The Daihatsu Midget is a single-seat mini-truck made bi Japanese automaker Daihatsu. Several distinct vehicles hae borne the Midget name over the years, but all hae haed in common a single-seat utilitarian design, wi an enclosed or semi-enclosed cab.
Midget I[edit | edit source]
The original Midget featured a single seat, a doorless cab, an handlebar steering. In 1957 the DK Midget wis introduced. The engine wis an air-cooled 2-stroke design o 250 cc which produced 10 hp.
In 1959 the MP Midget wis introduced - updated wi such features as a steering wheel, doors, an seatin for twa. The engine wis an air-cooled 2-stroke design o 305 cc which produced 12 hp.
Subsequent revisions tae the MP design wur made, resulting in the model MP4 (which featured a lairger cargo bed than the original model) an finally the MP5 (which introduced automatic oil mixin for the 2 stroke engine) which remained in production until 1972.
By 1972 336,534 units haed been produced, an production wis terminated because o the fallin popularity o three wheeled models tae more modern fower wheeled models.
The Midget I haes also been sold ootside Japan as the "Bajaj", "Tri-Mobile", or "Bemo". It is ane o the first caurs manufactured bi the Japanese automaker Daihatsu, known for its low cost, practical vehicles. Almost exclusively uised as an autorickshaw (or 'tuk-tuk') the Midget wis also a well kent icon o public transportation in Sooth Asie. Na meant for performance, this obscure vehicle does weave through lairger traffic well, despite the fact that it anerlie haes three wheels. These original tuk-tuks ar a little harder tae find in modern times.
In Thailand the Midget MP4 is still in production as an Chinnaraje Midget in Chiang Mai an as an TukTuk Midget MP4 in Bangkok. The facelifted version, kent as MP5 is also still manufactured bi the TukTuk (Thailand) Co., Ltd. in Bangkok.
Midget II[edit | edit source]
Frae 1996 tae 2001, Daihatsu manufactured a fower wheeled kei Midget with fower-wheel drive or air conditionin as options. As Kei caurs, they wur equipped with 660 cc engines.
The Midget II (Japanese: Daihatsu Midget) wis introduced as a concept at the 1993 Tokyo Motor Show. There ar 2 types o engines available, differentiated bi the injection type, ane being electronic. Baith ar identical in width an height, but the EFI (Electronic Fuel Injection) version is shorter bi 75mm. They ar available in ane seater or 2 seater, with automatic an manual transmissions available.
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