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Daihatsu Leaves Europe

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I had a poke around the Daihatsu website and faced this:

It was announced on 13th January 2011 that sales of Daihatsu motor cars will cease across Europe on 31st January 2013. This is due to the ongoing strength of the Japanese Yen, which has increased prices beyond competitive levels. There is no stock of new Daihatsu cars in the UK, and we do not expect to import any new cars in this interim period.

So is the currency debauchment working? And what will replace this OK Japanese car maker? Robin Reliants? Rover city cars??

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I had a poke around the Daihatsu website and faced this:

It was announced on 13th January 2011 that sales of Daihatsu motor cars will cease across Europe on 31st January 2013. This is due to the ongoing strength of the Japanese Yen, which has increased prices beyond competitive levels. There is no stock of new Daihatsu cars in the UK, and we do not expect to import any new cars in this interim period.

So is the currency debauchment working? And what will replace this OK Japanese car maker? Robin Reliants? Rover city cars??

It's not that the Japanese cars are too expensive, it's more of a case that wages are too low to run it. The annual cost of insurance and other taxes is a such a high % of the purchase price of the car for new drivers, car ownership is becoming a liability.

Like a TV really, £5 on the market, then you need to pay £100+ a year to legally use it.

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It's not that the Japanese cars are too expensive, it's more of a case that wages are too low to run it. The annual cost of insurance and other taxes is a such a high % of the purchase price of the car for new drivers, car ownership is becoming a liability.

Like a TV really, £5 on the market, then you need to pay £100+ a year to legally use it.

Maybe.... heh I really wanted a copen after having a ride in one once. Problem is insurance is about £2K for one.

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So is the currency debauchment working? And what will replace this OK Japanese car maker? Robin Reliants? Rover city cars??

Daihatsu are owned by Toyota but many of their products such as the Charade and Sirion compete directly with smaller Toyotas such as the Yaris and Aygo.

Sales of Daihatsus have been dropping steadily for quite some time now according to SMMT, so I guess it was only a matter of time before ToMoCo pulled the plug.

Daihatsu haven't been sold in the USA for quite some time and Toyota's American "youth-orientated" sub-brand Scion is not doing so well either.

Lexus with its higher margins is in rude health.

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... Robin Reliants?...

The all new three wheel drive is a stunner. A shining example of UK manufacturing this PUV (plastic utility vehicle) combines fuel economy, off road ability and rugged good looks in an affordable package.

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The all new three wheel drive is a stunner. A shining example of UK manufacturing this PUV (plastic utility vehicle) combines fuel economy, off road ability and rugged good looks in an affordable package.

and death and destruction during the winter

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The all new three wheel drive is a stunner. A shining example of UK manufacturing this PUV (plastic utility vehicle) combines fuel economy, off road ability and rugged good looks in an affordable package.

and death and destruction during the winter

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