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Daihatsu Copen convertible to reach Oz roads this year

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June 4, 2004

Daihatsu has announced that the sleek Copen convertible will be available in Australia in Spring 2003.

Originally introduced to the world as a concept car at the 1999 Tokyo International Motor Show and seen last year in Melbourne as a concept car, the confirmation of Copen's arrival in Australia as a road-going concern was announced by Wayne Gabriel, Manager Daihatsu, at the opening of the 2003 Melbourne Motor Show.

Last year Copen went into production for the local Japanese market where more than 5000 orders were taken in the first month. Only 1200 will be made available each year for worldwide export.

The distinctive teardrop styling merges sports dynamics with small car intimacy. The Copen's low profile and sleek symmetrical shape built into such compact package give it a futuristic, chic, boldness whether electrically operated metal roof is up or down.

Copen's compact 660cc four-cylinder DOHC 16-valve turbo engine tuned to produce linear torque in direct response to the accelerator produces a handy 47kW@6000rpm with 110Nm of torque @3200rpm. A total weight of just 830kg made possible by aluminium roof, boot and panels helps make its power to weight combination a spritely proposition. The turbocharger, designed exclusively for Copen, uses a new seal design, which raises efficiency. Emissions are below LEV (low emission vehicle) limits which means Copen also points the way environmentally. The drive is by a five-speed transmission.

Power Steering, 15" alloy wheels, central locking, power windows, CD player, dual airbags, ventilated front disc brakes, electric aluminium hardtop, sports seats, electric mirrors and engine immobiliser will be standard equipment.

The Copen is expected to wear price tag of around the low $30's.

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