Small but not Kei?

Japanese people can avoid hefty tax bills which are calculated on the car’s size and weight, the rules restrict engine size and also the width and length.

It was developed in the late 40’s primarily to reduce emissions and has been a part of the Japanese automotive industry since.  Surprisingly the novelty sized Mini Cooper pictured here doesn’t comply. The A-Series engine that powers the idolised model starts at 850cc, strike one.  1.48m is the maximum width permitted, surely this fits? in standard form, it just scrapes in with 80mm to spare. Add some flares and you get strike two.

The killer part is it’s age adds taxes. Even though it’s tiny and has a reasonably small engine the owner gets reasonably hefty bills to own a unique rig like this. Everything seems easier in Japan… realistically only if you back pocket permits.


0 Responses to “Small but not Kei?”

  1. Leave a Comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: