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Car reviews - Daihatsu - Charade - CX Luxury 5-dr hatch

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7 May 2003

By MALCOLM LIVERMORE

THE Charade's halcyon days started right here. The all-new G101 (Mk3) model proved to be the very popular, with progressive aerodynamic styling sitting on a longer, wider track. Interior comfort and space, handling, roadholding, ride, and overall refinement all improved, although performance suffered due to added weight – the carryover 1.0L engine’s power output only went up marginally to 38kW. In October '88 the latter was emphatically addressed with the availability of the G102 Charade CX (luxury), which signalled the option of a zingy 66kW 1.3-litre 16-valve 4-cylinder engine. Australians didn't seem to mind paying a little extra for such a light car. After all, it was the late Eighties, and there was plenty of money around.
Model release date: 1 June 1987 to 1 July 1993

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