Tokyo Teaser: Daihatsu Basket
By KBB.com Editors on October 21, 2009 2:13 PMDespite its ill-fated attempt to break into the U.S. market with the questionably named Charade, Daihatsu has a track record of building some high-quality production models and regularly turns out a host of amusing concepts for the Tokyo Motor Show. This year proved no exception, with the diminutive "Basket" topping its list of four unique one-offs. Based on the firm's Mira, a "Kei-class" microcar with a three-cylinder/660cc engine, this utilitarian runabout is designed to play as well as it works. To that end, it comes with a two-part removable roof that features a hard front panel and a canvas rear covering that ensures all-weather capability as well as an all-wheel-drive system that lets it transition from paved to unpaved roads with ease. Those needing a bit more haul space than is available in the hose-out/quick-clean bed of this funky micro- pickup can expand its capacity by flat-folding the rear bench seat.