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The 660cc era (1990 to date)

Because regulations only restrict physical size and engine displacement (and latterly outright power), manufacturers have been able to introduce many advanced technologies to the class.  As a result, kei-cars are often available with forced-induction engines, automatic and CV transmissions, front, rear, and 4WD, air conditioning, GPS, and many other features.

Toyota Pixis Space: mod2 Nissan Otti: mod3

Starting in 2011, the Toyota Motor Corporation launched its first minicar, the Pixis Space, a rebadged Daihatsu Move.  It is expected to increase competition in the minicar sector. Currently, Nissan Motors is in partnership with Mitsubishi Motors, which produces the minicars for Nissan called the Nissan Otti, while Honda’s minicar sales total around a quarter of its overall sales.

Mitsubishi i: mod4 Mitsubishi eK: mod5

Daihatsu Move: mod6

Suzuki Alto: mod7  Honda N-Box: mod8

In 1990 the engine capacity was expanded to 660cc to aid high-speed performance and the increased weight of new safety equipment.  However, since 1998 tighter safety regulations have also necessitated a slightly larger body.  Most of the vehicles sold today are termed a “tall boy” or “tall wagon” because of their appearance, using four doors, a one-piece hatchback, and expanded head room.                                      

(f/l=facelift)    [  T  H  E     C  A  R  S  ]    (G=Generation)

m1  “Autozam” (オートザム) Autozam

1990 Scrum: six30 ’90 Carol: m2

’92 AZ-1: ss38

 m6   (ダイハツ) Daihatsu

1986 Hijet 7G: six18  ’90 Leeza: lza4  ’90 Mira L200: six1

’92 Leeza Spider: lza1  ’92 Opti 1G 2-dr: six92  ’94 Hijet 8G: six19  ’95 Move 1G: mod10  Move 1G Custom: mod15

’96 Midget 2G: q1  ’96 : Mira Moderno Parco: six2

’98 Mira L700 Van: six3  ’98 Opti 1G 4-dr: six93

’99 Hijet 9G: six20  Hijet 10G: six21

’99 Mira Gino 1G: six6  ’99 Move 2G: mod12

Move 2G Custom: mod16  2000 Naked: mod22  ’01 Max:  mod9  ’02 Copen 1G: ss58  ’02 Mira Avy L250: six4

’02 Move 3G: mod13  Move 3G Custom: mod17

’02 Opti 2G: six94  ’04 Mira Gino 2G: six7

’04 Move Latte: mod20  ’06 Mira L275: six5

’06 Move 4G: mod14  Move 4G Custom: mod18

’06 Sonica: six95  ’10 Move 5G Custom: mod19

’08 Move Conte: mod21

’14 Copen 2G: ss56  ’14 Wake: six33

m15  (ホンダ / 本田) Honda

1991 Beat: ss4  ’92 Acty 2G: six15  ’93 Today: six14

’96 Acty 2G f/l: six16  ’98 Life 3G: six9  ’99 Acty 3G: six17  ’02 That’s: six11  ’03 Life 4G: six10  ’06 Zest: mod11

’08 Life 5G: six12  ’12 N-One: Thumbnail for version as of 14:01, 7 November 2012  ’13 N-Box: six8

’15 S660: MY18  ’16 N WGN: Related image

m20  (マツダ / 松田) Mazda

1998 AZ-offroad: six83  ’99 Scrum: six31  ’93 AZ-1: ss41

’99 Laputa: cc129  ’02 Spiano: cc130  ’12 Flair: m27

kc154  (ミツビシ / 三菱) Mitsubishi

1966 Minicab (LT30) 1G: cab1  ’72 Minicab W (T131) 2G: cab2

’76 Minicab 5 Van 3G: cab3  ’82 Minicab Truck 4G: cab4

’89 Minica Lettuce: cc108  ’90 Minica 6G: cc58

’90 Minica Toppo: kc156  ’90 Minica Dangan ZZ: six36

’91 Minicab Van 5G: cab5  ’93 Minica 7G: six37

’94 Pajero Mini:   ’94 Pajero Mini Duke:

’96 Minica Toppo Town Bee: six40  ’97 Minica Town Bee: six38

’98 Minica 8G: six39  ’99 Minicab Van 6G: cab6

’99 Toppo BJ: six41  ’01 eK Wagon: six34  ’01 Toppo BJ Wide: six42  ’01 Toppo BJ Guppy: six43  ’06 eK 3G: six44

my48  (ミツオカ / 光岡) Mitsuoka

1996 Ray 1G: my71 ’99 Ray 2G: my72 ’02 Ray 3G: my74

six78 (日産) Nissan

2003 Nissan Clipper:   ’03 Clipper Truck (U71T):

’05 Otti: mod3  ’07 Pino: Nissan Pino 01.JPG  ’08 Kix:   ’08 Kix RS:   ’09 Roox: six65  ’11 Clipper (NV100):  ‘Roox Highway Star: six66

my96 (スマート) Smart

1990 Smart K: my94 my95

my100  (スバル / 昴) Subaru

1990 Dias Classic: sam24  ’90 Sambar 5G: sam26

’90 Rex 2nd f/l 3G: six48  ’92 Vivio: six49

’94 Vivio T-Top: six50  ’95 Vivio Bistro: six51

’95 Sambar VW retro: six46  ’98 Sambar 6G: six45

’98 Pleo 1G: six52  ’05 R1: my104  ’06 Stella: six35

’10 R2: my105  ’10 Pleo 2G: six53

kc159  (スズキ / 鈴木) Suzuki

1990 Alto Works 3G: six68  ’90 Carry 8G: six22

’90 Cervo 4G: six54  ’90 Every 1G: six23 ’90 Jimny 2G: six79  ’91 Alto Hustle: six69  ’91 Every 2G: six32  ’91 Carry f/l 8G: six24  ’91 Cappuccino: kc170  ’92 Alto 3G: six67

’92 Carry 9G: six26  ’93 Cara: ss44  ’93 Every RZ: six27

’93 Wagon R 1G: six84  ’94 Alto 4G: six70

’94 Cervo SR-Four: six55  ’94 Carry 9G f/l: six28

’95 Jimny Landventure Turbo JA22: six80  ’96 Cervo C: six56

’97 Alto f/l 4G: six71  ’97 Alto Works f/l: six72

’98 Alto 5G: six73  ’98 Jimny 3G: six81  ’98 Kei: kc173

’98 Wagon R 2G: six85  ’99 Carry 10G: six29

’00 Alto 5G f/l: six74  ’00 Kei: six58  ’01 Jimny JLX soft top: six82

’02 Kei FIS: six59  ’02 Lapin: six61  Lapin f/l: kc163

’03 Twin: kc175  ’03 Wagon R 3G: six86  ’04 Alto 6G: six75  ’06 Cervo 5G: six57  ’06 Kei: six60

’07 Wagon R Stingray: six87  ’08 Lapin 2G: six62

’08 Palette: six63  Palette SW: six64  ’08 Wagon R 4G: six88  ’08 Wagon R Stingray: six89  ’09 Alto 7G: six76

’10 Dias Wagon: six47  ’12 Wagon R 5G: six90  ’14 Alto 8G: six77

kc176   (トヨタ) Toyota

2014 Pixis Mega: six33 cc132

six91  (ヤマハ) Yamaha

1998 Ami: cus29  cus27

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