The small carmaker's concepts span the gamut from crossover and people mover to tiny truck and autonomous bus.
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Small car specialist Daihatsu will have four concept cars on its stand at the 2019 Tokyo motor show later this month.

Waku Waku

The Waku Waku is a kei-class crossover with plastic wheel arches, silver-colour plastic bumpers, and hardy orange plastic seat backs and boot floor. There's also a storage area in the roof accessed via a pop-up lid.

If the Waku Waku makes it into production, we could see the crossover bridging the gap between the staple kei-class hatch and the off-road focussed Suzuki Jimny. Then again, Japan has proven more resistant to the charms of crossover vehicles than the rest of the world.


Wai Wai

The Wai Wai concept is larger than the Daihatsu's staple kei car fare, and has seating for six across three rows.

In addition to convenient sliding rear doors, it also features two sliding canvas roof sections and a dashboard with screens spanning the width of the car.

Styling is heavily influenced by the cute Canbus kei-class people mover.


Ico Ico

An autonomous vehicle designed to transport people during their first mile to public transport, or last mile home, the Ico Ico has small but capacious interior.

It features retractable ramps that make it easier for people with luggage or travelling in wheelchairs to enter or exit.

The Ico Ico comes with a talking "care robot" named Nippote.


Tsumu Tsumu

The Tsumu Tsumu is a small, possibly kei-class, truck with a cargo area that can be replaced with new "things" to suit different business needs and purposes.

Its cabin is on or ahead of the front axle line, and is accessed via a set of reverse-hinged doors.