Toyota-owned small car purveyor Daihatsu came to Tokyo with a total of five eco-friendly minicar concepts, two of which are planned for production. Here's a quick look at two of them we deem TT worthy:
The Deca Deca is a minimalist take on the boxy kei small car concept that is popular throughout Japan. Its simple but flexible interior is characterized by a flat floor, foldable seats, and a hide-away screen. Access to the cabin is via wide-opening doors on the left side and a large swinging tailgate in the rear in addition to the requisite driver's-side front door.
A "super box" that employs low, flat floor technology.
·The low, flat floor and pillarless, side-by-side doors provide superb ease of ingress and egress and loading and unloading.
·The fold-away seats can be arranged in a variety of patterns to perform work inside the vehicle or stow large items.
·The vibrant interior and exterior designs emphasize functionality.
Combine an International Scout with a Volkswagen Thing and then drastically shrink the result in the wash to kei car dimensions and you end up with Daihatu’s basket concept. The flexible four-seater starts with a hard t-top above the front seats and a canvas top above the rear and can then be turned into a number of layouts, including a two-seat trucklet with a partition between the cabin and the bed and an open-air cruiser. In a country where many families have just one car, this kind of flexibility could be valuable, particularly for a younger couple that doesn’t have kids.
This all-weather model that supports slow pace of life is designed for full enjoyment of outdoor hobbies, such as for trips to the family vegetable plot out of the city.
·The four-seat vehicle features a removable hardtop roof over the front seats and a removable canvas top over the rear seats.
·The rear deck (located behind the rear seats) allows the transport of tools without having to worry whether they are clean or not.
·The seats and interior feature a motif that evokes the feel of linen material.