As with other Mitsuoka models, the Ryoga is another based heavily on other Nissan models. This one takes its inspiration form the Sunny, Primera, Sentra and Infiniti G20 models, presenting a unique take on an entry-level luxury sedan to be enjoyed by an appreciative crowd looking for something a bit different than the usual mass-produced stuff.
Over Twenty Years Ago…
The first-generation Mitsuoka Ryoga was released back in 1998, and based heavily on the Nissan Primera. The Ryoga overall enjoyed rather a short run of production, only lasting from 1998 to 2004. The second generation was developed in line with the Nissan Sunny, which lowered its engine size and overall horsepower rating, but made it much more fuel-efficient.
As is normal with Mitsuoka cars, and as their fans expect, the style of the Ryoga is hardly uniform throughout. On the first-generation Ryoga, looking at it from the rear end, you’d hardly think you were looking at a fine, hand-made creati [...]