Make mine a triple! The rise of the three-cylinder engine

How the distinctive off-beat thrum of the three-cylinder engine has been getting increasingly raucous.

Rattly three-cylinder engines have long been a hallmark of micro cars, if not always their most distinctive element in the case of peculiarly (but wonderfully) named Japanese examples such as the Daihatsu Move Latte, Mazda Autozam AZ-1, Mitsubishi Minica Dangen, Nissan Moco, Suzuki Mighty Boy and Toyota Pixis Joy.

While former Swedish brand Saab made its name in the 1950s with an inline three, it was the Kei-jidosha (light car) segment that popularised the engine with oddly numbered pistons as the rest

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