What is M3 (Cubic Meter) Size of a Vehicle?

What is M3 (Cubic Meter) Size of a Vehicle?

What is M3 (Cubic Meter) Size of a Vehicle?


The M3 of the vehicle is used by the shipping company for RO-RO shipment to calculate the cost of transporting the vehicle to the destination port.

Used car importers or individual buyers must know how to calculate freight charges while importing used cars from Japan or any other country to their final delivery port.

Each and every vehicle has its own M3 size. The cubic meter size of the vehicle is calculated by measuring the exterior dimension of the vehicle and multiplying width x length x height.

Every vehicle maker mentions m3 size of a vehicle in specification. M3 size is very important while calculating freight charges for the vehicle at the time of shipping. M3 size (cubic meter) of a vehicle is the product of length x height x width.


Some of major car maker’s models M3 Sizes:


Nissan March 8.5
Toyota Starlet 8.5
Toyota MR2   9.0
Mazda RX-7 10.0
Nissan Sunny 10.0
Toyota Corolla 10.0



Some of the M3 sizes by type of vehicle:


Small vehicles or sports coupes 9.0
Sedan/saloon passenger cars 10.0
Station wagons 12.0
Short wheel base 4WD or vans 13-14
Most long wheel base 4WD’s 15-16
Seat high roof buses 26-30
Seat high roof buses 29-36


Some of the major car makers model by vehicle type and M3 size:


Small Starlet / MR2 / March etc. 9.0
Medium Corolla / Corona etc. 11.0
Large Crown / Soarer etc. 13.0
Medium LWB RV Car Hilux / Terano etc.   14-16
Large LWB RV Car Pajero / Land Cruiser etc. 16-18
Wagon Hiace / Caravan etc. 16.0
Van Hiace / Caravan etc. 15-19



Freight Calculation formula is:

M3 size x Freight Rate per M3 = Freight Cost


Example: 1

If you want to find out FREIGHT for a sedan car which want to ship at Australia Brisbane Port.

  • Size of Sedan Car = 09.5 M3

  • Freight Charges = US$ 132 Per M3

  • Calculation will be 09.5 x 132 = US$ 1254

  • Freight Charges of Sedan for Brisbane Port will be US$ 1254 


  • Mitsubishi Pajero shipped to Karachi, Pakistan16M3 X US$135= US$ 2160



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