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Imagine a Ferrari squeezed down to the dimensions of a Shriners parade car. Now imagine sharing that car’s compact cabin space with another person and a hateful little three-cylinder engine with the raging whine of a vindictive bee swarm. Now you’re driving, baby. In an Autozam AZ-1.
Car commercials, in general, suck, lavishly and sloppily. So when a series of commercials for a car comes along that exhibits a true mastery of the craft, it deserves to be recognized. That’s why I’d like to invite all of you to experience this series of commercials for a Kei car called the Daihatsu Wake.
My life changed this morning when I discovered for the first time that a brilliant two-stroke, 4x4 Kei Car is actually available on America’s very own Craigslist. It’s called the Suzuki Jimny LJ20, and I’ve found multiple examples online that I’m having a hard time resisting. Please help?
If you hopped into a Suzuki Every Turbo and hoofed your way across the tornado-prone plains, would you get wind-blown off the road to a grisly and crumply death? Probably! But this guy survived it.
The Suzuki Mighty Boy is a teeny-tiny pickup made for Japan’s super-small Kei class of cars. What do you get when you swap an LS V8 engine into one? Burnouts! Burnouts for days.
If you want to buy a car from a company that actually, genuinely seems to give a damn about you, then I think Suzuki may have just proved themselves to be worthy of your business. I say this because it appears that Suzuki has issued a recall for a minor issue affecting some of their 1996 Cappuccino roadsters. And by…
“Cute.” “Awesome.” “Practical.” “So tiny!” These are the things I hear regularly when people describe Kei-cars, the minicars sold almost exclusively in Japan. Their funky designs, so different from what people outside of the country are used to, generate lots of love and envy among gearheads around the globe. But…
That winsome guy up there is the Gasuden Minivan. I came across it on this page in a book on kei cars I have and was immediately taken.
While it’s true that I’m not much of a video gamer, I have clearly found the classic Super Famicom (Super NES) game for me: Kat’s Run Zen-Nippon K Car Senshuken. Not only is it named after me, and involves kei cars I want and/or have owned, but it even has a joke from my favorite anime in the opening segment!
This video purports to be the ultimate Subaru Sambar burnout. It’s great, yes. But is it the ultimate in Subaru Sambar burnouts?
How easy is it do offroad a Suzuki Carry kei pickup truck with mattracks? It’s so easy that a seven-year-old can do it.
Torchinsky’s post over on Jalopnik got me thinking about all the amazing micro-trucks of the post-WWII era. Up top is the Isocarro made in Italy (and under license in Spain) by Iso, the original builders of the Isetta. It used the same 236cc Iso motor that powered the little microcar and sat upon a relatively…
If you’re like me, you waste a significant amount of your work week on the Goo-Net Exchange eyeballing weird old Japanese cars that you want to import once they hit the magical 25-year mark. Cars like the Suzuki Cappuccino, a roadster for people who looked at the Mazda Miata and said “Oh, that’s just way too big.”
Right now I'm writing this with blood dripping from my nose because when I first saw this image of Honda's tiny kei-class pickup and its little, impeccably-designed camper, I leapt at my screen in an instinctive attempt to get to the car. Of course, I impacted the monitor hard, and fell off the back of my desk, legs…
The most infamous review in the history of Consumer Reports car reviews came in 1969 when they covered the new to America Subaru 360. Their summation: Not Acceptable.
If you think your car is cramped, allow me to present the original Mitsubishi Minica Skipper. It was not even ten feet long.
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?
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