The Truth About Cars » kei car http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Mon, 08 Feb 2016 20:14:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars » kei car http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Digestible Collectible: 1992 Suzuki Cappuccino http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/digestible-collectible-1992-suzuki-cappuccino/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/digestible-collectible-1992-suzuki-cappuccino/#comments Wed, 06 Jan 2016 14:00:34 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1258001 I’m a glutton, and a glutton for punishment. I’m larger than most men, at around six-feet-four-inches tall and weighing between 260 and 280 pounds depending on the time of day, moon phase, and proximity to the nearest good buffet. And yet, I love small cars. I own, and once daily-drove, an early Miata. Mind you, I […]

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I’m a glutton, and a glutton for punishment. I’m larger than most men, at around six-feet-four-inches tall and weighing between 260 and 280 pounds depending on the time of day, moon phase, and proximity to the nearest good buffet. And yet, I love small cars. I own, and once daily-drove, an early Miata. Mind you, I […]

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Toyota Previews Sporty S-FR, Steampunk Dune Buggy Before Tokyo Motor Show http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/toyota-previews-sporty-s-fr-steampunk-dune-buggy-before-tokyo-motor-show/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/toyota-previews-sporty-s-fr-steampunk-dune-buggy-before-tokyo-motor-show/#comments Thu, 08 Oct 2015 12:30:22 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1191146 Toyota on Thursday released a preview of what to expect on its stand at the Tokyo Motor Show later this month and it’s all sorts of steampunk and futuristic weirdness, but more on that in a moment. While the Scion FR-S isn’t flying off dealer lots here in North America, the Japanese seem to like their […]

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Toyota on Thursday released a preview of what to expect on its stand at the Tokyo Motor Show later this month and it’s all sorts of steampunk and futuristic weirdness, but more on that in a moment. While the Scion FR-S isn’t flying off dealer lots here in North America, the Japanese seem to like their […]

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Honda Reportedly Considering S660 for America, but Will Any of Us Fit in It? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/honda-reportedly-considering-s660-america-will-us-fit/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/honda-reportedly-considering-s660-america-will-us-fit/#comments Wed, 12 Aug 2015 21:00:05 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1140106 Honda may bring its small, two-seater S660 to the United States, Edmunds is reporting. The car, which is much smaller than Mazda’s MX-5 Miata and categorized in Japan in the “kei” class, is powered there by a small, 660cc turbocharged three-cylinder. In case you’re not picking up what I’m putting down: the S660 would be fantastically tiny on American roads. […]

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Honda may bring its small, two-seater S660 to the United States, Edmunds is reporting. The car, which is much smaller than Mazda’s MX-5 Miata and categorized in Japan in the “kei” class, is powered there by a small, 660cc turbocharged three-cylinder. In case you’re not picking up what I’m putting down: the S660 would be fantastically tiny on American roads. […]

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Honda S660, The Mid-Engine Honda We’ve Been Waiting For http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/honda-s660-mid-engine-honda-weve-waiting/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/honda-s660-mid-engine-honda-weve-waiting/#comments Mon, 30 Mar 2015 21:57:45 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1032785 While the whole world waited for the next Acura NSX, Honda quietly went about preparing an entirely different kind of mid-engine sports car for its home market. The S660 will be about the size of the original Beat, largely since it must confirm to Japanese regulations for kei-cars. This means that it’s going to be small. […]

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While the whole world waited for the next Acura NSX, Honda quietly went about preparing an entirely different kind of mid-engine sports car for its home market. The S660 will be about the size of the original Beat, largely since it must confirm to Japanese regulations for kei-cars. This means that it’s going to be small. […]

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Your First Look At The Honda S660 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/02/first-look-honda-s660/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/02/first-look-honda-s660/#comments Mon, 16 Feb 2015 12:42:43 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1002186 Japan’s Mag-X got their first look at the new Honda S660, successor to the Beat sports car, at an event in Hokkaido. Also spied in the background, a camo’d Civic Type-R. Like the Beat, the S660 will use a 660-cc engine producing 63 horsepower and 77 lb-ft, with a CVT or 6-speed manual putting power to […]

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Japan’s Mag-X got their first look at the new Honda S660, successor to the Beat sports car, at an event in Hokkaido. Also spied in the background, a camo’d Civic Type-R. Like the Beat, the S660 will use a 660-cc engine producing 63 horsepower and 77 lb-ft, with a CVT or 6-speed manual putting power to […]

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Daihatsu Revives The Copen http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/2014-daihatsu-copen/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/2014-daihatsu-copen/#comments Mon, 23 Jun 2014 10:30:44 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=849818   Daihatsu’s diminutive sports car is back after a two year absence, with a new look, but the same 660 cc displacement. The Copen still puts out just 63 horsepower and 68 lb-ft from its tiny engine, but it’s also one of the more exciting kei-cars in existence. For 2014, Daihatsu has ditched the retro […]

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  Daihatsu’s diminutive sports car is back after a two year absence, with a new look, but the same 660 cc displacement. The Copen still puts out just 63 horsepower and 68 lb-ft from its tiny engine, but it’s also one of the more exciting kei-cars in existence. For 2014, Daihatsu has ditched the retro […]

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Caterham Using Three-Cylinder Suzuki Engine In Entry-Level Seven http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/caterham-using-three-cylinder-suzuki-engine-in-entry-level-seven/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/caterham-using-three-cylinder-suzuki-engine-in-entry-level-seven/#comments Wed, 07 Aug 2013 15:43:52 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=498523   The newest entry-level variant of the Caterham Seven range will be getting a powertrain from an unlikely source; a 660cc three-cylinder Suzuki engine. Power and efficiency figures haven’t been announced, but Caterham is claiming that this is the lightest, most compact and most efficient powertrain ever put in a Seven. It’s also supposed to […]

