Daihatsu Ceria (Perodua Kancil)

Zaheer August 29, 2011 0

A city vehicle manufactured and sold by Malaysian automobile company Perodua. It was first appeared in August 1994 and basically a badge-engineered version of the third generation Daihatsu Mira. It was marketed as Perodua Nippa in British while Daihatsu Ceria in Indonesian market.


After the establishment of Perodua in 1992, the Kancil was known to be the first production vehicle produced by the company. This 5-door hatchback featured a monocoque framework and could easily accommodate five passengers. In its true sense, it was a modified variant of the Daihatsu Mira L200 like many previous models. The concept of badge engineering was very common in Malaysian automotive industry, dated back in 1985 when an automaker Proton started producing cars built on the discontinued models of Mitsubishi Motors.

The succeeding models of Kancil were only the modified versions with some cosmetic and engine tweaks as Perodua opted to stick with the monocoque construction.

The term Kancil is taken from the mouse deer (chevrotain) indigenous to Malaysia.

Reception and Production

The Kancil was launched in Malaysia in 1994 and instantly turned out to be a great success in the Malaysian market, particularly among amateur drivers. It was one of the first choices at Malaysian driving schools. Its small size and better fuel economy were the other factors behind its popularity. The 50,000th unit of Kancil was appeared in December 1995. Its popularity kept on rising on the graph with every passing year as about 100,000 units of Kancils had been produced until 1997, which were reached to 250,000 by the end of 1999.

The UK market received the Kancil as Perodua Nippa until it was taken over by the later Perodua Kelisa. In the Indonesian market, it was sold as a rebadged version under Daihatsu Ceria name from 2000 to 2006.

Facelifts and Replacement

Two facelift models of Kancil were produced. The first one appeared in 1997 which offered a better integrated support for the larger grille and more rounded turning signal lights. The second facelift was released in 2000. This facelift featured body-colored side moldings, revised front bumper featuring larger indicators and a revised grille.

As of 2002, the Kancil received some more tweaks and modifications such as round headlamps, taillights and bumpers. The license plate was also repositioned lower the bumper on its hatch. It also received some interior modifications as well. The dashboard was redesigned with an instrumentation panel mounted on the middle very identical to the one seen in Toyota Yaris. It was mechanically similar to previous versions with an exception of EZi automatic transmission. An SE version of Kancil was also offered from July 2005 on.

The Kancil was replaced by the Perodua Viva version called the Perodua Viva 660BX available only in a manual transmission on July 20, 2009.

United Kingdom

The September 1997 saw the introduction Perodua Nippa in the UK. The Nippa remained in sale for four years before the Perodua Kelisa replaced it there. The Nippa was available at the price of £5,000 (reduced to £4,999 in 1999) in UK.


Three different versions of Kancil were offered including: the Kancil 660EX featuring 659 cc 3-cylinder carbureted inline engine mated to a 5-speed manual transmission; the Kancil 850EX featuring 847 cc 3-cylinder carbureted inline engine mated to a 5-speed manual transmission; and the Kancil 850EZi featuring 847 cc 3-cylinder fuel-injected inline engine mated either to a 5-speed manual or 3-speed automatic transmission.

End of Production

After remaining in production for over fifteen years, Perodua decided to end the production of Kancil on July 20, 2009.

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