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Which Turbo Kei Cars can you import from Japan?
Import is easy and regulations are the same as their Kei truck cousins. However, duty is often lower as they are classified as passenger vehicles.

Australians can only import first-generation models produced before 1989. Americans can import first and second-generation models. Canadians can import first, second and third-generation models originally sold up to 2001. And lucky British customers can import any models sold up to 2006.

Each generation became larger and more powerful.
Each generation represents the response of carmakers to new Japanese government regulations increasing maximum allowable vehicle size and engine displacement.

Performance, size, weight and refinement generally increased over the years. But the biggest difference you will find over the generations are the amenities that make these cars some comfortable to drive.

First Generation

Make
Model
Year
Suzuki AltoWorks
CP21S
1988-1991
Honda
Beat PP1
1991-1996
Suzuki Cappucino EA11R
1991-1995
Daihatsu Mira TR-XX L200V
1990-1991
Mitsubishi Minica Dangan ZZ H22A
1990-1993
Daihatsu Leeza Spider L111SK
1991-1991
Length 3.3m
10’8″
3.3m
10’8″
3.3m
10’8″
3.3m
10’8″
3.3m
10’8″
3.3m
10’8″
Width 1.4m
4’6″
1.4m
4’6″
1.4m
4’6″
1.4m
4’6″
1.4m
4’6″
1.4m
4’6″
Height 1.4m
4’6″
1.2m
4’0″
1.2m
4’0″
1.4m
4’6″
1.5m
4’9″
1.35m
4’3″
Wheel Base 2.3m
7’5″
2.3m
7’5″
2.3m
7’5″
2.8m
9’1″
2.3m
7’5″
2.14m
7’1″
Ground Clearance 14cm
5.5″
13.5cm
5.3″
13.5cm
5.3″
16cm
6.3″
15.5cm
6.1″
16.5cm
6.4″
Drive System 4WD/FWD RWD RWD FWD 4WD/FWD 4WD
Engine MidEN07 Inline 3 DOHC
Turbo
Mid E07A
Inline 3 SOHC
Turbo
Mid F6A
Inline 3 DOHC
Turbo
Mid EF-XL
Inline 3 SOHC
Turbo
Mid EF-SE
Inline 3 SOHC
Turbo
Mid EF-JL
Inline3 SOHC
Turbo
Displacement (cc) 657 656 657 659 657 659
Horse Power (ps/rpm) 64/6500 64/8100 64/6500 61/7000 64/7000 64/7500
Torque
(kgm/rpm)
8.7/4000 6.1/5000 8.7/4000 8.6/4000 9.8/3500 9.4/4000
Transmission
(floor)
AT3
MT5
MT5 MT5 AT3
MT5
AT3
MT5
AT3
MT5
Weight 690kg
1581lbs
760kg
1675lbs
700kg
1543lbs
660kg
1454lbs
660kg
1454lbs
730kg
1608lbs
Turning Radius 4.6m
15’0”
4.6m
15’0”
4.4m
14’4”
4.5m
14’7”
4.7m
15’4”
4.5m
14’7”
Fuel Tank(liter/gallon) 30
7.9
24
6.3
30
7.9
32
8.4
32
8.4
32
8.4
MPG/KPL 39.2 MPG
16.7 KPL
39.9 MPG
17 KPL
41.4MPG
17.6 KPL
41.4 MPG
17.6 KPL
39.2 MPG
16.7 KPL
38.6 MPG
16.4 KPL
Front Suspension Strut Strut Double wishbone Strut Strut Strut
Rear Suspension Isolated Trailing Link Strut Double wishbone Axle Leaf Spring 3 link Semi Railing Arm
Brakes Front/Rear Disk/ Drum Disk/Disc VDisk/Disc Drum/Drum Disk/Drum VDisk/Drum
Tires 155/65R13 F 155/65R 13
R 165/65R14
165/65R14 145/70R12 165/60R12 145R12-6PR
A/C Optional Yes Yes Optional Optional Yes

