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The Daihatsu Hijet is a microvan an pickup truck produced bi the Japanese automaker Daihatsu. Despite the similarities atween the Hijet name an Toyota's namin scheme for its trucks an vans (Hiace an Hilux), the name "Hijet" haes been in uiss for Daihatsu's Kei trucks an vans syne at least the 1970s, ower twa decades afore Toyota teuk control. "Hijet", whan transliterated intae Japanese, is gey seemilar tae "Midget", yin o Daihatsu's ither mini-trucks. The Hijet competes in Japan wi the Honda Acty, Subaru Sambar, Mitsubishi Minicab, an the Suzuki Carry.
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Daihatsu Gran Max
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Available ingines for 2006 include the DVVT equipped 660 cc EF-VE, makkin 39 kW (52 hp) at 7000 rpm an 63 N·m (46 lb·ft) o torque at 4000 rpm, an the 660 cc EF-SE, makkin 33 kW (44 hp) at 5900 rpm an 57 N·m (42 lb·ft) o torque at 3600 rpm. The base model is mid-ingine, rear drive, but fower-wheel drive versions are available.
In Japan, a mair luxury version o the Hijet is kent as the Daihatsu Atrai, whilk is an aa pouered bi a 660 cc Turbo ingine producin 64 bhp (48 kW).
The baund Diehatzu Hijets, o seemilar spelling, pey homage tae the vehicle.
Hijets sauld ootside Japan are available wi 1.0 an 1.3-litre engines. It is nae langer consider a kei caur as it is braider an langer. The Hijet Maxx/Hijet Jumbo is a pick-up truck or chassis cab whilk can be set up for ither uisses sic as a muiving stall. While Daihatsu Zebra a.k.a Daihatsu Citivan/Devan is a van based body. Perodua Rusa is a rebadged Daihatsu Zebra in Malaysie, released bi Perodua. The Piaggio Porter is a licenced version manufactured in Italy, available an aa wi an LPG or electric motor. Aw o thir variants are based on an early version o the Hijet whilk haes its front wheel locatit belaw the front door (or engine belaw the front seat).
In 2007, Daihatsu Indonesie launched the new Daihatsu Gran Max whilk is based on the newest Hijet (front wheels locatit forrit o the door). It is pouered bi 1300 cc an 1500 cc ingines, wider an langer nor the kei caur-based Hijet. The Gran Max is available in minivan style an pick-up.
In 2002, Daihatsu debuted the Hijet Cargo Hybrid concept, a hybrid van, in Japan uising a 660 cc engine. The caur is based on the existin non-hybrid Hijet Cargo. Daihatsu cries it a mild hybrid design. Its design (cried Daihatsu Mild Hybrid seestem or DMHS based on Toyota hybrid technology) is quite different frae mony existin hybrid design whaur as the gas an electric pouered components assembled as ane unit. The electric motor sits atween the petrol pouered ingine an the transmission unit. The car is 30% mair fuel efficient than its gas-pouered counterpart.
The hybrid minicaurs (cried FEV - Ultra Fuel Economy - an Atrai Hybrid-IV) made its debut in 2002 as a concept minicaur. Its production wis annoonced in October 2004 but as o Mey 2006 haedna been released.
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