The Truth About Cars » kei cars http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Thu, 05 May 2016 14:03:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Tiny Vehicle’s Thirst Means a Supersized Headache for Mitsubishi http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/tiny-vehicles-thirst-means-a-supersized-headache-for-mitsubishi/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/tiny-vehicles-thirst-means-a-supersized-headache-for-mitsubishi/#comments Wed, 20 Apr 2016 16:00:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1328377 Mitsubishi Motors has some ‘splaining to do after fuel economy figures for its tiny overseas eK wagon were proven to be false. The automaker overstated gas mileage by five to 10 percent over the last three model years, Bloomberg reports, allowing the minicars to be classified as greener than they actually were. Powered by small-displacement […]

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Mitsubishi Motors has some ‘splaining to do after fuel economy figures for its tiny overseas eK wagon were proven to be false. The automaker overstated gas mileage by five to 10 percent over the last three model years, Bloomberg reports, allowing the minicars to be classified as greener than they actually were. Powered by small-displacement […]

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Autoleaks: Production-Ready Honda S660 Revealed http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/01/autoleaks-production-ready-honda-s660-revealed/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/01/autoleaks-production-ready-honda-s660-revealed/#comments Mon, 05 Jan 2015 12:00:48 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=971201   Thanks to the Internet and a scan of a Japanese market brochure, the whole world now has an idea as to what the production-ready Honda S660 will look like when it hits showrooms later in 2015. Leftlane reports the 660cc engine — thus, S660 — will deliver 63 horsepower at 6,000 rpm, while the […]

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  Thanks to the Internet and a scan of a Japanese market brochure, the whole world now has an idea as to what the production-ready Honda S660 will look like when it hits showrooms later in 2015. Leftlane reports the 660cc engine — thus, S660 — will deliver 63 horsepower at 6,000 rpm, while the […]

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Abe Administration Pushes Automakers, Nation Away From Kei Cars http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/abe-administration-pushes-automakers-nation-away-from-kei-cars/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/abe-administration-pushes-automakers-nation-away-from-kei-cars/#comments Wed, 11 Jun 2014 11:00:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=841985 For ages, the kei car has been one of the darlings of the automotive world, owing to its tiny size and equally tiny engine (that also netted owners a smaller tax bill). Alas, Japan’s littlest cars may soon be put in a toy box destined for Goodwill as the nation’s government puts the pressure on […]

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For ages, the kei car has been one of the darlings of the automotive world, owing to its tiny size and equally tiny engine (that also netted owners a smaller tax bill). Alas, Japan’s littlest cars may soon be put in a toy box destined for Goodwill as the nation’s government puts the pressure on […]

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Honda S660 To Enter Production In 2015 At Former Beat Factory http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/honda-s660-to-enter-production-in-2015-at-former-beat-factory/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/honda-s660-to-enter-production-in-2015-at-former-beat-factory/#comments Wed, 07 May 2014 11:00:37 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=816737 Over two decades ago during the early years of Japan’s Lost Decade (or Lost 20 Years for those who believe the nation’s economy has yet to improve since the boom of the 1980s), Soichiro Honda’s final car before his passing — the Honda Beat kei roadster — left the Yachiyo Industry Company-owned factory at Yokkaichi […]

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Over two decades ago during the early years of Japan’s Lost Decade (or Lost 20 Years for those who believe the nation’s economy has yet to improve since the boom of the 1980s), Soichiro Honda’s final car before his passing — the Honda Beat kei roadster — left the Yachiyo Industry Company-owned factory at Yokkaichi […]

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2013 Tokyo Motor Show: Honda S660 Roadster Revealed, May Get Turbo One Liter Three For Export http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/2013-tokyo-motor-show-honda-s660-roadster-revealed-may-get-turbo-one-liter-three-for-export/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/2013-tokyo-motor-show-honda-s660-roadster-revealed-may-get-turbo-one-liter-three-for-export/#comments Wed, 20 Nov 2013 05:33:17 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=657186 Seen as a successor to the early ’90s Honda Beat kei car, the new S660 roadster, which will go into production in 2014, was introduced at the Tokyo Motor Show. The midengined car, as the nomenclature indicates, is powered by a 660cc three cylinder turbocharged engine driving through a seven speed paddle shifted transmission. While […]

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Seen as a successor to the early ’90s Honda Beat kei car, the new S660 roadster, which will go into production in 2014, was introduced at the Tokyo Motor Show. The midengined car, as the nomenclature indicates, is powered by a 660cc three cylinder turbocharged engine driving through a seven speed paddle shifted transmission. While […]

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Japanese Domestic Market Sales Up 17.3% In October, Kei Car Growth May Stall With New Taxes http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/japanese-domestic-market-sales-up-17-3-in-october-kei-car-growth-may-stall-with-new-taxes/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/japanese-domestic-market-sales-up-17-3-in-october-kei-car-growth-may-stall-with-new-taxes/#comments Mon, 04 Nov 2013 12:00:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=641073 Manufacturer Month (A) Previous year (B) A / B (%) This year total Previous year total Year-on-year (%) Daihatsu 194 241 80.5 1939 2303 84.2 Fuji Heavy Industries 13121 11851 110.7 99888 76721 130.2 Hino 5524 4704 117.4 34737 32041 108.4 Honda 39398 26186 150.5 238177 365294 65.2 Isuzu 8259 6915 119.4 47349 46223 102.4 […]

