The first generation (G10) appeared
in 1977. It was available as 3-door or 5-door hatchback
, powered only by a 993 cc 3
cyclinder engine with 50 hp (37 kW).
The early G10 (Series 1) had round
headlight and the late G10 (Series 2) had square headlights.
The second generation (G11) was
released in 1983, again as a 3 or 5-door
hatchback. It featured several
variations of the 3-cylinder 1.0 L engine, including a turbocharged version
with 68 hp and a Diesel
version. A 5-speed manual transmission was available. The G11 was produced
with two frontends,
colloquially known as "square-eyes" (Series 1) and "cat-eyes" (Series 2).
In Europe, the G11 underbody,
engines and transmissions were used as the basis for the
Innocenti De Tomaso, after
expired. The G11 parts continued to be used by the
The G11 series 2 turbo:
Charade was released with two engine variants. The base model has the
naturally aspirated, three cylinder, 993cc CB23 engine that spawns around
0-60 mph takes around 12-13 seconds. The other Charade Turbo and Charade
models had the upgraded cb23 engine, called the cb60. The cb60 was also a
three cylinder 993cc engine, but was fitted with an
which saw its power rise to 65-70bhp.
The third generation of the
Daihatsu Charade (G100) debuted in 1987. It originally shipped with a 1.0 L
3-cylinder engine (CB23) and 1.3 L four-cylinder with single carburetor
(HC-C). A 1.0 L
a 1.0 L twin-cam turbo (CB70)(CB80) , named
and delivering 105 hp
(77 kW), a 1.3 L fuel injected 4-cylinder (HC-E) and 3-cylinder (CB90) were
later added. It was released in a 3-door and a 5-door hatchback. A 4-door
sedan was released with the 1.3 L
engine in 1988. In
a deluxe version was available, dubbed
featured a sunroof, power windows, air-con and power steering.
The third-generation car was sold
in the United States for just four years, from
The car sold poorly, perhaps because of its high price, poor sale sites, and
translation in English,
and the company withdrew permanently from the US market. Sales for
Not all export markets were
featured with all the bodywork variants (eg.
received the 3-door hatch only, while
got the 5-door), but
received all three variants (with the sedan reserved for
market the GTti
was unavailable and the turbocharged petrol Charade used the
engine (CB60/61) from the previous generation.
Four door sedan Charade Social
begun to sold in
Next generation of this car in frame G203 and G213 was manufactured since
in 2 modifications: "pose" and "SX".
The fourth generation was
again with hatchback and sedan bodies. A 1.0 L engine was the base model in
but in many
1.3 L was used. The
featured a 1.5 L engine with optional 4WD. The
models were dropped in all markets where they were previously available.
version was replaced by a more conventional
16-valve 1.6 L engine. This version was engineered by Italian ex-racing driver
(the previous owner of
and was capable of 124 hp
(91 kW) in the Japanese market. The export version was detuned to 105 hp
(77 kW). De Tomaso
also added their own bodykit,
seats, a Nardi
steering wheel, and
A total of 120,000 Charade GTi
were produced following this joint effort.
The Charade was restyled in
only two years after release (with the codename G203). It had a ‘smiley face’
grille and changed headlights, looking more like its
sibling the Starlet. It was produced until
when it was replaced by the