Daihatsu Charade

From 1977 to 2000 the Daihatsu Charade was sold as a supermini. Daihatsu considers the Charade a large "compact" car in an effort to differentiate it from other compacts in its lineup. Particularly it is trying to distinguish it from the Daihatsu Mira/Cuore. The first generation (G10) was born in 1977. It was made available as a 3-door or a 5-door hatchback, and was only powered by a 993 cc 3-cylinder engine with 50 hp JIS (37 kW). The early Charades can be distinguished by the round headlights where as the late Charade had square headlights. In 1983, the second generation Charade was released again as a 3 or as a 5-door hatchback. Several changes had been implemented by this time. It featured several variations of the 3-cylinder 1.0 L engine, including a turbocharged version and also a Diesel version. Additionally, for those drivers who desired it, a 5-speed manual transmission was available. The Charade was produced with two front ends, one known as "square-eyes" and one known as "cat-eyes". Later, a third generation of the Daihatsu Charade was released in 1987. It was originally manufactured with a 1.0 L 3-cylinder engine and 1.3 L four-cylinder with single carburetor. A 1.0 L turbo diesel, a 1.0 L twin-cam turbo, known as GTti, a 1.3 L fuel injected 4-cylinder and 3-cylinder were later added. By 1988 it looked as if the market could stand to have the Charade as a four-door model, and so sure enough, a 4-door sedan was released with the 1.3 L EFI engine in 1988. Japan saw a deluxe version known as the GTxx, which featured a sunroof, power windows, air-conditioning and power steering. However, before one thinks about purchasing, or driving this car for that matter, know first that in Australia, the Daihatsu Charade was assessed in the Used Car Safety Ratings and was found to be "significantly worse than average" in the event of a crash ' so buckle up for sure.