Daihatsu Move

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Daihatsu Move
5th Daihatsu Move Custom.jpg
Also calledPerodua Kenari
DesignerI.DE.A Institute
Giorgetto Giugiaro (restyling)
Body and chassis
ClassKei car
Body style5-door hatchback
RelatedDaihatsu Mira/Cuore (L7XX), Subaru Stella
Engine658 cc (LA100/LA110), 660 cc, 847 cc (export) or 989 cc (export)
Transmission5-speed manual, auto
  • 2,300 mm (90.6 in)
  • 2,455 mm (96.7 in) (LA100/LA110)
Length3,395 mm (133.7 in)
Width1,475 mm (58.1 in)
Height1,630 mm (64.2 in) 1,620 mm (63.8 in) (LA100/LA110)
Curb weight720 kg (1,587 lb) 820 kg (1,808 lb) (LA100/LA110)

The Daihatsu Move is a kei car, produced by Japanese automaker Daihatsu since August 1995. The Move is designed to be as tall as compact cars like the Suzuki Wagon R. Daihatsu successfully sold 500,000 Moves during its first three years of production. The Move is built upon the chassis of the Daihatsu Cuore but with a taller body.

L600 (1995–1999)[edit]

The first generation Japanese market L600 Move

The first generation Daihatsu Move was sold with a 659 cc straight-three engine in Japan, and with an 847 cc ED20 engine in export markets. The JDM version was called the L600, or L610 when equipped with four-wheel drive, while the export model was called the L601. Later (in 1997), a version called the Move Custom appeared. This had bigger headlights and a more traditional front-end treatment, combined with a more aggressive overall look. The Move Custom line has continued to be available throughout the new generations of the Move.

More than half a million examples of the L600/L610 were sold, mostly in Japan. It was imported to Europe, especially the UK, but was not a strong seller there, and the company decided not to import its 1999 successor to Europe.

There was also a four-cylinder version, also of 659 cc. Available from the time of introduction, this was fitted with the DOHC 16-valve turbocharged JB-JL engine, and it was only available with front-wheel drive and 64 PS (47 kW). This version has the L602 chassis code.[1]

L900 (1999–2002)[edit]

Daihatsu MOVE (L900S)

The second generation Move (L900) used the same chassis as the first generation (L600).

L150/L160 (2002–2006)[edit]

Daihatsu Move (L150/L160)

In 2002, the third generation Daihatsu Move (L150/L160) was introduced.

L175/L185 (2006–2010)[edit]

Daihatsu Move (L175/L185)

In October 2006, the fourth generation (L175/L185) Move was introduced. A KF-VE-type non-turbo engine and a continuously variable transmission (CVT) were available on this model, providing superior acceleration performance and higher fuel efficiency of 23 km/L. This latest Move is also one of the few kei cars available with optional side curtain airbags. (The Honda Zest was the first.)

LA100/LA110 (2010–2014)[edit]

Daihatsu Move (L110S)

The fifth generation (LA100/LA110) was introduced in late 2010 as 2011 models. A minor design refresh from the fourth generation, and a new option to have a crash-avoidance system, a first for kei cars.

In addition to the 660 cc engine, the Move has been supplied with 850 cc and 1,000 cc engine for export markets.

LA150/LA160 (2014–present)[edit]

Daihatsu MOVE L"SA" (LA150S)

The sixth-generation (LA150/LA160) Move was launched in Japan on December 12, 2014. This generation features a lightweight high-rigidity body structure which features a more high-rigid body structure and an reinforced underbody, improved suspension system, and a power mode-switching steering switch that allows drivers to change the control of the engine and CVT at the touch of a button.

Fuel economy is now up to 31.0 km/L while turbocharged models (Custom only) can get up to 27.4 km/L.[2]

Other Markets[edit]

In Malaysia, Perodua manufactures a version of the Move called the Kenari.

In China, the FAW Tianjin joint venture between First Automobile Works and Toyota produces a petrol and electrical version of the Move. The electric version is exported to the US as the Miles ZX40.

The first two generation Moves were also exported to Europe, where they also went by the JDM name. Due to poor sales, Daihatsu did not export the third or fourth generation Moves to Europe, making it strictly a domestic market model.


  • Turning circle: 5.0 m (16.4 ft)
  • Tires: 145/65 R13
  • Top speed: 140 km/h (manual) / 131 km/h (automatic)
  • Both 2WD (FF) and 4WD version are available.
  • Overall length (mm): 3,395 (2nd – 4th generation)
  • Overall width (mm): 1,475 (2nd – 4th generation)
  • Overall height (mm): 1,630 (4th generation)
  • Wheelbase (mm): 2,390 (3rd generation)
  • Wheelbase (mm): 2,490 (4th generation)[3]

Various Styles[edit]

Variations on this model include the Grand Move, Move Latte and Move Custom. Move Custom versions have been available in all generations of Move, it features a sportier look than does the original Move and is often equipped with sport rims and bodykits. The 1999-2004 Daihatsu Naked was also based on the Daihatsu Move bodyshell, although with a different fascia, body and door trim.

These are the other variations of the Move to have appeared over the years:

Daihatsu Move Latte[edit]

Daihatsu Move Latte.

A cosmetic variation of the Daihatsu Move with a target market of women in their late twenties and early thirties who frequent cafes[4] and is related to the Daihatsu Mira Gino, another kei car with distinctive retro styling which is based on the Daihatsu Mira. The name Latte means “milk” in Italian.

The Move Latte was launched on August 23, 2004. On June 2, 2005, Daihatsu launched a two sporty versions of the Move Latte, the Cool and Cool Turbo. Then, on June 4, 2007, two facelifted versions of both the Move Latte and the Move Latte Cool were launched. The Move Latte was discontinued in March 2009.

Daihatsu Move Conte[edit]

Daihatsu Move Conte.

Another cosmetic variation of the Move, the Move Conte, was launched in August 2008. It has a box-shaped appearance similar to the first generation Toyota bB (Scion xB) but since it is a kei car it is much smaller than the bB. It produces 58 PS (43 kW) in the standard model and 64 PS (47 kW) in the turbocharged model.[5] The Move Conte was also available in a Custom model.

In September 2011, a Toyota version of the Daihatsu Move Conte, the Pixis Space, was launched. The Move Conte, along with the Pixis Space, were discontinued in March 2017. The Move Canbus replaced the Move Conte, while the Pixis Space was later replaced by the Pixis Joy, a rebadged Daihatsu Cast.

Daihatsu Move Canbus[edit]

Daihatsu Move Canbus.

Another variation of the Move, the Move Canbus, was launched in September 2016. The car borrows its overall design from the Daihatsu Hinata concept, which was first showcased at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. The Move Canbus features a distinctive retro styling with a two-tone color combination, whose has a similar apperance to the Volkswagen Type 2, but being a kei car itself, it is considerably smaller. While the Move Canbus being based on the Daihatsu Tanto, it adopted sliding doors for the first time in the Move series.


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  3. ^ "News". Daihatsu. 2006-10-05. Archived from the original on 2012-02-12. Retrieved 2011-12-11.
  4. ^ "Auto News Briefly on Daihatsu Move Latte". Accessmylibrary.com. 2004-08-30. Retrieved 2011-12-11.
  5. ^ Lysaght, Mike (2008-08-27). "Move Over, Nissan Cube: Daihatsu Introduces Move Conte Minicar in Japan". Edmunds Inside Line. Edmunds Inc. Archived from the original on 2009-02-15.

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