Japanese kei cars may be defined by their small size, but we know and love them more for their wacky shapes and names. And the all-new Daihatsu FC凸DECK nails all three. Heading for a debut in a few weeks at the Tokyo Motor Show, this diminutive concept grabbed our attention not only with its quasi cab-over semi-truck styling but also its snicker-worthy name, which includes a symbol resembling a stylized hand flipping the bird.

The fuel-cell-powered FC凸DECK, which is probably intended to be called the FC Deck (at least based on the name of the 2011 FC Case), is about a foot longer but eight inches narrower than a Scion iQ. We expect to learn more about the FC凸DECK in a few weeks when it's introduced, but between the eight cars unveiled at the Indonesia International Motor Show back in September and the three cars on display in Tokyo, Daihatsu is proving that it isn't just FC'ing around.


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      kmanning83
      • 1 Year Ago
      The character "凸" in Japanese (and I imagine similarly in Chinese) means "sticking out" or "protruding," and can be read as "deko" (similar to "Deck"). It's antonym, interestingly enough, is "凹," often read as "boko." Together, the compound "dekoboko" (凸凹) means bumpy or uneven, evoking a similar image to the grooves on the deck and roof of this concept. In short, the name of this car is basically a pun.
        superchan7
        • 1 Year Ago
        @kmanning83
        You're right it's the same words in Chinese, minus the kunyomi pronunciation. I suspect the editor Ross here is aware that those are actual words since he was able to find and enter the actual character.
        GR
        • 1 Year Ago
        @kmanning83
        I was going to explain the Japanese symbol relevance of dekoboko, but I'm glad I read the comments to find that someone already did. I speak Japanese and the deko symbol is deliberate to show that the car has a design that protrudes. Also, dekoboko can imply that the design has a modular system. The dekoboko symbols are sometimes used in Japan to signify modularity or connectivity. It may be that this vehicle can have modular attachments (which would explain the semi truck-like design) and the name is implying that as well.
      hiepkyqua
      • 1 Year Ago
      The symbol doesn't resemble a hand flipping the bird, but the one that all the English speaking car blogs and Websites are using does. So was it Daihatsu's intention to flip the bird or do we just being 12 yr olds?
      Cruising
      • 1 Year Ago
      Kei trucks are nifty little things, this takes it to a whole other level. Very nice.
      fly by wireless
      • 1 Year Ago
      That symbol is a kanji "deko" which means "bump" in English. The deck of the truck has the bumps/ridges on it. That's where the name comes frum.
        MZR2.3
        • 1 Year Ago
        @fly by wireless
        yep a 30 sec google search would confirm this but autoblog would rather make a article title to giggle and snicker at because "lol foreign"
      dexbusy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Giving this foolishness any press at all is ridiculous. There\'s nothing to see here.. Move along. Really Autoblog? Someone thought this was worth presenting to the world? Who cares if Daihatsu thought it worth showing, shouldn\'t you know better? Just because its giving everyone the finger? Perhaps you can start giving us Kim and Kanye news too now since any remotely shocking thing, even without real substance is worth posting on your blog. Bleeaah..
        Hek!
        • 1 Year Ago
        @dexbusy
        Foolishness? It's a kei car. There's a cool and unique kei car to see here. Yes, really. Evidently someone did. If an auto company thought something was worth showing a blog about cars might too. That might be a misinterpretation of the character. If Kanye and Kim become cars, maybe, till then, no. The washroom is two doors down to the left if you need to puke. Need help with anything else? Possibly your anger issues?
        neilyadig
        • 1 Year Ago
        @dexbusy
        Are you for real? Who are you to say that Autoblog knows better than Daihatsu? Who is Autoblog to say they know better than Daihatsu? This is a blog about the automotive world, so they are covering the concept that Daihatsu is showing. Why wouldn't they cover it? For all you know this is the next hit kei car.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @dexbusy
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          dexbusy
          • 1 Year Ago
          A RAPE take?!? Wow. its worse than I thought. Whats the matter? Did your little self entitled feelings get hurt? You have to lash out with crap like that? Good luck getting along in the workplace especially if you are in this business. I\'m guessing an art school student? Thinking you\'re gonna be a designer? You going stomp your feet and call your boss names when he tells you he doesn\'t like your stuff? Go back home to mommy for a couple more years. You won\'t have what it takes to get by.
      Bernie Kressner
      • 1 Year Ago
      I love it.! Kind of an anti-establishments statement. Kind of an "in you face" thing. Can't imagine what the handling would be like, though...but that isn't the point, is it? -------------
      Justin
      • 1 Year Ago
      For some reason I love this.
      Zaki
      • 1 Year Ago
      I love it ....because it is so out there, so adorably blunt and ugly in the cutest way!
      Willy
      • 1 Year Ago
      If it comes w its own mini trailer, I'm sold! Build it! Kowaii desu!
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      SquareFour
      • 1 Year Ago
      Uh, yeah...that "symbol" is actually just the blocky representation of the vehicle's silhouette. If it looks like any hand gesture, it sorta reminds me of a "thumbs up," but I think it looks more like an 8bit representation of a duck on a pond and I'm not a gamer. We see what we see. Regardless, pretty cool! Matter of fact, I betcha FC stands for "funky cool."
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