Why Japan Is Cracking Down On Its Tiny Kei Cars

You're unlikely to ever see one in the U.S., but for decades Japan's domestic market minicars have provided drivers with efficiency, practicality, ease of parking, style, and even fun behind the wheel. Today, the kei car has never been more popular. So why do Japanese automakers want to wean buyers off of them? » 6/10/14 1:10pm 6/10/14 1:10pm

This Is Japan's Most Screwed Up Car Review Site

Let's just start with that top image there. That syringe thing in that position between those legs — all I can think of when I see that is that someone's taking care of a pesky yeast infection. And that, of course, makes me think about cars. Welcome to Joy Car, Japan's weirdo sexy doctor car review/examination site. » 9/04/13 2:33pm 9/04/13 2:33pm

This Is The Most Amazing Honda You've Never Heard Of

Honda isn't really known for its mid-engine cars or all-wheel drive systems. This car is a rarity: One of Honda's few mid-engine cars and it's one of Honda's relatively few AWD cars. It's also small enough to fit on most freight elevators. It's the Honda Z from 1998-2002. Just look at it. This thing rocks. » 7/15/13 3:15pm 7/15/13 3:15pm

For $5,500 This Kei, Kei, Kei Could Take Your Baby Away

As the late great George Carlin famously pointed out, the words Jumbo and Shrimp are mutually exclusive terms, and yet are commonly shoved together as though the conjoined twins of the English language. Point in fact, today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe Daihatsu is a shrimpy 4x4 that's ironically named Jumbo. You’ll… » 7/02/13 8:00am 7/02/13 8:00am

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