Daihatsu Applause - car review

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The five-door hatchback Daihatsu Applause was first presented to the general public at the Geneva Motor Show in 1989, and it was launched into mass production in the summer of next year. Applause became the successor of the compact Daihatsu Charmant sedan. The model was collected on the basis of Daihatsu Charade. The appearance of the car was like that of a regular 4-door sedan, but access to the trunk was covered not with a lid, like in a sedan, but with a liftback-type tailgate.

Such a design feature of the 5-seater body allowed to facilitate the loading of oversized baggage, as well as improve the aerodynamic characteristics of the body itself, which this car was 0.33, which is a very good indicator for cars of those years. The rear seats folded in half, and their backs folded back. A 1.6-liter HD-E gasoline engine with electronic fuel injection or a simple HD-F carburetor engine with a displacement of 1.6 liters were installed on Applause. This power unit allowed to achieve significant torque at low and medium speeds. The car was equipped with a fully independent suspension and ABS system.

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The car was set in motion through the front drive wheels, and a car was also produced with permanent all-wheel drive with a limited slip differential. The models of the first generation almost immediately after the start of production revealed deficiencies in the fuel system. As a result, in October 1990, the final debut of the modified model was held under the name Applause Citer. In July 1992, the car returned the original name - Applause. The next upgrade occurred in 1997. Applause changed its image, mainly due to a facelift, somewhat "ennobled" the exterior of the model.

In 1997, at the Frankfurt Motor Show, a model of a new generation was shown - with some changes in the design of the car, mainly in the front of the body. The dimensions of the car are 4350/1660/1385 mm with a wheelbase of 2470 mm and a track 1425/1415 mm. The curb weight of the machine is 1050 kg, and the allowable weight is 1470 kg.

Minimum ground clearance - 140 mm. Trunk volume 410 liters, with the rear seat folded - 765 liters. The internal dimensions of the cabin were 1800/1360/1140 mm. The model had two airbags, three-point seat belts with pre-tensioners and safety bars at the door; in addition - air conditioning, power windows, CZ, glass with UV protection, wood trim front panel, radio; for extra charge - alloy wheels, tinted windows, navigation system, front fog lights and rear wiper. This version of Applause was completed with a 4-cylinder 16-valve inline HD-E engine with a distributed 1.6-liter injection capacity of 125 liters. from. for the Japanese market and 99 l.

from. (at 6000 rpm) with a torque of 138 Nm (at 3600 rpm) - for the European market. The dynamics of the European version: acceleration to 100 km / h in 9.8 s (10.2 s - with automatic transmission) and a maximum speed of 180 (175) km / h.

The consumption of AI-80 gasoline in the urban cycle is 7.7 liters (10.8 liters with an โ€œautomaticโ€), on the highway - 5.9 (6.2) liters. Motors aggregated with a 5-speed manual gearbox, and with the "automatic". Standard equipment included ABS and power steering. The type of steering gear-rack. Independent suspension on coil springs. Brakes front ventilated disc, rear drum. The standard tire size is 185 / 60R14.

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