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Daihatsu was founded in 1907 and is located in Osaka, Japan. The company is known for making automobile engines as well as cars and bakkies and is a name South Africans have come to trust with their automotive needs. Since 1967, Daihatsu and Toyota have worked very closely together, and in 1971, the company launched its first bakkie, the Delta truck. Today, finding a used Daihatsu in South Africa is as easy as looking through your local classified ads.

In 2011, Daihatsu announced it would cease production of its European line of cars in 2013. Also in 2011, the company began construction on an Indonesian plant that produces cars smaller than the Toyota Etios. The plant now produces roughly 100 000 cars per year and keeps the company afloat despite fierce competition.

Daihatsu Models

If you need a used car, it helps to know something about the popular cars available in your area. In South Africa, the Terios and the Sirion are both sought-after models.


The Daihatsu Sirion is a five-door hatchback, subcompact car that was produced from 1998 until 2004. It came standard with either a 1,0-litre or 1,3-litre engine that could crank out 102 horsepower and go from 0 to 100 kilometres per hour in 9,6 seconds. The average fuel economy for this model was 21,1 kilometres per litre, making it one of the most fuel-efficient cars at the time. During its 6 years in production, the Sirion went through a number of design changes and remains popular today.


The Terios was introduced in 1997 and is still being produced today. It is classified as a mini SUV and gives owners plenty of interior space and power in a small, sleek package. All Terios' come with one of three engines: a 659 cc turbo-13, a 1,3-litre SOHC 14 or a 1,3-litre DOHC 14. All vehicles come in your choice of a 5-speed manual transmission or a 4-speed automatic transmission. Over the years, the Terios has been upgraded with such options as a chrome grille, central locking, electric windows, and alloy wheels.

When shopping for a used Daihatsu in South Africa, remember to thoroughly inspect the vehicle and take it for a test drive. Although you may never know what the previous owner has put the car through, you can rest easy knowing all Daihatsus are built to last for years.