The only Japanese car name that appears to be global is Prius. All the other cars around these parts have the strangest names which I believe are endemic to Japan. For example my car is called a March hereabouts whereas it is, I believe, called a Micra elsewhere.
Most cars have two-syllable names that have no meaning.
Why are they all written in Romaji – like English alphabet – and never in Kanji, hiragana or katakana? I mean, this is Japan.
Maybe there is a law. ” No cars names can be written in Kanji.”
A few rare singles.
Who makes up these names? I do not think it is a human. I think a computer churns out a mixture of meaningless phonemes which Japanese car companies then slap on the back of their products.
Mind you I think most European and US cars are now just called sequences of letters and digits.