Crossover madness has spread across the Pacific and directly into the Auto China 2006 (Beijing) motor show, in the form of the Daihatsu D-01 concept. The wagon-on-stilts theme is well represented in this four-passenger CUV that will likely go on sale sometime in mid-2007.

Pictures of a well-sorted interior, as well as the "sporty" version are posted after the jump, along with Daihatsu's press release.











PRESS RELEASE

DAIHATSU MOTOR CO., LTD. (Daihatsu) announced that it will exhibit the D-01 prototype, which is scheduled to go on sale in mid-2007, and other vehicles at Auto China 2006 (Beijing Motor Show). The motor show will be held from November 18 to 27 at the China International Exhibition Center and the National Agricultural Exhibition Center.

Daihatsu concluded a technology licensing agreement with China FAW Group Corporation in October of last year and will start production of a new compact multi-purpose passenger car in Jilin City, Jilin Province in mid-2007. Full-scale sales of the new vehicle will be conducted in partnership with China FAW Group under the Daihatsu brand name.

In addition to the D-01 new compact multi-purpose passenger car prototype, the HVS hybrid sports car, the Be-go SUV, and the Copen roadster will also be on display at the motor show.

Daihatsu will emphasize the appeal and fun of compact cars as well as their environmental performance and advanced technologies.

D-01 Prototype

The D-01 is a new compact multi-purpose passenger car designed to meet the diversifying needs and expectations towards compact vehicles of users in the Chinese market in a wide range of applications from day-to-day use to leisure. Daihatsu will display two versions of the D-01 at the Beijing Motor Show-a unique cross-over version (photo) and a stylish sporty version.




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