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Toyota agrees to make Daihatsu a fully owned subsidiary

At a press conference today, Toyota has confirmed that it will purchasing the remaining portion of Daihatsu that it doesn't already own. Toyota will acquire the remainder of Daihatsu for around $4.6 billion in an all-stock transaction, with Toyota offering 0...

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Toyota contemplating Daihatsu buy out, link with Suzuki rumoured - report
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Toyota contemplating Daihatsu buy out, link with Suzuki rumoured - report

Toyota is reportedly mulling over plans to purchase the remainder of Daihatsu, and is also said to be thinking of a tie-up with Suzuki. The Nikkei is reporting that Toyota is actively considering purchasing the 48.8 percent of Daihatsu that it doesn't currently own during the first half of this year...


Daihatsu Nori Ori concept created for ease of access
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Daihatsu Nori Ori concept created for ease of access

Unveiled at the Tokyo motor show, the Daihatsu Nori Ori concept not only extracts the maximum amount of passenger space from its small footprint, but makes it easy for passengers to exit and enter. Daihatsu says that the Nori Ori concept previews what a "multi-use commuter [car] of the near future" might look like...


Daihatsu Tempo mobile shop concept unveiled
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Daihatsu Tempo mobile shop concept unveiled

The pint-size Daihatsu Tempo concept made its debut the 2015 Tokyo motor show. The Tempo isn't the first concept car that can operate as a food truck — remember the Peugeot Foodtruck concept that debuted earlier this year at the Milan Design Fair? — but it's probably the first that fits into the kei car category...


Daihatsu FX SUV concept revealed for Asia: Toyota badge possible for Australia?
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Daihatsu FX SUV concept revealed for Asia: Toyota badge possible for Australia?

Daihatsu may be long gone from Australian showrooms, but Japan’s oldest carmaker is still going strong overseas with a number of compact passenger and commercial vehicles on offer. The carmaker’s most recent launch was the new-generation Copen roadster, but other models familiar to Australian buyers - the Terios and the Sirion - are also still available in overseas areas...


Daihatsu Copen revealed: Second generation model features replaceable body panels
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Daihatsu Copen revealed: Second generation model features replaceable body panels

The second generation Daihatsu Copen convertible kei car has been unveiled at a ceremony in Japan. Looking not too dissimilar to last year's Kopen concept, the production vehicle is spelt with a 'C' like its predecessor. The Copen's two-piece folding hardtop can be raised or lowered in 20 seconds via a switch in the centre tunnel...


Nissan, Toyota, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Suzuki and Daihatsu create new alliance for efficient engines
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Nissan, Toyota, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Suzuki and Daihatsu create new alliance for efficient engines

The biggest automotive brands in Japan are joining forces to work on ways to make internal combustion engines more efficient. A new consortium known as the Research Association of Automotive Internal Combustion Engines (AICE) has been established, with Nissan, Toyota, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Suzuki and Daihatsu all signed up with the aim of improving fuel efficiency levels by 30 per cent for internal combustion petrol and diesel engines by 2020...


Daihatsu FC Deco Deck, Deca Deca: Tokyo-bound 'kei cars' revealed
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Daihatsu FC Deco Deck, Deca Deca: Tokyo-bound 'kei cars' revealed

Daihatsu has revealed two more 'kei car' concepts bound for this month's Tokyo motor show, seemingly shrinking a truck and a minivan in the process. As with the three Daihatsu Kopen concepts revealed last week – and the Honda S660 concept – the FC Deco Deck truck and Deca Deca minivan fit into the Japanese domestic market’s miniature ‘kei car’ class of vehicle...


Daihatsu Kopen concepts revealed: kei car set for Tokyo return
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Daihatsu Kopen concepts revealed: kei car set for Tokyo return

Three new Daihatsu Kopen concepts have been revealed ahead of their debut at next month's Tokyo motor show, suggesting the Japanese 'kei car' could make a return to production, albeit fronted by the letter 'K' rather than 'C'. Discontinued last year, the previously-named Daihatsu Copen was a 3395mm-long, 830kg front-wheel-drive convertible with a folding hardtop...


Daihatsu reveals eight compact concepts in Indonesia
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Daihatsu reveals eight compact concepts in Indonesia

Daihatsu has debuted eight concept cars at the Indonesia motor show in a typically bold move for the quirky Japanese car maker. The models all form part of Daihatsu's plan to become a market leader in compact cars that are fuel efficient and affordable. The UFC 2 concept (pictured top) is a small, seven-seat people-mover made for the Indonesian market...