Daihatsu Basket

This may be a bit premature, but it’s starting to feel like car manufacturers, at least those outside of the U.S., are really starting to get away from this ‘bigger is better’ attitude that’s been rotting the industry for the last 20 to 30 years. For example is the Daihatsu Basket, an extremely simple truck concept whose minimal lines make me want to buy a pickup for the first time in my life.

The truck allows for two or four people with a fold down back seat, making it easy to transport your friends or your haul from IKEA. There’s also a removable hard top roof for the front cab and an optional canvas roof for the back in case your guests want some shade or you need to cover your previously mentioned IKEA haul.

This probably wouldn’t be the greatest vehicle for places with heavy snow, but here in Los Angeles this would be a great vehicle to have, and I’m sure your friends would love you to help them move their dresser.

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4 Comments Daihatsu Basket

  1. Jordan October 27, 2009 at 5:29 AM

    this looks like a really great economy car, very basic, and space to go on a nice weekend road trip. but, that being said, its not a truck. i seriously doubt its ability to carry anything more than a surfboard or two. in terms of trucks bigger is better, this is a unibody design that couldn’t handle much weight.

    i absolutely love the interior though, its so simple. a great “back to basics” vehicle.

  2. Thomas October 27, 2009 at 7:15 PM

    This tiny vehical is an absolute masterpiece! This is what Americans everywhere are craving and needing. The problem with it selling here is greedy people with money to invest in dealerships want the biggest profits possible. It is ridiculous to mark this car up by 10,000 dollars of profit, but the big boys can easily hide that $10k in a full size car or truck and get away with it. American consumers have begged for the basics here but can’t get them.

  3. Brendan October 28, 2009 at 7:41 PM

    This is most definitely the way of the future. I envisage a world were people have an ultra light, single seat electric car to commute to work, and a larger, yet light electric car for family use. You’d go down to your local car pool to hire a heavier vehicle if you needed it.

    Yet that’s still an ideal future. Hopefully all these concepts don’t get forgotten as they so often do in favour of conventional gas guzzlers.

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