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Daihatsu will showcase a cute collection of kei cars at 2023 Japan Mobility Show

The smallest range of vehicles will enter Tokyo Big Sight

Daihatsu would know a thing or two about Japanese consumer satisfaction. PHOTO FROM DAIHATSU

This year’s Japan Mobility Show is set to be an exciting occasion for all ages, and while the large brands are going all-out with their vision of the future, Daihatsu will center around “being close to our customers and enriching their lives” while addressing the country’s issue of an aging demographic and declining birthrate.

What better way for the Toyota subsidiary to showcase such goals than five unique concept kei cars for a carbon-neutral future in Tokyo and other Japanese metropolitan areas?

Plenty of room for a three-door configuration. PHOTO FROM DAIHATSU
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The highlight of the showcase is the me:MO, a boxy compact crossover aiming to be an all-around, long-lasting partner for everyone. On the business side, the Uniform is presented in two variations—truck and cargo van—continuing the legacy brought forth by the Hijet.

Interestingly, the Vision Copen is the only ICE-powered concept in the lineup. PHOTO FROM DAIHATSU

For the enthusiasts, Daihatsu hasn’t forgotten about its popular two-door convertible. The Vision Copen concept is a reimagined first-generation Copen sold between 2002 and 2012, maintaining its bubbly and happy appearance with futuristic cues.

Another prototype that carries the Copen’s essence is the Osanpo. Designed as an open-top sports car with an SUV ride height, its theme is to bring drivers closer to nature while leisurely cruising on any terrain.

Could this be the cutest booth at Tokyo Big Sight later this month? PHOTO FROM DAIHATSU

Literally speaking, Daihatsu appears to have the smallest vehicle lineup at the 2023 Japan Mobility Show as the cars range from 2,295mm to 3,395mm in length. We’ll have to wait until October 25 for their physical debut, but there’s no denying that the future will be economically sized and powered.

Justin Young

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