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Keicars, also called keijidousha (in Japanese: 軽自動車), are small passenger cars as well as trucks. They are mainly (only) sold in Japan, because there are some tax and insurance relaxations and no proof for a parking lot. Keicars are available with turbo-charged engines, automatic transmission[?], 4-Wheel-Drive[?] as well as Hybrids.

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History and Regulations

  • 1949 July 8 first regulations
    • length: up to 2.8m
    • width: up to 1 m
    • height: up to 2 m
    • displacement: up to 150 cm³ (4cycle), up to 100 cm³ (2cycle)
  • 1950 July 26 major changes
    • length: up to 3 m
    • width: up to 1.3m
    • displacement: up to 300 cm³ (4cycle), up to 200 cm³ (2cycle)
  • 1951 August 16 minor changes
    • displacement up to 360 cm³ (4cycle), up to 240 cm³ (2cycle)
  • 1955 April 4 minor changes
    • no further differentiation between 2cycle and 4cycle: all up to 360 cm³
  • 1976 January 1 major changes
    • length: up to 3.2m
    • width: up to 1.4m
    • displacement: up to 550 cm³
  • 1984 January 1 medium changes
    • length: up to 3.4m
    • displacement: up to 660 cm³
  • 1998 October 1 today's regulations
    • length: 3.4m or less
    • width: 1.48m or less
    • height: 2 m or less
    • displacement: 660 cm³ or less

Manufacturers see also List of automobiles

Famous Example Cars

  • Daihatsu Mira, also called the Cuore (sold with some minor changes in Europe)
  • Daihatsu Copen (also a Convertible)
  • Honda Beat (a Fun-Convertible)
  • Mazda AZ-1 (turbocharged gullwing sports car)
  • Suzuki Cappucino (also a Convertible, was also sold in UK)
  • Suzuki Wagon R+ (sold with some minor changes in Europe)

External links

  • Official association (http://www.zenkeijikyo.or.jp) 全国軽自動車協会連合会 (Japanese)
  • Honda Beat (http://www.honda.co.jp/HOT/ModelData/beat/bt-k-105/) (Japanese)
  • Honda Beat (http://www.u-ukhbc.co.uk/)
  • Mazda AZ-1 (http://members.rogers.com/sofronov/Cars/Mazda/Past/Piston/92AZ-1)
  • Smart K (http://www.smart-j.com/profile/model/index_k) (Japanese)
  • Suzuki Cappuccino (http://www.suzuki-cappuccino.com/home)

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