Almost done, 1986 Mitsubishi Minicab pickup. mods are Subaru Boxer Engine,exhaust,then i cut the underframe so the engine can fit in. also i haven't made the rims so I took it from the warehouse. #3d#3dmodel#sketchup#keitora#keitruck#mitsubishi
A facelifted ninth-generation Suzuki Carry, built from 1991-1999. Most car enthusiasts are by now familiar with the requirement that any vehicle privately imported from a foreign market must be 25 years old or older to be registered for road use here in the US. Kei trucks though present a loophole to the 25 year rule, as they can be imported as ATVs. And ATVs can be registered for road use in certain areas of certain states; in Utah, this is everywhere but Salt Lake County. This means that, provided you live in a certain area, you can import a non-25 year old Kei truck and drive it on the road. It’s not an R34 Skyline GT-R, but it’s something. Take that bureaucracy.
2012 Tata Venture
Remember the Maruti Suzuki Omni from my last post? This is basically it's modern equivalent. After many companies attempted and miserably failed to tap into the cheap van market that Maruti Suzuki was dominating, Tata Motors had enough of it.
In 2011 they launched the Venture, based on the JDM kei-truck-sized Ace minitruck. This was the first vehicle that Tata sold in both private and commercial vehicle dealerships. This GX variant came with a 1.4-litre turbodiesel engine that made 71HP, and considering this was a vehicle that weighed over 1.5 tonnes, the Venture was simply just slow.
While the ride was somewhat better than the competition, the braking was rubbish, and apart from that, the build quality was pretty iffy. But it had huuuge windows, so visibility was awesome, and it could also seat upto 8 people, so I guess it had that going for it. As a safety feature, it also had a sliding door only on the left side. Unfortunately many criticized this and wanted a sliding door on the right side as well, because it's totally cool to get out of the van and step right into traffic 🙄 *sigh* we Indians will never learn.
I haven't seen many privately-owned examples like this one. Probably because tons of products from Tata Motors were simply marketed really badly. Some of you may have not even known that this existed! After discontinuing the Venture, Tata eventually launched an even more basic van called the Magic Express, which sounds like some amusement park ride, or a rip-off of the Magic School Bus.