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  Daihatsu UFE2

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Country of origin:Japan
Produced in:2003
Introduced at:2003 Tokyo Motor Show
Source:Company press release
Last updated:Before December 1st, 2004
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Click here to download printer friendly versionFirst seen at last year's Tokyo Motor Show, the UFE2 hybrid has been verified as the world's most efficient four-seater with the lowest ever recorded drag coefficient of 0.19 Cd. Standing for 'Ultra Fuel Economy' - the aluminium and composite-bodied minicar weighs only 570 kg and has a pleasingly tapered, teardrop shape with twin gull-wing doors hinged in the centre of the roof. The spacious four-seat interior is equally futuristic, with a central control unit housing all the major controls including a steer-by-wire system which replaces the conventional steering wheel.

Power is via a low-polluting three-cylinder 660 cc direct-injection petrol engine linked to a compact, lightweight generator and permanent electric motor. The UFE2's secondary batteries are advanced nickel-metal hydride and the gearbox is an automatic CVT (continually variable transmission). Strictly monitored tests have recorded an astonishing 170 mpg-plus for the UFE2 - equivalent to travelling 60 km on one litre of fuel.

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