Posts Tagged ‘kei trucks’

Insane 6-Wheel Kei Truck Acty Crawler At Auction In Japan

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

OK, so it may not have the street presence of an Mercedes-Benz G 63 AMG 6X6, but you have to admire the engineering that has gone into making this Acty Crawler.

Despite what you may think, this is not some crazy custom job, but was engineered by Honda and introduced in 1994. They are also designed to have tracks on the rear wheels, hence the “crawler” part of the name.

Honda Acty Crawler at auction in Japan (1)

Honda Acty Crawler at auction in Japan (2)

Honda Acty Crawler at auction in Japan (3)

Original listing


Retro Sambar/ VW Bus Lookalike At Auction in Japan

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

Mitsuoka tries to do retro, but never seems to pull it off. The Nissan Figaro, now that is true retro. But what about this — a Suzuki Sambar kei van converted to look like an old VW bus? Personally, I think these are incredibly cute and look even better in the metal.

Watch the video to see more detail of this particular one we found at auction here in Japan.

VW-style Subaru Samar Dias - auction sheet

VW-style Subaru Samar Dias - front

VW-style Subaru Samar Dias - interior

VW-style Subaru Samar Dias - rear


The Littlest Kei Fire Truck – World’s Smallest?

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

According to NHK, this is the smallest full fire truck in Japan — and perhaps the world. Just brought into service by Shibukawa City in Gunma, Japan, this tiny fire engine is based on a kei truck, but it has been converted to carry a full-on pumping unit capable of hosing out 900 liters of water per minute.

Kei fire truck in Japan

The conversion was carried out by a specialist fire appliance conversion company in Utsunomiya, and is claimed by the city and the Japan Fire Appliance Association to be the very first kei truck-based fire appliance in Japan. (Kei trucks are sometimes used in support roles, but this is the first time one has been converted to be a fully-fledged water pumping appliance.)

At about half of the size of the truck it replaces, Shibukawa City fire department officials claim that it will increase protection for citizens and tourists in this spa resort town where the streets are very narrow — too narrow for full-sized fire trucks to negotiate effectively. It’s only 3.4 meters long and 1.5 meters wide, after all!

My only concern is whether it will be able to carry enough water for its 900 liters-per-minute pump to attack a fire for anything more than say … 20 seconds. Let’s put it this way: I hope there are lots of fire hydrants available.

The NHK news video is in Japanese, but it’s worth watching to see the little fella in action cruising the narrow streets.