Second Generation

Make Model Year Suzuki Alto Works
CS22S 1991-1994
Suzuki Cappucino
EA21R 1995-1997
Daihatsu Mira
TR-XX
E-L220S 1991-1994
Mitsubishi Minica Dangan ZZ
H36A 1993-1996
Mazda Autozam AZ-1
Length 3.3m
10’8″
3.3m
10’8″
3.3m
10’8″
3.3m
10’8″
3.3m
10’8”
Width 1.4m
4’6″
1.4m
4’6″
1.4m
4’6″
1.4m
4’6″
1.4m
4’6”
Height 1.4m
4’6″
1.2m
4’0″
1.4m
4’6″
1.5m
4’9″
1.2m
3”8”
Wheel Base 2.3m
7’5″
2.3m
7’5″
2.3m
7’5″
2.3m
7’5″
2.2m
7’3”
Ground Clearance 14cm
5″
13.5cm
5.3″
13cm
5.1″
15cm
5.9
14cm
5.5”
Drive System 4WD/FWD RWD FWD 4WD/FWD MR
Engine Mid F6A
Inline 3 DOHC
Turbo
Mid K6A
Inline 3 DOHC
Turbo
Mid EF-JL
Inline 3 SOHC
Turbo
Mid 4A30
Inline 4 SOHC
Turbo
I3, DOHC
12v Turbo
Displacement (cc) 657 658 659 659 657
Horse Power (ps/rpm) 64/6500 64/6500 64/7500 64/7000 64 PS (47 kW) at 6500 rpm
Torque (kgm/rpm) 8.7/4000 10.5/3500 9.4/4000 9.9/3500 85 N·m (63 lb·ft) at 4000 rpm
Transmission (floor) AT3
MT5
AT3
MT5
AT4
MT5
AT4
MT5
5MT
Weight 700kg
1540lbs
690kg
1521lbs
660kg
1454lbs
780kg
1719lbs
720 kg
(1,587 lb)
Turning Radius 4.6m
15’0”
4.4m
14’4”
4.0m
13’1”
4.6m
15’0”
4.7m
Fuel Tank(liter/gallon) 30
7.9
30
7.9
30
7.9
34
9.0
30
7.9
MPG/KPL 41.4 MPG
17.6 KPL
47.6 MPG
20 KPL
41.4 MPG
17.6 KPL
37.6 MPG
16.0 KPL
51.9 MPG
18.4 KPL
Front Suspension Strut Double wishbone Strut Strut Strut
Rear Suspension Isolated Trailing Link Double wishbone 5 Link 5 Link Strut
Brakes Front/Rear Disk/ Disk VDisk/Disc Disk/Drum Disk/Disc Disk/Disk
Tires 155/65R13 165/65R14 155/70R12 155/65R13 155/65R13
A/C Optional Yes Optional Yes Yes

Third Generation

Make
Model
Year
Suzuki
Alto Works CP21S
1994-1998
Daihatsu
Mira TR-XX
L210S
Length 3.3m
10’8″
3.3m
10’8″
Width 1.4m
4’6″
1.4m
4’6″
Height 1.4m
4’6″
1.5m
4’9″
Wheel Base 2.3m
7’5″
2.3m
7’5″
Ground Clearance 14.5cm
5.2″
15.5cm
6.1″
Drive System 4WD/FWD 4WD/FWD
Engine Mid K6A
Inline 3 DOHC Turbo
Mid EF-JL
Inline 3 SOHC
Turbo
Displacement (cc) 658 659
Horse Power (ps/rpm) 64/6500 64/7500
Torque (kgm/rpm) 8.7/4000 9.4/4000
Transmission (floor) AT3
MT5
AT3
MT5
Weight 710kg
1562lbs
710kg
1562lbs
Turning Radius 4.6m
15’0”
4.6m
15’1”
Fuel Tank(liter/gallon) 30
7.9
30
7.9
MPG/KPL 45.6 MPG
19.4 KPL
42.3 MPG
18.0 KP
Front Suspension Strut Strut
Rear Suspension Isolated Trailing Link 5 Link
Brakes Front/Rear Disk/ Disc V Disk/Drum
Tires 155/65R14 155/70R12
A/C Yes Yes

Note 1:Information on this page is correct to the best of our knowledge.
Note 2:Information on this page is subject to change without notice.

For more detailed information on any specific model please contact us.

Suzuki Alto Works 1988-2000

Suzuki Alto

Honda Beat 1991-1996

Honda Beat

Suzuki Cappuccino 1991-1997

Suzuki Cappucino

Daihatsu Mira TR-XX 1991-1998

Daihatsu Mira

Mitsubishi Minica Dangan ZZ 1989-1998

Mitusbishi Minica

Daihatsu Leeza Spider 1991

Daihatsu Leeza

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