No other vehicle even came close to matching the popularity of these V8-powered vehicles

the United States at the height of the muscle car era. However, as that period passed,

fewer people acquired muscle vehicles, and only ardent enthusiasts did so. 

 The market switched in favor of automobiles that use less gas and are more inexpensive. 

 At this period, Japanese companies like Toyota started to become well-known in the United States.

For many years, Toyota vehicles have shown their prowess on both roads and racetracks.