JDM generally refers to the Japanese domestic market or Japanese domestic model as some people call them. These are mainly cars that have been specifically designed with the needs of the Japanese auto industry in mind. When buying a car, it is always important to note that driving conditions vary from region to region as well as among states. Some states will have preferences for left hand drive cars while others opt for right hand drive cars depending on their local traffic regulations.
In counties where cars kept to the left of the road, right hand drive cars will be the best option because it enables a driver to judge the distance between his car and the on-coming traffic. It is easier to sneak and check vehicles that are on coming especially before overtaking a vehicle in front. When you have a vehicle that seats the driver in the left and you are driving on streets where the vehicles keep left, it will naturally be very difficult to make certain decisions when driving. Overtaking will most likely be a very difficult exercise because it is not entirely easy to check on vehicles that are approaching from your driving position.
When auto makers design vehicles for sale, they must understand the requirements for the target market. That is why JDM cars are designed specifically to serve the local Japanese driver. This means that the design of the vehicles have been thought out to conform to local road conditions, traffic regulations and even prevailing weather conditions. Al these things affect the driving experience as well as the car’s engine performance. A closer look at vehicles designed for different countries will reveal certain changes in the design lay out of the cars.
When designing cars for Africa for example, the designers often try to enhance the suspension systems because it is understandable that most of the roads in Africa are in bad condition. As a result, some suspension systems that might work well in Europe or Japan will certainly not survive under African road conditions. Reinforcements to enhance easy navigation of cars in such conditions are always necessary. It is also understandable that such vehicles may cost slightly more than the average European or Japanese cars designed for the respective domestic markets.
There are instances where a JDM car ends up in a market that is not exactly in Japan. This does not mean that such a car will not perform. The vehicles can run just fine as long as the driving conditions and weather changes are not so different. Vehicles designed for use in the tropics tend to have vents that are designed to cool the engine better. This is because they cannot entirely rely on the radiator alone to keep it cool. Even the AC systems are often more enhanced to give them a higher chance of longer service to the owner. When there is a lot of dust, the engines need more frequent washing and service to keep them in their best performance states. Naturally, this means that running costs and maintenance costs of cars in different regions will vary.