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Japanese Mini Trucks

Updated on February 7, 2009

Mini Trucks With Tracks

Japanese Mini Trucks

Japanese mini trucks are unique trucks that come directly from Japan. Also known as “Kei” Class, “Keitora” or “micro” trucks, these durable vehicles are known as gas conserving workhorses. Some companies like Samurai Trucks actually specialize at customizing Japanese minitrucks with tracks. You can see some of these in the videos below.

These minitrucks are becoming more more popular because they are a cost effective, efficient alternative to off-road vehicles. Authentic Japanese minitrucks come directly from Japan through the JDM (Japanese Domestic Market). There are some cases where unscrupulous dealers will purchase minitrucks without seeing them or inspecting them, then they will resell them to people without ever knowing if the truck is in good shape are not. That is why it is important to purchase a Japanese minitrucks from someone who is seeing the truck in person before purchasing it.

The majority of Japanese minitrucks have fold-down box sides and come with hydraulic dumps and scissor lifts. We put a lot of pictures below so you can see what we're talking about.

Japanese Mini Trucks on Tracks

Japanese Mini Trucks Specs

Normally, Japanese minitrucks weigh around 1500 pounds and can go up to 75 mph. In some countries Japanese minitrucks are certified as regular road vehicles and some are known to get up to 60 miles per gallon. These trucks are normally very affordable in the average price is minimal compared to prices of trucks in the United States.

Most are equipped with 660 cc engines and four-wheel drive and a good majority of Japanese minitrucks are capable of hauling up to a half ton. They are also very light compared to normal trucks and vans.

Japanese mini trucks have continued to grow in popularity. As with any product with a healthy demand, there are always a lot of dealers who take shortcuts and you could end up getting something different than what you thought. That is why it is important to make sure who you're dealing with. Make sure they are inspecting the trucks in person before they purchase and resell to you.

KEI trucks is a term used in North America that describes a vehicle from Japan with an engine size of no more than 660 cc. Most of these trucks are built with higher standards than North American vehicles. In Japan they are extremely strict and require a lot of inspections.

These Japanese minitrucks normally have either four or five speed transmissions while automatic transmissions are very rare. The Subaru has a rear mounted engine and can be found with the supercharger in rare cases.


Mitsubishi Delica

Samurai Trucks

1994 Mitsubishi


Japanese mini trucks weigh around 1400 pounds and have a payload of over 800 pounds. Most tracks come with the radio and normal -- accessories along with fold-down bedsides.

You can get parts for these trucks from any local parts dealer or store, so you don't need to go to Japan to get parts if something goes wrong. Most mechanics can work on these trucks without an issue. There are very few moving parts in a KEI truck and usually the parts are less expensive than North American vehicles.

The KEI truck will do mostly anything that an ATV can do, and in some cases they can even be licensed for street use

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      Sandeep Rathore 2 years ago from New Delhi

      Informative hub it is, indeed.

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      Uriah 4 years ago

      When I worked for the DOE, they had the pickup version (with the fold down bed) and vans that we called clown cars (the guards DID NOT like them). The engine was under the drivers seat. The ones with the 3 speeds (manual) did around 25mph, you could get them as a 5 speed but whomever purchased them didn't feel the need. They all had cold AC and decent stereos. Pretty sure they were Chinese though... had several different brands but they were all exactly the same thing.

      BTW, the older ones didn't have automatics so the DOE garage adapted Ford C4 transmissions to them somehow.

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      cliffjumber99 5 years ago

      It is the first time I am seeing a mini truck with tracks. This is a great idea; it can be easily ride through small off road paths effectively. The mini trucks are very cost effective too, so this variant is expected to make a huge success.

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      Yoovle 5 years ago from at the beach

      I was lucky to see the Mitsubishi Delica passing by me like two months ago. In reality it looks even bigger:)

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      Dushanlimited 5 years ago


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      TheMonk 6 years ago from Brazil

      I found this hub while researching trucks for my father. I think I have just encontered what I needed. Thank you!

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      Which4u 7 years ago from Leicester, UK

      These are great! They look like a cross between a bedford rascall and johnny five! I culd do with those wheels to get through the snow!

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      rakoo 7 years ago from Midwest

      Pretty cool Trucks actually

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      Rich 7 years ago

      What's so surprising? They're just small vans. They're everywhere here. and why wouldn't they be registered as normal road vehicles?

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      adorababy 7 years ago from Syracuse, NY

      The mini truck, also called "kei" or "micro" trucks, are essentially gas-saving work horses!

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      secretscp 7 years ago

      These are really slick looking trucks. I like the one with the tank treads!

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      Jessica Manning 8 years ago

      Try designing a car covers for that!

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      Coolmon2009 8 years ago from Texas, USA

      Enjoyed reading your hub very informative. I have seen these mini trucks in this part of Texas. Very nice hub!!

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      moving101 9 years ago

      Im now quite interested in owning one of these Japanese mini trucks, thanks for the introduction!

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      MartySuazo 9 years ago

      Wow! I hadn't heard of these Japanese Mini Trucks before. They sound like a great option for so many different needs. Thanks for introducing me to these vehicles.