Certain types of car are associated with certain countries. America? Muscle cars. Italy? Supercars, probably. Japan? No, not tuner cars. Of course, Japan is the home of the Kei car.
What on Earth is a Kei car? Literally translated, ‘Keijidosha’ means ‘light automobile’. That they are. They’re the lightest, most compact, least powerful cars money can buy. The class, devised by the Japanese government post-war, is designed to serve the very specific needs of Japanese drivers, providing tax, insurance and general road use benefits. In the 71 years since their introduction, they’ve invariably made up a significant chunk of the Japanese new car market. Here are some of our favourites.