Thursday, June 2, 2011

Daihatsu DeckVan and HiJET

This vehicle is about twice as long as a bicycle and on about 6ft high. You can seat 4-5 people and still stow some stuff in the back. These minitrucks, as they are known in the US, cannot be registered as trucks. They can be registered as ATVs in some states which allows for road travel.
State governments often cite safety concerns for the reason these trucks are not street legal. The US automakers also prefer to sell their products for $20k rather than to allow these trucks to be had for $5k. These trucks have a 3 cyclinder engine. They do about 65mph and get great gas mileage. I read a quote on a Daihatsu forum that said, ``minitrucks are street legal in every country in the world, but the land of the free``.
A final thought about safety. In my opinion, this truck offers more safety than any motorcycle on the road.

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