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Daihatsu Basket Concept - Click above for image gallery

There may be a bunch of conspicuously absent automakers missing from this month's Tokyo Motor Show, but the thing about the Japanese show is that a lot of the really neat stuff comes from the hometown guys, anyway. Take Daihatsu, for instance. Rather than try to wow everyone with fairy-dust tech in concepts that will never see the outside of an exhibition hall, The D is keeping things simple, small, and real. Even the concept cars look like they're not that far removed from reality. Let's start there.

Daihatsu Deca Deca conceptThe coolest rig at the Daihatsu stand will doubtlessly be the Basket concept, shown above, which lets you get more in touch with nature via a removable hard roof panel and fabric top for the rear seat. We want one. Badly. The Decca Decca concept (shown at right) is described as a "Super Box" by the automaker, with massive swing-out doors on the passenger side that lead to a nifty, multi-configuration interior. The van's driver's side has one standard door only. Aft of that is a solid panel broken up by a high window. Again, very cool.

The e:S concept looks production-ready, and we'd guess something just like it will be in showrooms before long. It's a kei car built on a shortened, existing platform, with a white Mini Cooper-style roof for added flair, plus weight reduction and a stop/start system for increased efficiency. Those three concepts are joined by the Tanto Exe and Exe Custom, which are production-bound, lightweight, restyled variants of the Tanto micro-minivan. Daihatsu's press release is posted after the jump, along with full image galleries of each car. Check 'em out.

[Source: Daihatsu]


Daihatsu to Exhibit the e:S, Tanto Exe and other vehicles at Tokyo Motor Show

DAIHATSU MOTOR CO., LTD. (Daihatsu) plans to exhibit six concept cars of four different vehicle series and nine production vehicles along with new technologies at the 41st Tokyo Motor Show to be held from October 24 to November 4 at the International Convention Complex (Makuhari Messe) in Makuhari, Chiba Prefecture.

The Daihatsu Group slogan "Innovation for Tomorrow" will serve as the overall theme, while each exhibit will express the keywords for mini vehicles: eco, lifestyles, and fun.

Of the vehicles that will be on display, the e:S focuses earnestly on the impact that automobiles have on the environment and embodies the roles that mini vehicles should play. In order to maximize the underlying superior environmental performance of mini vehicles, the e:S successfully achieves high fuel efficiency of 30km/liter* through state-of-the-art improvements to existing technologies.

The Tanto Exe, based on the Tanto, which continues to enjoy strong sales, features a lighter body and higher fuel efficiency, as well as superior styling, a luxurious feel and a high level of comfort. It was developed with an expansive interior for use by a diverse range of drivers in a wide range of situations. Daihatsu plans a market release for the Tanto Exe in the future.

The Deca Deca was designed with leisure use in mind and maximizes utility, while the "basket" supports a slow pace of life in close contact with nature. Both models propose new possibilities for mini vehicles.

Concept vehicles

1. e:S (eco & smart)

Daihatsu e:S

A new eco-car that reveals the future role of mini vehicles
  • The e:S is based on a current platform with the wheelbase shortened to 2,175mm. Although it has compact exterior dimensions, the package can accommodate four adult passengers.
  • In addition to a compact body, the use of slim, lightweight seats and the replacement of many materials with lighter versions limits total vehicle weight to 700kg.
  • The e:S is equipped with a conventional mini vehicle engine fitted with a combustion control system developed by Daihatsu and an EGR, as well as an Idling Stop System.
  • The high environmental performance of mini vehicles is maximized by combining existing technologies to achieve fuel efficiency of 30km/liter* without the use of an electric motor or other systems.
  • Fuel efficiency under the 10-15 Japanese test cycle; measurements made by Daihatsu.

2. Tanto Exe & Tanto Exe Custom (planned production vehicles)

Daihatsu Tanto Exe Custom


The Tanto Exe and the Tanto Exe Custom were developed as lighter and more fuel efficient versions of the Tanto, which features an expansive interior. They are compact models that offer superior styling, a luxurious feel and high levels of comfort for use by a diverse range of drivers in a wide variety of situations.
  • Like the Tanto, both vehicles feature expansive interiors at the top levels in their classes.
  • The high-quality seats and sophisticated interiors allow adults to enjoy the pleasure of driving.
  • The exteriors express both quality and vitality.
  • The Tanto Exe Custom offers a premium feel that further enhances the sense of quality.
  • Vehicle length by width by height; as of October 2009; according to Daihatsu survey.

