I have lived and breathed Japanese cars since I was brought home from the hospital in a Toyota wagon in 1970. I’ve owned a Mazda B2000 pickup; Corolla FX-16 hatchback; Corolla SR5 liftback; Impreza OBS; Legacy wagon and my current Mazda5 (all manual transmission, plus more I’m sure I don’t remember). A friend of mine just bought a Nissan S-Cargo and attempted to drive it from coast to coast (he made it halfway). I think I should succeed where he failed.
I’m also a professional automotive writer and photographer (like my S-Cargo friend), and I would love to have a Japanese-market vehicle be my primary car.