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There are few consumer goods as tightly woven into thefabric of our daily existence as the automotive vehicle. The aware and responsible carmaker of today must be at the front of the battle to preserve the quality of our environment and to conserve its natural resources.
Automotive manufacturers must also be in step with our quickly changing lifestyles and have diverse solutions for today's cost conscious, independent and sophisticated buyers. Cleaner running, fuel-efficient cars. Cars that give you the sense of safety and control that makes driving them a pleasure. Cars whose low cost maintenance is never a problem. Our compact cars settle these issues out of hand.

If recent years have seen maker after maker turn to the compact as a marketing solution, Daihatsu has held this ground for decades. From the beginning, we have believed that the compact was the vehicle best suited for society. From the start we dedicated the totality of our resources to crafting minivehicles.

From our early mission statement of "In the coming of compact cars, the fulfillment of a motorized society" to today's slogan: "We make it COMPACT", Daihatsu has sought to lead the way in small car design and fabrication.



Daihatsu Motor Co., Ltd.
1-1, Daihatsu-cho, Ikeda, Osaka,563-8651



At this year's Tokyo Motor Show, we go to the heart of our vision.
Boiling down our slogan "We make it COMPACT" to a core inspirational theme: "Wonderful small -the future form", we have tried to reveal the minivehicle's rich possibilities across four facets of our day to day lives, Fun, Eco, City & Life, to show you the shape of the small cars' future.
Some of the show's concept car highlights will be the D-BONE, a sporty 4WD with an open-air cockpit for the full body thrill of driving; the UFE-II , a hybrid shooting for ultimate fuel economy, developed to eliminate CO2 and maximize clean gas emissions; the ai, a next generation commuter car; and the XL-C, an elegant and stylish sedan model.

DAIHATSU exhibits [Prototype cars]
1. D-BONE (Dynamic<Daihatsu>-Bone)

An open-top sports 4WD that puts all the thrills of a dune buggy into a minivehicle. This Daihatsu rude boy matches wild with the exhilarating freedom of a sports car.

  • the rugged styling of an exposed chassis
  • a rigorous design simplicity of circles and lines is set off by abundant use of metallic surface texture, giving the interior a rugged and bright feel.
2. UFE-II (Ultra Fuel Economy)

Daihatsu's engineers have pushed the eco-saving promise of the UFE shown at the 2001 Tokyo Motor Show to maturity. The UFE-II is a four-seat hybrid minivehicle with an engine plus two motor system that achieves the world's highest fuel economy rate, 60 km/l (Japan 10-15 mode cycle, effectuated at Daihatsu).

  • Its ultra-lightweight aluminum and resin body weighs in at just 570 Kg of vehicle weight. Using aero-simulation Daihatsu engineers got this compact 4-seater down to the lowest aerodynamic drag coefficient of any car, anywhere*1: 0.19*2, a new world record!
  • Equipped with a hybrid system bringing together the newly developed Atkinson 660cc direct fuel injection petrol engine with two motors and a nickel-metal hydride battery.
  • The car's futuristic feel is emphasized by an utterly aerodynamic body styling, highlighted by a cut-tail teardrop silhouette, gull-wing doors and sophisticated lamp design.
  • In the cabin, switches are integrated into a central control panel and steer-by-wire is a standard fixture. A sense of operability and functionality dominates this techno-cockpit.

*1 as of 2003/10
*2 2001 UFE Cd = 0.25

3. ai (Attractive & Intelligent)

Building on the compact's inherent economy and resource conservation, Daihatsu re-conceived the city commuter car as a stylish and minimum sized 2 + 2 commuter that is more convenient, easier to use, more comfortable and more environment friendly.

  • Even with sub-compact exterior measurements of 2,650 mm(L) x 1,475 mm(W) x 1,550 mm(H), the front seats sit two adults comfortably, while the rear seats provide ample space for two children or can be converted into a cargo space.
  • With a minimum turning radius of 3.4 m and equipped with a sliding door on the passenger side, the ai opens a new dimension in city driving convenience.
  • Drawn in modern clean lines, the exterior expresses a happy, clear-cut style. The interior?s functional forms create a simple and casual cabin space.
  • Four different engines are available for installation to match regional characteristics and uses: a 660 cc 3-cylinder petrol engine; a newly developed 660 cc 2-cylinder, 2-cycle diesel engine; an Atkinson 660 cc 3-cylinder inline, direct fuel injection petrol engine; or a hybrid power train using an Atkinson direct fuel injection petrol engine plus a hybrid unit that delivers a fuel economy of 45 km/l (Japan 10-15 mode cycle, effectuated at - Daihatsu).
4. XL-C (Excellent Compact)

Though rationalization must be at the heart of every minivehicle, the XL-C stands out as a stylish and elegant small sedan that doesn't give an inch on either quality or the generosity of its cabin space.

