We may not have Daihatsu in the country, but they sure make some of the quirkiest cars on the road. Well, in Japan, at least.
The Japanese automaker is set to reveal four concepts at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, and each one of them will make you say kawaii. That's Japanese for cute by the way.
First of the bunch is Waku Waku, a boxy, upright crossover for the diminutive Kei class market. This somewhat resembling an even smaller Jimny, this bite-sized high-rider comes with give doors and even a pop-up roof. Plus, the black and orange interior theme gives off an active lifestyle vibe which this crossover is giving off. Think of this then as a mini-camper, and we mean mini.
From boxy to retro-chic, up next is the Wai Wai. It's a more practical proposition compared to the Waku Waku with its six-passenger configuration, plus loads more cargo area. With its wraparound windshield, round headlights, and fabric roof, its echoes that of the original Volkswagen Bus, albeit in a much smaller package. It also seems to be the smallest three-row vehicle in the market today, should Daihatsu actually make this for production.
Daihatsu even made a new Kei truck concept in the form of the Tsumu Tsumu. Resembling a (very) shrunken flat-nose truck, the Tsumu Tsumu is all about utility. Its doors are a particular source of amusement, having totally different opening mechanisms on each side. The interior is pretty flexible too with an array of sliding tables and a front passenger seat that can also double as another table.
Last of the quartet is the Ico Ico and this is Daihatsu's idea of autonomous mobility. The (literal) box on wheels gets its propulsion from electricity and the car take up to four people on board. It even comes with a built-in retractable ramp for easy wheelchair access. While this concept isn't likely to reach production, it's interesting to see how Daihatsu reckons autonomous vehicles will be mini-lounges on wheels.
We'll be able to take a closer look at each of these concepts when we head over to the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show on October 22.