Daihatsu was formed in 1951 as successor organization to Hatsudoki, and by the 1960s had started exporting cars to Europe, although it did not enjoy any major sales success until well into the 1980s.
Daihatsu was an independent auto maker until Toyota became a major shareholder in 1967 as the Japanese government intended to open up the domestic market. According to Toyota, it was first approached by Sanwa Bank, banker of Daihatsu. In 1995, Toyota increased its shareholding in the Company from 16.8 percent to 33.4 percent by acquiring shares from other shareholders: banks and insurance companies. At the time, the Company was producing mini-vehicles and some small cars under contract for Toyota. Toyota, by owning more than a one-third stake, would be able to veto shareholder resolutions at the annual meeting. In 1998,
Toyota increase its holding in the Company to 51.2 percent by purchasing shares from its major shareholders including financial institutions.
In January 2011, Daihatsu announced that it would pull out of Europe by 2013, citing the persistently strong yen, which makes it difficult for the company to make a profit from its export business. Following the financial crisis Daihatsu's sales in Europe plummeted, from 58,000 in 2007 to 12,000 in 2011. In August 2016, Daihatsu became a wholly owned subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corporation..
Daihatsu Mira (1983-present)
1998 Daihatsu Mira
2012 Daihatsu Mira
2017 Daihatsu Mira
2019 Daihatsu Mira
The Daihatsu Mira (also known as the Cuore, Domino, and more recently Charade), is a kei car-type vehicle built by the Japanese car maker Daihatsu. It comes with a variety of options and chassis variations, with the latest variant having four models: "Mira", "Mira AVY", "Mira Gino" and "Mira VAN". The Mira is the latest successor to the line of cars begun with the Daihatsu Fellow of 1966 and was originally introduced as the commercial version of the Cuore.
Outside Japan, the Mira has also been offered with an 850 cc or 1000cc engine. The name "mira" is Latin meaning "goal" or "purpose."
Daihatsu Move (1995-present)
1996 Daihatsu Move
2019 Daihatsu Move
The Daihatsu Move is a kei car, produced by Japanese automaker Daihatsu since August 1995. The Move is designed to be as tall as compact cars like the Suzuki Wagon R. Daihatsu successfully sold 500,000 Moves during its first three years of production. The Move is built upon the chassis of the Daihatsu Cuore but with a taller body.
Daihatsu Sirion (1998-present)
1998 Daihatsu Siroon
2019 Daihatsu Sirion
The Daihatsu Sirion is a subcompact car produced by the Japanese automobile manufacturer Daihatsu since 1998. The "Sirion" name has been used on export versions of the Japanese market Storia (1998–2004) and Boon (2004–2010). From 2011 to 2018, the name has been used in Indonesia for the second generation of the Malaysian-built Perodua Myvi (2011–2017), in turn a redesigned version of the second generation Boon (2010–2016). Since 2018, the name has been used in Indonesia once again for the third generation of the Malaysian-built Myvi (2017–present).
Daihatsu Boon (2004-present)
2004 Daihatsu Boon
2019 Daihatsu Boon
The Daihatsu Boon is a subcompact car produced by Japanese automaker Daihatsu since 2004, and also sold as the Toyota Passo. The Passo is sold at Toyota Corolla Store Japanese dealerships.
Outside Japan, the first and second generation Boon is sold as the second and third generation Sirion. The first generation Sirion was sold as the Storia in Japan.
Daihatsu Ayla (2012-present)
2012 Daihatsu Ayla
2019 Daihatsu Ayla
The Daihatsu Ayla is a city car, designed by Daihatsu and manufactured by Astra Daihatsu in Indonesia. The Ayla is also sold by Toyota as the Toyota Agya, and in the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Brunei, and Vietnam as the Toyota Wigo Toyota Uigo). The car is also rebadged, redesigned, and manufactured in Malaysia by Perodua as the Perodua Axia.]
The name "Agya" was taken from the Sanskrit word meaning "fast", while "Ayla" means "light".
Daihatsu Altis (2012-present)
2012 Daihatsu Altis
2019 Daihatsu Altis
The Daihatsu Altis is a rebadged XV50 Camry and was produced from August 21, 2011, introduced on August
23, 2011, The interior received a major restyling, while the exterior received all-new sheet metal and more angular styling.
Daihatsu has offered a badge engineered Camry as the Daihatsu Altis sold only in Japan.
Daihatsu Copen (2014-present)
2007 Daihatsu Copen Roadster
2014 Daihatsu Copen Roadster
2018 Daihatsu Copen Robe Roadster
2019 Daihatsu Copen Roadster
The Daihatsu Copen is a 2-door kei car built by Daihatsu. It debuted at the 1999 Tokyo Motor Show, as the Daihatsu Copen concept. The second generation model debuted as the Kopen (Future Included) at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show. Copen was originally designed with a 660 cc turbocharged engine in order to meet Japanese kei car regulations. However, since this engine did not meet environmental emissions standards in several other countries, the Copen was fitted with a more powerful 1.3 L non-turbo engine in these markets in 2007.