  • The exterior is styled in elegant lines and rich surfaces. In the cabin, the seats are in genuine leather while the interior is all rich contours underwritten by the application of an ellipse motif. The overall effect is both one of casualness and quality.
5. TANTO (Italian word meaning "so mach")

A new kind of wagon with an innovative front engine-front drive solution that should give renewed worth to the small car as a family vehicle.

  • With an interior space 2,000 mm in length and 1,330 mm in height, the Tanto hauls a revolutionary depth of cabin room, big enough for - the kids to walk in.
  • Between the wagon's violently short nose and big cabin, the exterior design inspires a feeling of futuristic design, while within, the simple clean design of the interior remains homey.
  • The "Tanto turbo", a sporty version fitted with an aerodynamic bumper and equipped with 660cc twin-cam, 3-cylinder 12 valve turbo engine renowned for its full torque, petrol economy and clean performance, is also exhibited.
Also on show: the "E3 concept" (Easy Enter Exit concept) multi-purpose vehicle; the MOVE FCV-K-2, a fuel cell vehicle that ran its first Public Road Test in February 2003; the Mira Selfmatic, a vehicle designed for the physically challenged who live independently; and the Copen SARD SPECIAL, a car that premiered in a demonstration run at the All Japan Grand Touring Car Championship.
DAIHATSU exhibits [Technology exhibition]

The TOPAZ II is a more advanced version of the TOPAZ*1: a 660cc direct fuel injection, in-line 3-cylinder petrol engine.

  • Using a method of uniform combustion has made this engine the most powerful in its class*2 with an output of 44kW.
  • By combining low friction technology and the "DAIHATSU STOP AND GO SYSTEM"*3, this petrol engine tested out as the world's most economic*4 at 30.5km/ (Japan 10-15 mode cycle)
  • Deploying the Intelligent Catalyst*5 and an ion control system permit an utterly precise control of the air/fuel ratio, bringing this systems emissions level well below the Ultra-Low Emissions Level (U-LEV).

*1 TOPAZ: Stands for "TOP from A to Z". It's the name of Daihatsu power trains and related technologies aimed at delivering top class performance in all their aspects including power, ecology and reliability.
*2 Minivehicle natural aspiration engine
*3 DAIHATSU STOP AND GO SYSTEM: a system that eliminates idling by automatically cutting the engine when standing with start-up actioned by stepping on the clutch.
*4 Hybrid cars are excluded
*5 The Intelligent Catalyst: a revolutionary development in catalyst technology invented and led by Daihatsu, based on a function whereby Palladium catalysts can regenerate themselves during the lifetime of a vehicle without any auxiliary treatment.


Powerful, clean and economic: this highly compact 660cc 2-cylinder inline, 2-cycle, direct fuel injection diesel engine creates further gains in power, fuel economy, and clean emissions.

  • Built on an overhead valve uniflow scavenging design, a hybrid scavenging system coupling a supercharger and a turbocharger keeps performance at an all time high.
  • Direct fuel injection and a common rail system deliver improved combustion efficiency, increase low speed torque and help cut back fuel consumption.
  • To keep the scavenging of burnt gases in the exhaust stroke smooth, the engine uses four exhaust valves per cylinder driven by double overhead camshafts. The valves themselves are in lightweight titanium.
  • Dual exhaust ports and a newly designed scavenging port keep power high and gas emissions low.
  • In all of its specifications, the TOPAZ 2CDDI meets the standards imposed by Japan's new Long-term emissions regulations, scheduled to go into effect in 2005.
3. Radar Cruise Control

Besides the standard constant speed control, the system has a laser radar sensor to track cars in front of yours and will adjust your car speed accordingly or just set off a warning on approach if the control function is off.

4. Multi-information DVD Navigation System

The system integrates various IT functions in a single device.

  • Integrated DVD touch panel control, CD/MD tuner, hands-free telephoning, HELP NET...
  • Other possible options include ETC (Electronic Toll Collection) or a Blind Corner Monitor that helps see around the hard to see corners found at many intersections
DAIHATSU exhibits [Display of cars already in the market]
  1. Mira(two models)
  2. Mira AVY
  4. MOVE Sloper
  5. Copen
  6. MAX
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