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How the same vehicle models are named differently across global markets

In the vicious battle for market share and brand recognition, car manufacturers have come up with some interesting names for their vehicle models.  Some of them are quite compelling, others are simply memorable while others still are just plain ridiculous.  But if you’re wondering why some European favorites are unheard of in Japan even though they are made by Japanese manufacturers, the reason is that some car models in the Japanese domestic market get a name-change when they are released in the North American  and European markets.

Here is a useful guide on how these same models are named differently.

JAPAN

NORTH AMERICA

EUROPE

TOYOTA

Altezza

Lexus IS200/300

Aristo

Lexus GS300/400/430

bB

Scion xB

Belta

Yaris

Caldina (earliest model)

Carina E Estate

2003 Caldina

2003 Avensis Estate

1992 Camry Prominent

1992 Lexus ES230

Celsior

Lexus LS430

2004 Corolla Spacio

2004 Corolla Verso

Corona

Carina E

Cynos

Paseo

Estima

Privia

Fun Cargo

Yaris Verso

Harrier

Lexus RX300/330

Hilux Surf

4 Runner

Ipsum (earliest model)

Picnic

Ipsum

Avensis Verso

ist

Scion xA

Kluger V

Highlander

Land Cruiser 100

Land Cruiser

Land Cruiser 100/Amazon

Land Cruiser Cygnus

Lexus LX470

Land Cruiser Prado

Lexus GX480

1996-2000 Land Cruiser Prado

Land Cruiser 90/Colorado

MR-S

MR2 Spyder

MR2 Roadster

Plaz

Echo

Pronard

Avalon

Scepter

1997 Camry

Soarer

Lexus SC430

Sprinter Carib

2001 Corolla Estate

2006 Vitz

2006 Yaris

Voltz

Pontiac Vibe

Windom

2006 Lexus ES300/430

HONDA

Accord

Acura TSX

Accord

1998 Ascot Innova

1998 Accord

1986 City

1986 Jazz

Civic

Civic/Acura CSX

Civic

CR-X delSol

Civic del sol

CRX

2000 Domani

2000 Civic

2000 Domani

2000 Acura EL

Edix

FR-V

Fit

Fit

Jazz

Horizon (Isuzu Bighorn)

Acura SLX

Inspire

Accord

1995-2003 Inspire/Saber

1995-2003 Acura TL

Integra

Acura RSX

Integra

Acura Integra

Integra (only Type R)

Jazz (Isuzu Mu)

Passport

2004 Lagreat

2004 Odyssey

Legend

Acura RL

Legend

MDX

Acura MDX

NSX

Acura NSX

NSX

1998 Odyssey

Odyssey/ Isuzu Oasis

Shuttle

Vigor

Acura Vigor

NISSAN

1997 Avenir

1997 Primere Estate

1996 Bluebird SSS (U13)

1996 Altima

2005 Bluebird Sylphy

2005 Almera

Cefiro

Infiniti I30/35

Maxima QX

Cima

Infiniti Q45

FairLady Z

350Z

FairLady Z (Z32)

300ZX

Fuga

Infiniti M45

2004 Gloria

2004 Infiniti M45

Leopard (F31)

Infiniti M30

Leopard J Ferry

Infiniti J30

Lucino

200SX

March

Micra

1999 Mistral

1999 Terrano 2

Primera (P10/P11)

Infiniti G20

Primera

Pulsar (earliest model)

Sunny

2000 Pulsar

2000 Almera

Safari

Patrol GR

Silvia (S14)

240SX

200SX

Skyline

Infiniti G35

2005 Sunny

2005 Sentra

2004 Terrano

2004 Pathfinder

Terrano Regulus

Infiniti QX4

Tiida/Tiida Latio

Versa

Tino

Almera Tino

MITSUBISHI

2006 Airtrek

2006 Outlander

Chariot/Chariot Grandis

Space Wagon

Challenger

Montero Sport

Pajero Sport/Shogun Sport

Delica Spacegear

Space Gear

GTO

3000GT

Lancer Evolution

Lancer Evolution

Lancer/Carisma GT Evolution

Legnum

Galant Estate

Mirage

Mirage

Colt

Outlander

Outlander

Pajero

Montero

Pajero/Shogun

Pajero io

Pajero Pinin/Shogun Pinin

RVR

Space Runner

MAZDA

Atenza

Mazda 6

1996 Autozam Revue

1996 121

Axela

Mazda 3

Capella

626

Cronos/Enfini MS-6

626

Demio

Mazda 2

Eunos 500

Xedos 6

Eunos Presso Autozam AZ-3

MX-3

Familia

Protege

323

Millenia/Eunos 800

Millenia

Xedos 9

Premacy

Mazda 5

Roadster

Miata

MX-5

Sentia (First Model) Enfini MS-9

929

DAIHATSU

Pyzar

Grand Move

Coo

Materia

Boon

Sirion

2005 Storia

2005 Sirion

Mira

Cuore/Charade

Mira Gino

Trevis

Be-Go

Terios

Atrai 7

Hijet MPV

CHEVROLET

Optra

Suzuki Forenza

Nubira/Lacetti

FORD

Aerio

Aerio

Liana

Festiva

Aspire

Escape

Escape/Mercury Mariner

Maverick

OPEL

Vita

Corsa

RENAULT

Lutecia

Clio

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