Articles about Kei Cars

It looks like the Japanese carmaker is prepping for an electric future
These kei-car concepts are utterly crazy but completely lovable
Great news! The Tokyo Auto Salon may be going virtual this year, but thankfully our old pals at Daihatsu have lost none of their creative spirit. Click these blue words if you're not sure what we're talking about.That link
Do you think this should make its way over to our shores?
Toyota has shown us a handful of quirky little EV concepts over the years. While not all of them make it into production, some eventually do, and oftentimes they're exciting.The latest concept that's slated for a formal introduction next
Yes, Type R damping...in a kei car
Japanese hot hatchbacks are the flavor of the month. But brilliant though the Toyota GR Yaris undeniably is, squeezing an overpowered engine into an undersized car-giving it burlier arches at the same time-is all very conventional.We want madness. Weirdness.
We imagine it’s pretty fun to drive
Every single kei car is cute, but some are lucky enough to hit every branch of the cute tree on their plummet to the streets of Tokyo. Kei cars like the Honda N-One.This is it in mildly updated form, but
Because it's been halved
Quick quiz question for you: What was the first car Honda ever sold in America? Something suitably big, right?Wrong. The answer is the Honda N600, way back in 1969. Measuring just 2,995mm in length, it was small. Very small. But
And we still want it
Here's some exciting kei-car news from Japan! This is a Honda S660 modified by Mugen, and we need little else in our lives. Any possessions that won't fit in its diminutive storage areas aren't worth hanging onto. Let'
Do you dig the new look?
Out of the many things we love about Japan, kei cars have got be right at the top of that list. It's just hard to hate on these cute little automobiles, wouldn't you agree?They're quirky, they're practical,
Here’s the story
Many people would much rather write off 2020 for obvious reasons, but for Suzuki, this year marks an important milestone-its 100th in existence. The former manufacturer of textile looms officially turned a century old in March, and has since been celebrating
Daihatsu is now accepting pre-orders for it, albeit not in our market
Remember the Daihatsu TAFT Concept we featured a couple of months back? It debuted during the 2020 Tokyo Auto Salon, and now Daihatsu is accepting orders for it in Japan.This 'Tough & Almighty Fun Tool' is what its makers call the world'
It’s all sorts of crazy but also a whole lot of fun
For us, the Suzuki Jimny never ceases to impress.Yes, it's a quirky little vehicle that definitely turns heads when it drives past. But it was only recently that Top Gear PH associate off-road editor Beeboy Bargas got to take
Including ProPilot, forward-collision warning, and Nissan’s Zero Gravity seats
Small they may be, but kei cars are a big deal in the Japanese automotive industry-in 2019, the country's best-selling vehicle came from this segment. No surprises there considering how sensible and economical these runabouts are, though some of
Kawaii!
In 2019, Japan's best-selling car shifted 253,500 units. We don't have the end-of-year stats for the Philippine market yet, but for a bit of context, our 2019 midyear report showed that the best-selling brand in
Thankfully Honda didn't mess with the winning formula
Nothing delights the bank of desks that pushes the buttons of this website more than tiny weeny Japanese kei cars. And of those, it's the tiny weeny kei sports cars that make us giddiest.King of the kei sports cars at
Plus a few other mods and concepts as well
Mitsubishi has revealed its lineup for the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Auto Salon. Though we might not be seeing any of these in the Philippine market anytime soon, we're excited to see these concepts on the show floor.Headlining the display are
Looks can be deceiving
Oh, kei cars. You either love them or find them totally ludicrous. They were born of government regulation, but really, their quirky nature could only have ever been conceived by the Japanese.In Japan, the N-Box is Honda's best-selling
The carmaker’s Tokyo Motor Show display reaffirms its commitment to PHEV tech
At the ongoing 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, Mitsubishi is showing off what it does best: vans and four-wheel-drive vehicles. The carmaker has revealed its Mi-Tech crossover concept and the very Japanese Super Height K-Wagon concept.The Mi-Tech
It’s for Japan only
What if we told you that in a faraway place, Toyota's racing skunkworks Gazoo Racing has just launched a new open-top lightweight sports car? A back-to-basics fun machine. A roadster with a manual gearbox, sports suspension, a turbocharger,
The names are pretty quirky, too
The Tokyo Motor Show is a rich seam for madness. Thus we look forward to its opening in much the same way we do Christmas. And just like an advent calendar spewing out chocolate on a daily basis, Japan's domestic carmakers
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