Last Call: Tiny Fascination Edition

A couple of weeks ago, a discussion in the comments reminded me of this DFSK van I saw at the 2012 CV Show in Birmingham, England. Since then, I’ve found myself with a renewed fascination with Asian micro-vehicles.
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26 responses to “Last Call: Tiny Fascination Edition”

  1. Zentropy Avatar

    I have no idea what that is in the image, but I like it.

    1. Tank Avatar

      I think its a van. Don’t quote me

      1. Zentropy Avatar

        Lol I like it precisely because it looks like a miniature Econoline, but DFSK isn’t a brand I recognize. I guess it can’t exactly be a kei car, which is Japanese, as I’m guessing this is from China?

        1. crank_case Avatar

          Correct, these are apparently 1.5 litre rather than the Japanese 660cc (though 1000cc Suzuki Carrys were made for export). It does look like a slightly larger Suzuki Carry for sure.

        2. Tank Avatar

          looks like China was spot on

    1. dead_elvis, inc. Avatar
      dead_elvis, inc.

      I spotted that (the ad, not the actual… abomination) a few days ago & figured it for a shoo-in over at our ol’ buddy Graverobber’s NPoCP gig. Maybe it will show up this week. (CP even if free, I think.)

    2. outback_ute Avatar

      Looks like it should be in LeMons. I bet the seller is an interesting fellow, in all senses of the term.

    3. Sjalabais Avatar

      Let’s all take a moment of silence for Jan Wilsgaards original philosophy…”The functional is often the beautiful. You follow the laws of nature and don’t make things more complicated than they really are. Functional, pragmatic solutions are often the most beautiful, too.”

    4. Zentropy Avatar

      That one was featured on Barn Finds last week. One of the readers (Eric) commented that the guy who built it lives near him, and has a habit of butchering cars in the same fashion. He contributed these pics of the guy’s other cars:×390.jpg×390.jpg

      1. Sjalabais Avatar

        I can appreciate a consistent style, even if the style itself makes me sneeze.

      2. I_Borgward Avatar

        The man clearly has a vision. More power to him.

    5. crank_case Avatar

      Swedozoku? Scandokan?

    1. Lokki Avatar

      Somebody took Colin Chapman’s “add lightness” a bit too far on this Lotus-engined Jensen-Healy

  2. Manic_King Avatar

    DFSK brand vans have moved through many copycat grille designs, BMW, Ford Transit. I saw yesterday that tipper version at work with some gardeners loading tree branches on it, here in Spain. Seems like great little runabout.

    1. Manic_King Avatar

      Or how about and RV based on Loadhopper:

  3. outback_ute Avatar

    Saw this one, thought it was a Suzuki initially, but apparently a rebadged Daihatsu 4wd Kei truck.

    1. Rover 1 Avatar
      Rover 1

      They are adorable.

  4. P161911 Avatar

    Just left my story over at I’m really hoping it gets approved. Here it is:
    “The 4.3L V-6 in this thing has the fuel economy of a V-8 and the power of a 4 cylinder, but somehow it has managed to go through three transmissions in 100k miles, with no towing duty. First one went out under warranty at 32k miles, that one died at 99k miles. At least it is the cheaper to fix 4-speed automatic.
    Bumpers don’t do much either.”

    1. Sjalabais Avatar

      “Real people”? Any thoughts on your next truck?

      1. P161911 Avatar

        Unless I have a need to tow something big in the 30 years or so or this thing finally gets totaled, I probably won’t get another truck. I got this truck with the intention of it possibly outlasting me, I turn 46 this month. Even with the transmission issues, I would still keep it. It is a very basic work truck with manual windows, seats, and locks, rubber floors instead of carpet, and minimal electronics. I’m getting tired of it as a daily driver and would keep it for truck stuff and as a third car. I hope to get some sort of sporty sedan or coupe in the next couple of years, but it looks like my budget will be pretty limited ($5k or so). If I did get another truck I might go big the next time and get a 3/4 ton 4X4 diesel of some sort, but it would have to be used or course.