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Tokyo 2015: Daihatsu D-base Concept Previews Next Generation Perodua Axia?

Hans October 7, 2015 10:17

Daihatsu Motor announced today that it will be presenting a new concept mini car called the D-base Concept at the coming 2015 Tokyo Motor Show.

At the moment, Daihatsu isn’t saying much about the car. In fact, the press release materials had only three sentences explaining about the D-base.

It only says that the D-base is a mini car that previews Daihatsu’s next generation family of mini cars, and that it will feature the next development of the company’s e:S (Eco and Smart) technology.

Highlights of Daihatsu’s current generation e:S technology includes an energy efficient engine that uses low friction internal components, engine idle start-stop system, higher 11.3:1 compression ratio, streamlined light weight body and an on-demand alternator that only engages when the vehicle is decelerating – all are rather simple, low-cost solutions.

The e:S technology first debuted in Japan in 2011, in the Japanese-market Daihatsu Mira, whose platform and body structure forms the basis for the Perodua Axia and its Indonesian cousins – Daihatsu Ayla and Toyota Agya, minus the Japanese market-only e:S technology.  

About Hans

As someone who appreciates cars not just for their horsepower value but also for their cultural significance, he is interested in the art of manufacturing and selling cars just as much as driving them. Prior to swapping spread sheets for a word processor, he spent his previous life in product planning and market research.


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