Daihatsu Vision Copen previews new rear-driven MX-5 rival Car News

The Copen’s new front-engined, rear-driven configuration has been designed to offer “the ultimate in driving joy”, said Daihatsu.

The car also appears to use an automatic gearbox, in keeping with Japanese market trends.

The Vision Copen is expected to translate into a new, third-generation Copen by the middle of the decade, the current car having been on sale in Japan since mid-2014.

It isn’t expected to go on sale in the UK, given that Daihatsu left every European market in January 2013.

Daihatsu also unveiled three battery-electric kei car concepts at the Tokyo motor show: a customisable city car, a high-riding convertible and a delivery van.

Mo front quarter

The city car, dubbed the me:Mo, is designed around the prospect of long-term ownership. Its interior and exterior can be modified according to “changes in the customer’s stage of life”. For example, the front-passenger seat can be swapped out for a portable sandpit and the centre console can function as a large bin for toys.

Daihatsu Ospano front quarter

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This notice was published: 2023-10-25 11:20:15

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