Mitsubishi Toppo


Alex Nunez is the resident Kei car fanatic here at Autoblog, so this RR of the Day selection goes out to him. It's a Mitsubishi Toppo, exact model year unknown, that was submitted by Flickr member Eddie Does Japan. Scanning Eddie's Flickr page (check out that first shot!) revealed that he's an American who is living in or has lived in Japan, and he obviously fell in love with these federally subsidized sub-sub-sub-compacts. For those who don't know the exact definition of what a kei car is, it's a car no less than 3.4 meters long, 1.48 meters wide, with an engine no larger in size than 660cc. The Japanese government gives tax breaks to these vehicles to encourage the purchase of smaller, more efficient vehicles.

The Toppo is a tall, MPV-like version of the Mitsubishi Minica, and this one appears to be a mid-to-late-'90s Q3 model. It's actually a predecessor to the Mitsubishi eK Wagon on which we posted yesterday.

Eddie's Toppo manages to move him around Japan with only 36 horsepower under hood, and everyone knows what kind of car is coming thanks to the mandated black-on-yellow license plate for Kei cars. Check out more pics of Eddie's Toppo after the jump.

If you'd like to see your own ride featured here, simply upload photos of your ride into our Flickr group. We select one image to highlight each week day, and on the weekend let you vote for a RR of the Week. Detailed instructions can be found after the jump.



Instructions for submitting to Autoblog's RR of the Day:
Create a Flickr account if you don't already have one. Search for and join the group called 'Autoblog RR of the Day'. Upload up to three photos of your ride to your own account at a size no larger than 450 pixels wide if possible and include as much information about it and yourself as possible. Click on each photo and just above the picture it will say "Send to group". Click that and select the Autoblog group. You're done, that's it!

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