Daihatsu Motor Co., Ltd. traces its roots back to 1907, when Japan was in the grip of rapid modernization. In that year, "Hatsudoki Seizo Co., Ltd". was founded as a joint venture between industry and academia, with the aim of producing an internal combustion engine in Japan. In 1931, the company launched a three-wheeled car equipped with a 500 cc engine.
Since then, Daihatsu’s goal has been to create compact cars that are cherished worldwide, and it has focused its business on the development and manufacture of mini vehicles. Daihatsu is now a member of the Toyota Group , and aims to create vehicles that are fuel-efficient, affordable, eco-friendly and have high added-value, based on its three business pillars of Domestic, Overseas, and Consigned Production/OEM.
Daihatsu’s overseas business is centered on Indonesia and Malaysia. Car ownership in both countries is increasing as a consequence of economic expansion, and we are responding to this demand through the technologies and product appeal we have cultivated in Japan through our development of fuel-efficient, affordable and eco-friendly vehicles.