Perodua Kancil

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Perodua Kancil
Perodua Kancil (first generation) (front), Kuala Lumpur.jpg
Manufacturer Perodua
Also called Perodua Nippa (U.K.)
Daihatsu Ceria (Indonesia)
Production 1994–2009
722,223 built
Body and chassis

Kei car

City car
Body style 5-door hatchback
Layout FF layout
Related Daihatsu Mira (3rd generation)
Engine 659 cc Daihatsu EF-CL SOHC I3
849 cc Daihatsu ED-10 SOHC I3
849 cc Daihatsu ED-DE DOHC I3
Transmission 4/5-speed manual
3-speed automatic
Wheelbase 2,280 mm (89.8 in)
Length 3,395 mm (133.7 in)
Width 1,405 mm (55.3 in)
Height 1,415 mm (55.7 in)
Curb weight 650–690 kg (1,430–1,520 lb)
Successor Perodua Kelisa
2001-2003 Daihatsu Ceria
2003-2009 Perodua Kancil

The Perodua Kancil (also known as the Perodua Nippa in the United Kingdom, and Daihatsu Ceria in Indonesia) is a city car manufactured by Malaysian automobile manufacturer Perodua from August 1994 to 2009.[1] The Kancil is a rebadged third generation Daihatsu Mira.


The Kancil was Perodua's first car after its founding in 1992.[1] It is a small five-door hatchback vehicle on a monocoque framework that can seat five people. The Kancil, like its predecessors, is a slightly modified Daihatsu Mira L200; rebadging is common in Malaysia's automotive industry, having begun in 1985 with car maker Proton, which based its cars on retired models of Mitsubishi Motors. Subsequent Kancils were only rejuvenated cosmetically as Perodua maintained the monocoque structure and tweaked its engines.

The Kancil is named after the mouse deer (chevrotain) native to Malaysia. The car was available with two engines, a 660 cc version with 31 PS (23 kW) and an 850 with 37 PS (27 kW). Four- or five-speed manual transmissions were available (four-speed was not available in the 850) or a three-speed automatic.[2]

Reception and production[edit]

Following its release in 1994, the Kancil became an instant success in Malaysia. The Kancil is popular with beginner drivers and is commonly used in Malaysian driving schools. It was also preferable for its fuel efficiency and ease of parking due to its size. In December 1995, Perodua produced its 50,000th Kancil. By January 1997, 100,000 Kancils had been manufactured, and by 1999 250,000 had been built. Average monthly production during its fifteen years was 4,000, with October 2002 being the most successful month with 7,700 built.[3] In total 722,223 Kancils were built, of which around 14,000 were exported.[3]

The Kancil was sold in the United Kingdom as the Perodua Nippa before it was eventually replaced by Perodua Kelisa. It was also sold rebadged in Indonesia as the Daihatsu Ceria. The Ceria, meaning "happy" or "cheerful" in Indonesian, was introduced at the 11th Gaikindo Auto Expo in Jakarta in July 2001.[4] It had been preceded the year before by the Daihatsu KX-P "concept car" - a standard Kancil equipped with a leather and wood interior.[5] The Ceria was only available with the larger 850 cc engine with a carburettor and 37 PS (27 kW), in two equipment levels: the base model KL and the more extra-spec KX, which received a chromed grille.[6] It was discontinued in 2006.

Facelifts and replacement[edit]

The original Kancil underwent two minor facelifts. In 1997, the car's grille and bumpers were better integrated to support to a larger grille and rounded indicator lights. In 2000, the car was given another slight facelift consisting of body-coloured side mouldings, a new grille and reprofiled front bumper with larger indicators.

The Kancil received more extensive restyling in September 2002,[1] featuring rounder headlights, taillights and bumpers; its rear license plate was also repositioned onto its hatch from the bumper below. Its interior features a flushed dashboard with the combination instrumentation panel placed in the middle similar to that of the Toyota Yaris. However, it is still mechanically identical to its predecessor, except for the EZi automatic transmission option which is given a fuel-injected powerplant. From July 2005 a tuned Kancil SE version was also available.[1]

Production of Kancil ceased on 20 July 2009 and replaced by the basic model of Perodua Viva known as Perodua Viva 660BX which comes in manual transmission only.

In Indonesia, the Daihatsu Ceria was later superseded in 2014 by a spiritual successor, Daihatsu Ayla, which is a rebadged variant of the Toyota Agya city car.

United Kingdom[edit]

The Perodua Nippa was launched in the United Kingdom in September 1997, and priced at just over £5,000 (cut to £4,999 in 1999) it was the cheapest new car on sale there until it was replaced by the Kelisa four years later.[7]


The Kancil was sold in three variants:


  1. ^ a b c d World of Cars 2006·2007. Warsaw, Poland: Media Connection Sp. z o.o. 2006. p. 203. 
  2. ^ Hasrine, Eddie. "Kancil Specifications". Mira/Kancil Turbo Site. Retrieved 2013-01-13. 
  3. ^ a b Mahalingam, Eugene (2009-07-21). "Perodua on track to achieve 2009 sales target". The Star. Malaysia: Star Publications (M) Bhd. Retrieved 2013-01-13. 
  4. ^ Harsanto, Damar (2001-07-21). "Auto expo goes ahead despite political showdown". Jakarta Post. Jakarta, Indonesia: PT. Bina Media Tenggara: 3. Retrieved 2013-01-13. 
  5. ^ "Press Information: KX-P" (PDF). Astra Daihatsu Motor. 2000. Retrieved 2013-01-13. 
  6. ^ "Press Information: Ceria" (PDF). Astra Daihatsu Motor. 2001. p. 3. Retrieved 2013-01-13. 
  7. ^ Enright, Andy (2004-08-04). "Perodua Nippa (1997-2001): Malaysian Invasion". Yahoo! Cars. Yahoo! Inc. 

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