No Export Week #1: Toyota Spade

First of all, welcome to the new site which is now hosted on WordPress with its own shiny domain name.  Tumblr is a great platform, but when I decided I wanted to do more than share media, it was just a little too limiting.

To kick things off, I’m doing a series this week on Japanese cars that are not exported to the states.  We all know there’s a huge variety of great cars that we never get, so let’s take a look at some of them.

The first installment is the Toyota Spade.  This one might not qualify as “cool” to most people, but I think it’s a great concept for a versatile people and cargo mover.

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The most unique feature is the sliding passenger side door, giving the owner plenty of room for whatever gear needs to go.

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The front passenger seat is also on a track, letting it slide way forward to make more room.

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Beyond that, it’s a pretty typical compact which is on the same platform as the Yaris and comes with either a 1.3L or 1.5L engine.

You can bring this sweet ride home for 1,750,000 Yen,  or around $15,000USD.  For only $1000 more, you can also get this in 4WD.  Say what you like about this,  but if you have a need for this type of vehicle, it’s far more stylish than most mini vans, and vastly more economical than an SUV.  I think it looks pretty sharp, even if it does only come with a CVT.

All images shamelessly stolen from toyota.jp

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