You may not have ever heard of a car called the Daihatsu Copen, but it's ending production and we're sad to report it. The Copen is (or was) made by the budget Toyota brand and stands as the only convertible kei car – those being the whimsical little cars that zip around Japan – still on the market.

A tiny two-seat roadster with a 1.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the Copen was a favorite among customers for being just downright fun. But apparently after ten years of production, there just aren't enough of those customers left to justify its continued production.

As a result, Daihatsu is reportedly discontinuing the line, with no apparent plans to replace it. Before it does, however, a 10th anniversary edition is reportedly in the works, with production limited to just 500 units. But with only 2,000 Copens sold last year, that represents a full quarter of production.


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        imoore
        • 2 Years Ago
        Had Daihatsu remained in the US market, we would have had this car to buy. It's small, but would been a perfect alternative to the Miata and the Honda S200.
          breakfastburrito
          • 2 Years Ago
          @imoore
          It all came down to poor English. Daihatsu came to the U.S., with a bulletproof little car, but some marketing genius named it "Charade". Combine that with cheap gas prices, and Daihatsu was doomed. Too bad really. Would still love to own one.
        starryknight936
        • 2 Years Ago
        SVX: I agree! This machine would have been a hit here, definitely. I would have gone for one myself! Peace!<-AladdinSane-
      IBx27
      • 2 Years Ago
      This kind of kei car is what makes kei cars fun! Enough boxes that maximize space, it makes me happy to see more little cars like this, the Suzuki Cappuccino, and the Honda Beat.
      lne937s
      • 2 Years Ago
      There were a number of funky little convertible Kei cars. The Nissan Figaro came out in 1989- a new version would fit well with the resurected Datsun brand. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nissan_Figaro There are rumors Honda will bring back the Beat http://www.hondabeat.com/beatinfo.php
        Justin Campanale
        • 2 Years Ago
        @lne937s
        A Beat coming to the States is just what Honda needs to bring back its disappointed fans. But I don't think it'll ever happen.
      aatbloke1967
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Copen was sold in the UK for a number of years - a great little convertible to drive. I didn't even realise it was still in production. Worthy of any enthusiast's collection.
      Dantzig
      • 2 Years Ago
      This car would be a blast with a 1.3l turbo. Unfortunately, it was never made with one, only 659cc turbo and 1.3l n/a. The Autoblog post contains incorrect information.
      CarCrazy24
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wish it was sold here in the U.S, even in limited production numbers. Looks like a fun little car.
      crazymagman
      • 2 Years Ago
      That stinks. I've seen those in Japan over the years and always wished they would have brought it to the US when they were here. It's such a neat looking car!! The Miata is considerably larger than this car, which is hard to believe, but it is.
        Julius
        • 2 Years Ago
        @crazymagman
        I think that's the point - the Miata is larger than this car. Small cars aren't selling too well here (read: Smart, 500). Only the Mini has legs - and I'd think that the cost of Federalizing this car would exceed the market for it here.
      Gregg
      • 2 Years Ago
      Agree with other commenters that this Toyota sub-brand would have made a great Scion in Eurospec form (1.3 liter turbo). I saw several of these in Germany, and they looked like a shrunken Audi TT. Really, Scion should be bringing in other Daihatsus as well-- hey, why not the remaining 500 Copens?
      theblackemblem
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well good... I don't care how big mine is; I have too much masculinity to be caught dead in that thing. Maybe it would've sold better if it didn't look like something Barbie would drive.
        ryanandrewmartin
        • 2 Years Ago
        @theblackemblem
        The fact that you're so insecure with your self-proclaimed masculinity proves you posses none. There is nothing more masculine than not giving a **** about other peoples opinions.
        aatbloke1967
        • 2 Years Ago
        @theblackemblem
        ^^Here's the archetypal American goatee-adorned male speaking ... knows sweet FA about the car in question, has all the education of a retarded toad and thinks everything revolves around his genitals. What's sad is that they're allowed to breed.
          theblackemblem
          • 2 Years Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          I don't need to compensate for jack s___. I would drive a 500 or a Beetle and not care about what others think.
        J
        • 2 Years Ago
        @theblackemblem
        It must be a sad life, worrying about what someone else thinks of your vehicle choice.
        breakfastburrito
        • 2 Years Ago
        @theblackemblem
        shouting out your "masculinity" on a car blog is very odd. "I'm too macho for ice cream! Rawr!" you do realize that grown women get a laugh, when we suck in our gut, and do the "I'm macho" walk, right?
      Mr. T
      • 2 Years Ago
      Isnt this a TT?
      Ben Parkhurst
      • 2 Years Ago
      Its not a kei car. A kei car has to by law have an engine no larger than 660cc. It is very small compared to most cars on the road in Europe, and is roughly the same length as a smart 4/4.
      Scr
      • 2 Years Ago
      Would have made a decent Scion model, as the Tc is already a favorite of hairstylists.
        ryanandrewmartin
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Scr
        Agreed on point one and as much as I actually like the tC(pre facelift), my ultimate manfriends fiance is a hairstylist and GUESS WHAT SHE DRIVES?! :|
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