Autocar Daihatsu Copen set to return

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    copen. Daihatsu's Kei car to make a return, say sources, likely to re-start Honda Beat rivalryDaihatsu is planning a comeback for its Copen roadster, according to Autocar sources.
    The new model would revive its rivalry with the Honda Beat roadster, which is also reportedly making a return.
    The original Copen was built to meet Japan’s strict ‘Kei car’ rules, which limit the vehicle’s size (just 3.4 metres long and 1.49 metres wide) and fix the engine capacity at 660cc.
    It's not yet known wheter a revived Copen would still conform to those rules.
    The Copen was built between 2002 and 2012 and was, unlike the Beat, officially imported into the UK. The concept was officially unveiled at the Tokyo motor show in 1999. The car received several upgrades and updates during its lifetime, including two new trim levels announced in 2005 alongside a new 1.3-litre engine option.
    Production of the Copen was halted in August last year, with the final 500 cars produced being sold as limited edition 10th anniversary models.
    In its original 660cc guise, the Copen produced 66bhp and 74lb ft of torque, with a top speed of 110mph and a 0-62mph sprint time of 11.7 seconds.