Stylish Little Compagno Draws Our Eyes On Daihatsu’s Stage

Its blip on our radar screens may proportionately be no larger than the tiny cars for which it is known, but Daihatsu has a long history in the automotive industry, stretching way back to 1907.

That gives it quite a back catalog to draw on, and draw it has with the small yet stylish DN Compagno concept, unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show this year.

The concept draws on the Compagno that Daihatsu produced in the 1960s based on a Vignale design and offered in coupe, cabrio, sedan, van, and pickup forms. Four-door coupes weren’t a thing at the time, but they certainly are now. Only this one’s a fair bit smaller than a Mercedes CLS – or even a CLA.

It’s joined on the Daihatsu stand at the Big Sight convention center by the DN Trec and DN Multisix concepts, as well as the Boon hatchback (shown here in a rather sporty guise). What our photographers on the scene have yet to find is the quirky DN Pro Cargo concept we’d been expecting, but we’ll be keeping an eye out and update this post when it shows up.

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  • Obsequious Lickspittle

    I really like the look of that little Compagno.
    Come back Daihatsu.

    • Big Black Duck

      looks 60’s super cool

  • OdysseyTag

    Real question is: How’s the headroom at the back?

    • Mill0048

      I know… that roof line really bothers me. I really don’t care much for the rest of the car either. If I have to say something nice, the headlights and grill are cool.

      • OdysseyTag

        True true, should have just gone with a coupe form factor. As for the car itself, very much a suggestive novelty like most of the other cars at the show – sad really.

    • Auto

      Are you under 4.5 feet tall? Good. You are very lucky.

      Are you over 4.5 feet tall? R.I.P. your neck and head.


    What’s up with the roofline?

  • SteersUright

    To nitpick on the design, the overhangs are too long, the rear slope is too short to be a sexy little 4-door coupe and completely incongruent with the rear of the car. The front end design is refreshingly modern-retro Japanese and I’d LOVE to see more of this from Japanese brands any day!!

  • Wayne Alan Carr Heyes

    Diahatsu should come back to the UK these models would sell!!!

  • Dariush

    Ahahhaha! Daihatsu always put me in a good mood. Goofy but in the best way!


  • MarketAndChurch

    Shame none of these will ever come to the US

  • Bash

    Nope, its FUGLY.

  • KidRed

    That doesn’t look like an Audi A1 at all…

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