The Truth About Cars » daihatsu http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Thu, 05 May 2016 22:06:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Junkyard Find: 1990 Daihatsu Charade SX http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/junkyard-find-1990-daihatsu-charade-sx/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/junkyard-find-1990-daihatsu-charade-sx/#comments Mon, 07 Mar 2016 13:00:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1296922 The Daihatsu Charade was available in the United States for the 1988 through 1992 model years, then was forgotten more quickly than the speed at which Darmstadtium-267 decays. Still, among the Daewoo Nubiras and Kia Rondos and Sterling 827s and other forgotten machinery at your typical California self-service junkyards, you’ll see a Charade now and then. […]

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The Daihatsu Charade was available in the United States for the 1988 through 1992 model years, then was forgotten more quickly than the speed at which Darmstadtium-267 decays. Still, among the Daewoo Nubiras and Kia Rondos and Sterling 827s and other forgotten machinery at your typical California self-service junkyards, you’ll see a Charade now and then. […]

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Reader Review: 1988 Daihatsu Charade http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/reader-review-daihatsu-charade/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/reader-review-daihatsu-charade/#comments Thu, 18 Feb 2016 14:15:45 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1285538 (Everybody welcome Ryan, who has been #blessed enough to own one of the most recherche Japanese cars of the last thirty years! — JB) I’m not a monogamous guy, at least not when it comes to cars. Since my college years, I’ve consistently owned two vehicles at all times. The idea was to have a […]

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(Everybody welcome Ryan, who has been #blessed enough to own one of the most recherche Japanese cars of the last thirty years! — JB) I’m not a monogamous guy, at least not when it comes to cars. Since my college years, I’ve consistently owned two vehicles at all times. The idea was to have a […]

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Toyota Recalls 57K Over Takata Airbags http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/11/toyota-recalls-57k-takata-airbags/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/11/toyota-recalls-57k-takata-airbags/#comments Fri, 28 Nov 2014 12:00:30 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=952505 Toyota issued Thursday a global recall of 57,000 vehicles affected by the Takata airbag crisis. Reuters reports the majority of the vehicles — 40,000 — were sold in the automaker’s home market of Japan, while 6,000 are in Europe and the rest scattered around the world excluding the North American market. The models affected are […]

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Toyota issued Thursday a global recall of 57,000 vehicles affected by the Takata airbag crisis. Reuters reports the majority of the vehicles — 40,000 — were sold in the automaker’s home market of Japan, while 6,000 are in Europe and the rest scattered around the world excluding the North American market. The models affected are […]

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Crapwagon Outtake: The Island Of Misfit Brands http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/crapwagon-outtake-the-island-of-misfit-brands/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/crapwagon-outtake-the-island-of-misfit-brands/#comments Mon, 23 Jun 2014 14:58:11 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=850186 Daihatsu’s American foray lasted just four short years, from 1988-1992. Roughly ten Daihatsu cars are still for sale – not bad, considering they probably didn’t sell many more than that in total. Ok, that’s an exaggeration. Daihatsu apparently sold 50,000 cars over a four year span, with 200 retail outlets and a marketing pitch that […]

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Daihatsu’s American foray lasted just four short years, from 1988-1992. Roughly ten Daihatsu cars are still for sale – not bad, considering they probably didn’t sell many more than that in total. Ok, that’s an exaggeration. Daihatsu apparently sold 50,000 cars over a four year span, with 200 retail outlets and a marketing pitch that […]

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Daihatsu Revives The Copen http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/2014-daihatsu-copen/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/2014-daihatsu-copen/#comments Mon, 23 Jun 2014 10:30:44 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=849818   Daihatsu’s diminutive sports car is back after a two year absence, with a new look, but the same 660 cc displacement. The Copen still puts out just 63 horsepower and 68 lb-ft from its tiny engine, but it’s also one of the more exciting kei-cars in existence. For 2014, Daihatsu has ditched the retro […]

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  Daihatsu’s diminutive sports car is back after a two year absence, with a new look, but the same 660 cc displacement. The Copen still puts out just 63 horsepower and 68 lb-ft from its tiny engine, but it’s also one of the more exciting kei-cars in existence. For 2014, Daihatsu has ditched the retro […]

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Junkyard Find: 1990 Daihatsu Rocky http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/03/junkyard-find-1990-daihatsu-rocky/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/03/junkyard-find-1990-daihatsu-rocky/#comments Wed, 19 Mar 2014 13:00:43 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=775281 Remember the Daihatsu Rocky? No? That’s OK, several vehicles of this type sank without a trace during the late 1980s and early 1990s (e.g., the Dodge Raider), and Daihatsu itself fled the United States in 1992. I see Daihatsu Charades in self-serve wrecking yards about every six months these days— including this ’89 and this […]

