Last night, it happened again. Like a shot, I was awake, drenched in sweat. I looked at my headboard and cursed my bloody fingernails. Scratched into the wood once more, I’d scrawled “WHY DID DAIHATSU NAME ITS 1970S JEEP TAFT??” Now, finally, I have an answer, and hopefully, resolution.
Car commercials, in general, suck, lavishly and sloppily. So when a series of commercials for a car comes along that exhibits a true mastery of the craft, it deserves to be recognized. That’s why I’d like to invite all of you to experience this series of commercials for a Kei car called the Daihatsu Wake.
Thanks to Raphael I now know there is a car called the Daihatsu Taft, and I need one. Even though I should just buy a Jeep.
Ninety-nine times out of 100, when an automaker tries to make “cars for women,” it comes off as clueless, condescending and just plain bad. Here’s that one time out of 100 when it’s OK, and it comes from a brand that’s forbidden fruit in the U.S. these days. Meet the Daihatsu Sporza Revival line, aimed at…
Japan is a “Galapagos Market”, so called because its unique regulations lead to unique species of vehicles seen almost nowhere else. Including just about the entire Daihatsu lineup. That includes the modular Daihatsu Copen. You can have any Copen you like as long as it’s... er... 64 horsepower. The rest is up to you!
Daihatsu, which happens to be Japan’s oldest car manufacturer, presented this extremely light Mazda Miata competitor at the 1991 Frankfurt Motor Show, only to abandon the X-021 Roadster project two years later in favor of the much smaller Copen kei car.
While it’s true that I’m not much of a video gamer, I have clearly found the classic Super Famicom (Super NES) game for me: Kat’s Run Zen-Nippon K Car Senshuken. Not only is it named after me, and involves kei cars I want and/or have owned, but it even has a joke from my favorite anime in the opening segment!
I know it’s not 2016 just yet, but based on the quality (and plausibility) of the cars they’re bringing to the upcoming Tokyo Auto Salon I’m calling it now: Daihatsu is my Car Maker to Watch for 2016. Look at this Copen shooting brake concept! It’s like a 7/8 scale dreamcar!
[Why does this man look so pensive? Perhaps it’s because he knows he already has all he needs in life: a Daihatsu Charade Diesel Turbo. Photo Credit: Daihatsu]
Damn, Japan, you completely schooled us. There is no vehicle that us Americans have even dreamed of that is as forward in space-utilization as the Daihatsu Nori Ori concept unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show.
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Anybody can go out and get a Nissan 240SX and go sideways. Doing the same in a no-horsepower, no-name old compact sedan like the Diahatsu Charmant is a different story.
[The 2011 Daihatsu FC Sho Case concept is a contender for the boxiest car ever made. It rides on a hydrogen pancake for a platform, hence the wave graphics on the side. Photo: Daihatsu]
He's done ads for Honda, but those weren't very good. These ads for Daihatsu are very good. And they're totally in Japanese.
The Daihatsu Mira Walk-Through Van is one of those things that could only come from Japan, a place where a coffin is considered to be a flat.
Minitruckin' isn't en voguelike it was back when Tigra and Bunny professed their love for cars that go boom, but maybe Daihatsu should rekindle that flame with this cabover mini-hauler concept, the FC凸DECK.
America has been on a sad, downward failure-spiral ever since Daihatsu departed our shores in 1992. Only a small few were able to sample cars like the Rocky mini-SUV, leaving the rest of us to wallow in the misery of our pointless lives.
You've probably heard about beige cars on Jalopnik, cars that were not necessarily painted beige. What's the deal with that? Well, Richard Hammond is here to explain.