The Isuzu Light Dump. The Nissan Gloria. The Mazda Bongo Friendee. The Nissan Pantry Boy Supreme. The Japanese do love a wacky car name, don’t they?

Except that in this blog I was going to tell you why these famous Japanese car models and more are not wacky at all. They’re not titteringly amusing in the slightest but are instead steeped in common sense and implacable Japanese logic.

I was going to tell you about the Nissan Gloria. Formerly the Prince Gloria, it originated in the 1950s when cars were still rare and expensive and the Prince car company was the official vehicle supplier to the Japanese Imperial Household. Prince gifted a car to the then crown prince – later to be Emperor Akihito – for his wedding and another for his anniversary.

It stands to reason, then, that an outward-looking company would give the model an appropriate, grand, joyful and, yes, glorious-sounding name that the rest of the world would understand. It wasn’t named after a Loose Women presenter.

The Isuzu GIGA 20 Light Dump? Well, it’s a small commercial vehicle, and there are countries in the world where the word ‘dump’ is as shoulder-shruggingly innocent as ‘spunk’ is in Australia. The Isuzu is, in effect, a small dump truck. There’s a Mazda Titan Dump, too. Guess what? It’s bigger.