The History Of Daihatsu MOVE

The Daihatsu Move is a kei car, produced by Japanese automaker Daihatsu since August 1995. The Move is designed to be as tall as compact cars like the Suzuki Wagon R. Daihatsu successfully sold 500,000 Moves during its first three years of production. The Move is built upon the chassis of the Daihatsu Cuore but with a taller body. The second generation Move (L900) used the same chassis as the first generation (L600). In 2002, the third generation Daihatsu Move (L150/ L160) was introduced.

In October 2006, the fourth generation Move was introduced. A KF-VE-type non-turbo engine and a continuously variable transmission (CVT) were available on this model, providing superior acceleration performance and higher fuel efficiency of 23km/ L. This latest Move is also one of the few kei cars available with optional side curtain airbags. (The Honda Zest was the first.)

In addition to the 660 cc engine, the Move is also supplied with 850 cc and 1000 cc engine for export markets.

In Malaysia, Perodua also manufacture a version of the Move called the Kenari.

In China, under the joint venture between First Automobile Works and Toyota, a petrol and electrical version of Miles ZX40, based on the Daihatsu Move, were manufactured.

  • Turning circle: 5.0m (16ft)
  • Tires: 145/ 65 R13
  • Top speed: 140km/ h (manual) / 131km/ h (automatic)
  • Both 2WD (FF) and 4WD version are available.
  • Overall length (mm): 3,395 (2nd - 4th generation)
  • Overall width (mm): 1,475 (2nd - 4th generation)
  • Overall height (mm): 1,630 (4th generation)
  • Wheelbase (mm): 2,390 (3rd generation)
  • Wheelbase (mm): 2,490 (4th generation)

Variations on this model include the Grand Move, Move Latte and Move Custom. Move Custom available in all generation of Move, it feature a more sporty look of the original Move with sport rims and bodykits.

There are several variations of the Move

Daihatsu Move Latte

A cosmetic variation of the Daihatsu Move with a target market of women in their late twenties and early thirties who frequent cafes and a relationship to the Daihatsu Mira Gino, another kei car with distinctive retro styling, but is based on the Daihatsu Mira.

The Move Latte was launched on August 23, 2004. On June 2, 2005, Daihatsu launched a two sporty versions of the Move Latte, the COOL and COOL TURBO. Then, on June 4, 2007, two face-lifted versions of both the Move Latte and the Move Latte COOL were launched.

Daihatsu Move Conte

Another cosmetic variation of the Move geared at a more stylish look launch in August 2008. Having a similar appearance to the Scion xB it is still considered a kei car only producing 58brake horsepower (43kW) in the standard model and 64brake horsepower (48kW) in the turbocharged model It also available with Custom model.

Daihatsu Naked

only available in Japan, this car is also based on the Daihatsu Move bodyshell, although with a different facelite, body and door trim. They come in a variety of trims and optional accessories. Recently, a hybrid version of the Move, based on the Daihatsu Pyzar, has been manufactured. It uses both gasoline and electricity.

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