It’s Daihatsu’s tradition to have JDM special exhibits at Indonesia’s motor shows. They are not previews or possibilities, just pure showcars to add variety to the floor. The cute and/or quirky Japanese specials, usually kei-cars, are popular curios – for GIIAS 2017, Daihatsu brought in modified versions of the Canbus and Thor models.

Launched last year in Japan, the Daihatsu Canbus is a van-style kei-car targeted at women. The standard car is cute like a soft toy and comes in pastel colours, but this red showcar has been modded with bits that all guys would approve of. It’s still cute, but the 658cc box appears a lot more sporty with D-Sport’s catalogue of parts.

A new bumper with mesh inserts, black headlamp housings and a black grille are the changes up front. The lowered car rides on gold 16-inch D-Sport wheels, wrapped with Bridgestone UHP rubber. There are “gills” on the front wings and the lower car has been painted black for a two-tone look. Triple pipes, a square cut bumper and a roof spoiler wrap up the extreme exterior makeover.

The interior follows the red-black theme of the exterior – the seats, door trim, dashboard trim and steering wheel (a Momo unit) all feature the racy hue.

The modded Canbus is mild compared to the Thor, which looks like a mini Vellfire and more. No surprise then that the Thor’s design concept is “Little Giant”.

This showcar is based on the Thor Custom G turbo (1.0 litre turbo, this isn’t a kei-car), which has the huge multi-plated grille and aggressive bumper you see here as standard. To that, D-Sport added mirror chrome finish to the front and back, and LED light bars on the front side intakes. Like the Canbus, it’s significantly lowered and rides on big 17-inch wheels. Blue contrast is used on the roof and rims.

The VIP-style Daihatsu was trying to achieve is garnished by the snake-skin leather on the seats.

GALLERY: Daihatsu Canbus


GALLERY: Daihatsu Thor