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    Official: Daihatsu Copen reborn with configurable bodywork [w/video]
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    It was a little bittersweet when the original Daihatsu Copen ended production in 2012. Granted, we never got the tiny roadster in the US, but knowing that it was out there somewhere just made the automotive landscape a little better. It didn't take the Japanese automaker long to see the error of ...

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    Report: Toyota, Honda, Nissan and more collaborating to increase fuel efficiency
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    Toyota, Honda, Mazda, Nissan, Subaru, Mitsubishi, Suzuki and Daihatsu have announced an alliance that will see a push to improve fuel economy from both gas-powered and diesel-powered engines by as much as 30 percent before the end of the decade. The newly assembled Research Association of ...

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    Tokyo: Daihatsu FC凸DECK Concept is a cab-over cutie
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    When we first saw the Daihatsu FC凸DECK (also called the FC Deco Deck), we couldn't get over its funny name, but this cab-over kei car could signal a whole new level of efficiency wrapped in a very small package. Unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show, the Daihatsu FC Deco Deck is powered by a liquid ...

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    Tokyo: Daihatsu explores the future of play with two Kopen concepts
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    Daihatsu came to this year's Tokyo Motor Show with a clear (and very Japanese) statement of purpose for its show cars: "PLAY Tomorrow! Exploring the further possibilities of mini vehicles." Based on what we've seen so far, the playful aspect of the concept cars on the Daihatsu show stand is front ...

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    Official: Daihatsu FC凸DECK concept gives everyone the finger
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    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 ...

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    Official: Daihatsu to showcase new Kopen concepts in Tokyo
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    It's been a while since we've seen a new kei-sized roadster coming out of Japan, but at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show, they'll be making a big comeback. Not only will Honda unveil the new S660 concept as a sort of Beat successor, Daihatsu – as indicated by earlier reports – will be on ...

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    Report: Daihatsu planning Copen revival
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    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 ...

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    Official: Daihatsu unveils eight concepts at Indonesia International Motor Show
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    Daihatsu has unveiled eight concept cars based on six different models at the Indonesia International Motor Show in Jakarta. The Japanese automaker rolled out the concepts, one of which we've seen before, as it hones in on the burgeoning Indonesian auto market. The concepts unveiled are (in the ...

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    Official: Daihatsu D-R concept looks like a Copen successor
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    Daihatsu, everyone's seventh-favorite Japanese automaker, is making big waves at the Indonesian Motor Show this year. Typically writing a sentence like that one would preclude such news to follow from, well, being newsworthy here in the U.S., but we've always been such fans of Daihatsu's cheeky ...

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    Official: Toyota launches new Pixis Epoch kei car in Japan
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    Kei cars may be small in size, but they're big business in Japan. The latest arrival to the category is the little hatch you see above, the Toyota Pixis Epoch. It's the fourth vehicle produced by the Daihatsu division but sold under the Toyota brand. As with other keis, power comes from a 660cc ...

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    Report: Daihatsu Copen, Japan's last kei convertible, ending production
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    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 ...

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    Tokyo: Daihatsu FC Case Concept is autonomous, high-tech transportation
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    The one thing that's been missing from this year's Tokyo Motor Show are the inevitable rolling living room concepts of years past. But Daihatsu has come to the rescue with its FC Case concept. The rolling bread box might not look like much from the outside, but inside it's packed with folding ...

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    Tokyo: Daihatsu D-X portends a less endearing Copen successor
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    We've always had a soft spot for the Daihatsu Copen. Granted, it always struck us as an overly effeminate Audi TT, but that's not a particularly bad thing. But after nearly a decade of production, Daihatsu has to move on, so across the way from the "Ultimate Edition" Copen at the Tokyo Motor Show ...

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    Tokyo: Daihatsu bringing electric, fuel cell and efficient gas car to Tokyo Motor Show
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    The quirkiness – i.e., stuff like this – continues. As a preview for the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show, Daihatsu has released images of the D-X, something called the Pico (above) and the FC Sho Case. As is totally expected, these concepts are heavy on the green, light on the possibility ...

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    Report: Scion considering Daihatsu-based pickup for US?
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    The mini-truck is dead. Long live the mini-truck! We aren't alone in our love for compact cargo haulers. AutoGuide recently took the time to sit down with Jack Hollis, the vice president of Scion, who apparently shares our affinity for the smallest of pickups. While Hollis didn't go so far as to ...

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    Report: Toyota launches Pixis Space; first kei cars are Daihatsus in drag
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    Toyota has announced that it will unveil its first-ever kei car to be sold under its recently launched Pixis sub-brand. The vehicle, called the Pixis Space, will make its official debut in late September. Based on the Daihatsu Move Conte, the Pixis Space will be sold at Toyota dealerships through ...

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    Daihatsu plays Charade with Toyota Yaris in Europe
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    2012 Daihatsu Charade – Click above for high-res image
    Buyers in Europe who can't stand the thought of going on without the current generation Toyota Yaris need not fret. According to AutoEvolution, the vehicle will soldier on under the Daihatsu banner. While Toyota has made it clear that ...

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    Report: Toyota remains world's largest automaker for third year in a row despite troubles
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    Despite weathering a rocky 2010 marked by repeated recalls, Toyota managed to remain the world's largest automaker last year. According to Bloomberg, the Japanese manufacturer saw its sales rise by eight percent to 8.42 million units if you include Lexus, Hino and Daihatsu. That figure beat out ...

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    Report: Daihatsu leaving European market
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    More than any other, two carmaking giants sit at the top of the industry: Toyota and General Motors. But while GM sells under a (shrinking but still) expansive range of brands, the Toyota Motor Corporation sells most of its vehicles under its own name. That doesn't mean that Toyota, however, ...

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    Oh, Kei Go: Toyota set to enter JDM minicar market?
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    Toyota is looking to get bigger... by going smaller. The Japanese automaker is looking to enter the kei car market, a popular segment in its homeland. Kei cars are small vehicles with restrictions on length (11.15 feet), width (4.86 feet), engine size (660 cubic centimeters) and power output (63 ...

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