What Means JDM ?
Initially JDM stands for "Japanese Domestic Market", which mean that a car or a spare part, was designed to conform to Japanese regulations and to suit Japanese buyers tastes so the product was to be sold only in Japan.
For example, the Subaru Forester STI, the NSX NA1 Type R, EK9 Civic Type R, the Suzuki Cappucino and many kei cars were sold for the JDM exclusively.
But time has passed and now JDM is being referred to the Japanese automotive industry in general and the Japanese car culture including car mods, styles... and so on.
JDM doesn't mean it is better (even if it is actually often the case); JDM is telling you where it was supposed to be sold when car makers and engineers have started their work.
JDM culture is actually very different compared to occidentals car culture especially on these two points :
- Engineering is pushed toward innovation and long-time commitments project that helped to create the "high technology" and "good reliability" reputation that the Japanese automotive-industry has.
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- Peoples tuning there cars in Japan are doing it for themselves and for fun, so when another petrolhead is passing by, he enjoys the fact that the car match the driver.
The driver/car owner is happy and it is then only thing that matters, no competition about it, no "you should have done it this way"... A very enjoyable car scene indeed.
Most of Japanese roads are mountainous but there are still some very good high speed highways and some legendary tracks like Tsukuba Circuit, Fuji Speedway, Twin Ring Motegi, Suzuka Circuit...
This variety of different roads and tracks has developed a very complete driving knowledge and has made Japanese cars good for both straight and sinuous roads.
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In this video you can have a Kanjozoku's opinion about JDM origins.