Wild-Ass Rumor Of The Day: Scion And Daihatsu Considering Joint Small Pickup For US?

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer

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 can’t say it’s priority one. I’m very interested in it. A lot of prospective owners are interested in it and every meeting I have in Japan, I’m asking, what else can we do.

Hollis reveals that he has, in the past, pushed for an imported Daihatsu pickup for Scion’s US lineup, but that regulatory issues killed the business case. But now he’s suggesting that Scion and Daihatsu might jointly develop a small, fuel-efficient pickup… just as Subaru and Toyota/Scion developed the FT-86 together. If that happens, I’d expect something larger than Daihatsu’s typical kei-style trucks, for reasons hinted at in the video above. And to help you understand the legacy that a Daihatsu-Scion pickup might draw upon, here are a few random images of Daihatsu “trucks” (or possible inspirations) through the ages.

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  • Pete Zaitcev Pete Zaitcev on Nov 10, 2011

    You know what I really, really, want? Daihatsu Rush. But it will never happen. Edit: I have a picture: http://zaitcev.mee.nu/toyota_rush Edit2: Very funny video, thanks!

  • Seabasstin Seabasstin on Nov 10, 2011

    Can I get one, really I want one, I am tired of looking for and having a hard time finding, 1986 to 1997 toyota pickups with low milage... they are really hard to find now, yet this is what should be available. all we have is some nasty giant trucks that are useless except for guzzling gas. grrrr.

  • Les Les on Nov 11, 2011

    I for one am sick and tired of these 'Mid-Sized' pickups that are neither as economical as a true compact pickup nor are as capable as a full-size.

  • Apexr7 Apexr7 on Dec 01, 2011

    Newest Video from Toyota! Came out yesterday.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pCXsFDlvns