There are dozens of cars that are only available in Japan that we are slightly jealous of.
While the Honda Civic Type-R and previous generations of the Nissan Skyline GT-R are some notable models that never made it to North America, they aren’t exactly Japan-only. But kei cars typically are only sold in Japan, a category of subcompacts that include microvans and even pickup trucks. Unfortunately, they are designed to comply with Japanese government tax and insurance regulations, meaning there’s little reason to export them. And considering the Mazda2 just got killed off in North America, subcompacts just aren’t highly successful here.
But that won’t stop us from envying some of the rad kei cars at show up each year to the Tokyo Auto Salon. This year’s show is no different and we’ve got a gallery of some of the nicely modified ones at the show floor. There’s also a wicked Toyota Prius Super GT race car that we would love to see compete in North America someday.