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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‘ ( 車 ) 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 developed the first truly successful kei-car, the Suzuki Suzulight of 1955.  The Subaru 360 was next to follow suit in 1958.

1955 )  SuzulightSuzuki Suzulight 01.jpg

1958 )  Subaru 3601958 Subaru 360 01.jpg

1960 )  Mazda 360: 

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 !!

1986 )  Daihatsu  Leeza  550cc:  Daihatsu Leeza.JPG

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 bonnet).

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[ 1969  American  promo  advert  for  the  Subaru  range ]

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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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m20   ( マツダ 松田 )   Image result for mazda badge

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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  Suzuki  Alto Cervo  & Wagon R ]

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