While some complain about their 1.0 stroller in Japan, there are the popular and economical cars with only 0.6 engine known as keijidōsha (軽自動車 light motor vehicle) or Kei Car. The main manufacturers of keijidōsha they are: Daihatsu, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru and Suzuki.
Unfortunately, these small cars with little power do not please other countries. But in Japan, where people drive without haste, always thinking about the safety of others, these cars become one of the best choices.
Primarily because these cars have very few taxes, tax and insurance charges. Besides being super economical, getting to do 30km per liter easily. Another advantage is that they are small, facilitating parking, having exclusive zones and parking and avoiding traffic congestion.
Don't think that these kei cars are just small 2-seater cars. The kei category covers 4-passenger cars, micro vans and pickup trucks. For a car to be considered a Kei Jidousha it must have at most:
- 3.4m in length;
- 1.48 m wide;
- 660ml engine (0.66 liter);
- Power of 64hp;
The Kei car pleases the Japanese consumer, both for its versatility and economy. These cars are technological luxury, have forced engine induction, continuously variable transmission (CVT), automatic transmission, four-wheel drive, air conditioning, GPS and many other features. In addition, the car is safe and performs well in crash tests.
I want a Kei Jidousha
These beautiful cars are identified by the yellow sign, and don't think they are weak. Kei Jidosha are great even though they are 660cc. It is a super complete car that can be found in the range of 600,000 yen or $ 10,000. If you want to save money and buy a used car, you can find 2000 year cars in Japan for just a thousand reais.
Why don't these cars work in Brazil?
If you really like these mini cars, and want to have one in Brazil, understand why they are not successful here:
- Brazil has a road full of holes and spines, and the keijidousha wheels are usually rim 13 or smaller;
- The advantages of price, and of not paying tax, would probably not happen in Brazil;
- People do not usually respect traffic laws, accidents with Kei Jidousha can be fatal here, this does not happen in Japan, since there it is easier to die in a bathtub than in a traffic accident;
- Brazilians like power and running;
Unfortunately you will have to move to Japan to enjoy 100% of a Kei car. This proposal works perfectly with the Japanese because of their height and the space they have.
- Are Japanese houses really small?
- Understand why Japan's streets are so quiet
Finally, we will leave a video of our Japan channel for each day that will show in detail a Kei Jidousha: