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Daihatsu introduced the Applause in 1989 to compete in the small-segment market with a vehicle that was half a three-box sedan and half a hatchback.

Being the oldest internal combustion engine manufacturer in Japan didn't make it an excellent carmaker. Still, it had some decent results with a few models, such as the Charade or the Rocky off-road vehicle. But it was not enough, and the company's management decided to come with something different, and that was the Applause.

From the outside, the Applause looked like a regular, small-size sedan, but it wasn't. At the front, it featured two horizontal headlights that didn't go around the corner, like most of the other cars from that era. Its turn signals were placed on the wrapped-around plastic bumper. Depending on the trim level, it sported an apron on the lower side. From its sides, the flush-mounted door handles looked good and built to improve the car's aerodynamic. In the rear, the Applause was an original design. While it looked like a three-box sedan, the trunk lid opened together with the rear window. It was like a hatchback, but with an added body element.

Inside, the carmaker followed the straight-line design concept, with a flat and low-mounted dashboard. Its center stack featured the radio and the climate control vents, the latter being on the lowest part. The instrument panel provided information about the revs and speed, along with those for the coolant temperature and fuel level. A few additional warning lights completed the necessary information about the car. A unique car feature was for the rear seats, which were tilting rearward, but they couldn't fold flat.

Under the hood, Daihatsu offered the Applause a choice of two engines and three gearboxes: a five-speed manual, a six-speed manual, and a three-speed automatic.

DAIHATSU Applause 1989 - 1992 4 Photos
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DAIHATSU Applause 1989 - 1992
  3 gasoline engines
  • 1.6L 3AT (105 HP)
  • 1.6L 5MT (105 HP)
  • 1.6L 6MT (90 HP)

DAIHATSU Applause 1.6L 3AT (105 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.6L 3AT (105 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1589 cm3
Power
77.2 KW @ 6000 RPM
105 HP @ 6000 RPM
104 BHP @ 6000 RPM
Torque
99 lb-ft @ 4800 RPM
134 Nm @ 4800 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
13.2 gallons (50.0 L)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
3-Speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
185/60/R14
DIMENSIONS
Length
167.7 in (4260 mm)
Width
65.4 in (1661 mm)
Height
54.1 in (1374 mm)
Front/rear Track
56.1/55.7 in (1,425/1,415 mm)
Wheelbase
97.2 in (2469 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.9 in (150 mm)
Cargo Volume
14.5 cuFT (411 L)

DAIHATSU Applause 1.6L 5MT (105 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.6L 5MT (105 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1589 cm3
Power
77.2 KW @ 6000 RPM
105 HP @ 6000 RPM
104 BHP @ 6000 RPM
Torque
99 lb-ft @ 4800 RPM
134 Nm @ 4800 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
13.2 gallons (50.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
115 mph (185 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
9.8 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
185/60/R14
DIMENSIONS
Length
167.7 in (4260 mm)
Width
65.4 in (1661 mm)
Height
54.1 in (1374 mm)
Front/rear Track
56.1/55.7 in (1,425/1,415 mm)
Wheelbase
97.2 in (2469 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.9 in (150 mm)
Cargo Volume
14.5 cuFT (411 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2050 lbs (930 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3131 lbs (1420 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
24 mpg US (9.8 L/100Km)

DAIHATSU Applause 1.6L 6MT (90 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.6L 6MT (90 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1589 cm3
Power
66.2 KW @ 6000 RPM
90 HP @ 6000 RPM
89 BHP @ 6000 RPM
Torque
91 lb-ft @ 4875 RPM
123 Nm @ 4875 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
13.2 gallons (50.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
109 mph (175 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
10.5 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
175/70/R13
DIMENSIONS
Length
167.7 in (4260 mm)
Width
65.4 in (1661 mm)
Height
54.1 in (1374 mm)
Front/rear Track
56.1/55.7 in (1,425/1,415 mm)
Wheelbase
97.2 in (2469 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.9 in (150 mm)
Cargo Volume
14.5 cuFT (411 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2050 lbs (930 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3131 lbs (1420 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
34.1 mpg US (6.9 L/100Km)
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