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The debate between German and Japanese car proponents has been raging for decades, and both countries have dominated the automobile industry for a long time. However, their American and Korean counterparts are also catching up. The world's largest car manufacturer is Toyota, followed by the Volkswagen group. Hyundai comes in third, followed by General Motors, Ford, Nissan, and Honda.

So which cars are better, and what's my take on this?

Well, it mostly boils down to your personal preference. Many people consider both types of cars to be durable and reliable to varying degrees, while some can vouch for each. For instance, you might come across a proud Toyota or Nissan owner who claims his Camry or Altima never let them down, and the same can be said about a proud Mercedes or Audi owner. There is plenty of anecdotal evidence for each side.

Overall, German carmakers are known for their luxury, cutting-edge technology, performance, and attention to detail, whereas Japanese carmakers are famous for their excellent blend of reliability and affordability. Japanese carmakers are mostly volume manufacturers, which means that they were designed for mass production by employing cheaper production methods to build some cars for sale. Their pricing is also generally less expensive than German cars. For instance, even the most expensive Lexus LS or LX models still cost considerably less than, say, a Mercedes S or G class. An example of the technology in German cars is evident in Brake Assist and the Electronic Stability Program (ESP) for Mercedes Benz cars. These systems have been standard equipment beginning in mid-2006. I remember when I was in my friend's car many years ago when his car suddenly stopped with red warning lights flashing on his dashboard. The guy was clueless and shocked by what had happened, but after a few seconds, we realized that the car, by the will of God, actually saved our lives. Autonomous braking kicked in when the vehicle in front of us stopped abruptly, and there was no way a human being would have had such an incredible braking reaction time.

In my opinion, German cars also feel studier when driving the vehicle, and you get a smoother ride. If you drive a Mercedes S Class, for instance, and a Toyota Camry, you may notice that the German car feels more stable on the road, especially on bumps and uneven surfaces. Higher-priced Japanese vehicles such as the Lexus LS can also feel incredibly smooth, but overall, German cars have better sound insulation, suspension, dampening, and stability on the road.

On the other hand, many people consider Japanese vehicles to be remarkably durable and reliable, and their technology is quite advanced. Extra perks include cheaper spare parts and fewer maintenance requirements. I have had a Nissan car that never broke down (except once due to wheel bearings, but they did not stop me from driving- they just caused a loud noise) from my personal experience, and I have been driving it for more than seven years with very little maintenance. Actually, to say "very little maintenance" is an understatement. I can't remember how many times I delayed oil and filter changes! Also, many Japanese cars are famous for offroading, even more than their German counterparts due to their durability.
 
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