Daihatsu Cast (2015-present)
2015 Daihatsu Cast
The Daihatsu Cast is a kei car built by the Japanese manufacturer Daihatsu since 2015. It comes in three variations designated "Activa", "Style" and "Sport". Each can be equipped with either front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive layout.
Toyota in Japan also sold the Cast as the Toyota Pixis Joy, which was launched there on August
Daihatsu Rocky/Feroza SUV (1989-2002)
1993 Daihatsu Rocky SUV
Daihatsu Feroza SUV
The Daihatsu Rocky is a mini SUV that was manufactured by Daihatsu between 1989 and 2002.
It is known as the Daihatsu "Lovibond" Rocky in Japan. In Europe and Australia, the Rocky is known as the Daihatsu Feroza as the name "Rocky" was used for the larger Rugger/Fourtrak in most countries. The name "Feroza" is also used in Latin America and Asia. It is also known as the Daihatsu Sportrak in the UK.
Daihatsu Terios 1997-present)
2006 Daihatsu Terios SUV
2018 Daihatsu Terios SUV
The Daihatsu Terios is a mini/compact SUV, first released in 1997 by Daihatsu as the successor to the Rocky/Feroza.
The "Terios" name is originated from the Old Greek word, which is roughly translated to "making dreams come true".
The first generation Terios was available as a five-door wagon, and a smaller kei car model called the Terios Kid, which was only released in Japan (see Japanese-language article Terios Kid). Model codes for the first generation were J100, J102, and J122. The Terios Kid arrived in October 1998 and continued to be built six years after the original Terios had been replaced.
The third generation Terios was unveiled in Indonesia on November 23, 2017, along with the second generation Rush. It is based on the Avanza/Xenia platform, which rides on a unibody chassis. The design of the car is more streamlined than its predecessors. It has a rear liftgate rather than a side-opening rear door and no longer has the spare tire mounted on the rear door. And unlike previous models, these generation of cars are sold in one wheelbase variant only.
Daihatsu Xenia (2003-present)
2005 Daihatsu Xenia MPV
2019 Daihatsu Xenia MPV
The Toyota Avanza/Daihatsu Xenia is a mini MPV designed and produced by Daihatsu and marketed by Toyota. It is produced in Indonesia and also contract assembled in Malaysia (under Perodua) for the first generation model. Daihatsu designed and manufactures the vehicle, which is then sold by both Daihatsu and Toyota under Daihatsu Xenia ) and Avanza nameplate respectively. Daihatsu supplies the vehicle to Toyota under a consigned production and OEM manufacturing agreement. The name "Avanza" is taken from the Spanish word "avanza", which means "get moving" and Italian word "avanzato", which means "advance", while "Xenia" is taken from the Greek word "Xenia" (a Greek concept of hospitality), which means "guest-friendship".
Daihatsu Sigra (2016-present)
2016 Daihatsu Sigra
2019 Daihatsu Sigra
The Daihatsu Sigra is a mini MPV designed by Daihatsu and manufactured by Astra Daihatsu in Indonesia since 2016. The Sigra is also sold by Toyota as the Toyota Calya. It shares the platform with the Daihatsu Ayla, Toyota Agya/Wigo and Perodua Axia. It sits below the Avanza and Xenia and competes with the Datsun Go+. It was unveiled on August
2, 2016 and launched at the 24th Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show on 11 August 2016. Both cars are manufactured at the Karawang plant, which the company claims have 94% local content.
The name "Calya" was taken from the Sanskrit word meaning "perfect", while "Sigra" means "fast response".
Daihatsu Luxio (2009-present)
2009 Daihatsu Luxio SUV
2018 Daihatsu Luxio SUV
The Daihatsu Luxio is a minivan designed by Daihatsu and manufactured by Astra Daihatsu in Indonesia. It was launched in February 2009. Based on the Gran Max, Luxio was intended to be the higher-spec passenger version of it. It has a slightly wider body, taller and cosmetically different to the Gran Max. The Luxio was face lifted in February 2014.
Daihatsu Mebius (2013-present)
2013 Daihatsu Mebius
2019 Daihatsu Mebius
The Daihatsu Mebius was the result of Toyota Motor Corporation research in the field of environmental technology. It became the second Daihatsu hybrid car after the Daihatsu Altis. The car was only marketed in Japan.
The Mebius is mechanically identical to the Prius v minivan (although unlike the Prius v, there is no 7-seater version).
Three models of the Daihatsu Mebius were sold: an "S L selection", "S", and "S touring selection." "S" and "S touring selection" models had the option of a resin panoramic roof.
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