Daihatsu's tuned models are Japan at its finest

Updated Mar 25, 2021 | Same topic: Most Updated Car Concept

There’s nothing more Japanese than a tricked-out kei car.

When it comes to modding and tuning cars, Japan is the trendsetter. But while we appreciate the usual performance coupes and sedans from the Land of the Rising Sun, kei cars are the standard for daily driving for most Japanese folks. They’re small, practical, and they avoid the larger road taxes that are incurred by using larger vehicles.

So, for the first-ever virtual Tokyo Auto Salon, Daihatsu has once again pulled all the stops to show to us “the most Japanese” set of modified cars we’ve ever seen. Sure, these are tiny kei cars, but these tuned Daihatsu models for sale show Japan at its finest.

Copen Spyder Ver.

Unlike the regular Daihatsu Copen Coupe, this Spyder version is also a nod to the classic British roadster. It comes with an old-school front fascia, as well as a mesh grille. But then again, It also takes it up a notch since it's much lower to the ground than the regular Copen Coupe. Also, its windshield seems like it was cut in half as if to say that “when driving this, you’ll look cooler if you wear a pair of driving goggles.”

A picture of the Copen Spyder Ver.

Very planted, and very low to the ground

Thor Premium Ver.

When one sees the Thor Premium Ver., one might be reminded of a tricked-out Toyota Bb from the early 2000s. It rides low to the ground and is fitted with a set of large wheels, as well as a fancier front fascia. Just like Bb, it still retains its boxy form and its surprisingly spacious interior.

A picture of the Thor Premium Ver.

Boxy goodness

Taft Crossfield Ver.

We’ve seen the Taft before, but this one is a tougher version of the Daihatsu-made crossover. It rides on very beefy tires, is equipped with a winch, a roof rack, and a brush bar. If it isn't obvious enough to you yet, this thing is capable of going off-road.

A picture of the Taft Crossfield Ver.

Tough and cute, all in the same package

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Hijet Camper Ver.

Another retro-inspired model that Daihatsu modded is the Hijet Camper Version. As the name implies, they’ve given the truck’s bed a camouflaged camper section. Fancy sleeping in your office’s parking lot, camping, or going on short stints to the idyllic countryside? Then this happy-looking overlander can definitely do that. Yes, it's definitely an overlander, albeit with less off-road capabilities than the Taft Crossfield Ver.

A picture of the Hijet Camper Ver.

Who needs hotels when you have this?

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Hijet Jumbo Sportza Ver.

Out of the bunch, the most eye-catching is possibly the Hijet Jumbo Sportza Version. Sure, it still retains the extended cab of the commercial vehicle that it was based on, but the addition of sports seats, the aerodynamic nacelles, and the lowered ride height certainly positions this car towards the sporty side.

A picture of the Hijet Jumbo Sportza Ver.

It kinda reminds us of the Deora II from Hotwheels

Also of note about the Hijet is that these can come with a 46 horsepower electric motor or a 52 horsepower gasoline mill. We do not know if Daihatsu gave the Jumbo Sportza and the Camper any engine modifications, but those figures are more than enough for the very light Hijet.

So, do you like these modified Daihatsu kei cars or are they too “nutty” for you? For more interesting car articles like this, keep reading here on Philkotse.com.

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar is a graduate of AB English with previous experience working as a freelance writer for varied internet publications in-between his former stints in the Pharmaceutical Industry, and later as a First Aid Provider and Training Staff at the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.

Since childhood, Cesar has been keenly interested in cars. He has learned the ins and outs of these marvelous vehicles and is a competent amateur mechanic who is keen on sharing his knowledge.

Cesar is perceptive of car culture in general – not only in the Philippines but in global regard, as well. His knowledge ranges from the prevalent stories and trends among car enthusiasts around the world, to closely following the latest local and international developments in the automotive industry.

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