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Daihatsu charade






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 Innocenti's contract with British Leyland expired. The G11 parts continued to be used by the Italian automaker until 1992.

The G11 series 2 turbo:

The G11 Daihatsu Charade was released with two engine variants. The base model has the naturally aspirated, three cylinder, 993cc CB23 engine that spawns around 50-55 bhp. 0-60 mph takes around 12-13 seconds. The other Charade Turbo and Charade DeTomaso models had the upgraded cb23 engine, called the cb60. The cb60 was also a three cylinder 993cc engine, but was fitted with an IHI TurboCharger, 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 turbo diesel, a 1.0 L twin-cam turbo (CB70)(CB80) , named GTti and delivering 105 hp JIS (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 EFI engine in 1988. In Japan a deluxe version was available, dubbed GTxx, 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 1988 through 1992. The car sold poorly, perhaps because of its high price, poor sale sites, and unfortunate translation in English, and the company withdrew permanently from the US market. Sales for 1989 were 15,118.

Not all export markets were featured with all the bodywork variants (eg. Singapore received the 3-door hatch only, while Malaysia got the 5-door), but Europe received all three variants (with the sedan reserved for Central Europe).

In the Australian market the GTti was unavailable and the turbocharged petrol Charade used the carburettor engine (CB60/61) from the previous generation.



Four door sedan Charade Social begun to sold in Japan since 1989. Next generation of this car in frame G203 and G213 was manufactured since 1994 to 1999 in 2 modifications: "pose" and "SX".


The fourth generation was introduced in 1994, again with hatchback and sedan bodies. A 1.0 L engine was the base model in Japan, but in many European countries, the SOHC 1.3 L was used. The sedan, introduced in 1994, featured a 1.5 L engine with optional 4WD. The Diesel models were dropped in all markets where they were previously available.

The turbocharged GTti version was replaced by a more conventional GTi with an SOHC 16-valve 1.6 L engine. This version was engineered by Italian ex-racing driver De Tomaso (the previous owner of Innocenti), including racing-derived camshafts, and was capable of 124 hp JIS (91 kW) in the Japanese market. The export version was detuned to 105 hp DIN (77 kW). De Tomaso also added their own bodykit, Recaro seats, a Nardi Torino steering wheel, and Pirelli sports tyres. A total of 120,000 Charade GTi were produced following this joint effort.

The Charade was restyled in 1996, only two years after release (with the codename G203). It had a ‘smiley face’ grille and changed headlights, looking more like its Toyota sibling the Starlet. It was produced until 2000, when it was replaced by the Sirion/Storia.