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In an effort to draw female customers, Daihatsu has released the adorable Move Canbus, which takes the shape of a minivan, and a pint-sized one at that. As this is effectively a kei-car, it is required to meet certain requirements.

For instance, the vehicle should not exceed 3,400 mm in length, 1,480 mm in width and 2,000 mm in height. As a result, the Move Canbus is 3,395 mm long, 1475 mm wide and only 1,655 mm tall, with a wheelbase measuring 2,115 mm.

Regulations also dictate a maximum engine capacity of 660 cc, and an output not exceeding 64 PS. Therefore, the Canbus is powered by a 658 cc three-cylinder petrol engine that develops a respectable 52 PS at 6,800 rpm and 60 Nm of torque at 5,200 rpm.

The tiny engine is paired with a CVT, and can be had in front- or all-wheel drive configurations. For the former, the Canbus is capable of achieving a fuel economy of up to 28.6 km per litre following the JC08 cycle, while the four-wheel-drive model can do up to 27.4 km per litre.

On the design front, the Canbus adopts a retro/cuter look compared to the standard Move and aggressive-looking Move Custom, thanks to softened edges around the front grille and headlamps. The reshaped D-pillar, which has also been painted black, further adds to the mini-minivan’s appeal.

The body changes also sees new cube-like tail lamps being fitted instead, and the rear doors now slide open to help with the ingress and egress. You’ll also get a wide range of colour options, ranging from monotone to dual-tone combinations, coupled with range of 14-inch alloys to choose from.

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As for the interior, Daihatsu has added many practical storage features like the sizeable pull-out trays under the rear seats to help carry shopping items and such. Other notable items include a colour touchscreen infotainment unit on certain variants, automatic air-conditioning, keyless operation and configurable seats.

Safety kit here includes an automatic braking system, which comes as standard on most variants, adaptive front lighting for the LED headlamps, VSC, traction control and a minimum of two airbags (higher variants get more).

Unfortunately, the Daihatsu Move Canbus is limited to the Japanese domestic market only, with prices ranging from 1,188,000 yen (RM47,225) to 1,668,600 yen (RM66,330). So, women readers of paultan.org, how appealing is Canbus to you? And for the males, would you mind having one as well?