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   Daihatsu Motor Co. Ltd.ダイハツ工業株式会社 Daihatsu-Kōgyō-Kabushiki-Kaisha

Models:   Cast;   Cuore;   Esse;   Naked;   Opti;   Sonica;   Tanto;   Terios Kid  &  Wake.

Daihatsu   Daihatsu Cast ACTIVA G“SA Ⅱ” LA250S.jpg   Cast

The Daihatsu Cast is a 5-door hatchback crossover SUV ( Sports Utility Vehicle ) and has been in production since September 2015 to the present day.  It comes in three variations designated “ACTIVA“, “STYLE“, &SPORT“.  Each can be equipped with either four-wheel drive or front-wheel drive.  It is made at Nakatsu in Oita Prefecture by ‘Daihatsu Motor Kyushu‘ a subsidiary of Daihatsu.

The Cast ActivaRelated image( キャスト アクティバ )

The ‘ACTIVA‘ is marketed primarily as an off-road capable crossover SUV with a minimum ground clearance of 175 mm.  The ‘STYLE‘ is targeted at customers who desire an upmarket passenger vehicle, while the ‘SPORT‘ is given such features as handling-oriented suspension tuning to increase its appeal to performance customers.   A CVT is fitted on all models, and the ‘SPORT‘ variant is sold with a 7-speed manual paddle-shift.

The Toyota Pixis Joy:Related image( Is a badge engineered Daihatsu Cast )

Toyota Japan sell the Cast as the ‘Toyota Pixis Joy, which was launched on the 31st August 2016.

Layout: Transverse front-engine FWD or front-engine 4WD;

Engine: 658cc ( 40.2 cu in ) KF-VE straight 3 ( petrol ); or KF-DET I3-Turbocharged ( petrol );

Transmission: CVT automaticWheelbase: 2,455 mm ( 96.7 in );

Length: 3,395 mm ( 133.7 in );  Width: 1,475 mm ( 58.1 in );

Height: 1,630 mm ( 64 in );  Curb weight: 840-890 kg ( 1,852-1,962 lb );

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Daihatsu   Related image   Cuore

[ The Max / Cuore ]

1977 Max Cuore    Related image    (rear view)

New bumpers meant length and width were up marginally to 3,120 mm (122.8 in) and 1,305 mm51.4 in ).  Claimed top speed was 110 kph68 mph ), somewhat lower than that of the 360.  With Honda withdrawing from the kei class market, Daihatsu became the only maker to offer a kei-car featuring front-wheel drive ( FWD ).  The Van used the front end and front doors from the 2-door Max, but with a squarer rear end featuring a split tailgate divided horizontally and a folding rear seat which allowed for a flat loading floor.

1981 ) Max Cuore        (4-door)

In July 1977, the ‘Daihatsu Fellow Max‘ name was changed to ‘Max Cuore‘, chassis code ‘L45‘, although Vans remained ‘L40V‘.  The new name also heralded a wider body shell, up to 1,395 mm54.9 in ) which also increased the length to 3,160 mm for the Sedan and 3,165 mm for the Wagon.  By March, 1979 the car was renamed ‘Daihatsu Cuore‘, though it still carried discrete Max badging, along with a power upgrade to 31 PS23 kW ) @ 6,000 rpm.  Torque increased to 4.2 kg·m41 N·m ) for the engine, which now featured the DECSDaihatsu Economical Clean-up System ) emissions control system to meet the stricter 1978 emissions standards.  The front grille and emblems were changed while the seats were improved and new colours, inside and out, were now available.  The Cuore Van, available in Standard, DeLuxe & Super DeLuxe grades, now had 29 PS21 kW ) on tap.

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In most of Europe, the car was simply called Daihatsu Cuore, although it retained the ‘Max‘ prefix in some markets.  Export versions received the same lower powered engine as the Cuore Van did in Japan.  1980 saw the introduction of the parallel commercial series ‘Daihatsu Mira‘, while the name ‘Max‘ finally disappeared entirely from the Cuore.  In Japan, the 1979 Max Cuore was available as a Standard 2-door; Deluxe 2 / 4-doors; Custom 4-door; Hi-Custom 2 / 4-doors; & Hi-Custom EX 4-door.  The top of the line Hi-Custom EX was new for 1979.

