• Daihatsu DN Compagno concept

    North Americans may not even remember Daihatsu, but the brand is alive elsewhere in the world, despite a fairly extensive global retreat throughout the 2000s. Now a wholly owned subsidiary of Toyota, Daihatsu has done what it does best: compact cars. The latest exercise in its core competency is what you see here: the DN Compagno concept. At first glance, it seems like an unlovable design, but the design actually does a tremendous job of meshing retro looks, quirky kei-car aesthetics, and modern styling—even if the taillights look like they're ripped from a Cadillac XTS sedan...

  • Daihatsu Copen
    Toyota To Acquire Daihatsu: Official

    Toyota has confirmed it will buy the remaining 49 percent it doesn't own of fellow Japanese brand Daihatsu in a deal worth approximately $3.2 billion. The deal will entail a share exchange and should be completed by August. It was only on Wednesday that Toyota, which has owned 51 percent of...

  • Daihatsu Copen
    Daihatsu Copen Sports Car Revealed In All Its (Tiny) Glory

    Japan's strict kei car regulations, designed to get around some of the country's inherent automotive issues--lack of space, lack of parking, expensive gas--typically breed small, upright boxes where space is maximized and beauty is in the eye of the beholder. ALSO SEE: #GiveAShift: The 7 Best...

  • Daihatsu Copen teaser image (via Daihatsu Copen on Facebook)
    Daihatsu Copen Teased; Japan's Latest Tiny Sports Car

    If you've heard of the Daihatsu Copen, you've either got an impressively geeky level of car knowledge, or you're a regular on the PlayStation--where Daihatsu's kei-class sports car has been a regular in Gran Turismo games for years. Now there's a new one on the way, and the Japanese firm has...

  • Daihatsu Kopen Concepts, 2013 Tokyo Motor Show
    Daihatsu Previews Quirky Kopen Concepts For Tokyo Motor Show

    Japanese automaker Daihatsu has never had much presence in the U.S. market. That's probably because it lasted little more than four years in North America, closing its doors in early 1992. That means the chances of getting your hands on a production version of the Kopen Concept, newly unveiled...

  • Daihatsu presents OFC-1 Concept
    Daihatsu Presents OFC-1 Concept

    Daihatsu has previewed a future open-top sports car with the unveiling of the OFC-1 Concept at this week’s Frankfurt Motor Show. Not only does the new OFC-1 Concept share a striking resemblance with the original Copen mini-roadster, the two cars also feature a similar powerplant under their...

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