2004 Daihatsu Copen

Where's Noddy?

The Copen is Daihatsu's feel-good car. Having languished in the marketplace over recent years, Daihatsu is addressing the brand's appeal. There are more new models coming and Daihatsu's local arm are looking at aggressive marketing plans to improve the public's perception of the small-car maker's products. Daihatsu want to be different...... well, let me tell you, the Copen is definitely different!

It's powered by a tiny 659cc, double overhead cam, turbocharged 4 cylinder engine, which produces 50 k/W of power at 6000 rpm. Transmission is a five-speed manual, brakes are ABS, steering is power assisted rack and pinion, wheels are 15" alloy and the suspension is McPherson struts with coil springs and stabiliser bar up front, whilst the rear is trailing arm with torsion beam.

You can expect this little car to be agile...... it's just under 3.4 metres long, weighs less than a tonne and can turn in 9.2 metres.

Price is $29,990 (excluding the traditional dealer and statutory charges). Metallic paint is an extra $200 and leather trim is optional at $1,250.

For your money you get...... front air bags, engine immobiliser, roll-over bars, electronically operated folding hardtop roof, air conditioning, power windows, remote central locking, lockable console box, wind deflector, CD/MP3 player and more.

2004 Daihatsu Copen at 2003 Sydney Motor Show
The Copen at Sydney's Motor Show

Warranty is for 3 years or 100,000 kms (which comes along first) and there's 3 years of roadside assistance.

How are you Copen?

Stephen Walker
20th October 2003

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