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The Saloon Car in the early years was referred to as a Sedan (セダン).  American English has had a big influence on the Japanese language, and still does today.  The Japanese language has different levels of politeness as does the word for car.  The correct Japanese for motor-car in order of politeness is ‘jidōsha‘ (自動車) lit: self-propelled vehicle,  less polite is ‘kuruma‘ () lit: vehicle or cart and least polite (rough) is ‘kaa‘ (カー).  Oddly, a Volkswagon Beatle is considered a sports car in Japan !!

The Kei car or ‘K-car‘/’kei jidōsha‘ (軽自動車) lit: ‘light car has preferential rates of tax and insurance and in rural areas they are exempt from the requirement to provide proof of a parking place.  In towns and cities, some roads are marked for kei-cars only, as well as certain car parks.  After World War II, the kei car was born as the public car in a government directive similar to that of the Volkswagon Beatle in Germany, in order to provide a cheap mass produced peoples car.  The engineers of the Nakajima Aircraft Company (中島 飛行機 株式会社) developed the first truly successful kei-car, the Suzuki Suzulight of 1955.  The Subaru 360 was next to follow suit in 1958.

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An estate-car, takes the American use of station wagon (ステーション·ワゴン) ‘suteeshon-wagon‘ or more commonly just wagon (ワゴン) which is confusing to the English as a wagon is a  truck in England.

A Hatchback is a (ハッチ·バック) ‘hacchibakku‘ , a truck is a ‘torakku‘ (トラック), a Pickup is a ‘kogata torakku‘ (小型トラック) or simply a ‘pikkuappu‘ (ピックアップ).

A Light Truck is a ‘kei-tora‘ (軽トラ), a Light Van is a ‘raito ban‘ (ライト バン).  Confusingly, the Suzuki Jimny 4×4 is sometimes classed as a commercial vehicle !!

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Cars got bigger in the 1980’s when regulations were changed and 550 cc engines were now the norm.  The 1986 Daihatsu Leeza (above) is a bit of an anomaly in as much as it had coupé lines, was replaced by a saloon, and was technically a commercial vehicle !!  At that time, if a vehicle had strapping points and temporary rear seats, it could be classed as a kei-class commercial.  When the regulations changed again to 660 cc, the Leeza morphed again into a convertible and then a pseudo sports car !!

The Spyder based show car the FX-228 appeared in (1991).

(1993) Leeza Spyder (L111SK) (Note the scooped turbo bonnet).

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[ 1969 American promo advert for the Subaru range ]

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[ The Cars covered in this section include . . . ]

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The  Daihatsu  Leeza;  Max;  Mira  &  Move ]

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[ The  Honda  Life;  N Series  &  the  Honda  Z ]

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[ The  Mazda  Carol ]

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kc154  (三菱 ミツビシ)  Image result for mitsubishi badge

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[ The Mitsubishi 500 / 600 Colt & Minica ]

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[ The Subaru Rex ]

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                      [ The Suzuki Alto; Cervo & Wagon R ]

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