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Remember the Daihatsu Rocky? No? That’s OK, several vehicles of this type sank without a trace during the late 1980s and early 1990s (e.g., the Dodge Raider), and Daihatsu itself fled the United States in 1992. I see Daihatsu Charades in self-serve wrecking yards about every six months these days— including this ’89 and this […]

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Daihatsu Concept Kopen, A Revived Copen To Take On Honda S660 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/daihatsu-concept-kopen-a-revived-copen-to-take-on-honda-s660/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/daihatsu-concept-kopen-a-revived-copen-to-take-on-honda-s660/#comments Thu, 31 Oct 2013 11:30:30 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=638745 Now that Honda seems to be reviving the Beat kei sports car in the form of the S660, to be shown to the public for the first time next month at the Tokyo Auto Show, Daihatsu has revealed that it will be also showing a small kei roadster with a retractable hardtop as well. They’re calling […]

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Now that Honda seems to be reviving the Beat kei sports car in the form of the S660, to be shown to the public for the first time next month at the Tokyo Auto Show, Daihatsu has revealed that it will be also showing a small kei roadster with a retractable hardtop as well. They’re calling […]

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Question Of The Day: What Is The Best Orphan Car In History? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/question-of-the-day-what-is-the-best-orphan-car-in-history/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/question-of-the-day-what-is-the-best-orphan-car-in-history/#comments Mon, 12 Nov 2012 14:00:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=466565   There was the Cadillac of minivans. A different kind of company selling a different kind of car. A Swede with no compromises, and a Frenchman that went from strength to strength. Daihatsus that were perhaps, a bit too modest, by skinny dipping their unknown name in a slogan-less lake. And then we had that crazy distant Yugoslavian […]

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  There was the Cadillac of minivans. A different kind of company selling a different kind of car. A Swede with no compromises, and a Frenchman that went from strength to strength. Daihatsus that were perhaps, a bit too modest, by skinny dipping their unknown name in a slogan-less lake. And then we had that crazy distant Yugoslavian […]

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Junkyard Find: 1989 Daihatsu Charade CLS http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/junkyard-find-1989-daihatsu-charade-cls/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/junkyard-find-1989-daihatsu-charade-cls/#comments Tue, 10 Jul 2012 13:00:22 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=451929 Has anyone seen a Daihatsu Charade on the street in the United States at any time during the current century? Strangely, I’ve now seen two of them in Denver junkyards this year. First there was this ’90 Charade SE, and now we have this ’89 Charade CLS. The Charade was available in the United States […]

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Has anyone seen a Daihatsu Charade on the street in the United States at any time during the current century? Strangely, I’ve now seen two of them in Denver junkyards this year. First there was this ’90 Charade SE, and now we have this ’89 Charade CLS. The Charade was available in the United States […]

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Daihatsu Euthanizes Last Surviving Topless Kei Car http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/daihatsu-euthanizes-last-surviving-topless-kei-car/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/daihatsu-euthanizes-last-surviving-topless-kei-car/#comments Tue, 03 Apr 2012 12:56:56 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=437828 Top Gear called it the “Sony Ferrari.” Daihatsu calls it quits. Toyota’s mini car division Daihatsu will stop production of the only convertible minicar on the Japanese market, the Copen. Daihatsu told The Nikkei [sub] that it will stop making the roadster in August. Honda and  Suzuki had given up selling topless kei cars years […]

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Top Gear called it the “Sony Ferrari.” Daihatsu calls it quits. Toyota’s mini car division Daihatsu will stop production of the only convertible minicar on the Japanese market, the Copen. Daihatsu told The Nikkei [sub] that it will stop making the roadster in August. Honda and  Suzuki had given up selling topless kei cars years […]

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Junkyard Find: 1990 Daihatsu Charade SE http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/junkyard-find-1991-daihatsu-charade-se/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/junkyard-find-1991-daihatsu-charade-se/#comments Thu, 12 Jan 2012 14:00:51 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=425779 Did anyone in America buy Daihatsu Charades? In at least one case, yes! In 1990, car shoppers looking for a small gas-sipping-yet-sporty Japanese car had their needs amply met by the Civic, Corolla, Sentra, Protegé, and Mirage. Hell, even the Geo Storm/Isuzu Impulse held a tiny piece of the high ground needed by Daihatsu to […]

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Did anyone in America buy Daihatsu Charades? In at least one case, yes! In 1990, car shoppers looking for a small gas-sipping-yet-sporty Japanese car had their needs amply met by the Civic, Corolla, Sentra, Protegé, and Mirage. Hell, even the Geo Storm/Isuzu Impulse held a tiny piece of the high ground needed by Daihatsu to […]

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Never Mind The Showcars, Here’s How Daihatsu Gets It Done http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/never-mind-the-showcars-heres-how-daihatsu-gets-it-done/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/never-mind-the-showcars-heres-how-daihatsu-gets-it-done/#comments Thu, 10 Nov 2011 02:05:51 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=417438 Since the Tokyo Auto Show and some Scion scuttlebutt have us on something of a Daihatsu theme here, I thought I’d show a bit of what the small car specialists are up to these days. The truth: despite the brand’s futuristic showcar image projections, Daihatsu mostly plays in the rough-and-tumble entry-level segments of emerging markets, […]

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Since the Tokyo Auto Show and some Scion scuttlebutt have us on something of a Daihatsu theme here, I thought I’d show a bit of what the small car specialists are up to these days. The truth: despite the brand’s futuristic showcar image projections, Daihatsu mostly plays in the rough-and-tumble entry-level segments of emerging markets, […]

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Wild-Ass Rumor Of The Day: Scion And Daihatsu Considering Joint Small Pickup For US? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/wild-ass-rumor-of-the-day-scion-and-daihatsu-considering-joint-small-pickup-for-us/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/wild-ass-rumor-of-the-day-scion-and-daihatsu-considering-joint-small-pickup-for-us/#comments Wed, 09 Nov 2011 19:11:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=417362 With traditional compact pickups growing into the new “midsized” segment, Scion has long been tipped as a likely candidate to lead the US market back towards smaller, car-based pickup trucks. And, Scion’s VP Jack Hollis tells TTAC’s sister site Autoguide that such a vehicle, though not a certainty, could be possible. Versus other vehicles, I […]

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With traditional compact pickups growing into the new “midsized” segment, Scion has long been tipped as a likely candidate to lead the US market back towards smaller, car-based pickup trucks. And, Scion’s VP Jack Hollis tells TTAC’s sister site Autoguide that such a vehicle, though not a certainty, could be possible. Versus other vehicles, I […]

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Finally: Fuel Savings On The Cheap http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/finally-fuel-savings-on-the-cheap/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/finally-fuel-savings-on-the-cheap/#comments Tue, 19 Jul 2011 14:16:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=403548 Doesn’t it bug you that you have to shell out loads of money in order to save gas? Here comes a fuel sipper that won’t suck your wallet dry. No fancy electronics, no heavy batteries, and it even so gets 30km per liter of gasoline (according to the JC08 standard,) which translates to a non-EPA, […]

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Doesn’t it bug you that you have to shell out loads of money in order to save gas? Here comes a fuel sipper that won’t suck your wallet dry. No fancy electronics, no heavy batteries, and it even so gets 30km per liter of gasoline (according to the JC08 standard,) which translates to a non-EPA, […]

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Subaru Says Sayonara to Making Kei Cars http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/subary-says-sayonara-to-making-kei-cars/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/subary-says-sayonara-to-making-kei-cars/#comments Fri, 29 Apr 2011 22:31:01 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=393230 For nearly a year, readers of TTAC have known what’s coming now. As reported back when, Fuji Heavy’s Subaru will end its 54-year history of producing minivehicles in February next year. Drawing on rich experience with aircraft manufacturing technology, a very light Subaru 360 was the first minicar marketed in Japan. Launched in 1958, the […]

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For nearly a year, readers of TTAC have known what’s coming now. As reported back when, Fuji Heavy’s Subaru will end its 54-year history of producing minivehicles in February next year. Drawing on rich experience with aircraft manufacturing technology, a very light Subaru 360 was the first minicar marketed in Japan. Launched in 1958, the […]

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Daihatsu Says Sayonara To Europe http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/01/daihatsu-says-sayonara-to-europe/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/01/daihatsu-says-sayonara-to-europe/#comments Mon, 17 Jan 2011 05:53:18 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=380758 Toyota’s minicar subsidiary Daihatsu is leaving Europe. Daihatsu will end auto sales in Europe on Jan. 31, 2013, The Nikkei [sub] reports. Reason given: “The yen’s strength has made exporting vehicles from Japan next to impossible.” Daihatsu had never shifted production to Europe. They exported their cars from Japan, all 19,300 of them sold in […]

