A Small Car That Carries a Big Load: The Mitsubishi Toppo BJ
When I was looking for a 5-door hatchback type Kei car there was a used Mitsubishi Toppo for sale at one of the dealers down on the main road, Route 246, in Gotemba, where I was living at the time. The car had recently come to the dealer and still had shaken (MOT) and road tax on him and so the dealer let me have a test drive in the little Toppo. The first thing I noted was that, although the car is small on the outside (for those who are interested, the exact dimensions are, length: 3,395mm, width: 1,475mm, height: 1,695mm), it was certainly big on the inside, surprisingly so. (1,715 x 1,220 x 1,425 if you’re wondering).
Although I’m partial to the pre November, 1998 Japanese Kei cars, especially the Kei sports cars (have a look here
on our Japan Car Direct Blog for our take on some of the best pre-1998 Kei sports iron available for self import from Japan, wonderful cars!),
I have to admit that since November, 1998, when the Japanese Kei car regulations changed (longer by 100mm and wider by 80mm), there have been some significant improvement [...]