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Toyota Camry, rebadged as the new Daihatsu Altis, is available in Japan for 3,499,200 yen

You might recognize the car in this photo as a Camry but you’ll be wrong in a way. Let us clarify this. The plate does say “Altis” but the badge isn’t one of Toyota’s. Well, it’s basically the 2018 Toyota Camry that has been rebadged as the new Daihatsu Altis.

Daihatsu has been selling Camrys with the brand’s badge on it in Japan since the early 2000s. Today, the company is wholly owned by Toyota. Currently, only one model is carried in the lineup. And that’s the 2.5-liter hybrid with two-wheel drive in G spec, as seen in the photo.

In January 2016, it was confirmed that Daihatsu has become a fully-owned subsidiary of Toyota. Both parties have a share exchange that was completed in August 2016, and this is meant to add more value to both brands. The two companies have an agreement to develop better cars for the small car segment with next-generation technologies. Sounds like a win-win situation for all parties, including the Japanese customers.

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Toyota and Daihatsu create the Emerging-market Compact Car Company

Each time a new auto company enters the fray to produce the right cars for the right market, many are usually left wondering what kind of venture it is, what vehicles it will design and create , and where it plans to sell those products.

Now, Toyota Motor Corp. and its fully owned subsidiary Daihatsu Motor Co. Ltd. are now announcing the creation of a new internal company that would design and build compact vehicles that will be sold in emerging markets. How do we know that? Well, that new car company established by Toyota and Daihatsu is named 'Emerging-market Compact Car Company'? So, it is pretty obvious what kind of venture this company will be when it formally and officially becomes one on the start of the new year – on January 1, 2017.

Top management will be led by Masanori Mitsui – currently Daihatsu president – as chairman and Shinya Kotera – now Toyota Managing Officer – as president. According to the companies, the new Emerging-market Compact Car Company is aiming to set up work processes not bound by conventional practices and rules. The new Emerging-market Compact Car Company is also aiming to introduce better cars using Daihatsu's approach in building affordable yet high-quality vehicles.

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Toyota said it is considering taking full control of Daihatsu

Toyota Motor Corp. is mulling a buyout at Daihatsu Motor Co., a transaction valued at $3.2 billion at current market prices. Toyota holds a 51.2-percent stake at Daihatsu, which specializes in building 660cc mini-vehicles and compact cars.

If Toyota decides to gain full control, it could leverage the brand better and cut even lower procurement costs for Daihatsu. In a statement, Toyota said it has been considering a number of possibilities with regards to Daihatsu, including partnerships and business restructuring, as well as making the mini-vehicle maker a fully owned subsidiary.

Toyota said it has yet to make decision regarding Daihatsu. CLSA senior research analyst Christopher Richter has remarked that he expects Toyota to use the Daihatsu brand as a low-cost, sub-premium brand to the core brand – just like how VW, Renault and Nissan use Skoda, Dacia and Datsun, respectively.

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Honda, Daihatsu add 5 million vehicles to Takata airbag recalls

Only one day after Toyota and Nissan issued a recall of 6.5 million vehicles worldwide, there was a further expansion of the safety campaign related to defective airbags from Takata. This time, Honda is recalling about 4.89 million vehicles and Daihatsu said that about 260,000 units are affected.

If you own a Honda unit in the U.S. or Canada, you’re not part of the recall since the vehicles sold in these markets didn’t have the potentially defective airbags targeted in the latest recall. Instead, Honda’s recall affects about 1.7 million units in Japan that were built from 2002 to 2008.

The nameplates covered by the recall were produced in the U.S., Japan, and Thailand. The rest of the recalls are from the other regions. Honda said that the breakdowns of the regions will be announced locally. Meanwhile, the recall of Daihatsu-brand covers only cars built in Japan.

