On the contrary, I suspect they may have admired the cleverness of these designs...
don't forget these were both answers to problems within two countries whose requirements were, or are, completely different. Japan has a reputation for building small commercial vehicles that can manage maximum load carrying space which is needed for that country's small urban spaces and crowded conditions. The Fiat was designed for taking a large Italian family round with all their luggage, yet still be affordable and not too big. In those respects they were brilliant.
As for looks, that's another matter.