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  •  I think you can fit them in a backpack! (7+ / 0-)

    You have exactly 10 seconds to change that look of disgusting pity into one of enormous respect!

    by Cartoon Peril on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 10:06:41 AM PDT

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    •  But are probably still good for 95+% of trips (2+ / 0-)
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      No? Remember the Honda "Baby Booty"? Least that's what we called it: Honda 600

      Then Hondas and the rest of that early Japanese fleet of vehicles got bigger and bigger until they were nearly indistinguishable from GM, etc.

      Time is an enormous, long river, and I’m standing in it, just as you’re standing in it. My elders are the tributaries, and everything they thought and every struggle they went through & everything they gave their lives to flows down to me-Utah Phillips

      by TerryDarc on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 03:44:34 PM PDT

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      •  butt I cain't tow my boat!!! (2+ / 0-)
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        if I had a vacation

        if I had a boat

        This machine kills Fascists.

        by KenBee on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 10:47:57 PM PDT

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      •  Yes and no. (3+ / 0-)
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        Honda and other JP automakers withdrew these cars from the North American market because they didn't sell, but continue to make Kei cars to this day for the domestic market and export to some target markets in Asia and Europe.

        One Kei car being introduced to the US is the electric version of the Mitsubishi i-Car, ori MiEV, although I read they slightly enlarged it for the US.

        Kei cars evolved from basic personal and delivery transportation to more complete lines including sport and mini luxury models.

        Some (mostly English) information and eye candy of notable Kei cars:

        Daihatsu The kei car leader and little brother of Toyota, Daihatsu only makes small cars and has consistently the highest overall Kei car sales. These are very well-made cars equal in quality to larger cars, proving it can be done.

        Copen - Last chance to buy, out of production this year, pretty
        Move- the basic Kei car platform in it's various forms including the luxury Conte
        Tanto Van - based on the Move platform, comes in passenger and delivery models including a hydrogen fuel cell version
        Mira - slightly larger than Move with 1000cc engines in some export markets
        Mira Gino and it's replacement Mira Cocoa - the awesome retro styled luxury kei cars, and yes, they can match Mrs Darc's nail polish
        Cuore - modern style family car, sold as both Daihatsu and Toyota models

        Toyota

        Parent company of Daihatsu, much of their Kei car line has been rebranded models, but they have some distinguished designs of their own.

        Pixis - For example, is a rebranded Daihatsu Move.
        iQ/iQ EV - Are the iQ and iQ EV the best designed Kei cars for a global market? Toyota aims to take these global and they have a good chance of success, really excellent design.

        Honda

        Life - Honda's answer to Daihatsu Move, the basic Kei car platform model
        That's - Luxury version of Life aimed at Mira Coco buyers, now replaced by N Box
        N Box - Sporty version of Life targeting young families and retired. Is there a market for wheelchair version in the US? N box is the best selling single model Kei car.
        N-One - Good news! The Honda 600 lives in the up-coming N-One.
        Vamos/Hobio - Kei van line with passenger and delivery models, Vamos is the luxury model
        Zest - sporty (turbo) version aimed and young buyers. Is the Zest Spark the Kei car answer to BMW M3?
        Beat - Long out of production, the first Kei 2 seater sports car, real collector's item

        Suzuki

        Alto - is the basic Kei platform for the global market and basis of other Kei cars
        Lapin - the basic Kei luxury platform in the family car version, very nicely finished reto style
        Alto - "Ladies" version of the Lapin and basis of the Nissan Micra.
        Wagon R - was the car that really launched the Kei minvan boom in the 1990's with the most popular version styled like the Chevy Van II, but cute! A perennial favorite.
        MR Van - the basis of the Nissan Moco noted below.
        Bandit - is the sports version of the Wagon R platform
        Palette - luxury version of the Wagon R and basis of the Nissan Roox.

        Nissan

        Nissan has never been a Kei car leader but has produced some influential designs in the Kei and City Car classes, usually working with Suzuki or Mitsubishi and recently made a JV with Mitsubishi for future Kei car development.

        Pino - Jointly produced with Suzuki, now discontinued, very popular with the ladies, replaced by the Otti/Moco - is the current passenger car platform developed with Misubishi
        Roox - Nissan version of Suzuki Palette minivan, targeting the Tanto
        Hypermini - an EV predecessor to the Leaf, qualified as a Kei car
        March/Micra- successor to March and Vicki. Based on Suzuki Alto.

        Also notable, the slightly larger 900cc Figaro and Pao city cars greatly influenced the Retro styling trend of Kei cars, both are now collector cars.

        But I don't own a car, I share one or ride my bicycle.

        What about my Daughter's future?

        by koNko on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 11:42:19 PM PDT

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