Image result for computer games clipart  The “Daihatsu Cuore” in Computer Games:

The Daihatsu Cuore in Radikal Bikers (1998):   1990 Cuore in Gran Turismo 2 (1999):   ’98 Cuore in Gran Turismo 2 (1999):   Cuore in Clipping Point (2007):   ’97 Cuore in Gran Turismo (2009):   ’97 Cuore in Gran Turismo 3 A-Spec (2001):   ’97 Cuore in Gran Turismo 4 (2004):   ’97 Cuore in Gran Turismo 5 (2010):   Gran Turismo 6 (2013): 

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Daihatsu        Esse

2005 – 2011 ]

The Daihatsu Esse was launched in December 2005.  At launch it was the cheapest new car in Japan.  Its former price range was ¥682,500¥1,123,500£5,129£8,433 ).  The 5-door hatchback has 4-seats and a 658 cc 40 cubic inch engine and is available with a manual  or automatic gearbox.  According to Daihatsu, ‘Esse‘ means ‘Eco, Smart, Simple & Easy‘.  It was available as a 5-door hatchback in two distinct styles, the ‘Esse‘ and the ‘Esse Custom‘.  The Esse was available as Eco, D, L, & X in FWD and 4WD.  The Esse Custom was added in November 2006 and was available as Custom and Custom 4WD.  Its main rivals were the Suzuki Alto, Subaru R1, Mitsubishi eK and the Subaru Pleo.  Production ended in September 2011 and it was replaced by the Daihatsu Mira compact.

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Daihatsu   Related image    Naked

[ 2000 – 2004 ]

Only available in Japan the Daihatsu Naked was presented at the 1999 Tōkyō Motor Show.  It was available with a 659 cc petrol engine and either 2 or 4WD.  The styling included features such as ridges in the doors and exposed hinges and bolts, designed to make the car appear rugged.  The Naked was an early example of styling features from off-roaders being used on road cars.  The Naked is based on the Daihatsu Move bodyshell, although with a different fascia, body and door trim, they come in a variety of trims and optional accessories.

Daihatsu Naked 005.JPG   The  Daihatsu  Naked   

Recently, a hybrid version which uses both petrol and electricity has been produced.

Image result for computer games clipart  The “Daihatsu Naked” in Computer Games:

The Daihatsu Naked in Choro Q HG 2 (Everywhere Road Trip) (2002):   Naked in Choro Q HG 4 (Choro Q) (2003): 

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Daihatsu   1998 Daihatsu Opti 01.jpg   Opti

1st  Generation 1992 – 1998 ]

The Daihatsu Opti chassis code L300S was available in either front or 4WD from 1992 onwards.  It was based on the Daihatsu Mira L200 chassis and was produced in either 3 or 5-door hatchback form.

Daihatsu Opti 1992.jpg   The  Opti  L300S   

[ The  YM  Mobilemates  Ami ]

YM Mobilemates, a branch of  the Yamaha Motor Company, announced it was to produce the ‘Ami‘, a micro-coupé with a ‘Ferrari F40‘ inspired design.  The Ami was a Daihatsu Opti variant with a dummy mid-engine body design.

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The Ami came with the same engine as the Opti’s SOHC or DOHC 12-valve 55 bhp engine.  It cost ¥2,150,000¥2,545,000  which was about the cost of 3 standard Opti cars !!  Around 600 were planned to be produced but only 3 cars were believed to have been ordered.  The Ami was only sold in Tōkyō via an event ticket supplier called ‘Ticket Pia!!

