NO MORE DAIHATSU IN UK

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Anyone know about the company that imports Daihatsus - local garage which has given up the franchise says that cars are not being imported, as this Company has run out of working capital, as a result not only of the credit crunch but the poor exchange rate ,and unless exchange rates improve by March then it can't afford to continue.

I don't know about spares.

Anyone know any more and accurate information?

Wilsofar

Any links to this? The only

Any links to this?

The only people who import these cars into the country and also serve Subaru and Mitsubishi are IM (International Motors). If this is the case then maybe Subaru and Mitsubishi will be hit by this as well Sad

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'53' Plate Yellow YRV Turbo/ '53' Plate Black Subaru Impreza WRX STi PPP
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'12' Plate Mazda MX-5 2.0 litre NC 3.5 Venture Roadster 160BHP
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Past: '53' Plate Yellow YRV Turbo Approx. 150BHP

UPDATE ON DAIHATSU SITUATION

RE DAIHATSU SURVIVAL - UPDATE

Other dealers confirm that the poor Yen exchange rate is making the cars too expensive compared with EU and UK manufactured cars where exchange rate variations are either N/A (UK) or not as dramatic and therefore no one is buying ;therefore they are not ordering any at all and sole franchises cannot therefore survive.

Same applies to other solely Japanese built cars like Subaru although these more premium brands are likely to be able to weather the price hike rather better.

Spares supply is not affected but those may be more expensive if manufactured in Japan.

I can foresee the Dealer network being decimated and only those with 2 or 3 other franchises being able to survive ,putting the Daihatsu section on hold - there is only a very limited window when the marque can be out of the public gaze before Daihatsu will be history - Remember Colt?!!!

Wilsofar

And I have talked to Daihatsu UK.

2003 Sirion Rally 4. And I love it.
Don't like the new shape Sirion much.Sorry.

I talked to Daihatsu UK today. Smile
(International Motors)

They say the rumours about no more Daihatsu in the UK are completely false.
In fact they were quite taken aback by my suggestion.
You have to remember that Daihatsu are part of Toyota.
And "IM" says they have had a good year so far with the scrappage scheme.

So now we will see.

I love the Internet and the stuff that gets spread around - dont you? Wink

BobF.

2003 Sirion Rally 4. And I love it.
Don't like the new shape Sirion much.Sorry.

That's good new Bob I would

That's good news Bob Smile

I would have thought to have seen this on my rounds on the Subaru Forums, but nothing being said.

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'53' Plate Yellow YRV Turbo/ '53' Plate Black Subaru Impreza WRX STi PPP
130BHP/305BHP

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'12' Plate Mazda MX-5 2.0 litre NC 3.5 Venture Roadster 160BHP
'15' Plate SEAT LEON 184 FR TDI. 240BHP/500nm Torque.
Past: '53' Plate Yellow YRV Turbo Approx. 150BHP

Keep Daihatsu in the UK

I really hope Daihatsu stick with UK market, They and Toyota make bloody good cars and I'm sure they will have their day when people realise that you can buy car keep it for years and only ever need normal services unlike Vauxhall- VAG etc when you need a bank loan for MoT repairs. I am a car mechanic and work on Swedish cars and GM have really dragged the quality down. Both me and my wife drive Daihatsu's and won't consider a car unless Japanese or Koren Smile . Cheers Marcus

The Dealer told me a similar

The Dealer told me a similar story!

The Daihatsu dealer I used and who bought my YRV from me, also told me that he wanted stock as IM were not importing any Daihatsu cars from Japan till January at the earliest! Shok

He was pretty angry about it and was miffed that due to lack of a Charade replacement for UK, he was losing scrappage sales to Kia and Hyundai as well. He told me that he'd lost some sales as customers had wanted new Sirions, but couldn't get them as the UK stock was being run down. It was so bad for him that he had 2nd hand cars of other makes inside in prime locations in the showroom, as he'd sold his demonstrators! He felt he was being mucked about, despite having been a Daihatsu dealer for over 35 years!:?

It doesn't sound good, to be honest.

Dealers Problems.

2003 Sirion Rally 4. And I love it.
Don't like the new shape Sirion much.Sorry.

We lost a dealer around here last year (Stoneacre) for Daihatsu's. But no one was really bothered because they were rubbish.

Another garage took over the franchise and it appears to be running well.
But it is clear all manufacturers are having tough time if it.
A mechanic friend said that all Garages make their money with guarantee repairs etc and standard repairs.
Unfortunately Daihatsu don't need to have many Guarantee repairs or standard repairs for that matter as they are so reliable.
He said he loved Fiat's and Renault's cos he made a good living repairing them. (FIAT - Fix It Again Tomorrow)

Daihatsu are seemingly having a problem with dealers as their cars are so good !!

As I said earlier - We will see.

BobF.

2003 Sirion Rally 4. And I love it.
Don't like the new shape Sirion much.Sorry.