If you recognize the name, you're probably a fan of Japanese cars or a regular Gran Turismo gamer. It's near-identical to a model currently sold by Daihatsu in Japan, the Copen--and with its kei-car dimensions and convertible roof, Kopen should supersede Copen if it ever goes into production.
Unlike the kawaii Copen with its first-generation Audi TT-style curves, the Kopen concepts--for there are several--are a little more aggressive. There's a hint of Hyundai in the design, we reckon, and maybe a dash of parent company Toyota's GT86 sports car. Most manly(ish) of all is the XMZ Kopen, with rugged body cladding and deep green paintwork for an unlikely offroad-inspired look.
They'll be rather less menacing in person though, their dimensions restricted by Japanese kei-car rules aimed at reducing congestion. That means a body just 11.2 feet long, 4.9 feet wide and less than 4.2 feet tall--comfortably under the 6.6-foot kei-regulated height limit. The Copen's folding metal roof returns, as does a 0.66-liter three-cylinder engine, while power goes through a CVT gearbox.The automaker will show two other kei-concepts at Tokyo. Coolest by far is the bizarre FC-Deck mini-truck, again built to kei-car regulations and featuring a fuel-cell drivetrain. Its Japanese apartment-on-wheels look makes the firm's other concept, the boxy Deca-Deca minivan, look positively normal.
Daihatsu's kei concepts will join the similarly diminutive Honda S660 concept when the Tokyo Motor Show opens its doors on November 22.