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Manufacturer Month (A) Previous year (B) A / B (%) This year total Previous year total Year-on-year (%) Daihatsu 194 241 80.5 1939 2303 84.2 Fuji Heavy Industries 13121 11851 110.7 99888 76721 130.2 Hino 5524 4704 117.4 34737 32041 108.4 Honda 39398 26186 150.5 238177 365294 65.2 Isuzu 8259 6915 119.4 47349 46223 102.4 […]

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The Beat Resurrected: Meet the Honda S660 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/the-beat-resurrected-meet-the-honda-s660/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/the-beat-resurrected-meet-the-honda-s660/#comments Thu, 24 Oct 2013 12:00:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=632914 Honda’s rear-driven products built for two tend to be motorcycles, scooters and ATVs for the most part, but every now and again the company will unveil a roadster whose name begins with an S, and ends with the number of cubic centimeters the engine provides. Such a car is set to return soon to the […]

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Honda’s rear-driven products built for two tend to be motorcycles, scooters and ATVs for the most part, but every now and again the company will unveil a roadster whose name begins with an S, and ends with the number of cubic centimeters the engine provides. Such a car is set to return soon to the […]

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Mitsubishi Wants To Re-Tool Itself http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/mitsubishi-wants-to-re-tool-itself/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/mitsubishi-wants-to-re-tool-itself/#comments Thu, 23 May 2013 12:56:33 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=489367 After accumulating some $9 billion in losses, Mitsubishi Motors is bringing its financial house in order. According to Reuters, “Mitsubishi Motors is considering asking shareholders to approve plans for a 10-for-1 reverse stock split. At the same time, the company may ask shareholders to approve a capital reorganization – a change in accounting that would […]

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After accumulating some $9 billion in losses, Mitsubishi Motors is bringing its financial house in order. According to Reuters, “Mitsubishi Motors is considering asking shareholders to approve plans for a 10-for-1 reverse stock split. At the same time, the company may ask shareholders to approve a capital reorganization – a change in accounting that would […]

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日本の警察の車: The Cars of the Japanese Police http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/%e6%97%a5%e6%9c%ac%e3%81%ae%e8%ad%a6%e5%af%9f%e3%81%ae%e8%bb%8a-the-cars-of-the-japanese-police/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/%e6%97%a5%e6%9c%ac%e3%81%ae%e8%ad%a6%e5%af%9f%e3%81%ae%e8%bb%8a-the-cars-of-the-japanese-police/#comments Sun, 24 Feb 2013 14:19:02 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=478547 Hot girls in short skirts are the first things that leap into my mind whenever anyone says anything about the Japanese. The internet has not helped to change that, in fact it may have made things worse. If you add the word “Japanese” to any noun that describes a group of people and enter it […]

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Hot girls in short skirts are the first things that leap into my mind whenever anyone says anything about the Japanese. The internet has not helped to change that, in fact it may have made things worse. If you add the word “Japanese” to any noun that describes a group of people and enter it […]

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Deep Data Dive: Tsunami Washes Kei Cars To The Top Of Japanese Charts http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/deep-data-dive-tsunami-washes-kei-cars-to-the-top-of-japanese-charts/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/deep-data-dive-tsunami-washes-kei-cars-to-the-top-of-japanese-charts/#comments Mon, 06 Jun 2011 14:03:52 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=397537 The March 11 earthquake and tsunami didn’t just destroy more than 410,000 cars in Japan. It also totally mangled the list of top selling cars in Japan. After a two year absence, two minivehicles took the top spot of the chart. Suzuki’s WagonR mini vehicle was the best-selling new car in May, Daihatsu’s Move mini […]

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The March 11 earthquake and tsunami didn’t just destroy more than 410,000 cars in Japan. It also totally mangled the list of top selling cars in Japan. After a two year absence, two minivehicles took the top spot of the chart. Suzuki’s WagonR mini vehicle was the best-selling new car in May, Daihatsu’s Move mini […]

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Japan Restores Three Class System. For Cars http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/japan-restores-three-class-system-for-cars/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/japan-restores-three-class-system-for-cars/#comments Thu, 03 Feb 2011 09:21:13 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=382725 Japan has – as the confused reader of our monthly sales report from the Land of Nippon is woefully aware of – a two class car system. There are cars, and there are kei cars. Soon, there will be a three class system. According to The Nikkei [sub], next year the Japanese government will introduce […]

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Japan has – as the confused reader of our monthly sales report from the Land of Nippon is woefully aware of – a two class car system. There are cars, and there are kei cars. Soon, there will be a three class system. According to The Nikkei [sub], next year the Japanese government will introduce […]

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Winterkorn: No 13th Brand For VW http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/12/winterkorn-no-13th-brand-for-vw/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/12/winterkorn-no-13th-brand-for-vw/#comments Sat, 19 Dec 2009 18:05:08 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=339701 VW CEO  Martin Winterkorn is a superstitious man. He doesn’t want to add a 13th brand to his (or rather Piech’s) large collection. (Coincidentally, 12 is the number of Piech’s children. More or less. Nobody is quite sure,) “There are some who knock on our door. Some really want to come under our roof as […]

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VW CEO  Martin Winterkorn is a superstitious man. He doesn’t want to add a 13th brand to his (or rather Piech’s) large collection. (Coincidentally, 12 is the number of Piech’s children. More or less. Nobody is quite sure,) “There are some who knock on our door. Some really want to come under our roof as […]

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