What Exactly is a Kei Car?

Not to be confused with Chrysler's old "K Car" platform. Dating back to 1949 in Japan, the Kei designation offers some of the tiniest vehicles that could still be legally considered a car. In Japan, and other East Asian countries, vehicles are often subjected to tax rates based on their external dimensions and engine displacement, and Kei cars are made to be registered as cheaply as possible. So they squeeze as much practicality, or fun, out of a miniature frame as is