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Daihatsu Cuore

 from 1980 to 2016

Daihatsu Cuore road car

1980 : Generation 1


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Daihatsu Cuore   (1980-1985)

1986 : Generation 2


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The second generation (L70) Mira/Cuore appeared in August 1985.
It had a longer wheelbase and a new generation of three-cylinder engines replacing the previous two-cylinder (AB) versions.
Displacement of the new EB engines remained exactly the same, at 547 cc.
For the export versions an 847 cc three-cylinder was developed, called ED-10.
In September 1986 a special version for the Swiss market appeared, with a narrower bore version displacing 796 cc (called ED-10A).
Unlike the fractionally larger standard version, this one suited the four tax horsepower category in certain cantons, while other cantons had prominent tax limits at 800 cc. As for the domestic Japanese market versions, there were commercial versions (Mira) sold alongside passenger car versions (Cuore).
The commercials had temporary rear seats which fold completely flat, and are easily recognized by luggage rails in the rear side windows.
As for the previous generation, a version with switchable four-wheel drive was available for the "Van" version (chassis code L71V).
The engines were originally carburetted, and either naturally aspirated or turbocharged (with intercooler).
These offered 38 PS (28 kW) and 52 PS (38 kW) respectively.
The turbo version was only available as a Mira (three-door commercial), and was introduced two months after the regular version.
Transmissions were either four- or five-speed manuals, with a two-speed automatic also available for the atmospheric versions. In January 1986, a five-door "Van" (Mira) version was added.
A "Walk-Through Van" version, using the regular bonnet combined with near square rear bodywork, appeared two months later.
In August 1987, the Mira/Cuore received a minor facelift with a new grille and bonnet, as well as some other detail changes all making for a smoother appearance overall.
Two months later a permanent four-wheel-drive version was made available in the turbocharged version.
After having undergone another minor change in October 1988, Japanese production of the L70 series ended when the new 660 cc L200 version was introduced in March 1990 in response to new regulations for the kei class.
This also marked the end of the division of the line into Mira and Cuore, as the Cuore nameplate was retired in Japan with the introduction of the new model. Daihatsu's Thai arm carried on producing the L70 series after it was replaced in Japan.
In addition to the regular version, they also developed a ute version for the pickup-hungry Thai domestic market from 1991 to 1995, called Mira P1.
This was built with a pickup bed, tail gate and redesigned taillights.
Coming full circle, and mirroring the development of the SUV, Daihatsu also developed the Mira P4: a roofed four-seater wagon version of this micro-ute.
Some P4s retained the pickup's fold down tailgate, adding a top-hinged glass, while some had a top-hinged one-piece tailgate.
Later, there was an extended cab 2+2-seater ute ("Daihatsu Miracab") and also a hatchback with an enlarged rear end, called the "Mint".
While using the smaller engines as per the Japanese market, these were too long to be classified as true kei cars.


Daihatsu Cuore  L70 (1986-1990)

1994 : Generation 3


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Production of the L500 Miras started in September 1994.
The design of the car was slightly altered throughout but retained a look similar to that of the L200.
The L500 Mira was badged outside of Japan primarily as the L501 Cuore.
The 200 serie's Mira ceased sales in Japan but continued in some other markets, where it received the same engine updates as did the export market L500. In the Japanese market the "Mira Moderno", a separate range of cars (non-commercials) was added in October 1995.
This range received a minor facelift in May 1996, which was extended to the rest of the range in May 1997.
In August 1997 the Mira Classic was added, a retro-look version.
The Classic was available with naturally aspirated engines (40 PS/29 kW as a front-wheel drive, 55 PS/40 kW with 4WD) or a turbocharged option with 64 PS (47 kW).
The Classic was not replaced, instead being succeeded by the Mira Gino.
In January 1998, in cooperation with Sanrio, a "Hello Kitty" version of the Mira Moderno appeared.
This was available in pastel colors and received various Hello Kitty details throughout the car, such as a Hello Kitty ignition key. The L500 was Daihatsu's first kei class vehicle to feature a four-cylinder engine, with the option of the new JB series engine.
When equipped with this engine, the model code became L502.
The range of models available in the 200 platform more or less carried over to the 500 series.
One change was that the export versions received fuel injection as standard, which brought the output of the 847 cc engine up by one, to 42 PS (31 kW).
This engine was called the ED-20.
The four-speed manual was no longer available, but a four-speed automatic joined the existing three-speed version in the domestic Japanese market.
In November 1996 a twin-cam, 12-valve version of the 847 cc three-cylinder was also made available.
This, the ED-DE, produced 50 PS (37 kW) at 5,500 rpm. In Australia the L500 Mira was sold as the Daihatsu Charade Centro.
The model remains in production today only in Pakistan, as the Daihatsu Cuore.
The L500 has rolled off the assembly line of Toyota Indus Motor Company since 2000, with the 847 cc carburetor engine (ED-10) which has been used in export models since 1986.


Daihatsu Cuore  L500 (1994-1998)

1999 : Generation 4


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The fifth generation Cuore received the chassis code L700, with L710 being used for four-wheel-drive versions.
The new model appeared in the fall of 1998.
While the engines of cars sold in the domestic Japanese market had to stay beneath the 660 cc threshold, export versions received a new larger engine: the 989 cc EJ-DE was a 12-valve DOHC three-cylinder, producing 56 PS (41 kW) at 5,200 rpm.
Also new for export models was the availability of a three-speed automatic.
For some markets the 850 cc ED-DE engine was retained. Production of the L700 Mira was picked up in Malaysia in 2001, where it was sold alongside the Kancil as the Perodua Kelisa with the familiar Daihatsu E-series engines of 850 & 1000 cc.
Perodua ended production of the model in 2007. A retro version of the Daihatsu Mira based on the L700 platform began production in 1999, replacing the preceding Mira Classic.
The Mira Gino received features and options similar to those of the regular variant but was styled with a retro look.
The Mira Gino was originally only offered with a 659 cc engine in Japan, but the 1-litre EJ-VE engine (as for the export market L700s) was briefly available in Japan as the Mira Gino 1000.
A car based on the second generation Gino (which received its own modelcode of L650/L660) with a one-litre engine was sold as the Daihatsu Trevis in export markets.


Daihatsu Cuore  L700 (1999-2001)

2002 : Generation 5


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The L250/260 Mira, unrelated to the earlier 200-series, is the sixth generation of the car.
The car is produced as the Mira in Japan.
The L250 was labeled Daihatsu Charade in the United Kingdom.
Elsewhere this was badged and sold as the Cuore.
Export versions are L251, while L260 is used on four-wheel-drive versions (for the Japanese domestic market only).
After this was replaced in late 2006, the production line was shifted to Malaysia, where production of this car as the Perodua Viva commenced in May 2007. In Japan there is also a sportier Mira Avy version available.
The range underwent a very minor facelift in August 2005.
A special handicap friendly (Mira Friend-Matic) version appeared in November 2006.
This car could be driven directly from a special self-powered wheelchair (the "Mira Self-Matic"), with a drivers door that could open at 90 degrees and a fully automated entry and exit system.
Buyers of the Self-Matic would receive government assistance.
This version continued to be produced until August 2009.


Daihatsu Cuore   (2002-2006)

2006 : Generation 6


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Daihatsu Cuore   (2006-2016)



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