The Kei Tora of Japan

“Americans have always had a special interest in the Japanese mini trucks. These trucks are specifically designed and are commonly referred to as “kei” (lightweight), “kei tora” (a variation of “kei truck”), and micro trucks. These aren’t only tough, reliable, and versatile, but also are very efficient in fuel economy.

Mini trucks are commonly used as workhorses for factory yards or farming. Some are even equipped with treads or half-tracks, somewhat like those being used in military tanks, for increased traction. Their small but powerful engine makes it number one in fuel efficiency, which makes them popular.

These authentic trucks are imported thru the Japanese domestic market. This area needs to be carefully attended to because many buyers acquire them upon impulse without proper inspection. These businesspersons just want to make a quick buck thinking that these trucks are finally sold to clueless buyers anyway.

These trucks can reach a top speed of 75 miles per hour in their prime condition. The kei truck’s small size makes it possible to weave thru traffic jams in Japan where city streets can be very narrow. They have a mileage of 60 for every gallon. They weigh 1500 lbs including the 660 cc 45 hp engine. The 4-wheel drive capability makes them an off-road favorite. Tires have the option of regular, mud, or snow. Owners can choose to modify it to accommodate tractor tires or all-terrain tires. They are capable of air conditioning. They have a payload of 1200 lbs.

Owner has many options for the rear bed. A rail bed can be installed if the truck is to be used for carrying crates, boxes, and all types of cargo. A flat bed can be installed instead if the loads to be transported would not fit the rail bed. For the purposes of shuttling people, a passenger cab can be attached. You can opt for the van type if you want to use it as a private car.

Owning a vehicle is costly in the Land of the Rising Sun not that vehicles are expensive but the fees & taxes appended to it. The owner is obliged to pay the shaken or registration fee. When parking you have to pay the shakoshomei fee. Then you have to faithfully shell out money for the annual hokken or insurance and zeiken or taxes. This does not include the fees given to inspectors. And above all of this, maintaining a dated vehicle costs more tax than a new one. That is why for this reason a vehicle can only be driven an average of 6000 mi a year in this country.

The rules that govern safety & emission control are being reworked continually, thus the design for this area have evolved making the trucks smoke-free & safer for the environment.”

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