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Daihatsu Applause

A101 Applause

1 Oct 1989

By CHRIS HARRIS

Flushed with the success of the Charade, Daihatsu decided to take on the Ford Laser-led brigade with the Applause.

Its boxy sedan styling hides a usefully large hatchback door, good rear seat room and a spacious luggage area.

Underneath though it’s small car conventional, with front-wheel drive and a trusty 77kW 1.6L four-cylinder engine mated to either a five-speed manual or four-speed auto transmission.

Three well-equipped versions – base Li, volume selling Executive, luxury Xi and Ri Sport models – were available.

But invisible marketing, a silly name and rapidly rising prices stymied any real success locally.

Upgraded safety and equipment levels mirrored the minor facelift and small trim changes from late 1992.

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