3. Deca Deca

Daihatsu Deca Deca


A "super box" that employs low, flat floor technology and features an expansive interior space that can be used in pursuing a range of various hobbies.
  • The low, flat floor and pillarless, side-by-side doors (135 degrees) provide superb ease of ingress and egress and loading and unloading.
  • The slim fold-away seats can be arranged in a variety of patterns to perform work inside the vehicle or stow large items.
  • The robust exterior features a well-defined three-dimensional form that expresses stability.
  • The modern interior emphasizes functionality.

4. basket


This slow pace of life open 4-seater model with a wide rear deck is designed for full enjoyment of life, such as for trips to the family vegetable plot out of the city.
  • The four-seat vehicle features a removable hardtop roof over the front seats and a removable canvas top over the rear seats.
  • The rear deck (located behind the rear seats) allows the transport of tools without having to worry whether they are clean or not.
  • The relaxing seats and interior feature a motif that evokes the feel of linen material.

Production vehicles

A total of nine vehicles including the
  1. Mira Cocoa
  2. Move Conte
  3. Tanto WELCOME SEAT (rotating and sliding seat fitted on specially equipped vehicles to facilitate boarding and exiting the vehicle)
  4. Tanto Custom
  5. Mira
  6. Move/Move Custom
  7. Copen

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      • 5 Years Ago
      That is some outrageously clever design.
      Too bad we don't get this kind of thinking in stateside products.

      That 'basket' reminds me of the old jeep commando with the top up...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I need a word stronger then.... NO. Ideas?
        • 5 Years Ago
        You ain't buying one poser.
        • 5 Years Ago
        • 5 Years Ago
        My apologies, you drive a Miata. Nuff said.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I have a word for you it starts with a "c" and ends with an "unt."
      • 5 Years Ago
      I couldn't help but laugh when I saw the name "Basket." I guess because it's so simple and to the point. Not that it has any bearing on the vehicle itself. I think it looks like fun, like something I'd drive around in with my friends.
      • 5 Years Ago
      OMG i would TOTALLY buy the Basket if it came here. i was checking out the 1962 Midget a few months back and really really wanted to buy it. do you guys remember it?? so cute! http://www.daihatsu.com/brand/craftsmanship/classical/flash/

      i saw a ton of cute and boxy cars when i was in japan in 2008, most of my favorite ones were daihatsu. like the Trevis. a lot of the vans over there look similar to the Decca Decca, which looks pretty generic here after you've seen all the ones in Japan. love the tiny wheels tho!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ok, I'm likely going to Hell for this, but I laughed pretty hard when I saw the wheelchair.
      • 5 Years Ago
      cool cars. it's amazing that kei cars are all basic interpretations of the two box design, yet so many of them look so cool.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I am a big fan of the original Bronco. Looking at the Basket that was what immediately came to mind. No it's not an off road vehicle but it looks like a lot of fun. Just like driving an early Bronco, 6 cyclinder and all.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Awesome ideas. No one is touching Daihatsu when it comes to k-cars.

      We could use some of this sort of packaging cleverness. Imagine carrying four people in comfort and being able to park in 2/3 of a regular parking spot.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well, actually, Daihatsu's really in second-place in the kei-car market... Suzuki still dominates that segment.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm the fella with the cam gear and edit suite on that handy wall.

      Plus a bike and board.

      The blank sheet metal below the outside window? Just right for an ad graphic.

      Sooo... provided I fit comfortably (six-footer) Deca Deca IWOOT please.

        • 5 Years Ago
        I'd go for a Deca. Great little rig with lots of utility.
        And yes, Toyota should be paying attention. They got it right with the first little box rig xB, and now ruined it by making it bigger, rounder and fatter like every other car they make.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Toyota, clue in, here is Scion 2.0. Too bad, Penske couldn't have grabbed these for Saturn, at a sub 18K price point these all would be HUGE! Toyota badly needs these for a youth market.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Parent-company Toyota (and fellow Toyota-division Subaru) could really learn a lot from Daihatsu's styling department... you don't need endless swoops and criss-crossing style lines all over the damn place on cars... it just makes them look like a jumbled mess...

      These Daihatsus have clean, crisp, simple designs that still look good and modern...

      They've even got good proportions for cars this small. The lights, grilles, windows, wheel arcs... it all comes together very well.
      • 5 Years Ago
      4 words: NOT COMING TO AMERICA.

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