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What is a subaru sambar classified as in the USA?

I know there exists certain classification in vehicles and the Japanese mini trucks seem to be in a class of their own with some states allowing their use while others have certain conditions to use the vehicles. What classification are the Subaru Sambar and other Japanese mini trucks in the United States for instance and why are they allowed as street legal in some states and not in others?

Subaru Sambar is uncommon in the United States and Canada but is sent to these countries when people buy them. You can register and drive Japanese mini trucks in most states if they are over 25 years old. Since most Japanese mini trucks were never sold in the US market, they have not been certified by the government for street use. Whereas in California, Mini trucks are allowed for street use only. You cannot use them on the highway but there are no restrictions on their use for off-road purposes.

Regulations affecting a mini truck can seem daunting right from licensing, importing, taxation, vehicle inspection, DOT safety specs, EPA emissions standards, insurance, registration, etc. Congress had passed laws over the past decade or so that regulate mini truck imports with respect to DOT and EPA compliance. Mini trucks that are 21 years or older are exempt from EPA restrictions, and those older than 25 years are exempt from DOT regulations. They are classified as off-road vehicles, and newer models typically come equipped with speed limiters in order to meet DOT and EPA specifications. So newer model mini truck should meet the speed allowances of your state’s specific regulations.

The Subaru Sambar is a versatile equipment carrier and people mover. Available in two styles, one as passenger van and the other as pickup truck. Moreover they are allowed for street use only.

Subaru Sambar is looked at as a vintage automobile. It is allowed for local use and for recreational purposes. It's still not allowed on highways. It's a cool and affordable vehicle, which can help your small business and your personal needs.

The Subaru Sambar is a multipurpose platform that accommodates pickup-style bodies as well as passenger van configurations. Unlike the VW Microbus, the Subaru Sambar is a front-engined cabover minitruck. It is classified as a Kei trucks and most states do not have any laws governing them thus prohibiting them to be driven on state roads. But due to popularity, many states are allowing them with specific restrictions in place.

You won't find them in highways. You can see them near construction sites, agricultural site as well. Many use them for these purposes and some may use them like a van as well for personal use.