When is a Kei not a Kei.....
Following from another thread on here I have done some digging.
I have a 1998 Alto which is a kei in Japan but NOT when exported.
Exported models are 100mm longer.
I think this is due to larger engines and not the 660cc they have in Japan.
I have an alto, not mine but here is the model I have (except I have 5 door model, although 3 and 5 same length).
Now in Japan they are sold as the Cervo Mode with a 660cc engine.
Note how much closer headlights are to the front arches...
I prefer the look of the Cervo over the alto personally.
Both alto and cervo come in 3 and five door models but between the two only the wings and nose are different.
Front bulkhead backwards they are the same shell.
So unless imported not Alto is actually a kei!
They are 100mm too long and have too large a capacity engine.
Good find John! I used to own a suzuki sc100 GX coupe deluxe (long name for such a small car), funny thing that was called the Cervo in Japan too and had a slightly different body style to it's European counterpart as well, it was more narrow and the front window angle was different causing it to have different upper door frames and door windows
sneaking in an old picture of my ex sc100
The only true body kei I have come across in export is the move.
It is still kei size just with bigger engines fitted.
i would love to be able to modify a mode front bumper to fit my alto.
Like the big round lights in bumper and very different to altos here in uk
quite a few of those on the Japanese yahoo auctions available, just depends if you can justify the shipping costs to get it here.
What about the classic bumper
Thanks for links but bumpers will not fit anyway.
The UK Alto indicator is odd.
The bolt that holds the lens on is massive, it not only holds lens on but also bolts into the front valance.
It actually helps hold the bumper on!
Also would need to mod the wiring for the extra lights in bumper.
plus extend the sides to reach the arches, too much work.
Im going to buy a 2nd hand front bumper and play with it.
smooth it out a bit, mount number plate to off side and square plates.