History of Daihatsu

Daihatsu Kogyo Co. Ltd. (“Daihatsu API-API”) is a subsidiary of the Japanese company Toyota Corporation with its headquarters in Osaka.

A company called Daihatsu Kogyo Co. formed in 1951. Currently, the company specializes in the production of passenger cars of class “A”, “b, “C”, SUVs, mini-vans and small trucks. However, the history of the company begins in 1951, and much earlier, in 1907. It was then professory of Yoshinki and Terumi create a company for the development and further implementation of internal combustion engines. The company was called Hatsudoki Seizo Co. In 1919, the company has constructed two models of trucks. However, the serial production of cars was established in 1930.

In 1957 the Corporation decides to export three-wheeled cars. At this time the company produces three-wheeled fun car Midget, had won great popularity among car enthusiasts. In the autumn of 1960 started production 2-door van, Hi-Jet, and in 1962 -- New-Line with an engine capacity of 797 cm3. In 1963 he was released the second generation Hi-Jet, and three years later the production of 2-door cars of Fellow.

In 1966 the first model, which was launched in the UK market, has become Daihatsu Compagno. In 1967 an agreement was signed on cooperation between Daihatsu Kogyo Co. and Toyota Motor. In 1968 started using Fellow SS - mini car with dvuhkamernyi engine capacity of 32 HP This model became the only thing on the car that can compete with the Honda N360 with the power of the engine 31 HP

In 1971 he went hard top modification Fellow, and after a year or 4-door sedan.

In 1974, the Corporation became known as the Daihatsu Motor Company.

In 1975, is developing Daihatsu Charmant.

A year later, was developed Cuore (Domino) with a two-cylinder engine volume 547 cm3 and constructed the first all-wheel jeep Taft with various modifications of engines from 1.0-liter to 2.5-liter diesel engine. In 1977 there is another new model Charade.

In 1980 the company was released commercial version Cuore, which originally bore the name Mira Cuore (after the name was changed to Mira).

In 1984, the model Taft was discontinued, and began production of a new model SUV Rocky. It was in this year in China, the plant appears Daihatsu automobile.

In 1985, the model Charade starts to be produced for the European market, and in particular for Italian consumers by Alfa Romeo. The pace of sales of Daihatsu cars in Europe has increased steadily.

In 1986, the factory in China started to be issued Charade, and was also constructed a new 3-door model named Leeza with the power of the engine of 50 HP

1989 saw the release of two models - Applause and Feroza.

The result of an agreement with the Korean automotive Asia Motors Corporation in the early 1990s was the development of models Sportrak.

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