2nd  Generation  [ 1998 – 2002 ]

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The 2nd Generation Opti was launched in November 1998.  It was based on a modified Daihatsu Mira L500 chassis. It was available as a 4-door saloon in two different styles, ‘Opti‘ and ‘Opti Classic‘, the latter being launched in 2000.  It was discontinued in 2002 but was not replaced until 2005by the Daihatsu Esse ).

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The high performance model, called the Opti Aerodown Beex (above), was only sold in Japan.

Image result for computer games clipart  The “Daihatsu Opti” in Computer Games :

1997 Daihatsu Opti in Gran Turismo 2, 1999:   1998 Opti in Gran Turismo 2, 1999:   The Opti in Sega GT 2000: 

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Daihatsu       Sonica

2006 – 2009 ]

Daihatsu began producing the Sonica in 2006, after having revealed it as a concept car named the ‘SK Tourer‘ earlier in the same year.  It was available on the Japanese market for ¥1,207,500¥1,559,250 in 3 levels of trim; ‘R, RS & RS Limited‘.  The Sonica was discontinued in April 2009 without a direct successor .

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Daihatsu   Daihatsu Tanto 01.jpg   Tanto

[ 2003 ~]

The Daihatsu Tanto was introduced at the 2003 Tōkyō Motor Show as a concept vehicle based on the Daihatsu Move’s tall body style.  Among the main features of this car is an ordinary right-hand side rear door while on the left-hand side, the rear door is a sliding door without an intermediate pillar.  A Tanto Custom model was added in July 2005.

The 1st Generation Tanto was introduced in 2003 and ran until 2007.

Thumbnail for version as of 19:10, 6 November 2008   1st  Generation  Tanto   Daihatsu Tanto 002.JPG

In 2005, the Tanto FCHVfuel cell hybrid vehicle ) was introduced at the Tōkyō Motor Show.  Based on the Tanto compact MPV currently in production, this prototype had an added hydrogen tank and electric motors.

The Tanto FCHV   Related image   (Hybrid vehicle)

The 2nd Generation Tanto   Thumbnail for version as of 03:22, 10 November 2007

The Tanto Exe  Related image  & Tanto Custom   Thumbnail for version as of 03:22, 10 November 2007

The 2nd Generation Tanto was exhibited at the 2007 Tōkyō Motor Show and production started in December 2007 and is still in production today.  It is also available in ‘Exe‘ and ‘Custom‘ forms.

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Daihatsu      Terios Kid

[ 1997 – 2005 ]

The kei-car version of the Daihatsu Terios the ‘Terios Kid‘ was only available in Japan.

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It used the following engines:

J111G ( EF-DEM ) 1998 – 2005 Light pressure turbo 659cc 4WD 60 PS ( 44 kW; 59 hp )

J111G ( EF-DET ) 1998 ~ Inter cooler turbo 659cc 4WD 64 PS ( 47 kW; 63 hp )

J131G ( EF-DEM ) 1998 – 2005 Light pressure turbo 659cc 2WD 60 PS ( 44 kW; 59 hp )

J131G ( EF-DET ) 1998 ~ Inter cooler turbo 659cc 2WD 64 PS ( 47 kW; 63 hp )

They were available with either Manual or Automatic gearboxes.

2002 Daihatsu   Related image  Terios Lucia

The Terios Lucia Limited Edition used the J111G 131G engine but with no spare tyre.

Image result for computer games clipart  The “Daihatsu Terios Kid” in Computer Games:

The 1998 Daihatsu Terios Kid in Gran Turismo 2, 1999: 

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Daihatsu   Daihatsu WAKE G "SA" (LA700S) front.JPG   Wake

[ 2014 ~]

The Daihatsu Wake was launched on the 10th November 2014.  It has an interior cabin height of 1,455 mm57.3 in ), the highest in the current kei-class.  The engine is either the KF-VE type 658cc DOHC straight 3 DVVT or the KF-DET 658cc DOHC IC Turbo and returns 25,4 km/L.  Both types use a  CVT gearboxToyota in Japan also sold the Wake as the Toyota Pixis Mega. The Van version of the Wake is called the Hijet Caddie.

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