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Daihatsu Charade

The Daihatsu Charade is a supermini car produced by the Japanese manufacturer Daihatsu from 1977 to 2000. It is considered by Daihatsu as a large compact car, to differentiate it from the smaller compacts in its lineup, such as the Daihatsu Mira. It replaced the Daihatsu Consorte. although the Charmant took over from the bigger-engined Consortes.

In China, the Daihatsu Charade is called Xiali and is produced by FAW Tianjin. under the registered mark of China FAW. From September 1986 to 2009, it sold over 1.5 million units in that country.

First generation (G10, G20; 1977–1983) Edit

Facelift Daihatsu Charade G20 (850)

The early G10 (Series 1) had round headlights and the late G10 (Series 2) had square headlights. The Series 2 was introduced for 1981. Between the introduction in 1977 and December 1982, Daihatsu built 89,792 G10/G20 type Charades. [ 4 ]

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The Daihatsu Charade was very popular in Chile and some other Latin American countries during the 1970s and 1980s. Originally the same as in the rest of the world, later Chilean Charades (called G20) came equipped with a downsleeved 843 cc version (CD) of Daihatsu’s three-cylinder engine. This engine produced 41 PS (30 kW) at 5,500 rpm and has also appeared in export versions of the Daihatsu Hijet. [ 5 ] The G20 appeared in 1980 and was developed as a result of a Chilean decision to lower import tariffs on cars with engines of less than 850 cc. [ 6 ]

The G20 was also able to run on low-octane fuel or even Ethanol. [ 6 ] The first G20 version (1978–1981) had round headlights, while the second generation G20 (sold from 1981 to 1984) received the same facelift as did the G10, meaning square headlights and slightly different rear lights. The three-door Runabout retained the larger 1,000 cc CB20 engine, and also received a five-speed manual transmission and tachometer.


Greek production Edit

The Greek Automeccanica company, founded in 1979, developed an off-road style torpedo design version of the Charade à la the Citroën Méhari. With a metal body, the Zebra used Daihatsu mechanicals, grille and headlights, and many other Daihatsu parts. Production began in 1981 and continued until 1985, by which point changing Greek tax laws meant that this fun car could no longer be registered as a commercial vehicle and the market evaporated. [ 7 ] The very first cars used the Series 1 round headlights; these were changed to the square Series 2 units before the first year of production had ended. Automeccanica also assembled regular Charades. [ 7 ]

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