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  The newest entry-level variant of the Caterham Seven range will be getting a powertrain from an unlikely source; a 660cc three-cylinder Suzuki engine. Power and efficiency figures haven’t been announced, but Caterham is claiming that this is the lightest, most compact and most efficient powertrain ever put in a Seven. It’s also supposed to […]

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Big Rollout For Small Car: Nissan Launches DAYZ Kei (You’ve seen it already.) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/big-rollout-for-small-car-nissan-launches-dayz-kei-youve-seen-it-already/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/big-rollout-for-small-car-nissan-launches-dayz-kei-youve-seen-it-already/#comments Thu, 06 Jun 2013 15:09:45 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=491058 Nissan and Mitsubishi today presented their jointly developed, but separately badged and marketed kei car to an amazingly large contingent of the Japanese press.  TTAC readers are quite familiar with the car(s). They have watched the Nissan DAYZ and its Mitsubishi siblings, the eK Wagon and eK Custom  on its first day of production at […]

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Nissan and Mitsubishi today presented their jointly developed, but separately badged and marketed kei car to an amazingly large contingent of the Japanese press.  TTAC readers are quite familiar with the car(s). They have watched the Nissan DAYZ and its Mitsubishi siblings, the eK Wagon and eK Custom  on its first day of production at […]

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What Keis And Big Pickups Have In Common: A Galapagosization http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/what-keis-and-big-pickups-have-in-common-a-galapagosization/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/what-keis-and-big-pickups-have-in-common-a-galapagosization/#comments Thu, 30 May 2013 15:33:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=490053 Today’s Nikkei [sub] puts forth an interesting thought: Dependence on big pick-ups distracts the Detroit 3 on a global basis. Now, tiny kei cars could do the same to the Japanese.  Writes the Nikkei: “Part of the reason the Big Three U.S. automakers lost their international dominance is because they lagged foreign carmakers in implementing […]

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Today’s Nikkei [sub] puts forth an interesting thought: Dependence on big pick-ups distracts the Detroit 3 on a global basis. Now, tiny kei cars could do the same to the Japanese.  Writes the Nikkei: “Part of the reason the Big Three U.S. automakers lost their international dominance is because they lagged foreign carmakers in implementing […]

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Nikkei: Honda’s Future Hinges On A Kei Car http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/nikkei-hondas-future-hinges-on-a-kei-car/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/nikkei-hondas-future-hinges-on-a-kei-car/#comments Wed, 29 Feb 2012 18:47:55 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=433300 We have been saying for quite a while that Honda looks a bit pale around the nose. The Nikkei [sub] agrees. According to the Tokyo business paper, Honda blew it by relying too much on the U.S. market, by ignoring the emerging markets, and by disregarding the fact that Japan has a love affair with […]

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We have been saying for quite a while that Honda looks a bit pale around the nose. The Nikkei [sub] agrees. According to the Tokyo business paper, Honda blew it by relying too much on the U.S. market, by ignoring the emerging markets, and by disregarding the fact that Japan has a love affair with […]

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And The Honda Beat Goes On http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/and-the-honda-beat-goes-on/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/and-the-honda-beat-goes-on/#comments Fri, 24 Jun 2011 13:30:08 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=400055 There is no replacement for displacement? How about a roadster “powered” by a 0.66 liter engine (yes, 40 ci, give or take a thimble) that is not allowed to make more than 63 hp? Honda is developing a Kei car roadster, President Takanobu Ito said at Honda’s shareholders meeting yesterday, confirming rumors that even had […]

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There is no replacement for displacement? How about a roadster “powered” by a 0.66 liter engine (yes, 40 ci, give or take a thimble) that is not allowed to make more than 63 hp? Honda is developing a Kei car roadster, President Takanobu Ito said at Honda’s shareholders meeting yesterday, confirming rumors that even had […]

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Junkyard Find: Mitsubishi Minicab Dump Truck http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/junkyard-find-mitsubishi-minicab-dump-truck/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/junkyard-find-mitsubishi-minicab-dump-truck/#comments Thu, 26 May 2011 13:00:19 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=396145 Sometimes I wonder how it’s even possible for some vehicles to slip through all the steps that should stop them from washing ashore on Crusher Island. Something as useful as a kei-sized dump truck, for example. 12″ wheels, gasoline engine, fits in tight spots yet carries a respectable load. The Mitsubishi Minicab is ungodly rare […]

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Sometimes I wonder how it’s even possible for some vehicles to slip through all the steps that should stop them from washing ashore on Crusher Island. Something as useful as a kei-sized dump truck, for example. 12″ wheels, gasoline engine, fits in tight spots yet carries a respectable load. The Mitsubishi Minicab is ungodly rare […]

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Japanese Mini Car Makers Fight Battle Of The Bulge http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/03/japanese-mini-car-makers-fight-battle-of-the-bulge/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/03/japanese-mini-car-makers-fight-battle-of-the-bulge/#comments Wed, 10 Mar 2010 11:24:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=348410 Subminiature, or „kei“ cars ( from kei-jidosha – subcompact cars) have been a Japanese phenomenon. At one time, their combined share was 1/3 of Japan’s market. Unlike anime and Pokemon, the 660 cc vehicles never much made it beyond Japan’s shores. And recently, the sales of the pocket monsters on wheels had been flagging. Last February, […]

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Subminiature, or „kei“ cars ( from kei-jidosha – subcompact cars) have been a Japanese phenomenon. At one time, their combined share was 1/3 of Japan’s market. Unlike anime and Pokemon, the 660 cc vehicles never much made it beyond Japan’s shores. And recently, the sales of the pocket monsters on wheels had been flagging. Last February, […]

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