Did you know that Daihatsu is Japan's oldest manufacturer of cars? While manufacture commenced in 1951 and by the 1960s Daihatsu was already seen on the road in Europe, this particular auto was not popular until the 1980s. Its hallmark car was to be a run-around or what is known in Japanese as a 'kei' car, distributed by Toyota in North America. In January 2011, Daihatsu announced it would pull out of Europe by 2013. It cited the persistently strong yen as its main export barrier. Daihatsu's sales in Europe had plummeted from 58,000 in 2007 before the financial crisis, to 12,000 in 2011. Despite the fact that Daihatsu is known for its pootling cars, it launched a turbocharged D-X with a .66 litre engine in 2011 too in Tokyo!