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History - 1970s

Corporate Developments Year Automobile Developments
Mar.: 275 electric cars delivered for EXPO.
Nov.: Merger with Asahi Industry Co., Ltd.
1970
Feb.: Light commercial vehicle Hijet Van EV (S37V) goes on sale.
Apr.: Light vehicle Fellow MAX goes on sale.
Oct.: Small freight car Delta 1500/2000 goes on sale.
Apr.: Participant in "Light Vehicle EV", a part of a large-scale EV research and development project by MITI.
1971
Mar.: Small freight car Delta 750 goes on sale.
Mar.: Production and sales begin of ultra-small light delivery vehicle, the three-wheeled EV DBC-1.
Apr.: Production and sales begin of Electric golf car Daihatsu Masters.
Mar.: Tada plant begins operations as a plant specializing in industrial machinery.
1972
Nov.: Hijet Truck EV (S38) goes on sale.
Apr.: Kyoto plant begins operations as a plant specializing in mainstream automobiles.
May: New car type approval for Hijet Van EV (ES38V) received from Transport Ministry.
1973
Feb.: EV Microbus (capacity 15) developed and delivered to Nagatano Industrial Housing Development.
Apr.: Shiga (Ryuo) Plant 1 (currently Shiga (Ryuo) Plant District One) begins operations.
Nov.: Hybrid Drive Small Truck EV developed and delivered to The Asahi Shimbun Company.
1974
Aug.: Small four wheel drive car Taft goes on sale.
Nov.: Small car Charmant goes on sale.
Dec.: Small freight car Charmant Van goes on sale.
Apr.: 24 ten-passenger sightseeing cars delivered to Okinawa International Marine EXPO.
1975
Nov.: Electric three-wheeled motorbike Hello BC begins production and sales.
Dec.: Knocked Down Plant completed.
1976
May: Light vehicle Fellow MAX 550 goes on sale.
Oct.: Small car Delta Wide goes on sale.
Dec.: 4 and 6 Passenger Sightseeing Car begins production and sales.
1977
Apr.: Light vehicle Hijet 55 Wide goes on sale.
Jul.: Light vehicle Max Cuore goes on sale.
Nov.: Small car Charade goes on sale.
Jan.: Charade voted ’77 CAR of THE YEAR
Mar.: Technical consultant to GE (USA) on hybrid technology.
1978
Sept.: Small four wheel drive car Taft Diesel goes on sale.
Feb.: EV automatic rental drive management system, Daihatsu Pleat System, begins drive tests.
Jun.: Branch office opened in Europe (Belgium, Brussels)
Oct.: Overseas manufacturing plant P.T. Daihatsu Indonesia begins operations.
Dec.: Export point Kobe Center begins operations.
1979
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