With considerable manufacturing capacity here in the United States and even a NASCAR program, it'd be all too easy to categorize Toyota as an American automaker. Only it's not. It's Japanese, of course. And back in the Japanese Domestic Market, it offers a whole range of models we'll never see in North America. Models like the Crown sedan, Noah minivan and this, the new Passo hatchback.
Another day, another supermini for the UK. The latest entrant in the crowded European urban car class comes from Malaysian automaker Perodua, in the form of the Myvi. The little five-seater (a cloned Daihatsu Sirion) comes in two trim levels -- Sxi (5-speed manual) and Ezi (4-speed automatic) -- and has Daihatsu's 86-horsepower 1.3L K3-VE 4-cylinder underhood. That's good for an 11-second 0-62 time. Slow? Yes, but not a big deal, as most cars in this class see duty in urban environments that do