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New Daihatsu Copen selling like hot cakes in Japan

By Nic_low on 01 Aug 2014

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Order books for the new Daihatsu Copen has been brim-filled with 4,000 orders - equivalent to just the sales target of six months. Two variants are on offer - a CVT automatic and a five-speed manual. 70 percent of buyers took up the former, with only 30 percent opting for the conventional stick shift.
 
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Under the hood of the new K-roadster is a 660cc turbocharged engine which produces 64bhp and 92Nm of torque.
 
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The new car keeps to its cutesy proportions and size, measuring 3,395mm in length, 1,475mm in width and standing at just 1,280mm.
 
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The best highlight of the new car has to be the customisable body panels, which allows owners to personalise a total of 11 parts on their own Copen, including the front hood, boot, front and rear bumpers, front and rear fenders, locker and fuel lid.
 
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It also comes with an electronically-operated two-piece folding hard top.
 
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Carmour Aug 01 2014 08:59 AM

According to my sources, the local Daihatsu distributor, Sin Tien Seng will NOT be bringing this in.

 

The only hope will be for parallel importers to sell them in SG. Or if Perodua rebadges this, then got chance to see this nice nippy car on SG roads. 

Holdenutessv Aug 01 2014 09:14 AM

If Perodua decides to rebadge this, it will sell like hotcakes, provided if the price is acceptable.

Kratoschumacher Aug 01 2014 12:22 PM

I can't be the only one to think it looks quite messy, right?

kobayashiGT Aug 01 2014 03:07 PM

Gosh! Zippy and fuel economy.  I find the looks is abit resemblance like lancer EX thou.

Matoonia Aug 04 2014 11:46 AM

Actually shd be a market for this here. Like the previous Copen, there are folks out there that die die want a convertible. IIRC Copen is not only the smallest convertible here, but also the cheapest

tanbk Aug 04 2014 01:38 PM

They should not have made it a convertible. Given that there's only 64 horses on this vehicle, weight saving is paramount.

 

Get rid of the foldable roof and you get lighter body and increased boot capacity. 

Kratoschumacher Aug 04 2014 02:23 PM

They should not have made it a convertible. Given that there's only 64 horses on this vehicle, weight saving is paramount.

 

Get rid of the foldable roof and you get lighter body and increased boot capacity. 

 

 

But the charm of the Copen was it being a small fuss-free convertible, although thanks to the unique way our cars are taxed, the concept of kei cars can't materialise here!

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