Daihatsu has not been seen on our shores since 1992. Anybody bear in mind the Charade or an SUV named Rocky? You aren’t alone.
Should you journey south of the border to nations like Costa Rica, likelihood is you’ve seen loads of kei automobiles and other people movers by Daihatsu. Heck, possibly you even rented one. They’re enjoyable little automobiles principally powered by bike engines.
The corporate makes cute mini-vehicles for rising markets and small automobiles for Toyota, which owns a controlling stake within the automaker.
For this yr’s Tokyo Motor Present, Daihatsu will debut the DN Compagno, a compact automobile for energetic seniors. My granny may most likely roll in a single however my grandad would somewhat stroll—he was a Cadillac man.
The trendy four-door coupe relies on the unique Compagno, which was created from 1963 to 1970. It was designed in collaboration with Italian coach-builder Vignale. The Fiat pleasant automobile was accessible as a two- or four-door sedan, a pickup, van, and a convertible.
Daihatsu says its 2018 model “comfortably seats two adults and supplies colourful help to post-retirement lives.”
It’s powered by “a 1,000 cc turbo energy practice” and there’s additionally a 1,200 cc hybrid within the works. It incorporates a chrome cascading grille, a candy panoramic roof, and tiny cameras as an alternative of mirrors.
Whereas the outside is all 1960’s mod with a splash of the 1990s, the inside and sprint is all “Buck Rogers” with an illuminated V-shaped sprint, and contact display.
The steering wheel is wrapped in a leather-based with suede or an Alcantara sort of fabric and pink stitching.
No different particulars have been offered in regards to the idea, however the firm may even be exhibiting the DN Professional Cargo electrical automobile, DN U-House mini van for “busy moms,” DN Trec SUV for energetic of us, and a DN Multisix compact automobile.
Enjoyable—simply don’t count on to see any of them within the U.S. anytime quickly, if ever. Sorry granny.
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