Why Is The MX-5 Called ‘Miata’ In North America?

Here’s a fun bit of trivia – cars aren’t always called the same thing in different countries/regions. Sometimes this can be due to differences in language. For example, the Mitsubishi Pajero (as it was sold in many countries) was actually called the ‘Montero’ in Spanish speaking countries – this is because Pajero in some Spanish … Read more

Are Mitsubishi 3000GT Rear Wheel Drive?

In the humble opinion of the editorial team here at Garage Dreams, the Mitsubishi 3000GT (also known as the “GTO” in some markets) is one of the unsung heroes of 1990s Japanese performance motoring. While it was never lauded to quite the same extent as the Toyota Supra or Mazda RX-7, the 3000GT – especially … Read more

What Does JDM Mean When It Comes To Cars?

If you’ve got any interest in cars (and you probably do – or else how did you stumble across this site!) then you will have likely come across the term JDM. But what does JDM mean when it comes to cars? In this short article, we are going to cover the origins and meaning of … Read more

Why Does Abarth Have A Scorpion For Its Logo?

Abarth is one of the most legendary names in European motorsport history. Originally founded by Carlo Abarth in 1949, Abarth produced its own racing vehicles that saw success in Europe, as well as performance variants of other vehicles such as the 595 Abarth Abarth was sold to Fiat in the 1970s, and became the Fiat … Read more

Why Do WRX Sound Different?

If you’ve ever heard a Subaru WRX drive past, then you’ll know that ‘Subaru burble’. Subarus – especially the WRX – just seem to sound so different to so many other cars. We reckon that famous Subaru sound is one of the best four cylinder sounds ever to grace the streets. It is just such … Read more

What Does Miata Mean? 

The Mazda MX-5/Miata is the best selling sports car of all time. It is a legendary vehicle that has been praised by motoring pundits (and every day drivers) almost 30 years. But what does “Miata” mean?  There is an urban legend that Miata is actually an acronym: “Make It A Topless Afternoon” (harking back to … Read more

Why Are Mazda RX7s So Expensive?

If you could use only one word to describe the Mazda RX7, it would have to be ‘legendary’. There are very few performance cars that can lay claim to such a cult following, especially years after production ended. But why are Mazda RX7s so expensive? If you’ve looked to buy one, then you will have … Read more

What Does WRX STi Stand For?

The Subaru WRX STi is a Japanese performance legend. Its rally pedigree helped propel the WRX STi to motoring superstardom, and all generations of the WRX STi have found a cult following (some perhaps more deservedly so than others). However, what does WRX STi stand for? In this short article we are going to look … Read more

What Does NISMO Stand For?

NISMO is a truly legendary name in the realm of Japanese Motorsport. All Japanese car enthusiasts can probably remember their first exposure to the Nismo brand. Mine was playing Gran Turismo on the Playstation One. But what does NISMO stand for? In the latest instalment of our short series on the names and origins of popular motor … Read more