|Daihatsu’s compact COO|
Daihatsu—in which Toyota has a 51% stake—has introduced a new compact passenger car, the COO, into the Japanese market.
Daihatsu manufactures both the COO and Toyota’s bB (sold in the US as the Scion xB) at the same plant in Osaka. (Both cars share the same engine options). Other shared models include Toyota’s Rush SUV (Daihatsu Be-go model); the Toyota Passo (Daihatsu Boon); and the Toyota Avanza (Daihatsu Xenia). Daihatsu is sharing more parts with Toyota to cut its own development costs.
Two COO models are available: a 1.3-liter DVVT (Dynamic Variable Valve Timing) 4-cylinder engine (K3-VE type), which provides high fuel efficiency, and a 1.5-liter DVVT 4-cylinder engine (3SZ-VE type).
The 1.3 liter engine delivers 68 kW (91 hp) of power and 123 Nm of torque, with fuel consumption in the 10-15 Japanese test cycle of 6.1 liters/100km (about 38.6 mpg US) in the two-wheel drive version and 6.6 l/100km (35.8 mpg US) in the four-wheel drive.
The 1.5-liter engine, which comes only in a two-wheel drive model, delivers 80 kW (107 hp) of power and 141 Nm of torque, with fuel consumption of 6.25 l/100km (37.6 mpg US).
All the COO models achieve emission levels 75% lower than 2005 standards under the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport’s Approval System for Low-emission Vehicles, and the 2WD vehicles achieve the Japanese 2010 fuel efficiency standards.
Daihatsu also reduced the amount of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emitted from materials and adhesives used in interior parts to a level lower than the indoor concentration specified by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.
The company is targeting sales of 1,000 units per month in Japan. Gasoline prices there reached an average ¥134.9 per liter (US$4.58 per gallon) in the week ended 1 May, up 2.9% percent from a week earlier, according to Japan’s Oil Information Center.