Toyota ends production of the Daihatsu Copen, the only convertible kei car still on the Japan market.
Daihatsu Copen is a small two-seat roadster which features a 1.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. At the beginning the model was a favorite among customers for being just downright fun, but it seems that after 10 years of production customers have changed their opinion.
As a result Toyota announced that it discontinues the line with no apparent plans to replace it. However, a 10th anniversary edition is reportedly in the works, with production limited to just 500 units. In 2011 Copen sold 2,000 units, which represents a full quarter of production.
The model was unveiled in 1999 at Tokyo Motor Show, as the Daihatsu Copen concept. It was originally designed with a 660 cc turbocharged engine in order to meet Japanese kei car regulations, but it also came with a more powerful 1.3 L engine for the other countries to meet the environmental emissions standards.
On January 13th , 2011, Daihatsu announced that it would withdraw the Copen from the European market effective from January 31st 2013 due to the ongoing strength of the Japanese Yen. But on April 2nd 2012, the company declared that Copen production would cease in August 2012 with the final 500 cars being limited 10th Anniversary editions.