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Whoever planned Daihatsu’s 2019 Tokyo Auto Salon booth proved they have great taste and a sense of humor. Behold: An entire fleet of delightful Daihatsus dressed up for different jobs. Plus a squirt-sized sports car.

I’ve actually been thinking about Daihatsu a lot lately. I dictate all my blogs to my Mac these days, and every time I sneeze, the computer tries to type the Japanese automaker’s name.

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Nah, that doesn’t really happen. But you can imagine. It’d be funny if it did.

Anyway, take a look at this fun family of little bitty cars:

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Daihatsu’s headline act is the Copen GR. It’s a mildly stiffened version of the company’s compact convertible made in partnership with Toyota Gazoo.

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The headlights are almost scowling enough to offset the adorably tiny tires and make this thing look mean. Almost.

The Copen GR doesn’t get any radical power boost; just a mild tune to make it handle better. and of course, that sweet set of gold BBS wheels. Though with a sub 88-inch wheelbase and a total length of just over 11 feet, I doubt the Copen really needs much help with handling anyway.

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The more radical version of the Copen on display in Tokyo this year is the coupe. Until now, the Copen has always been a convertible but the slick top actually makes the tiny car look pretty distinguished. And good news for the people of Japan who dig it; this vehicle is actually slated for production. Though as Carscoops wrote in December, it appears that Daihatsu will only build 200.

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It’s powered by the same 0.66-liter three cylinder engine that the regular Copen has, but apparently has a “sports muffler” on the option list so look out for this hot rod to be smoking supercars on the Shuto Expressway for sure.

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I personally really appreciate the squared-off look of the Mira Tocot, particularly the “Active” concept version. Which looks like it’s ready for an African overland adventure. Daihatsu redressed the exact same car to look like a tuner (“Sporza”) and a luxurious thing (“Elegant”). Cute.

The vans and trucks are fun, too. I mean, what wouldn’t look good scaled down to Japanese Daihatsu size?

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Only one item in that gallery above looks out of place: the 1968 P5 racing car, which apparently finished the ’68 Japan Grand Prix in third. I had never heard of this thing either, but if you’re interested you can see it in action in this cool clip from the race:

Can you believe that thing had a 1.3-liter four-cylinder engine? Yeah, I have a feeling the car looks even smaller in person than it does on camera. We might have to look into Daihatsu’s racing history a little more at some point.

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In the meantime, I hope you enjoyed visiting Daihatsu’s 2019 Tokyo Auto Salon booth from your computer as much as I did.

Reviews Editor, Jalopnik | 1975 International Scout, 1984 Nissan 300ZX, 1991 Suzuki GSXR, 1998 Mitsubishi Montero, 2005 Acura TL

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