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Mazda Flair Wagon And lair Wagon Custom Style Unveiled In Japan 26
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Hybrids, japan, Kei Cars, Mazda, new cars on 12 26th, 2017


Mazda has introduced the new Flair Wagon and Flair Wagon Custom Style in Japan.

Set to go on sale in February, the models are based on the Suzuki Spacia and feature a bolder design which makes them significantly more appealing than their predecessor. The standard model looks fairy conventional for a kei car but Mazda says it features a distinctive beltline that has been designed to “emphasize the thickness of the body.”

The Flair Wagon Custom Style is the more interesting of the two models as it features a unique front fascia with a prominent grille that is flanked by LED headlights. The model also has additional chrome trim and circular fog lights.

The interior is little on the plain side but drivers will find a large speedometer and a small digital display. There is also an infotainment system, metallic accents, and a sporty steering wheel. Mazda also notes the model has a more spacious interior as well as improved entry and egress.

Despite its small size, the Flair Wagon comes loaded with technology including a collision warning system, high beam assist, and a lane departure warning system.

Under the hood, two 660cc engines are available. The entry-level unit produces 52 PS (38 kW) and 60 Nm (44 lb-ft) of torque, while the range-topping variant has a turbocharged engine developing 64 PS (47 kW) and 98 Nm (72 lb-ft) of torque. Both are paired to a hybrid powertrain that features an electric motor that produces 3 PS (2 kW) and 50 Nm (36 lb-ft) of torque.

The powertrain is connected to a new CVT transmission and it enables the Flair Wagon to travel up to 30.0 km/L (70.5 mpg US). Front-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive is optional.

Pricing starts at ¥1,333,800 ($11,777) and climbs to ¥1,908,360 ($16,850) for the top of the line Flair Wagon Custom Style Hybrid XT.

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Is It Just Us, Or Does The Honda N-One Keep Looking Better? 23
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in honda, Honda N Box, japan, Kei Cars on 12 23rd, 2017


The retro design trend that emerged in the 1990s may be dead, but Honda’s breathing fresh life into it with retro-futuristic designs like the Urban EV and Sports EV concepts.

You don’t need to look into Honda’s crystal ball, though, to see a cool-looking retro design. You can get one right now… if you live in Japan. It’s the N-One, arguably the cornerstone (and the best-looking) of a range of stylish little Kei cars that Honda offers in its home market.

The automaker has been producing the N-One since 2012, but keeps rolling out incremental updates, like this one. Among the changes are better sound insulation, UV-filtering windows, more USB outlets and four trim levels: Standard, Select, Premium and RS.

The model pictured here is the RS in Sunset Orange and black, but the N-One also available in other two-tone combinations, like white with red, gray with red, dark green with black, or blue with black.

The RS looks (unsurprisingly) sportier inside and out and comes exclusively with a turbocharged 660cc inline-three that’s mated (like the naturally aspirated version) to a CVT transmission, which is the only gearbox available. The RS gets paddle shifters to select between artificial ratios, and comes only in front-wheel drive form, though you can get the same engine with all-wheel drive in the Premium Tourer version.

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Suzuki’s New Spacia Packs A Lot Into A Little 17
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Hybrids, japan, Kei Cars, Suzuki on 12 17th, 2017


Suzuki may be gone from the North American new-car market, but it’s still a big player in Japan – where it’s now rolled out new versions of its Spacia hatch/van/wagon-thing.

Looking like an even smaller version of the Scion xB or Nissan Cube, the new Spacia is a tall box on small wheels with a tiny footprint in the true style of Japan’s little Kei cars. But Suzuki has managed to cram a lot in there.

For starters, it’s touted as the first car in its class with safety features like active emergency braking, around-view monitor, and head-up display. The manufacturer also boasts of a “wide interior space” despite its compact dimensions, with a minivan-style sliding rear door to ease ingress and egress in even the tightest of spots.

It also packs a hybrid powertrain: a 660-cc inline six, available either naturally aspirated or turbocharged form, and with two- or all-wheel drive. Either way, it can run on electric power alone for short distances.

Buyers can also choose between the retro Spacia and the more aggressive-looking Spacia Custom, which we gather are targeted at different demographics. Suzuki anticipates selling 12,000 of these each month, with prices ranging from ¥1,333,800-1,908,360 – or about $12-17k, depending on specification.

