Daihatsu Charade

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Daihatsu Charade
Production period: 1977–2000
since 2003
Class : Small car
Body versions : Limousine , station wagon
Successor: Daihatsu Sirion

The Daihatsu Charade is a passenger car model produced by the Japanese manufacturer Daihatsu since 1977 (export to Europe from 1978) . A special feature of the Charade was that it was positioned exactly between the class of small cars and compact cars. In 2000 the model series was temporarily discontinued, and in 2003 it was finally revived in some markets as a sister model to the Daihatsu Cuore .

The first generation, which was named “Car of the Year” in Japan in 1977, rolled off the assembly line from 1978 to 1983 as a three- and five-door hatchback sedan. A special feature of the three-door was an opera window in the C-pillar, which was otherwise only found in American hard-tops. This was followed by a clearly angular successor.

In 1987 the third generation of the Charade was presented, which was now also available as a four-door notchback sedan. This model is produced by the Xiali brand in China as part of a joint venture . The models that appeared there are still very successful today. So far, three generations of Xiali have been established as a direct sister model, and another only as an optical offshoot.

The Charade GTti, the sportiest offshoot of the series, deserves special attention. With the help of an exhaust gas turbocharger, it generates an output of 74 kW (101 hp) from a three-cylinder 12-valve gasoline engine with a displacement of 993 cm³. Thanks to the low curb weight of 810 kg, an acceleration of 0-100 km / h in 8.1 s is possible. Due to its robustness and simple technology, the Charade GTti has often been used successfully in motorsport.

Another model change took place in 1994. Due to the sharp drop in sales of the Charade, this series was replaced in 1997 by the Daihatsu Sirion . Nevertheless, the hatchback and shortback (notchback) variants of the Charade were offered in parallel with the Sirion until 2000.

In Great Britain and the markets of a few other countries, the Daihatsu Cuore has been sold as Daihatsu Charade since 2003. In 2008, the next generation of Cuore took over in South Africa.

Between May 2011 and January 2013 the Daihatsu Charade was sold again in Germany. Unlike the English model, it is a replica of the second generation Toyota Yaris .

The generations at a glance

First generation G10 (1977–1983)

Charade (G10)
Daihatsu Charade.jpg
Production period: 1977-1983
Body versions : Station wagon
Engines: Otto engine :
1.0 liter (37 kW)
Length: 3575 mm
Width: 1520 mm
Height: 1345 mm
Wheelbase : 2300 mm
Empty weight : 680-690 kg

Second generation G11 (1983–1987)

Charade (G11)
Daihatsu Charade Utrecht Nass.JPG
Production period: 1983-1987
Body versions : Station wagon
Engines: Otto engine :
1.0 liter
(37–50 kW)
Diesel engine :
1.0 liter
(27 kW)
Length: 3550 mm
Width: 1550 mm
Height: 1395-1430 mm
Wheelbase : 2320 mm
Empty weight : 665-695 kg

The G11 model was slightly larger than its predecessor and adapted to the zeitgeist. The basis remained the 3-cylinder engine with 37 kW (52 PS). The model was available with two doors and four doors. Extensively equipped for this time, for example with a partially foldable backrest, rev counter and warning sound for switched on lights. The vehicle had exhaust gas recirculation and was allowed to drive in smog level 1 in Berlin, for example. There was also a diesel engine with an output of 27 kW. The Daihatsu Charade was one of the cheapest diesels on the market. A 50 kW machine rounded off the offer. With this engine the Charade drove 170 km / h.

  • Construction period: October 1983 to March 1987

Third generation G100 / G102 (1987–1994)

Charade (G100)
Daihatsu Charade front 20070919.jpg
Production period: 1987-1994
Body versions : Station wagon
Otto engines : 1.0-1.3 liters
Length: 3680 mm
Width: 1615 mm
Height: 1385 mm
Wheelbase : 2340 mm
Empty weight : 760-825 kg
Daihatsu Charade G100

The Charade was also available as a special model in Europe as the 101 PS GTti Sport. 2500 units of this model were delivered so that homologation for rally sport was possible. With a liter output of over 100 hp / l, the Charade GTti Sport was the record holder for series vehicles in this area at the time.

Fourth generation G200 / G203 (1993–2000)

Charade (G200)
Charade G200 (1993-1996)

Charade G200 (1993-1996)

Production period: 1993-2000
Body versions : Limousine , station wagon
Engines: Petrol engines :
1.3-1.6 liters
(44-77 kW)
Length: 3750-4085 mm
Width: 1620 mm
Height: 1390 mm
Wheelbase : 2395 mm
Empty weight : 830-905 kg
Charade G200 (1993-1996)
  • Engines:
    • 1.3 l (44-77 kW)
    • 1.5 l (55-66 kW)
    • 1.6 l (77 kW)

Fifth generation L500 (1995–1998)

Charade (L500)
1995-1998 Daihatsu Charade Centro (L500) MS 3-door hatchback 01.jpg
Production period: 1995-1998
Body versions : Station wagon
Engines: Otto engine :
0.7 liters (31 kW)
Length: 3310 mm
Width: 1395 mm
Height: 1440 mm
Wheelbase :
Empty weight : 660 kg

Sixth generation L251 (2003-2011)

Charade (L251)
Daihatsu Cuore front 20071002.jpg
Production period: 2003-2011
Body versions : Station wagon
Engines: Otto engine :
1.0 liter (40.5 kW)
Length: 3400 mm
Width: 1475 mm
Height: 1500 mm
Wheelbase :
Empty weight :

Seventh generation L276 (since 2008)

Charade (L276)
Daihatsu Cuore Top front.JPG
Production period: since 2008
Body versions : Station wagon
Engines: Otto engine :
1.0 liter (51 kW)
Length: 3470 mm
Width: 1475 mm
Height: 1530 mm
Wheelbase : 2490 mm
Empty weight : 765-775 kg

Eighth generation XP9 (2011-2013)

Charade (XP9)
Daihatsu Charade 1.33 Basis (V) - front view, June 21, 2011, Ratingen.jpg
Production period: 2011-2013
Body versions : Limousine , station wagon
Engines: Otto engine :
1.33 liters (73 kW)
Length: 3785 mm
Width: 1695 mm
Height: 1530 mm
Wheelbase : 2460 mm
Empty weight : 1115-1125 kg

Web links

Commons : Daihatsu Charade  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Daihatsu Charade G11
  2. Bosch product finder, windshield wipers 1999/2000 (Danish and Norwegian)