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Old 01-19-2008, 06:48 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Do you mean "kei" car?

It's a Japanese class of car, the name is shortened from "keijidosha," which translates to "light car."

They're super tiny, just a fuzz over ten feet long, a fuzz under five feet wide, and almost invariably powered with itty-tiny engines that are tuned to a per-liter output usually not seen in cars that don't answer to the name of Ferrari.

Typical makers are all the usual suspects: Daihatsu, Suzuki, but Honda and Toyota are players too.

They're next to impossible to find in the States, but a few get imported into Canada once they hit a certain age; you may be able to gray-market them into the States but you'll have to settle for right-hand drive. Some of the little trucks have been imported and enjoy long, productive second lives strictly off-highway as farm utility vehicles or for off-roading.

Google Kei Car and settle in for a lot of interesting, funky small cars.
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