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Daihatsu introduces a whatsit


A getaway vehicle for small gangsters

March 1, 2007. It’s a people mover … well, not quite.

Not a van, not quite a wagon, either. A getaway vehicle for small gangsters?

For Toyota New Zealand one of the main problems introducing the Daihatsu Materia was to decide exactly what it is.

“It really doesn’t slot into any recognised segment,” a spokesman said, but Toyota eventually decided to call it a mini-wagon – a first for Daihatsu,

Looking rather like an anime cartoon of a Chrysler PT Cruiser, with Toyota bB overtones (as sold here as a used import), Daihatsu’s $23,800 Materia girl is powered by a 1.5-litre 76kW engine.

Overall fuel consumption is rated at 7.2 litres per 100km for the manual and 7.5 litres for the automatic. It meets Euro IV emission standards and has Daihatsu's Intelligent Catalyst that is said not to deteriorate in long-term use.

With seats folded, cargo capacity reaches 619 litres and a tight turning circle of 9.8 metres makes it appealing as an urban delivery vehicle.



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