Daihatsu Motor Co., Ltd. is commonly known as Daihatsu. It is a Japanese auto manufacturer. It is one of the oldest existent international combustion engine manufacturers. It is headquartered in Ikeda, Osaka, and japan. Daihatsu is famous for three-wheeled and off-road vehicles. It provides an array of Kei cars, trucks, and vans. Daihatsu is a division of Toyota. Its total assets reached 948 billion RMB in 2020. The number of employees was around 13 thousand as of April 2021. Its overseas markets include Asia, the US, Europe, Africa, and Oceania. Its factories and plants are in many parts of the world.
Daihatsu has a long story of over 100 years. Its origin dates back to 1907. it was Hatsudoki Seizo Co. Ltd. It was founded in March 1952 under this brand name. In the early years, it focused on making engines. Until the 1930s, it started to change. On the one hand, it was affected by other big car manufacturers. On the other hand, it saw a growing demand for three-wheel vehicles from plants and distribution companies. Daihatsu decided to focus on automobile production. It launched the first vehicle called the Daihatsu. They were very popular. After the war, it expanded into mini and compact cars. In the 1950s, the Midget helped it enter more markets like Thailand and Indonesia.