List of microcars by country of origin
This is a list of microcar
A microcar is the smallest automobile classification usually applied to standard small car . Such small cars were generally referred to as cyclecars until the 1940s. More recent models are also called bubblecars due to their egg-shaped appearance.-Definition:The definition of a microcar has varied...

s by country of origin
. This list excludes cars over 700 cc, and cars where production or manufacture ended before 1945.

Microcars have been defined as 'very compact, small-engined cars, designed for use in large cities, especially in Japan.' even though in Japan, such cars are known as kei car
Kei car
Kei cars, K-cars, or , are a Japanese category of small vehicles, including passenger cars, vans, and pickup trucks. They are designed to comply with Japanese government tax and insurance regulations, and in most rural areas are exempted from the requirement to certify that adequate parking is...

Microcars have also been defined as being a 'small car, popular in the 1950s, that featured a body offering full weather protection and mechanics often derived from motorcycle technology'
though in the 1950s, a trend towards egg-shaped cars with a relatively large ratio of windows to bodywork meant that the affectionate term bubble car
Bubble car
Bubble car is a subjective term used for some small, economical automobiles, usually produced in the 1950s and 1960s.- Varieties :The Messerschmitt KR175 and KR200, and the FMR Tg500, had aircraft-style bubble canopies, giving rise to the term bubble car to refer to all these post-war microcars...

 was used.

The term Microcar, is usually applied only to such small car
An automobile, autocar, motor car or car is a wheeled motor vehicle used for transporting passengers, which also carries its own engine or motor...

s built after World War II
World War II
World War II, or the Second World War , was a global conflict lasting from 1939 to 1945, involving most of the world's nations—including all of the great powers—eventually forming two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis...

, cars built prior to the war are more generally referred to as Cyclecar
Cyclecars were small, generally inexpensive cars manufactured mainly between 1910 and the late 1920s.-General description:Cyclecars were propelled by single cylinder, V-twin or more rarely four cylinder engines, often air cooled. Sometimes these had been originally used in motorcycles and other...

s. However one dictionary definition states simply that a microcar is ‘a small fuel-efficient automobile.’

An attempt at a more specific definition for Microcars suggested by some enthusiasts is 'economy vehicles with either three or four wheels, powered by petrol engines of no more than 700 cc or battery electric propulsion, and manufactured since 1945'.

In short, defining what is or what is not a microcar is not an exact science. Microcar is a subjective common noun
In linguistics, a noun is a member of a large, open lexical category whose members can occur as the main word in the subject of a clause, the object of a verb, or the object of a preposition .Lexical categories are defined in terms of how their members combine with other kinds of...

, so no list will ever be definitive. But with museums devoted solely to microcars, numerous published encyclopaedias of microcars
and microcar enthusiast clubs worldwide, this list is an attempt to collate as many of these vehicles as possible into a common grouping.
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