There are titan rivalries – 911 vs GT-R, Ferrari vs Lamborghini, Viper vs 'Vette – and there are smaller ones. But the smaller ones can be just as fierce. Like the rivalry between the Daihatsu Copen and Honda Beat.

Both were Kei roadsters built by major Japanese automakers with tiny form factors and even tinier engines. And while their production runs didn't overlap, they straddled the turn of the millennium close enough that they bred close comparison.

Neither are still in production at this point, but that could be about to change. Honda is presenting the S660 concept at the Tokyo Motor Show next month, and the latest reports indicate that Daihatsu is planning a Copen revival of its own. The company has, after all, showcased a couple of concepts hinting at the prospect over the past few years since the Copen's cancellation.

Whether the new Copen would strictly comply with Kei car regulations that limit both size and engine capacity, or grow beyond that class remains to be seen. As does the question of its export, but considering Daihatsu is more or less a division of Toyota these days, we could see room in the Scion lineup for a baby FR-S. Couldn't you?


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      starryknight936
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm also vagiely reminded of the old Porsche 356. If Daihatsu (Toyota) was smart they would bring this over to the US. But NOT as a Scion, please. Scion lost it as a brand long ago. Peace! AladdinSane
      bK
      • 1 Year Ago
      I wonder what would happen to the car market if all the japanese brand were able to bring their kei cars over to the states.
      yyz
      • 1 Year Ago
      Its the bastard child of a VW Beetle and Audi TT.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      Manuel
      • 1 Year Ago
      Don't get hit by a truck
        mehul_kamdar
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Manuel
        Yeah. We should all drive M-1 Abrams tanks. Anything else is simply not safe. Remember the Dallas tornado that threw large trucks up in the air?
      Joe
      • 1 Year Ago
      It looks like a stubby Audi TT.
      Stinkyboy
      • 1 Year Ago
      looks like a beetle
      malnaemi
      • 1 Year Ago
      Euro & middle east spec where powered by NA 1.3L / 81 hp engine. Few where sold in middle east due to fact people here tend to like SUV's and Trucks with big V8 engines. If ever made it in RWD layout I would drive it (I just hate anything fwd)
      MeyersWaterloo Auto
      • 1 Year Ago
      Every time I see this car I can't help but think of a Bug.
        starryknight936
        • 1 Year Ago
        @MeyersWaterloo Auto
        You mean a VW Bug, right? Hope so. Otherwise your comment is nowhere. Peace! AladdinSane
      William
      • 1 Year Ago
      Put a small diesel in it and bring it to the USA.
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