The Daihatsu Hijet is a small van and pickup truck produced by the Japanese automaker Daihatsu. There are odd similarities between the Hijet name and Toyota’s naming scheme for its trucks and vans, such as Hiace and Hilux, however, the name “Hijet” has been used by Daihatsu on their trucks and vans since at least the 1970s. This was over two decades before Toyota took control of the company. Interestingly, “Hijet”, when transliterated into Japanese, is very similar to “Midget”, which just so happens to be one of Daihatsu’s other mini-trucks. The available engines for 2006 Hijet include the DVVT equipped 660 cc EF-VE, making 39 kW at 7000 rpm and 63 N•m of torque at 4000 rpm, and the 660 cc EF-SE, making 33 kW at 5900 rpm and 57 N•m of torque at 3600 rpm.
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Economy car buyers who select the base model will receive a truck that is mid-engine, rear wheel drive. However, if one so chose, four-wheel drive versions are available. Those Hijets sold outside Japan are available with 1.0 and 1.2 L engines. In 2002, Daihatsu miraculously and thankfully debuted the Hijet Cargo Hybrid concept, a hybrid car. This hybrid model is based on the existing non-hybrid Hijet Cargo. Daihatsu had decided to call this a mild hybrid design because it is quite different from many existing hybrid designs. In the Hijet the gas and electric powered components are assembled as one unit. The electric motor sits between the gasoline powered engine and the transmission unit. The car is thus 30% more fuel efficient than its gas-powered counterpart. This is truly a remarkable thing that companies are starting to recognize the need for cars that are either more fuel-efficient or don’t use fuel at all. Any company that is working in this direction should be commended. For more information on the Daihatsu Hi Jet go here. You can also receive instant car shipping costs rates for the Daihatsu Hi Jet using our online rate calculator.<< Back to Vehicle Index