1948 Hino-Renault PA62

During the immediate postwar era, Japanese automakers did not have the resources to build cars fast enough to meet consumer demand and decided to manufacture foreign cars under license. Nissan partnered (“tied up”) with Austin, Mitsubishi with Willys, and Hino Motors with the French manufacturer Renault. This allowed Japan to quickly establish mass-production capabilities and learn firsthand what production techniques worked best.