Just last year, Honda sold 218,478 of them, which is significantly more than all the Acuras it sold in America in 2017. Save for the Accord, Civic, and CR-V (its three most successful models), the N-Box series in Japan outsold any model Honda sells in the United States.
Like we said, it’s big business. So even if they’re minor, it’s a big deal when the manufacturer rolls out updates for any of the models in the lineup, like it has with the N-Box Slash.
One of the most stylish Kei cars on the Japanese Domestic Market, the N-Box Slash packs a lot of swagger into its tiny footprint. For 2018, it gets an array of new colors and interior trims, bringing the exterior choices (between the monotone and two-tone finishes) up to 16, and the interior options up to six.
As if that weren’t enough, buyers can also choose between seven trim levels, in front- or all-wheel drive, with a tiny 660cc engine in atmospheric or turbocharged induction. Prices range from 1,359,720 to 1,920,240 yen – inclusive of the 8-percent consumption tax, or about $12-17k at in equivalent US dollars.
Honda expects to sell 500 of them every month in Japan, which makes it something of a footnote in overall N-Box series sales – but a rather stylish one, to our eyes.