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J A P A N E S E    M I C R O – C A R S

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Abbrevations: (‘EV’ Electric Vehicle; ‘f/l’ facelift; ‘G’ Generation😉

A Microcar is often defined as being a vehicle with either or wheels of up to 700 cc (UK) powered by either a petrol engine or battery electric / hybrid.  In America (US) however it is defined as being of 1,000 cc or less !!  Here we are keeping to the current Japanese Government kei-car standard of 660 cc.

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1970Sales increased, reaching a peak of 750,000.    1970 January:  Disc brakes first became available on the Honda Z GS.    1970 JulyPower output peaked at 40PS (29 kW,39 hp) in the Daihatsu Fellow Max SS.

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  1970-71 Honda NIII360 f/l (354ccThumbnail for version as of 10:44, 2 November 2014 1970-71 Honda N600 (598ccThumbnail for version as of 23:00, 9 November 2010 1970-73 Honda Vamos (354ccImage result for honda vamosHonda-VamosoOLD.JPGRelated imageImage result for honda vamoscc191970-74 Honda Z360/600 Coupé (354/598ccpp31ss79Thumbnail for version as of 13:30, 18 October 2009HondaZ360.jpgThumbnail for version as of 14:35, 29 July 2013Thumbnail for version as of 14:49, 11 July 2005

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  1970 Suzuki Fronte SSS (356ccThumbnail for version as of 12:05, 4 August 20131970 Suzuki Fronte SSS rear.jpgThumbnail for version as of 12:10, 4 August 2013 1970-81 Suzuki Jimny 1GLJ10/SJ20‘ (359ccThumbnail for version as of 09:46, 28 January 2008

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  1971-74 Honda Life 1G ‘SA/VA/WA‘ (356ccThumbnail for version as of 11:55, 3 November 2014m18Thumbnail for version as of 11:31, 11 November 2013Thumbnail for version as of 18:19, 8 May 2007 1971 Honda Z600Evil Tweety‘ (598ccThumbnail for version as of 22:31, 23 November 2010

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  1971 Suzuki Fronte Coupé ‘LC10‘ (356ccss78Thumbnail for version as of 09:52, 11 April 2014 Fronte GT/W Thumbnail for version as of 16:03, 29 January 2008

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  1972 Honda Life Step Van 1G ‘PA/VA‘ (356cc) Pickup Thumbnail for version as of 11:51, 24 May 2007Related image Van m19

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  1972-76 Suzuki Carry 5G f/l ‘L50/60‘ (359/596ccThumbnail for version as of 00:33, 22 October 2009Thumbnail for version as of 00:53, 22 October 2009Thumbnail for version as of 01:03, 22 October 2009

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  1973 Honda Life Pickup 1G (356ccThumbnail for version as of 11:51, 24 May 2007Related image

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1974:  Honda withdraws from the kei-car market but not for commercials.

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1975:  Only 150,000 cars were made80% less than 1970 sales.   1975The license plate size was increased to 330×165mm yellow black.   1975 August 26th:  Overall length & width restrictions increased by 200 mm & 100 mm respectively.

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1976 January 1st:  Engine Size: increased to 550cc Passengers: 4; Max load: 350kgs (771.6lbs).   1976:  Exports were up 74,633 (171%  yearonyear).   1976 January 1st:  Max Length: 3.2m (10.5ft)  Width: 1.4m (4.6ft)  Height: 2m (6.6ft).   1976 – 1990:  550cc Era engine size.

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  1977 Suzuki Carry 6G ‘ST80V‘(539ccThumbnail for version as of 08:30, 7 August 2014 1977-82 Suzuki Cervo 1G Whizzkid SC100 (539ccImage result for suzuki cervoImage result for suzuki cervo 

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  1979-84 Suzuki Alto 1G SS30V/40V (539/543cc) Thumbnail for version as of 22:27, 23 October 2009Thumbnail for version as of 14:41, 9 November 2009Thumbnail for version as of 03:47, 23 February 2013 Alto Van SS30V Thumbnail for version as of 22:39, 23 October 2009 1979-85 Suzuki Carry 7G ‘ST40‘ (539/543ccThumbnail for version as of 01:12, 22 October 2009 1979-82 Suzuki Cervo 1G Whizzkid CX-G ‘SS20’ (539ccThumbnail for version as of 22:18, 29 October 2012Thumbnail for version as of 21:50, 24 October 2010Related image 1979 Suzuki Jimny 1GSJ20Hardtop (539ccThumbnail for version as of 14:18, 29 July 2013Thumbnail for version as of 15:14, 22 April 20111st generation Suzuki Jimny Van.jpg

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