in 1963, over 90% of the 3000’s produced ended up in the USA.


This vehicle has not one but two V6 engines. Where do you think it comes from?

The Suzuki Escudo Dirt Trail took part in the Pikes Peak Hill Climb in 1998. It had two 2.5-liter twin turbo V6 engines, one for each set of wheels. It produced 981 brake horsepower and was capable of 206 mph.


Do you think this off-roader is British? Or maybe it's actually Japanese? You decide!

Marketed by Toyota between 1974 and 1993, the FJ40 Land Cruiser is considered to be one of their best off-road vehicles. Enthusiasts loved the fact that very little had to be modified on the original vehicle to tackle the toughest terrain.


What a cute mini SUV! Do you know where it originated?

A small off-road option, the Jimny has been produced by Suzuki since the 1970s with the third generation of the brand currently available. The Jimny offers either two-wheel or four-wheel drive and a range of power plant options with the 1.4 liter being the biggest.


Is this hybrid sports car of Japanese or British origin?

The hybrid Aston Martin Valkyrie will cost around $3.2 million! It is powered by a 6.5-liter V12 engine and an electric motor which together produce 1,000 horsepower.


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