What is a Kei truck? Some business owners or car enthusiasts desire to have one of these cute little vehicles called Kei trucks. It is not just popular in the Japanese Domestic Market but also in other parts of the world because of its rarity, lighter weight, fuel efficiency, versatility, durability, and affordable price. In this article, we will talk all about Kei trucks and why they are so popular in the market?
What is a Kei Truck?
A Kei truck is a Japanese mini truck built and produced solely for the Japanese Domestic Market. It is a compact, tiny right-hand drive truck available either in rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive layout and was first introduced in 1949. Kei trucks usually offer a 550cc or 660cc engine or sometimes supercharged because of the Japanese government regulations on the size of Kei trucks. Combine this small lightweight four-wheel drive and you have an agile, fuel-efficient but practical work truck.
Why Japanese Used Kei Truck are so popular?
Nowadays, many countries already permit the importation of used Kei trucks, of course with specific rules and guidelines to follow. Because of this, the demand for these little mini trucks continues to increase. Kei trucks are popular because of their multipurpose use, excellent engine performance, load carrying capabilities, and budget-friendly price. It also can be used for various purposes such as agriculture, fisheries, construction, manufacturing, warehouses, mining, transport, industrial businesses, etc. No wonder used Kei trucks become one of the favorite vehicles around the world, it is indeed reliable in many ways.
Famous Manufacturers and Model Names
The first generation Sambar is fitted with a rear-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout using an air-cooled engine. The Sambar was also the first Kei truck to use a cabover design and a passenger cabin over the engine.
The Suzuki Carry is a Kei truck that was produced from 1961 up to the present and manufactured by Suzuki. It is a front mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive/four-wheel-drive layout and already in its eleventh generation.
It is powered by a 658cc R06A DOHC three cylinders petrol engine with variable valve control and maximum power output of 37 kW (50 hp) at 5700 rpm. It is mated to a 5-speed manual and 3-speed automatic transmission with a fuel consumption of 18.60 km/L.
The Acty is a mid-engine, rear-wheel drive / four-wheel drive layout where the engine is behind the cabin under the bed of the truck. It is a practical, economical, reliable, and durable vehicle that can be used for various purposes such as transporting goods, farming, fishing, construction, mining, commercial, industrial, etc.
Mazda / Autozam Scrum
The Mazda Scrum truck is powered by a 660cc R06A DOHC, 3-cylinders 12-valves intercooler engine that generates a maximum power output of 57.6 hp @ 5500 and 63.4 lb-ft @ 3500 rpm torque with 5-speed manual and 3-speed automatic transmission.
The Mitsubishi Minicab is a Kei truck and microvan built by the Japanese automaker Mitsubishi Motors from 1966 up to the present, solely aimed for the Japanese Domestic Market but as decades passed, it can now be built and exported worldwide.
The Minicab pickup truck was released to replace the 360 trucklet with a codenamed LT30 and was available with cargo gates on three sides to easily load and unload cargo. A van version of the Minicab was introduced in 1968 with four different models and equipment.
The Daihatsu Hijet is a Kei truck and cabover microvan manufactured by Daihatsu and produced since 1960. The compact dimension of the Hijet is good in congested traffic for it can easily maneuver and squeeze through any small road.
The Hijet is the basic entry of the Daihatsu so the style is simple with black door handles, black door mirrors, a small bonnet, square headlamps, the bumper where the air intakes are placed, 14-inch steel wheels, and the main engine resides under the front seats.
Where can we buy a Kei Truck?
Because of the demand and continuous popularity of Kei trucks it is difficult to find a legitimate online store where you can buy used Kei trucks in good condition and at an affordable price. Visit our BE FORWARD store you can ask, browse for more information and buy the Kei trucks you like.
Written by: WTN Esther Abranilla