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    Report: WSJ asks whether Japan's kei cars are a trade barrier
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    We get very excited here at Autoblog when someone brings up a rare car from the Japanese domestic market, even if they are distantly related to cars we can buy in the US, like the Toyota Crown Royal Saloon Hybrid our own Sebastian Blanco tested last month. But while we think often about JDM cars, ...

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    Report: Daihatsu planning Copen revival
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    There are titan rivalries – 911 vs GT-R, Ferrari vs Lamborghini, Viper vs 'Vette – and there are smaller ones. But the smaller ones can be just as fierce. Like the rivalry between the Daihatsu Copen and Honda Beat. Both were Kei roadsters built by major Japanese automakers with tiny ...

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    Official: Honda drops full details about incredibly adorable N-One
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    Honda Japan has dropped all of the savory details about its new Kei car, the cute 'n cuddly N-One. The N-One builds on the JDM-only N line for the automaker, which already produces an N Box and N Box+ for Japanese consumers. The boxy Kei car will offer two powerplants displacing 660cc each, one ...

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    Official: Daihatsu D-R concept looks like a Copen successor
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    Daihatsu, everyone's seventh-favorite Japanese automaker, is making big waves at the Indonesian Motor Show this year. Typically writing a sentence like that one would preclude such news to follow from, well, being newsworthy here in the U.S., but we've always been such fans of Daihatsu's cheeky ...

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    Report: Honda N-One brochure scans reveal cute-as-a-bug city car
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    Honda appears to have finally put a version of its crushingly cute N Concept 4 into production. The retro-styled hatchback has shown up in Japanese dealership literature for the first time, according to CarScoop. Behold the N-One, a minicar designed to take on the Fiat 500 at its own game. The ...

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    Official: Honda's versatile little N Box+ hits the scene
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    Last November, Honda introduced the N Box, an all-new kei car, and it has been a great success to date. Less than a year on and with nearly 100,000 sold, the automaker has introduced the N Box+, an evolution showcasing the additional possibilities of the microvan. Putting the "plus" in the N ...

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    Report: Honda N600-derived retro city car revealed?
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    A spate of images depicting what looks like a new kei car from Honda have jumped online. The diminutive five-door looks to have borrowed its lines from the N Concept 4 that the Japanese automaker first showed off at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show. That funky little machine lifted design elements from ...

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    Official: New Mazda Flairwagon offers nothing of the sort
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    Joining the AZ-Wagon, AZ-Offroad, Carol and delightfully named Scrum Wagon, Mazda has completed its micro-mini line-up with this, the Flairwagon. Underneath the badging this is actually a Suzuki Palette, a five-door, four-seater kei car introduced in Japan in 2008. It appears Mazda has ...

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    Report: Daihatsu Copen, Japan's last kei convertible, ending production
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    You may not have ever heard of a car called the Daihatsu Copen, but it's ending production and we're sad to report it. The Copen is (or was) made by the budget Toyota brand and stands as the only convertible kei car – those being the whimsical little cars that zip around Japan – still ...

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    Tokyo: Honda N Box is done with mirrors [w/video]
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    Honda is redoubling its Kei-class effort here at the Tokyo Motor Show, and the opening salvo of its new N Series is this square-rigged model, the appropriately named N Box. The N Box is actually launching in two versions, the standard model and the Custom, which includes showier head- and ...

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    Tokyo: EV-STER rear-wheel drive electric sports car looks to recapture Honda's sporting spirit
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    Honda has whipped the sheets off of its EV-STER, a rear-wheel drive electric roadster not dissimilar in size and scope to the late, lamented Beat kei car. If you're looking for a successor to Honda's S2000 or a Mazda MX-5 Miata rival, this isn't it – the EV-STER is significantly smaller ...

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    Report: Toyota launches Pixis Space; first kei cars are Daihatsus in drag
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    Toyota has announced that it will unveil its first-ever kei car to be sold under its recently launched Pixis sub-brand. The vehicle, called the Pixis Space, will make its official debut in late September. Based on the Daihatsu Move Conte, the Pixis Space will be sold at Toyota dealerships through ...

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    Rumormill: O Kei, Go! Honda Beat revival rumored anew
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    Rumors have swirled for some time that Honda has been looking to revive its diminutive Beat. The Japanese Domestic Market kei car was produced from 1991 through 1996, and featured a tiny 650cc (that's 40 cubic inches to us 'Muricans) three-cylinder engine that produced 63 horsepower (Japan's ...

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    Videos: LS1-powered Suzuki Mighty Boy does insane snarly donuts
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    The JDM kei-sized Suzuki Mighty Boy from the 1980s weighed about 1,100 pounds and typically packed no more than 30 horsepower. What happens, then, when the only extra weight you add to the mix are a pair of fat rear tires and a General Motors LS1 V8? A lot of smoky burnouts, that's for ...

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    Report: Honda to abandon clean diesel development, focus on hybrids
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    Regular readers know we tend to be big fans of modern diesel engines. All the past demons that had plagued oil-burners over the years have been exorcised, including rough running, nasty smells, loud operation and narrow power bands. But sadly, modern clean diesel powerplants have never taken hold ...

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    Quick Spin: Mitsubishi i is a good car with a bad name
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    Mitsubishi i – Click above for high-res image gallery
    We're looking at a long, nearly straight, almost totally traffic-free downhill. We'd climbed up to the base of the Palm Springs to Idyllwild Ariel Tramway. Our goal was to see how fast Mitsubishi's tiny i could go. We're on the gas, and ...

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    Tokyo 2009: Daihatsu's Deca Deca concept is the most popular "super box" in the world
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    Daihatsu Deca Deca concept – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Daihatsu has a way with words: the company calls its Deca Deca concept a "super box," and we'll call it a super super box. A funky little piece of chunk, the Deca Deca has a flat floor – and a flat everything else -- ...

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    Tokyo 2009: Daihatsu e:S plays small ball
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    Daihatsu e:S – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Daihatsu didn't just bring out its big little guns, it had a couple of tiny guns there as well, such as this, the Volvo C30-esque e:S. Called "a new eco-car that reveals the future role of mini vehicles," it focuses earnestly on ...

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    Tokyo 2009: Daihatsu to go little in a big way with Basket, Deca Deca, and others
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    Daihatsu Basket Concept - Click above for image gallery
    There may be a bunch of conspicuously absent automakers missing from this month's Tokyo Motor Show, but the thing about the Japanese show is that a lot of the really neat stuff comes from the hometown guys, anyway. Take Daihatsu, for ...

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    It's o-kei! Suzuki Palette SW introduced in Japan
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    2009 Suzuki Palette SW - Click above for image gallery
    You're Japanese. You have a family. You need a minivan. But minivans are freaking huge, Japan's streets are crowded, and you want something that's a lot smaller and can dart between lumbering dekotora lit up like Vegas. So, you look to a kei ...

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