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2011 Tokyo Motor Show: Japan’s most curious cars

Microsoft IES Logo By John LeBlanc for MSN Autos of Microsoft IES | Slide 1 of 10

Daihatsu Copen

Unique to Japan are kei (Japanese for "light automobile") cars. Designed to comply with Japanese government tax and insurance regulations, kei cars are one-size below subcompacts. They're very popular in Japan, but pretty much nowhere else.A two-seat roadster with an aluminum retractable hardtop, it's obvious why the Copen has been one of Japan's most successful kei cars. A turbocharged 660 cc engine means it's won't beat a Chevy Corvette off the line. Good fuel economy, though, and low running costs make it a fun and frugal choice.Related Autos links:Girls of the Tokyo showTop concepts from the showWorst in show
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