Honda Acty is a Kei truck series made by the Japanese car manufacturer Honda. At that time, it was designed only for the Japanese market. The name of “Acty” is a nickname of “Activity.” Acty competes with Suzuki Carry, Piaggio Porter, Subaru Sambar, and Mitsubishi Minicab.

The body shape is cab-over or semi-cab-over, and the engine is located near the center of the vehicle. To ensure traction when the vehicle is empty and to obtain driving capability, the engine is installed underfloor

It adopts Dion axle rear suspension. It has a monocoque structure that integrates the frame with the loading platform. This light truck equips a high rotation engine has and unique design by Honda.

As of 2019, you can only import this truck via trusted exporters. Gazooba always checks the truck for any engine failure or body rust before shipping it. This article will show you the Japanese model available for sale and how yo import one. Let’s begin!

Honda Acty 1st generation

Acty is designed to be agile vehicles. The first generation was launched from 1977 to 1988. In 1977, the Acty appeared with a water-cooled engine. The concept of the horizontal mid-engine in front of the rear axle was adopted from the Honda TN 360.

The newly developed two-cylinder engine now had 545 cm3 and generated 21 kW (28 hp). In 1979, the market was expanded to include the bus and later, a closed delivery van. It was also available with a characteristic of high-roof.

From 1981, there was the Honda Street. It is a luxuriously Acty minivan. In 1982, people could order the Acty with automatic transmission, and since 1983, it was offered with an all-wheel-drive by request.

Acty adopted the MR layout, while the models of other companies took a cab-over under-seat engine or a cab-over type with rear-engine and rear-wheel drive (RR) layout.

Honda Acty 2nd generation

The second generation was launch from 1988 to 1999. They are HA1, HA2, HH1, HH2, HA3, HA4 HA5, HH3, HH4.

Overall, they were longer vehicles than the first generation. This design existed since Honda needed to follow the revised regulations for Kei-Cars in 1984. The engine was newly developed. This time, it had three cylinders instead of two. A new version of the Honda Street was also available again.

On May 11, 1988, Honda announced a full model change of Van “Pro” Acty. The tail lamps are common to trucks and vans as in the first generation. However, this tail lamp is used only for trucks up to the current model. In addition, the rear license plate of the van has been modified from the tailgate to the center of the rear bumper.

In March 1990, Honda gave a minor change. With the expansion of the light specifications, the overall length becomes 100 mm and the displacement volume is extended to 660. Then, the engine output has increased to 38 HP. At the same time, the headlamps were changed from two standard round lights to be the same variant as a car. The models which received these minor changes are “HA3” for 2WD truck, “HA4” for 4WD  truck, “HH3” for 2WD van, and “HH4” for 4WD van.

1990 Acty Facelift

The Acty was thoroughly revised because the 1988 model did not fully utilize the displacement and vehicle length limits. Therefore, the Acty was equipped with a new engine (E07A) in 1990. It has A three-cylinder four-stroke engine with 656 cm3 capacity. This engine was used in all Honda Kei Cars of that time. From August 1991 – January 1996, Acty had received several minor upgrades on its interior and technology. However, the exterior remains the same.

A new model called Acty Crawler was launched in 1995. This version had a track chain drive on the tandem rear axle and a tipper as well

In 1996, the E07A engine was equipped with PGM-FI gasoline injection, which brought an increase in output from 28 kW (38 hp) to 32 kW (44 hp). Technically, the models remained unchanged.

Honda Acty 3rd generation

The Japanese government again issued new regulations for vehicle dimensions in the Kei-Car class in 1996. Therefore, the Acty was revised again in 1999 and introduced as the 3rd generation.

Here, the wheelbase was especially changed because crash safety was improved. Furthermore, the loading area had been higher. The maximum engine power increased from 28 kW (38 hp) to 34 kW (46 hp) in general. Honda Street then rebranded to “Vamos.” The empty weight is only 800-870 kg.

In contrast to the previous generations, the all-wheel-drive version also had an automatic transmission. The production of the pick-up ended in 2009 while the van/minibus is still in production, but with all-wheel drive, automatic transmission, and 39 kW engine with 53 horsepower.

Honda Acty 4th generation

In 2009, the fourth generation was presented at the 41st Tokyo Motor Show. The wheelbase has been shortened by 520 mm compared to the previous model, and the minimum turning radius has been reduced to 3.6m, along with the increased turning angle of the front tire.

The cabin space has also been expanded by moving the front pillars significantly forward, and the shortening of the wheelbase also moved the wheelhouse under the seat. This condition expands the space under the feet. The installed engine followed its predecessor. However, it has an improvement in fuel efficiency and reduced body weight.

The empty weight is still 760–820 kg. The engine is identical to its predecessor but uses at least 5% less fuel in all variants due to the lower vehicle weight (following 2010 fuel efficiency standard). All-wheel drive is only available in combination with a manual transmission. In addition to ABS with EBD, double airbags are standard.

How to Find Trusted Honda Acty Exporter

Honda acty is an agile vehicle from Japan you can import to your country. However, it is not easy to find a trusted seller nowadays. Make sure you only contact sellers who understand the technical specs of the vehicle and are responsive. We at Gazooba always check the vehicle for rust and possible engine failure before shipping it. You can contact us on our WhatsApp at +81 90 8832 6621 or email us at [email protected]