‘Flying saucer’ Daihatsu is here

Daihatsu DN Compagno

THIS is basically a 1960s interpretation of a flying saucer.

Except, this is actually brand new in 2017.

Welcome to the wacky world of the Tokyo Motor Show.

For all the ground-breaking new concepts revealed in Japan’s capital next week, it is always best remembered for the utterly bonkers stuff.

And for some unknown reason Daihatsu have decided to go retro and make a successor to the little known 60s Compagno.

It was originally a little car that came in a variation of shapes and sizes as a van, pick-up and even convertible.

Now it’s been reinvented.

There are shades of 60s dotted around like the slotted grille and chrome highlights

Yet it’s also quite modern as a four-door saloon but the sweeping profile give a more svelte coupe appeal.

Daihatsu DN Compagno
Daihatsu DN Compagno

On the inside, the steering wheel controls are stunning, straight out of Star Wars, everything is communicated via screens and the inevitable concept car cameras-for-wing-mirrors trick has been deployed.

It’s getting a bit boring that we still have wing mirrors, it feels like every concept for the past decade has used cameras instead but still car firms can’t use them for legal reasons.

Daihatsu DN Compagno
Daihatsu DN Compagno

A tiny car means tiny engine, and there’s a 1.2-litre petrol-electric hybrid setup beneath, driving through a CVT transmission, traditionally a fun runaround for the Tokyo school run.

We all laughed at the Daihatsu Copen concept a few years back but that actually made it into production.

Sadly Daihatsu are long since departed from our shores and this will only make it in Japan if they build it.

Phil Lanning

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