No, a huge tax on all cars based on weight. There is no "special tax" for US cars. Please re-read what I wrote. This applies to ALL CARS. There are Japanese cars that fall into these tax brackets too - but they`re not the models that sell. (Probably because the taxes are expensive and the cars are large) The tinier and lighter the car, the lower the tax. The larger and heavier the car, the higher the tax. It doesn`t matter where the car is built - any costs on that end are in the purchase price, etc. There are small foreign cars that fit into low tax brackets, just not many of them. Usually, for size, the US cars tend to be heavier and have larger engines... And therefore fall into a higher tax bracket. (SUVs can even fall into the "truck" level tax bracket, as it is based on size, weight, and engine) Even in the lowest tax brackets, the tax is still expensive. It`s applied to all cars and is measured in the same way for all makers, regardless of where they are. I take it you are of the camp that thinks Japanese laws and regulations regarding vehicle size, weight, etc, should be ignored in favor of US cars because they can`t be bothered to make many that fit within them? That they should get a special pass, unlike everyone else, because they are made in the US?