Welcome To The Daihatsu Playhouse!
Between Suzuki’s decision to show off its latest Tokyo Auto Show concepts and Scion’s possible collaboration with Daihatsu, now seems like a good time to show you Toyota’s kei car partner’s latest trinkets. From the fuel cell-powered, Tokyo-apartment-on-wheels, the FC Sho-Case (above), to the sweet little turbo-two-pot roadster, the D-X, Daihatsu’s got every kind of future vehicle you might possibly want… as long as it’s small and strange. They’re even taking on BMW’s see-through “i” brand, with the Pico, a semi-transparent plug-in. Because your car could always be a little smaller, weirder and more Japanese…
JuniorMint on Nov 10, 2011
I would love a Scion "collaboration" with Daihatsu (doesn't Toyota own Daihatsu already? collaboration is an interesting term for that). I cite that Japan got a bB replacement I would actually purchase, where we got the sales-killing xB2 and the xD. And of course global corporations should run on my whims and desires. In any case, getting back to Scion's roots (small, cheap, efficient and freakishly bizarre in every way) seems to be the only hope left for the brand.
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