Jan. 11, 2019
Daihatsu Motor Co., Ltd.
Daihatsu Motor Co., Ltd. (hereinafter “Daihatsu”) has given the COPEN GR SPORT CONCEPT mini convertible sports concept vehicle its world premiere at the Tokyo Auto Salon 2019, which started today.
The COPEN is a mini convertible sports vehicle that utilizes a new D-Frame framework and Dress-Formation changeable interior and exterior structure to realize impressive driving performance and enable owners to express their individuality. It is available in three distinct designs: the COPEN Robe, launched in June 2014, followed by the COPEN XPLAY, and the COPEN Cero. The COPEN Coupe is being exhibited at the Tokyo Auto Salon 2019, and order applications will be accepted via a dedicated website from 2 p.m., today.
The COPEN GR SPORT CONCEPT is a new concept car that Daihatsu is developing in collaboration with TOYOTA GAZOO Racing—part of Toyota Motor Corporation (hereinafter “Toyota”)—with a view to future commercialization. In order to respond to customer requests for improved driving performance, Daihatsu is leveraging TOYOTA GAZOO Racing’s expertise via personnel exchanges and other means; the company aims to develop a car that feels good to drive and whose handling responds accurately to driver input, and is particularly focused on increasing body rigidity and tuning the suspension.
The front of the COPEN GR SPORT CONCEPT features the same Functional MATRIX front grille used by some of the vehicles in Toyota’s GR line-up; at the same time, the cabin sports special Recaro seats and instrument panels to realize a high-quality interior space.
This year marks the fifth anniversary of the existing COPEN models. In order to further draw attention to the vehicles, in addition to launching the COPEN Coupe, Daihatsu will continue to improve the driving performance of its products and increase the variety of its lineup. Going forward, Daihatsu will also work together with sales companies and proactively hold fan meetings in order to strengthen communications with its customers. In this way, the company will seek to use the COPEN to increase the number of
Daihatsu fans through both MONODUKURI and KOTODUKURI activities.
Based on its “ Light you up” approach, going forwards Daihatsu will continue to provide optimal mobility to every one of its customers, and cater to their needs via its extended range of mini and compact vehicles.
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