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Japanese Kei Car Battling Against High Taxes And Falling Sales 6
Sep
Posted by Brad Anderson in japan, Kei Cars, Reports on 09 6th, 2017


The much-loved Japanese kei car is facing an uphill battle on the back of high taxes for the compact cars.
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Honda Introduces The New N-Box In Japan 31
Aug
Posted by Michael Gauthier in honda, Honda N Box, japan, Kei Cars, new cars on 08 31st, 2017


Honda has introduced the new N-Box in Japan.
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Driving A Turbo AWD Daihatsu Kei Car Is More Fun Than You’d Expect 31
Jul
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Daihatsu, Daihatsu Videos, Kei Cars, reviews, video on 07 31st, 2017


Daihatsu is a specialist in small cars and its kei-car history is riddled with turbocharged, all-wheel drive special versions that defied logic and put fun first.
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This Cute Nissan Figaro Is A Japanese Unicorn 26
Apr
Posted by Brad Anderson in Canada, Galleries, Kei Cars, nissan, used cars on 04 26th, 2017


In Japan, the Nissan Figaro is one of just dozens of compact kei cars roaming the streets but in Canada, the cute drop-top is a real head-turner.
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Suzuki Spacia Custom Z Proves Small Doesn’t Have To Be Boring 26
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in japan, Kei Cars, new cars, Suzuki on 12 26th, 2016


Small doesn't have to be boring. Suzuki is here to say that much with the release of the new Spacia Custom Z.
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Daihatsu’s Bringing 11 Custom Concepts To The Tokyo Auto Salon 22
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in concepts, Daihatsu, Daihatsu Concepts, Daihatsu Copen, Kei Cars, Tokyo Auto Salon, tuning on 12 22nd, 2016


While our eyes are fixed on Detroit, on the other side of the world, Japan's burgeoning automotive industry is gearing up for another show: the Tokyo Auto Salon, set to take place the second weekend of the new year. And Daihatsu, for its part, isn't just bringing one concept car to showcase – it's bringing eleven.
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Honda N-One Goes Even More Retro With Suzuka Special 15
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in honda, japan, Kei Cars, new cars on 11 15th, 2016


Like the Mini or Fiat 500, the Honda N-One takes a decidedly retro design approach. But now the Japanese automaker has taken it in an even more old-school direction with the launch of the limited-edition SS model.
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Honda Updates Its Slick Little N-Box Slash Kei Car 15
Sep
Posted by Carscoops Staff in honda, Honda N Box, Kei Cars on 09 15th, 2016


You think the Fit is small? Honda sells even smaller models in Japan. Most of them wear the letter N – like the N-One, N-WGN, N-Box, or the one you see here, called the N-Box Slash.
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Daihatsu Move Canbus Has A Specific Demographic In Mind [48 Pics] 7
Sep
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Daihatsu, japan, Kei Cars on 09 7th, 2016


Some cars may be more popular with one gender group or the other. You're bound to see more women in, say, Volkswagen Beetles than Dodge Challengers, for example. But by and large, automakers have gotten away from designing cars specifically for (and marketing them directly to) women any more than they would for men. That is, in the North American market, anyway.
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Toyota Goes Retro With Pixis Joy Kei Cars In Japan [50 Pics] 31
Aug
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Daihatsu, Galleries, japan, Kei Cars, new cars, TOYOTA on 08 31st, 2016


If you want a small retro hatchback in North America, your choices essentially come down to the Mini, Fiat 500 or VW Beetle. But back in Japan there are more on offer, like the new Toyota Pixis Joy.
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Daihatsu Presents Some Of Its Concept Kei-Cars At Tokyo [w/Video] 29
Oct
Posted by Bogdan Zoltan in concepts, Daihatsu, Daihatsu Concepts, japan, Kei Cars, Tokyo Motor Show on 10 29th, 2015


The Tokyo Motor Show is the best place to see some authentic kei cars, and no one knows more about small-sized automobiles than Daihatsu.
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Daihatsu Presents Some Of Its Concept Kei-Cars At Tokyo [w/Video] 29
Oct
Posted by Bogdan Zoltan in concepts, Daihatsu, Daihatsu Concepts, japan, Kei Cars, Tokyo Motor Show on 10 29th, 2015


The Tokyo Motor Show is the best place to see some authentic kei cars, and no one knows more about small-sized automobiles than Daihatsu.
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