• Aug 23, 2006
Our friends at Autoblog Spanish bring news of Daihatsu's new Trevis city car. With retro styling that apes the general look of the original Mini (with two extra doors, of course), the little Trevis is easy on they eyes. Where it really shines, however, is at the pump. City cars are fuel misers and the Daihatsu is no exception. Its 58-horse 1.0L DOHC 3-cylinder is good for 4.8L/100km (49mpg) in the European city/hwy combined cycle when equipped with the 5-speed manual. If equipped with the optional 4-speed automatic, it drops to 5.9L/100km (39 mpg).

The run to 100km/h (62 mph) takes 12.2 seconds. Not bad when you consider the power, and certainly not a real issue in dedicated urban driving, where you're stopping and going all the time anyway. The interior has a refreshingly clean layout that carries the modern/retro styling inside. The driver is met with an attractive instrument cluster and an available MOMO leather-wrapped steering wheel.

The price for all this goodness? The base-model Trevis Junior starts at 9,990 €. Choosing the regular Trevis -- which includes the aforementioned MOMO steering wheel plus additional features such as 14" rims -- ups the asking price to 10,990 €. The optional automatic tranny sets buyers back an additional 970 €.

We'll see how Americans embrace a true city car when the SMART finally makes its debut in the States. If there's an audience, there are a lot of other interesting, inexpensive, and efficient vehicles in the class that could conceivably come over and give it some competition. The Trevis is one of them.

(More photos after the jump)

[Source: Daihatsu Germany via Autoblog Spanish]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      I smiled when I saw this car. I really do love how it looks -- and the price is hard to beat, eh? If they could get this thing over here for less than 13k then I think it would do stellar.

      I'm a classic muscle car guy, myself, but I have very fond memories of my 50MPG Geo Metro, and this isn't half as ugly.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Tri-Bo:, If I'm not mistaken, it is a rear fog light. Perhaps it isn't necessary in Japan, so Daihatsu had to put it somewhere in order the Ttrevis will meet the european regulations

      p.s.
      Sorry for the lousy English
      • 8 Years Ago
      While the car does look ridiculously like the mini, it is a well rounded contender. 50mpg is great, it's small, spacious, cheap, the epitome of a great city car.

      As for all those concerned about body damage, that is a very valid point. While I was in europe, almost all of the "real" mini coopers I saw had little grille gaurds and tail light gaurds. I thought it was funny at the time, but now that I look back on it (and consider my own destructive urban driving habits) small SUV style gaurds would work great on these small cars, and would virtually eliminate fears of major damage to be be from just parking in the city.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This is the kind of thing that will never be sold here. But I'd buy one. Definitely over a smart (and it looks like it costs alot less). The only small cars we get are shaped like a turd and smell like one.

      Regarding the notion of 'city' car, I'm pretty sure this will drive fine at the ridiculously low speed limits of highways. OMG 65 MPH! Any faster and your head will explode.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The SMART will only be a test of trendy people with too much money. It just costs too much. It doesnt offer that much better gas mileage over a "real sized" hybrid or turbo deisel. I'd love a smart if it were under $15k or got > 50 mpg.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Looks like Toyota beat BMW to the traveler/clubman market, and threw on two doors to make it more practical. I checked out their site and they have a retractable hardtop convertible called the Copen that is pretty cool, although for a bit higher payment and a bit more gas I would take the Miata hardtop.
      • 8 Years Ago
      12. Thanks for the response, this is the type of car America needs to buy more of.

      Nah, life is too short. Americans should buy what they want to buy, not what you think they should. No disrespect intended.

      Personally I prefer very small cars, but this one is just not quite funky enough for me. I want my little cars to be unique, not impersonators.

      Wherever they sell this car, I would like be the aftermarket developer of a cheap replacement grill and a premium tough grille that will do the job--rebar criss-cross.
      • 8 Years Ago
      With no bumpers to speak of, it looks like repairing the bodywork after typical urban fender benders could be pretty expensive. I presume it meets impact regulations, but you're still sacrificing the unibody panels rather than a bumper assembly.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Classic, modern, beauty but just a little too feminine for me. It's going to sell buckets (at that price alone) to the ladies... or ladies at heart.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Total Mini ripoff. Clubman!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Total ripoff of the Asian market Nissan Verita (a retro-skinned previous-generation Nissan March/Micra).

      But Nissan didn't sell theirs in Europe, so it's fair for Daihatsu to do so.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Thanks for the response, this is the type of car America needs to buy more of.
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