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The FC Deco Deck utilizes an anion exchange fuel cell

Japan's oldest automaker, Daihatsu, raised some eyebrows a couple of years ago when it unveiled its FC ShoCase vehicle. Along with being funny-looking, it was powered by a prototype fuel cell (first announced in 2007) that was said to overcome some of the key limitations of traditional hydrogen fuel cells. At this year's Tokyo Motor Show, a new FC concept vehicle has been presented – the FC Deco Deck mini-truck.  Read More

The pick of the best concept cars at TMS 2013 at different, arrestingly beautiful, more ef...

If you love cars and motorcycles, the Tokyo Motor Show is one of those events which is always worth attending. It's home ground for 15 automakers, hundreds of automotive component manufacturers, and the highest concentration of R&D for every facet of public and personal transport in the world.  Read More

Daihatsu 'shoCase' hybrid concept vehicle

It has been a tough couple of years for the Japanese motor car industry, not least for Daihatsu. On top of natural and man-made disasters, Japan’s oldest car manufacturer, now part-owned by Toyota, has struggled to sell its super-compact “Kei” class vehicles outside of the home market. The company clearly feels however that the future will come to it, predicting demand for compact, zero-emission, hybrid powered vehicles, and has been developing a unique fuel-cell power source for just such a future since 2007. Leading the company's typically cute concept car range is the FC ShoCase - a vehicle suitable for the new fuel-cell.  Read More

The three new concepts - the D-X (top left), PICO (bottom left) and FC ShoCase (top right)

Daihatsu is Japan's oldest car maker, celebrating its sixtieth year of production this year, having honed its skills in micro-vehicle design in an environment where space is at a premium, and the roads are as congested as any country on earth. Toyota's controlling interest looks set to pay off as the world is belatedly realising that small cars are the future. The three new concept cars it will exhibit at the Tokyo Motor Show two weeks from now point the way to the future in several ways.  Read More

Daihatsu UFE-II concept achieves 60km per litre economy

Wednesday October 22, 2003: Part of Daihatsu's line-up of ten prototype cars at the 37th Tokyo Motor Show, the UFE-II (Ultra Fuel Economy) is a drive-by-wire, four-seat hybrid minivehicle that achieves a formidable 60 km/l by utilising a 660cc direct fuel injection petrol engine engine and a twin-electric motor system.  Read More

Daihatsu Copen convertible to reach Oz roads this year

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.  Read More

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