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Daihatsu revealed the fact that it will unveil its new 2015 Copen next month but several brochure scans emerged today on the Web. Looking almost identical with the Kopen Concept that was unveiled back in October at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, the new 2015 Daihatsu Copen uses a 3-cylinder 12-valve naturally-aspirated engine that delivers 64 hp (47 kW) at 6,400 rpm and a maximum torque of 92 Nm at 3,200 rpm.

The engine is offered as standard with a five-speed manual transmission, while as an option Daihatsu offers a seven-speed super active CVT. According to Daihatsu, the new Copen uses a customizable composite body that features 13 removable outer plates.

The soft top can retract itself in just 20 seconds, making the Copen the perfect convertible for a sunny day in the city. Due to increased torsional rigidity, the small city car promises improved handling and ride comfort. As we said, the 2015 Daihatsu Copen will be officially unveiled next month and will go on sale early next year.

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Daihatsu will show off four concept cars and eight production vehicles as well as several technologies at the 42nd Tokyo Motor Show. From Dec. 3-11, enthusiasts can visit the Tokyo Big Sight venue to view the exhibits. Daihatsu will be using the slogan "Big Answer from Small” at the show. It plans to illustrate its roadmap for technological innovation that can be applied in a compact car.

Daihatsu will also be displaying the D-X ("d-cross"), which has a unique and aggressive styling. Daihatsu will swap out parts of its resin-based body. As a result, its specifications could be revised into various types.

What the automaker offers with the D-X is a sense of oneness between the driver and vehicle that only a compact car provides. At the same time, it has a new form for a sports car. The D-X is powered by a two-cylinder engine with direct-injection turbo. This engine enables Daihatsu to pursue conventional technology and achieve a balance between enjoyable driving and fuel-efficiency.

Read the entire article Daihatsu FC ShoCase, PICO Concepts announced for the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show

Daihatsu will debut the D-X at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show. This new concept offers a lot of versatility. It’s easy to transform it from a sportscar to an off-roader simply by swopping out the panels. Aside from transforming into an off-roader, the D-X can also be converted to a roadster, a shooting brake that is reminiscent of the smart roadster coupe as well as into a track machine. The photos that have been released display an unusual van, a toy car and another toy car in the dirt.

What it is fundamentally is a kei car. It comes with a 0.66-liter two-cylinder engine that features direct injection and turbocharging. This is also quite similar to what smart had done.

Daihatsu is planning to showcase four concept cars, eight production models, and an array of technologies at the 42nd Tokyo Motor Show. The event will be opened to the general public from December 3 to December 11, 2011 at the Tokyo Big Sight venue in Tokyo, Japan.

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Scion VP Jack Hollis has great plans for the distant future even as the automaker is currently busy with the launch of its iQ mini-car as well as with preparations for the anticipated surge in exposure related to the FR-S sports car. Hollis said during the SEMA Show that the company is working on various concepts.

He declined to provide more details about these concepts but then, Scion has two models that are due to be overhauled very soon. In addition, the brand is hoping to widen its product offering. Hollis has said during previous interviews that he is hoping to offer a mini-truck that’s compact and is based on a car.

In particular, he said that this model will be one size smaller than the Toyota Tacoma. He said that it isn’t the No. 1 priority but he is “very interested” in it. Hollis already has a plan for a model that could change into something that’s a lot like the Toyota-Subaru tie-up that made the FR-S (FT-86/BRZ).

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New-vehicle sales of Daihatsu in Europe will stop at the end of January 2013. A subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corp., Daihatsu explained that because of the strong yen, exporting vehicles to Europe from Japan has become too unprofitable.

Another factor that had a role in this decision is the rising cost of developing models that comply with tighter CO2 emission regulations in Europe. However, Daihatsu clarified that it will continue to supply parts and after sales services in Europe after 2013.

From 11.9% of oversees sales in 2005, European deliveries of Daihatsu cars dropped to only 5.3% in 2010. The carmaker said that in 2010, it sold 19,300 vehicles in 10 European countries. In 2009, it sold about 36,300 units.

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