The Daihatsu Basket is a quirky little back-to-basics
concept car which was first revealed at the 2009 Tokyo
The Basket is a multi-configuration minicar with incredibly
bland styling. Many manufacturers use retro influences
for their vehicles, but I think the Basket is the first
vehicle to use the square lines of cars from the early
nineties as inspiration. Others may see similarites with
the Mini Moke or Citroen Mehari - but either way it's
The interior isn't much better and the only even slightly
interesting elements are the fabric covered dash and steering
wheel centre. The roof comes in two separate sections,
covering the driver and front seat passenger is a removable
fibreglass roof, while the rear passengers have to make
do with a canvas roof.
While most manufacturers have gone the hybrid or full-electric
route for their fuel efficient vehicles, Daihatsu has
decided to perfect small displacement internal combusion
engines. The drivetrain of the Daihatsu Basket consists
of a 660cc three-cylinder engine from the Daihatsu Mira.
This is connected to a 4WD transmission giving the Basket
some minor off-road potential.