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A Daihatsu kei fire truck is making friends all over San Francisco

The 1990 Hijet hails from a small Japanese village and can actually fight fires

Daihatsu unveils 2021 Tokyo Auto Salon lineup

Including a sporty roadster, race-ready farm truck, and retro camper

Daihatsu's tiny concepts bring big weird to the 2020 Tokyo Auto Salon

An almighty fun tool, a rock climber, and a 'vocaloid voicebank'

Toyota's Copen GR Sport is a tiny, racy roadster

Gazoo Racing puts its touches on this Daihatsu kei car

Junkyard Gem: 1990 Daihatsu Charade

This brand didn't quite take off in the U.S.

Daihatsu's Tokyo Auto Salon cars are absolutely adorable

Highlights include a Copen coupe, Hatsune Miku-edition Move Canbus

Highlights include a Copen coupe, Hatsune Miku-edition Move Canbus.

5 Japanese Cars with the Most Ridiculous Names

We take a look at five cars from Japan with the most ridiculous names and some insane TV commercials.

Daihatsu Compagno concept makes us wish the company was still in America

We'd like the Copen and Canbus, too.

Hopefully at least Japan will get a production model.

Junkyard Gem: 1990 Daihatsu Charade SE Hatchback

One of the most incomprehensible car names in automotive history.

Nearly all the Charades are gone, but this one showed up in a Denver self-service wrecking yard recently.

Daihatsu's Move Canbus could very well be the world's cutest car

Seriously, this thing deserves a hug.

Can we take it home, pleeeeease?

3D-printed car parts are now a real thing

Daihatsu teams up with 3D printing company Stratasys for custom panels

If you want your Daihatsu to look like the surface of the moon, you got it.

Question of the Day: What's the most irritating car name?

Charades and Achievas and Nubiras ... and even worse?

I say every remaining example of the Oldsmobile Achieva should be crushed, just to erase its maddening name. You may feel differently.

Japan could consolidate to three automakers by 2020

An analyst predicts the Japanese auto industry could consolidate down to three major players by 2020. Companies may need to unite to overcome the obstacle of higher research and development costs.

Toyota buys Daihatsu for small-car development

Having acquired a controlling interest in Daihatsu back in 1988, Toyota is now taking it over completely and entrusting it with developing a new generation of small cars.

Daihatsu Copen looks great as a shooting brake or coupe

Toyota's budget brand Daihatsu is heading to the 2016 Tokyo Auto Salon with concept coupe and shooting brake versions of the little Copen roadster that make us wish we could get one even more.

Takata airbag recalls add another 5 million vehicles

Honda and Daihatsu are adding 5 million vehicles that need their Takata airbag inflators replaced, but none of these are in the United States or Canada. It brings the grand total of affected vehicles in these campaigns since 2008 to about 36 million automobiles.

Toyota holds onto crown of World's Largest Automaker

Although there were hints and allegations that the Volkswagen Group might have taken the global sales crown for 2014, the final tally puts Toyota at the top for the third year in a row with 10.23 million sales in 2014. Volkswagen Group came second with 10.14 million units sold, General Motors came third with 9.92 million units sold. In 2015, however, the top two positions are expected to swap.

Ever wonder how to really pronounce Japanese automaker names?

People tend to get very set in their ways when it comes to the pronunciation of words. Just look at the endless debates over whether or not to say the final 'e' in Porsche (which you should in terms of correct German enunciation). Or the argument about whether to follow the British convention and give the 'u' in Jaguar a special delivery or to say the 'ua' diphthong as more of a 'w' sound, as usually h

Daihatsu Copen reborn with configurable bodywork [w/video]

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 its ways, because concepts for a

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