A Kei car is a Japanese ultra-sub super little compact that measures less than 11.15 feet long and 4.85 feet wide. Those dimensions would fit comfortably within the shadow of a MINI Cooper. The engine of a Kei must be smaller than 660cc and generate no more than 64 traffic-impeding horsepower.
Fortunately we no longer have to confine our Kei lust to Gran Turismo, as Japanoid, a Vancouver, BC-based importer, offers all types of Keis under the Rising Sun. The Honda Beat, Suzuki Cappuccino, Mazda AZ-1 and Nissan Figaro are our favorites.
The importation of these cars in Canada is legal as long as the vehicles are 15 years or older. A quick glance at the mileage, however, reveals that the Japanese don’t cruise main street looking for kicks as much as we do, which means most are in excellent condition.