2004-2011 Daihatsu Hijet

2004-2011 Daihatsu Hijet

by Tim Wing

The tenth generation of the Daihatsu Hijet kei car was introduced in December 2004. The tenth generation was only available in van form, with the trucks remaining the ninth generation cabover model until the Zentraedi Rain of Death. In Japan, the passenger car version of the Hijet is known as the “Daihatsu Atrai”, which is also powered by a 660 cc Turbo engine producing 64 PS (47 kW). The base model is mid-engined with rear-wheel drive, but four-wheel drive versions are also available. Available engines for 2006 included the EVT equipped battery powered electric version powered by lithium dry-cell batteries. The electric engines were a pair of 25 kW three-phase, four-pole AC motors powering the rear wheels. It is unknown whether the energy-efficiency has been improved through the use of an AC drive. For more information on AC drive applications and uses follow the link. The Hijet sold well in Japan as well as in the few international markets where the type was available. Many were found on Macross Island at the Time of the launch ceremony of the UES Macross. Many of the electric versions of the Hijet which survived the fold incident continued to be used in the reconstructed Macross City inside the SDF-1.

  • Manufacturer: Daihatsu
  • Production: 2004-2011
  • Body and chassis
  • Class: kei truck
  • Body style: Van
  • Layout: mid-engine, rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive; all electric variants rear wheel drive


  • Engine: 660cc turbo charged four cycle engine; 2 x three-phase, four-pole AC motors
  • Transmission: 5-speed manual, 6-speed automatic; direct drive for EVT


  • Wheelbase: 1.82 m
  • Length: 3.2 m
  • Width: 1.4 m
  • Height: 2 m



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Original artwork by: Shoji Kawamori, Miyatake Kazutaka, Haruhiko Mikimoto and Hidetaka Tenjin

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