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First look: Daihatsu hints at next-gen Copen

Growing up: OFC-1 ditches cutesy look of existing Copen.

OFC-1 concept car points to the future of Daihatsu’s micro convertible

14 Sep 2007

DAIHATSU has revealed a new compact convertible concept car that points to the next-generation Copen at the Frankfurt motor show. It also rolled out a new compact hatch that could point to a future city car, but it was the drop-top that drew the attention on the stand.

The OFC-1 convertible uses the same basic mechanical ingredients as the Copen, but has a stylish new design. The new affordable sportscar could even come to Australia wearing a Toyota badge.

Although the Toyota sub-brand was killed-off in Australia in 2005, it is believed some future Daihatsu models could come here badged as Toyotas as long as the price - and product - is right.

The OFC-1, like the current-model Copen, features a folding hard-top roof.

Daihatsu says the lid retracts in just 10 seconds, which could set some form of record for folding metal hardtop.

73 center imageThe roof panel incorporates a glass section which can also darken thanks to a liquid crystal sunshade.

The OFC-1 seats two people and Daihatsu says there would also be enough space in the boot for a couple of overnight bags.

Daihatsu has not revealed details of what sits under the bonnet of the concept car, but says the engine will be small and will use a turbocharger.

It uses a continuously variable automatic transmission with seven pre-set ratio points.

Daihatsu says the OFC-1 would have the lowest level of fuel consumption, and the lowest environmental impact, of the cars in its class.

The concept car sits on 17-inch alloys wheels and runs sports suspension for a firm ride.

Daihatsu designers have banished the cutesy round headlights, big grille and soft edges of the current model Copen, opting for a much sportier look.

The OFC-1 features rounded diamond-shaped headlights and only a very thin rectangular grille.

The bonnet features a rounded crease-line to give the nose some definition and the rear of the car is punctuated by a built-in boot-spoiler.

Daihatsu also presented a concept car that could point to a next-generation small car from the Japanese car-maker.

The HSC is a four-seat hatch which uses just 4.1 litres of fuel per 100km thanks to a super-efficient engine and a minimal drag thanks to a smooth aerodynamic profile. Its front doors open normally, but the two rear doors have rear hinges and therefore open in the opposite direction.

There is no B-Pillar, which Daihatsu says improves occupant access.

It is not yet clear whether any of the exterior design themes would be used in future Daihatsu models.

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