Video: Fun with Japanese Kei Trucks
Big Fun Comes in Small Packages
Here in the U.S., when we hear the term “truck,” it brings to mind the Ford F-150, Chevy Silverado, and Ram 1500 and HD models. In other parts of the world, it can mean many other things. In Japan and many Asian countries, streets are teeming with tiny “kei” trucks, such as the Daihatsu Hijet, Suzuki Carry, and the Subaru Sambar. The only places you typically see these pint-sized pickups in the U.S. is on college or corporate campuses. The Japanese seem to like to have all kinds of wacky fun with anything with wheels and a motor, and kei trucks are no different.
Below is a collection of videos showing the hijinks that can be had with these tiny trucks. The first is a kei truck drift competition where these little haulers get sideways in a major way. The second video takes a closer look at one of these trucks with hilariously poorly translated subtitles. Finally, we see what can happen when you put a semi-circular external rollcage on these trucks and brake hard. The results are predictable and amusing.
Kei trucks are not technically street-legal in most parts of the U.S. except reportedly in Oklahoma and Louisiana, where they’re permitted except on interstate highways. Since the U.S. now allows for importation of foreign vehicles more than 25 years old, you could conceivably pick up a 1991 Hijet or Carry and make your own little drift truck.
Source: Extreme Driving via YouTube, Street FX via Facebook