Adding to the unusually high number of new car reveals at the Tokyo Auto Salon was the Daihatsu Taft Concept, which previewed a crossover-style kei car due to be introduced in the middle of the year. The latter is entering a market currently occupied by the Suzuki Hustler and should provide some decent competition.
The Taft moniker was first used on a 4×4 SUV introduced in 1974, where it stood for Tall & Almighty Four-wheel Touring Vehicle. Since this new one is likely to be offered as a front-wheel drive model (with optional all-wheel drive, as is usual in Japan), the backronym has been changed to Tall & Almighty Fun Tool.
Despite being a show car, the Taft Concept was essentially a production-friendly version of the WakuWaku concept that was shown at the Tokyo Motor Show in October. It sported a similarly buff front end, featuring octagonal headlights and a beefy bumper, plus boxy black plastic fender flares and an upright glasshouse. This particular unit also came with a grille-like chrome appliqué that gave the car a Jeep-like look..Read more
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