My childhood was dictated by a few well-known facts about the USA automotive market. One, I lived in California. This was a very convenient place for importers to start their operations first, as its ports were across the Pacific from Japan and the Republic of Korea. Also, the state's market had a track record of customer acceptance of Japanese and Korean imports. Toyota and Nissan started in California and saw their fortunes grow there over time.
Can we talk about the minivan for a moment? Let's go back to the 1950s when our country was growing. We came out of World War II, and we were looking for family transportation. The first answer we came up with was the station wagon. This long-roofed vehicular solution was on a growth spurt from the end of World War II to well into the 1950s. We even saw three-row station wagons, mainly the rear seat facing out towards the back window.