Since August 1995, the Japanese manufacturer Daihatsu is producing a kei car, called the Daihatsu Move. The design of the car is nothing less than any of the compact cars, i.e. tall and high. The Move proved to be a great success for the Daihatsu as it sold over 500,000 units in the initial three years after its launch. The Move shared its chassis with the Daihatsu Cuore, though it features a relatively taller design. Both first (L600) and second generation Move (L900) built on the similar chassis. The third generation Move (L150/160) was released in 2002.
The fourth generation Move was launched with a KFVE type non-turbo engine mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT) in October 2006. Compared to previous generations, this model offered improved acceleration as well as a better fuel efficiency of 23km/L. Among the kei cars, the fourth generation Move is the one that offered side curtain airbags as an option, while these were offered for the first time in Honda Zest.
Apart from the 660 cc engine, the other available options for the export markets are the 850 cc and 1000 cc engines.
The Malaysian automaker Perodua also produces a Move variant under Kenari name.
The FAW Tianjin, a joint venture between the First Automobile Works and Toyota introduced a petrol as well as electrical version of the Move in China. The electrical version is also shipped in United States under Miles ZX40 name.
The European market also received the first two generations of Move and marketed under names used in Japanese market. However, the unsatisfactory sales forced the Daihatsu not to export third and fourth generation in European market.
Several different variants of Move are produced, such as Grand Move, Move Latte and Move Custom. Out of the three, the Move Custom version has been offered in all the four generations of Move. Compared to Move, the Move Custom is much sportier in appearance and features sport rims and bodykits.
Some of the other versions which have introduced throughout the production of Move are:
Daihatsu Move Latte
This variation is particularly designed to target the women customers aged in their twenties and thirties. The Move Latte is built on the Daihatsu Mira Gino, a kei vehicle known for its retro-styled features and itself built on the Daihatsu Mira.
On August 23, 2004, the Move Latte made its debut and a year later, two sporty variants of Move Latter were introduced by Daihatsu, i.e. the Cool and the Cool Turbo.
Daihatsu Move Conte
In August 2008, Daihatsu introduced another cosmetic variant of the Move. It was very identical to the Scion xB, but certainly smaller in size being a kei car. It is also offered in Custom trim.
The Naked is only offered in Japan featuring redesigned fascia, body and door trims. It is available in a wide range of trim levels as well as optional refinements.