Hatsudoki Seizo Co., Ltd. established for the manufacture and sales of internal combustion engines. 1930
Production of 3-wheel vehicles begun. 1951
Company name changed to Daihatsu Motor Co., Ltd. 1957
Midget compact 3-wheel vehicle marketed. 1967
Business tie-up signed with Toyota Motor Co., Ltd., and Toyota Motor Sales Co., Ltd. 1977
Charade (993cc) passenger car marketed. 1981
Cuore marketed. 1984
CKD production of Daihatsu 850 Cab/Cab Van models begun in China (October).
KD production of Hijet in Tianjin, China started (November). 1985
Accumulated automobile production exceeded 10,000,000. 1986
CKD production of the Charade begun in China (November). 1989
Applause marketed. 1990
Daihatsu entered into a technical cooperation agreement with Asia Motors Co., Inc. of Korea. 1992
Daihatsu entered into a new joint venture with P.T. Daihatsu Indonesia (January).
Local production of the Hijet (joint venture with Piaggio V.E.) begun in Italy (December). 1993
Charade GTti captured a 1st place win in class A-7 and 5th place overall in the 41st Safari Rally.
Accumulated sales of electric vehicles exceeded 7,000 units. 1994
Cumulative engine production hit the 10 million mark.
Joint venture production of Malaysia's Second National Car, Kancil, (based Cuore) begun (August). 1995
New Zebra Espass marketed in Indonesia in April.
New mini passenger car Move marketed in Japan (August). 1996
Production of Malaysia's National 1-Box Car, Rusa, begun (April).
Production of the Hijet started in Vietnam.
New light commercial vehicle Midget II marketed in Japan (April).
A technical assistance agreement signed between Daihatsu and Liuzhou Wuling Motor Co., Ltd., in Liuzhou, Guangxi Zhuangzu Autonomous District, China.
Compact Wagon Pyzar (Gran Move) marketed.
Accumulated production of industrial engines exceeded 1 million units. 1997
Daihatsu celebrated its 90th anniversary.
Compact 4WD Terios marketed.
Accumulated light vehicle production exceeded 10,000,000.
Accumulated production of the Kancil in Malaysia exceeded 100,000. 1998
New passenger car Sirion marketed.
Production of Malaysia's National 4WD vehicle Kembara started.
Kyoto plant obtained ISO 14001 Authentication.
Cumulative vehicle production hit the 20 million mark. 1999
Tada Plant obtained ISO 9001 Authentication.
Light passenger car Atrai Wagon marketed.
Production of Taruna begun in Indonesia.
Light passenger car NAKED marketed. 2000
Head (Ikeda) Plant obtained ISO 14001 Authentication.
Shiga (Ryuo) Plant obtained ISO 14001 Authentication.
Passenger car Altis marketed.
Production of Cuore begun in Pakistan.
Production of Malaysia's national car Kenari started.
Compact wagon Atrai 7 marketed.
Small passenger car YRV marketed.
Accumulated sales of electric vehicles exceeded 8,000 units.
Tada Plant obtained ISO 14001 Authentication. 2001
CNG stand Eco-Station opened in front of Daihatsu headquarters in Ikeda.
Production of light passenger car Move exceeded 1 million units.
Production and sales of Kelisa national car in Malaysia started.
Generation of direct-landfill waste from all domestic production plants approached zero. (Daihatsu's definition : less than 1% of FY1990)
High-performance TOPAZ catalyst developed.
Light passenger car MAX marketed.
Production of Terios national car started in Venezuela as joint Daihatsu-Toyota operation. 2002
Holding company Perodua Auto Corporation Sdn. Bhd. established in Malaysia.
Light passenger car Copen marketed.
Intelligent Catalyst developed that self-regenerates its precious metal component. 2003
New Kagami Plant for industrial engine manufacturing completed.
Terios production started in China.
Light passenger car Tanto marketed.
A car jointly developed by Daihatsu and Toyota, Xenia, marketed in Indonesia. 2004
New small passenger car Boon, jointly developed with Toyota, marketed.
Daihatsu achieves practical application of the Rapid Catalyst Activation System, the world's first ion-sensing ignition control system.
Daihatsu Auto Body Co., Ltd. Oita (Nakatsu) Plant begins operations. 2005
Production of DELTA started in Colombia.
Myvi launched as National Car in Malaysia.Source: Daihatsu