|Manufacturer||Toyota Motor Company
Daihatsu Motor Company
|Also called||Subaru Dex, Scion xB (2004–2006)|
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||5-door Mini MPV
3-door coupe utility (Japan only, first generation)
First Generation (NCP3#, 2000-2005)
|Production||January 2000 – December 2005|
|Assembly||Japan: Toyota, Aichi (Takaoka plant)|
|Body and chassis|
|Engine||1.3 L 2NZ-FE I4
1.5 L 1NZ-FE I4
The first-generation bB was based on the Toyota Vitz. While the box-shaped car was initially targeted towards Japanese men in their twenties, it is also popular with women buyers, and has also been at least privately imported to the United Kingdom and Australia.
Production of the bB occurred between January 2000 and April 2005 at the Takaoka plant in Toyota, Aichi. Production occurred at the former Central Motors between August 2004 and December 2005 for the bB; export Scion xB model continued until December 2006.
Engine choices include 1.3- and 1.5-litre inline-four engines.
Open Deck (2000–2001)
Second Generation (QNC2#, 2005–present)
|Also called||Daihatsu Coo (in Japan and Taiwan)
|Production||Toyota: December 2005–present
|Assembly||Japan: Ikeda, Osaka (Daihatsu Head Plant)|
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||5-door MPV|
|Engine||1.3 L K3-VE I4
1.5 L 3SZ-VE I4
The second generation bB vehicle was unveiled in 2005 Tokyo Motor Show. Production version went on sale in Netz dealers. The second-generation Scion xB is not based on the bB but was specifically designed by Toyota to appeal to American buyers, which was sold in Japan as Toyota Corolla Rumion. Badge engineered Daihatsu and Subaru models were also produced, but production ceased in 2012, leaving just the Toyota model.
The vehicle was designed as "A Car-shaped Music Player" to hopefully satisfy the preferences of the younger generation. The Daihatsu version can be identified by a wider and shallower grille and indicator layout.
|Model||Z 1.5 2WD||Z 1.3 4WD||S 1.3 2WD||S 1.3 4WD|
|3SZ-VE||?||1,495 cc (1.495 L; 91.2 cu in) (72.0x91.8 mm) I4||109 PS (80 kW; 108 hp)@6000, 141 N·m (104 lb·ft)@4400|
|K3-VE||?||1,297 cc (1.297 L; 79.1 cu in) (72.0x79.7 mm) I4||92 PS (68 kW; 91 hp)@6000, 123 N·m (91 lb·ft)@4400|
All models include Super ECT 4-speed automatic transmission.
Subaru Dex (2008-)
The Subaru Dex is a badge engineered version for Subaru with the K3-VE 1.3-litre engine and a choice of FWD or 4WD.
The Daihatsu Materia (Daihatsu Coo in Japan) replaced the Daihatsu YRV and is largely identical to the second generation of the Toyota bB. The Materia comes in 1.3L and 1.5L varieties with a 4WD version in the pipeline, manual and Auto versions. In UK they only ever had the 1.5L front-wheel-drive version. 0-60 mph times 10.8 seconds for manual, and 13.7 seconds for auto UK versions. Maximum speed of 106 mph (171 km/h) and for automatic 102 mph (164 km/h)
In the tenth series of Top Gear, Jeremy Clarkson jokingly compared the Materia to the Ascari A10, saying, "Sure the Daihatsu Materia is a good car... but on balance... I'd choose the big, yellow, shouty car instead."
The Daihatsu Materia was only ever available with a 1.5 litre, 16 valve, fuel injected, petrol engine in the UK market.
The vehicles were built in Head (Ikeda) Plant, Daihatsu Motor Co., Ltd.
- "Takaoka Plant". Toyota Motor Corporation. 2012. Retrieved 2014-07-21.
- "Affiliates (Toyota wholly owned subsidiaries)-Toyota Motor East Japan, Inc.". Toyota Motor Corporation. 2012. Retrieved 2014-07-21.
- Top Gear, Series 10, Episode 9.
- "Toyota Launches Fully Redesigned bB — "A Car-shaped Music Player" that Incorporates Youthful Sensibilities —". Toyota Japan. 2005-12-26. Retrieved 2012-05-05.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Toyota bB.|
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Daihatsu Materia.|
- Official webpage (in Japanese)
- bB Materia Club Singapore (in English)
- bB Squad (in English)
- Daihatsu Coo in Taiwan
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