Honda N-One 'Natural' Concept Is A Funky Kei Ecobox With Wooden Interior

Continuing the tradition of Honda making shit that Torchy can't have (but I might actually be able to drive), there is a new concept for one of the N family of Honda kei cars: the N-One 'Natural' Concept. And it's spectacular. » 2/15/15 7:00pm 2/15/15 7:00pm

2015 Honda N Box Slash: What It's Like To Drive A Funky Kei Car

Ever since Jason Torchinsky wrote up his piece on the N Box Slash (N/), I've been dying to drive one. Then I noticed that one of the dealerships nearby had one on display inside their dealership, and I knew I just had to give it a spin. Welcome to the very first Jalopnik East review, where I drive shit Torchy can't… » 1/24/15 12:00pm 1/24/15 12:00pm

Honda's American Muscle Via A Kei-Lens Is Nice And Bonkers

I've mentioned before how taken I am with Honda's home-market-only N-Box Slash, and now it seems Honda's expressing some envy for an iconic American car affectation: old-school Detroit muscle. Seeing what that actually means when applied to this odd little 660cc box is pretty fantastic. And ridiculous. » 12/23/14 7:00pm 12/23/14 7:00pm

Honda Is Doing A Great Job At Making Cars I Want That I Can't Have

If US Honda was a bakery, it'd be like this: The shelves are full of bread, all pretty good and readily available, but nothing special. But sometimes you'd see an amazing cupcake on the shelf, incredibly detailed and looking like nothing you've ever seen. When you ask to buy it, the guy behind the counter smiles and… » 12/03/14 9:50pm 12/03/14 9:50pm

Let This Old Honda Brochure Charm The Crap Outta You

Car brochures today have all sort of covergently-evolved into a certain bland sort of slickness. Sure, there's some minor typographic differences and photography, but one's pretty much like the other. But this wasn't always the case. Back in the day, if you weren't selling something fast or sleek, you had to find… » 10/10/12 10:00am 10/10/12 10:00am

Japanese youth overcome camber limitations

Engineers spent countless hours properly setting up a car's suspension. Ambitious kids spend even more time fucking that careful work up as much as possible. Hence this staggering effort to probe the theoretical outer limits of camber adjustment. » 11/16/11 4:00pm 11/16/11 4:00pm

Custom 1969 Ferrari Micro Kei Pickup Could Fit In Your Pocket

What do you get when take a 1969 Subaru Sambar Kei micro truck and add voluptuous Italian leather, Ferrari badges and a machined ball-top shifter? A super cute, yet macho 1969 Ferrari Micro Truck. » 3/18/09 7:45am 3/18/09 7:45am

Honda Motocompo Fits In Your Tiny Trunk!

Tiny Japanese cars from the '70s and '80s are awesome, but can you really fit anything more than a small suitcase or a couple bento boxes in the back? Actually, yes. In fact, back in the '80s, Honda sold the City with a motorcycle in the rear hatch. How did it fit? It transformed!

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DOTS Geneva: A Tiny Something Or Other

We have no idea what this is, but after the Peel Trident, this is probably the smallest street legal vehicle we've ever seen. And despite our best deciphering and sleuthing efforts, it remains unidentified. F-gobble-de-gook Tech was the best we could get out of it. How can someone get into this thing and feel fine… » 3/06/08 4:45pm 3/06/08 4:45pm

Suzuki Palette, the Kei Car for Moms

We're continually fascinated with the level of innovation and practicality the Japanese are able to stuff into 660cc, 66bhp kei cars. Suzuki's new Palette may not be the most exciting kei car to ever debut, but it scores points on practicality with dual automatic sliding doors and a completely flat load floor. More… » 1/24/08 6:00pm 1/24/08 6:00pm

Down on the Street... in Tokyo: Kei Cars

We delayed this as long as possible, putting all of you into crushing fits of suspense, finally we give the people what they want - kei cars. These loveable, huggable, sub-sub-compact cars are popular for many reasons. The biggest reason for the niche is that they avoid pesky tax and insurance rates by virtue of their… » 10/25/07 2:15pm 10/25/07 2:15pm