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You’ve probably heard car enthusiasts swinging this abbreviation around in their “car talks” many times. What does JDM really means? JDM stands for Japanese Domestic Market, which also refers to Japan’s market for vehicles. JDM has gained worldwide popularity over the past few years especially in Canada.
Some of the famous JDM cars includes; Nissan Skyline GT-R, Mazda RX7, Subaru Impreza, Honda Integra Type-R, Toyota Supra, Mitsubishi Lancer, and the list goes on. Many love JDM cars due to many reasons such as practicality, condition and pricing compared to others.
There are safety hazards associated with JDM automobile parts and also importing laws in certain country especially in the US, however, the JDM business is blooming and is slowly starting to kick off. As the business expanded, the JDM movement evolved to include the acquisition of aftermarket parts from Japan-based manufacturers and tuning houses.
In JDM culture, many of the motorsports enthusiasts refers to it as modifying vehicles and the function of a component is preferred compared to the cosmetic appeal of a vehicle. It is not a competition but rather a lifestyle amongst JDM lovers. Many groups are formed based on the JDM interest even here in Malaysia and around the world. It does not matter if one can tune their car to Japanese specs or the ability to afford an expensive show-stopper, the JDM culture remains in the same family or entity.
While many people or groups raved about JDM engines, there are also groups who goes against it. JDM motors are typically low mileage and supposedly more torque, however, inspections still needed to be done on the engine, which comes with a price tag.
Overall, JDM culture is not new and has been around for quite some time now. It is a hobby and a way of life for many out there.