Daihatsu is one of Japans oldest internal-combustion engine manufacturing companies. The company was an independent automobile manufacturer until Toyota purchased the company in 2016. Known for building tiny, practical and fuel efficient cars and light trucks, as well as heavy equipment, Daihatsu has a cult like following across the globe. A Daihatsu repair manual instructs the do it yourself mechanic on the steps and procedures necessary to keep these simple machines running.
In Japan, Daihatsu was responsible for the creation of a category of cars know as Kei cars. These vehicles are light, small and simple to repair, making them ideal for the congested roads and expensive fuel and repair parts found in Japan. Kei cars are the smallest automobiles legally allowed on the roads of Japan.
In Japan, Kei cars are restricted for size, weight and horsepower. In 2014, Japan raised taxes on Kei cars, which has negatively impacted sales. Only three companies today build Kei cars, and all three re-badge cars built by different companies, including Daihatsu, which features Toyota badging in Japan.
Daihatsu entered the United States market in 1987, featuring the Charade, a sub-compact model, and followed up with the Rocky in 1988. The Rocky is probably the best known Daihatsu vehicle in the United States. A rugged and efficient sport utility vehicle well ahead of itís time in the US, the Rocky was a popular choice for budget-minded adventurers.
Daihatsu ceased production of US based models in 1992, citing dropping sales and failing to find a way to offset tariffs against a strong Japanese Yen. With Toyota firmly at the helm, many Daihatsu markets are beginning to be eliminated in favor of other products. Toyota has invested significant amounts of money in South East Asian markets and African markets to continue selling low cost, efficient and easy to repair transportation.
As an engine manufacturing company, Daihatsu has provided engines and technology for dozens of companies world-wide. Producing everything from small, efficient gasoline and diesel engines, to massive motors driving heavy equipment, the company continues to leave itís mark on the automotive world.
Repairing and restoring these delightful Kei cars is simple and easy with a Daihatsu service manual. These service manuals provide the information necessary to disassemble, repair and reassemble each of the cars systems. Todayís Daihatsu vehicles are interesting and unique cars and trucks, which when properly maintained, provide long, trouble-free service life.