And The Honda Beat Goes On

Bertel Schmitt
by Bertel Schmitt
and the honda beat goes on

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 Motor Trend hot & bothered.

It wouldn’t be a Honda first. 1991, Honda launched a two-seater Kei convertible, called the Beat. It didn’t last long and was discontinued in 1996.

“By offering a successor to the Beat, which still remains popular even today, Honda is likely looking to draw young men into the minivehicle market,” figures The Nikkei [sub]. Young men? I guess that means young Japanese women favor a Porsche.

Or how about a family car for Japan’s increasingly childless couples?

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  • Demetri Demetri on Jun 24, 2011

    The export version of the Daihatsu Copen actually comes with a 1.3l engine, since it doesn't have to conform to kei standards. So this new Beat won't necessarily have to be restricted to 63hp if it makes it out of Japan.

  • Slow kills Slow kills on Jun 24, 2011

    I can't pretend to be interested in a FWD convertible, despite being fine with the dinky engine and cramped quarters.

    • Kablamo Kablamo on Jun 24, 2011

      The Beat is MR, hence the appeal to enthusiasts.

  • TheEndlessEnigma In 2022 I put my college (then 21 year old) daughter into a 2022 Mirage SE, this year I put my college age 21 year old son into a 2023 Kia Soul LX. They are both very happy to have and both very happy with their vehicles, both are low cost to run and insure.
  • CEastwood If there are 10 laps or less left after a crash and a red flag only let the first ten cars finish the race . I watched the race from about the halfway point and the crashes caused near the end were caused by drivers who had zero to very little chance to finish in the top five .
  • Alan I blame COVID, the chip shortage, container shortage and the war in Ukraine. This aggression is evident in normal daily driving of late.
  • Alan $10 000 is a bit rich for a vehicle that most likely been flogged all its life, plus it's a VW. Lots of electrical gremlins live in them.
  • Alan Mitsubishi, Hino and Izuzu trucks are quite common in Australia. Another factor that needs to be taken into account are the cheap Chinese trucks and vans that are entering the market in Australia and becoming more popular as reliability improves, with huge warranties. Businesses want the cheapest logistics. Plumbers, concreters, builders buy many of these in their lightest versions, around 2.5 tonne payload. Hino/Toyota could use the cheaper competitor in Mitsubishi as a competitor against the Chinese. You don't see too many of the Japanese/Asian trucks in the rural areas.