Daihatsu’s striking new Terios 4x4 sport utility makes its debut at ‘The 76th Geneva International Motor Show’ heralding an exciting new direction for the Japanese compact car specialist.
On sale in the UK in early May, the totally new Terios follows on from last year’s new Sirion in offering a strong European flavour to its styling, packaging and dynamics.
As a result, Daihatsu aims to boost European sales from the 32,000 of 2003 to 80,000 in 2008.
And so confident is parent company, Toyota, of the new Terios’s appeal that it plans to sell 1,500 per month of its version in Japan, badged ‘Rush’.
The home-market Daihatsu equivalent is named ‘Be-go’ with a monthly goal of 500 units.
Meanwhile, Daihatsu’s UK sales rose by more than 71 per cent in January - the seventh consecutive month of growth. Traditionally its best seller, Daihatsu expects the new Terios to regain this position although there are already worldwide supply constraints due to its success in Japan.
The new Terios UK line-up will comprise the Terios 1.5 S available in Black Mica only at £12,995 on-the-road, the higher-spec 1.5 SX at £14,295 OTR - expected to be the best-seller - and the 1.5 SE automatic at £14,995 OTR.
The latter two models are offered in Black Mica, Blue Mica, Grey Metallic, Silver Metallic or Red.Published 15 February 2006