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Toyota’s minicar subsidiary Daihatsu is leaving Europe. Daihatsu will end auto sales in Europe on Jan. 31, 2013, The Nikkei [sub] reports. Reason given: “The yen’s strength has made exporting vehicles from Japan next to impossible.” Daihatsu had never shifted production to Europe. They exported their cars from Japan, all 19,300 of them sold in […]

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Toyota: Let’s Get Small http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/09/toyota-let%e2%80%99s-get-small/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/09/toyota-let%e2%80%99s-get-small/#comments Tue, 28 Sep 2010 12:15:13 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=367054 Minicars, that Japanese specialty with a pint-sized (0.66 liter) enginelet, still commands a market share of more than 30 percent in Japan. It used to be more. Toyota didn’t play in that segment, that’s what Daihatsu was for. Today, The Nikkei [sub] reports that Toyota will enter the minicar market. Wait a minute, wasn’t that […]

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Minicars, that Japanese specialty with a pint-sized (0.66 liter) enginelet, still commands a market share of more than 30 percent in Japan. It used to be more. Toyota didn’t play in that segment, that’s what Daihatsu was for. Today, The Nikkei [sub] reports that Toyota will enter the minicar market. Wait a minute, wasn’t that […]

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Daihatsu’s Profits Up Nearly Fivefold – Good Omen For Toyota http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/07/daihatsu%e2%80%99s-profits-up-nearly-fivefold-god-omen-for-toyota/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/07/daihatsu%e2%80%99s-profits-up-nearly-fivefold-god-omen-for-toyota/#comments Wed, 28 Jul 2010 16:06:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=361717 The market took note when little Daihatsu announced  that its group net profit jumped 460 percent year on year to 19.9 billion yen ($227m) in the April-June quarter of the Japanese fiscal year.  Daihatsu is a Toyota company, and the market is eagerly expecting Toyota’s results. What is interesting is that profits shot up nearly […]

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The market took note when little Daihatsu announced  that its group net profit jumped 460 percent year on year to 19.9 billion yen ($227m) in the April-June quarter of the Japanese fiscal year.  Daihatsu is a Toyota company, and the market is eagerly expecting Toyota’s results. What is interesting is that profits shot up nearly […]

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Get Your Eyesight At Half Price. In A Subaru http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/05/get-your-eyesight-at-half-price-in-a-subaru/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/05/get-your-eyesight-at-half-price-in-a-subaru/#comments Wed, 12 May 2010 09:06:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=356239 Electronic doo-dads such as collision-avoidance systems used to be the realm of pricier models. Fuji Heavy, parent of Subaru, will change that. They are dead set to nannify all Subarus with their newly developed collision avoidance system, says The Nikkei [sub]. The reason? Officially, it’s “growing consumer interest in automobile safety.” The truth is, Fuji […]

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Electronic doo-dads such as collision-avoidance systems used to be the realm of pricier models. Fuji Heavy, parent of Subaru, will change that. They are dead set to nannify all Subarus with their newly developed collision avoidance system, says The Nikkei [sub]. The reason? Officially, it’s “growing consumer interest in automobile safety.” The truth is, Fuji […]

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Curbside Classic: 1989 Daihatsu Charade http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/03/curbside-classic-1989-daihatsu-charade/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/03/curbside-classic-1989-daihatsu-charade/#comments Mon, 22 Mar 2010 18:36:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=349939 What a difference twenty years makes. The eighties was the Japanese decade, when they were going to take over the US, if not the world. They bought prime real estate assets like Rockefeller Center and Pebble Beach. They wrote books telling the US how to fix its problems. And their car makers were swamping the […]

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What a difference twenty years makes. The eighties was the Japanese decade, when they were going to take over the US, if not the world. They bought prime real estate assets like Rockefeller Center and Pebble Beach. They wrote books telling the US how to fix its problems. And their car makers were swamping the […]

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The Chinese Are Coming! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/12/the-chinese-are-coming-2/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/12/the-chinese-are-coming-2/#comments Mon, 21 Dec 2009 08:17:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=339785 Last month, we reported that China’s Great Wall received the EC Whole Vehicle Type Approval (WVTA,) awarded by the UK Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA) for their Coolbear MPV, which makes the car legal for sale in Europe. Since this approval is lengthy (takes about a year) and costly (even when administered by the VCA, which […]

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Last month, we reported that China’s Great Wall received the EC Whole Vehicle Type Approval (WVTA,) awarded by the UK Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA) for their Coolbear MPV, which makes the car legal for sale in Europe. Since this approval is lengthy (takes about a year) and costly (even when administered by the VCA, which […]

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