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Japanese Domestic Market of Vehicles is Growing Fast and Furious

Alec Kovalyov

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The Japanese Domestic Market (JDM) of vehicles are a popular group of vehicles that people put a variety of modifications, internal and external, on to. For a car to be JDM, it just has to be Japanese. Popular examples include; Subaru Impreza WRX, Nissan Silvia, Nissan GT-R, Toyota AE86, Mazda MX-5 Miata, Nissan/Datsun 240Z, etc. American and European cars also have a scene similar to JDM, where people modify their cars to look similar. Popular cars here include; Lincoln LS, BMW M3, BMW M5, Audi RS5, Volvo 740, etc.

Popular modifications include; turbochargers, exhaust systems (or just the muffler if you drive a Civic), stance, widebody kits, and even engine swaps. One of the most popular engine swaps is the 2JZ engine from the Toyota Supra. Some examples of what the 2JZ has been put into include; Scion FR-S, Toyota Hilux, Mercedes 280C, etc. For drifting, people will usually swap a Chevrolet LS engine into Japanese cars. Drifting is where you oversteer, making the tires lose traction, but maintain control of the car through a corner. People have been holding drift competitions in Japan since the 70’s, but these competitions became popular in the United States in the late 90’s.  The Fast and Furious movie chain has brought more attention to this culture that has been growing not only in Japan, but the United States and the rest of the world. If you are interested in learning more about the JDM, check out the Tokyo Auto Salon Coverage at: www.drivingline.com/tas

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