16: Flood of Japanese Luxury Cars
There was a time when domestic and European automakers ruled the luxury car market. Then Japan got in on the action and all of a sudden, Lexus, Acura, and Infiniti were all thrown into the mix. Drivers in the 1990s had to wade through some superb cars and some other not-so-impressive cars. The Lexus vehicles were engineered to perfection, whereas Infiniti not so much. Then you had surprise hits like the Acura Integra, which is still popular to this day (via Car Gurus).
Japanese luxury wasn’t a bad thing, but it was still fairly new at the time. The fact that these automakers rushed a lot of these vehicles to the market is low. Take the Infiniti G20 and J30 for instance, both had potential but were poorly positioned. Lexus, on the other hand, played their cards right and the LS400 and SC400 became smash hits.