Daihatsu's A-Concept

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Japanese automaker Daihatsu has been working on their A-Concept in order to focus more on the European market.

Daihatsu has been hard at work producing a small city car that is likely to be the next generation Heart. The Japanese automaker reportedly plans on making a more fuel and cost efficient car. The A-Concept was unveiled at the Indonesia International Motor Show which previewed the new S technology (Energy Saving Technology) that helps to reduce overall fuel consumption. The information on the prototype is still very limited, but the A-Concept drew comparison to the new Aston Martin Cygnet in terms of power and consumption.

Under the small hood, power is generated from a two-cylinder 660 cc turbo engine that produces an output of 63hp and 74 lb-ft of torque mated to a CVT transmission. The engine features technologies such as start-stop and regenerative braking, both of which were used strictly on private cars in the Japanese market. Since Daihatsu would like to expand further in the European market, these features will likely be offered on more entry-level models. This plan makes sense considering Fiat's Twin Air technology, which is similar to the A-Concept's, has so far been quite successful in Europe.

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