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Until a few weeks ago, the last bat-squeak we’d heard from the rarefied world of convertible kei cars was the 2002 Daihatsu Copen. Then the Honda S660 concept came along. Followed shortly (geddit?) by the Suzuki X-Lander. Now there’s this follow-up to the ‘02 model, the Daihatsu Kopen.

There are two versions, both bound for the 2013 Tokyo motor show - the blue RMZ roadster, and the green, niche-shattering SUV-inspired XMZ. As per protocol, both have a 660cc engine - a forced-induction three-pot mated to a CV transmission. Size-wise, it’s exactly the same as the old one (to fit with stringent Kei regs) - that’s 3,395mm long (145mm shorter than a VW Up) and 1,475mm wide.

Thing is, Daihatsu recently pulled out of the European market due to slow sales. Reckon the new Kopen - if it got built - would kick-start more love for the brand? Or would you prefer to get your small-engine open-top kicks with something like the Caterham Seven 160?

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