Daihatsu Hijet Specs

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Daihatsu Hijet Specs
Daihatsu's designs set them apart from every other car on the market (Cars and Parking Meters image by Towards Ithaca from Fotolia.com)

The Daihatsu Hijet was developed in 1965 and presented as Daihatsu's first attempt at an electric car. That initial model was the Hijet truck. The cargo version of the Daihatsu Hijet dates to 1986 and according to the Daihatsu Hijet website has "since then sold in high numbers with a cheap price." In 2002, Daihatsu introduced a Hybrid version. The Hijet remains one of the more affordable and convenient vehicles on the market.

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Cargo

The Daihatsu Cargo is very much designed like modern minivans. It has four passenger doors and a back hatch to pack cargo. The cargo has a 660cc engine under the hood and can be purchased with two-wheel or four-wheel drive. The choice of two-wheel or four-wheel drive will affect the price of your Cargo, which ranges from £7,995 to £8,450. You also have the option of having the Cargo with a manual or automatic transmission. Daihatsu began developing the Cargo as early as 1973, but it didn't actually make it to the market until 1986.

Truck

The Daihatsu Hijet Truck was initially introduced to the public in 1972. Over the years it has undergone many upgrades and changes, but the basic design and structure of the Hijet Truck has remained the same. The Hijet Truck is a mini-truck with a small bed for transporting cargo. It can be purchased with either two-wheel or four-wheel drive, and the price ranges from £5,720 to £7,020. It has a duel overhead cam engine with a 660cc fuel injector. It's primary function is to transfer cargo. The Hijet Truck will only comfortably seat two in its small cab.

Hybrid

The Daihatsu Hybrid was introduced to the market in 2005. Its design is based on the Daihatsu Cargo. Daihatsu refers to the Hybrid as a "mild hybrid design." It differs from other popular hybrid designs by combining the electrical pieces with the gas-powered pieces. The vehicle runs on gasoline, with the electrical components providing power to accelerate. This is supposed to greatly reduce fuel consumption, and it's estimated it makes the Daihatsu Hybrid 30 per cent more fuel efficient than the Daihatsu Cargo. Another feature that makes the Hybrid more environmentally friendly is the idling-stop function. According to Daihatsu, it literally "stops the engine when the vehicle is stationary." It has a four-speed automatic transmission. Under the hood is a three-cylinder 12-valve 660cc engine.

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