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Copenworld

The Daihatsu Copen owners club and community forum

Did you know.....?

You can now "like" forum messages, similar to Facebook.

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Just hit the "like" button in the bottom corner of a message.

You will receive an alert when someone likes one of your messages, unless you switch this option off in your user preferences.​
Did you know.....?

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The new Copenworld website has been built to be accessible on mobile devices as well as on desktop computers.

The website has a "responsive" design, which means that it adjusts automatically to the size of your screen.

You should be able to use the forums with most modern devices, including smartphones and tablets.​
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The new website is now live.

Everything has been rebuilt from the ground up, so some things will look and behave differently to the old website. Although the styling has been updated, I've deliberately tried to keep a similar content layout to keep things relatively familiar, at least initially.

All user accounts and forum content have been transferred across, so you should be able to log in with your existing username and password. If you have any difficulties logging in, you can reset your password by clicking on the "Lost your password?" link on the login screen.

Member avatars are higher resolution on the new website, so if you have one already set up it may look grainy. You can upload a new picture in your user settings - hover over your username in the top right-hand corner of the screen to see the user drop-down settings menu, and select "Avatar" from the list.

The old Directory and Features pages have been replaced with the Resources page. There is limited content on this page at the moment, but I'll be adding to it over the coming weeks.

The new platform also opens up a number of possibilities for improving the website, so I’m hoping to continue developing it in future.

Please feel free to use the new "Test Messages" forum if you want to try things out.

I hope you enjoy using the new website. There are bound to be some problems to iron out - please reply to this message if you spot any issues or if you have any feedback. If you can't log in or post, you can email me using the "Contact Us" link at the bottom of every page.

David @ Copenworld
Join other Copen owners at this very popular annual European meeting, in the Lower Rhine region, the most western part of Germany close to the border of the Netherlands.

Take a look at last year's impressive meet here to get an idea of what to expect.

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Contact Scooty to let him know you'll be there
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The new model Copen has been formally launched by Daihatsu in Japan.

Daihatsu has stuck with the Copen name rather than the "Kopen" name it used with the concept models. The first model is known as the Copen "Robe", with a sportier model currently code-named Copen X to be released later.

It has a more angular and perhaps less "cute" look than the original model.

The new Copen has a 660cc turbo-charged three-cylinder engine, so it still classes as a Kei car.

Many of the body panels are interchangeable, which should allow for some interesting customisations. Parts that are fully customisable include the bonnet, boot lid, front and rear bumpers, all four wings, the rocker panels and the fuel lid. Some interior components are also customisable.

It comes with a push button start, leather steering wheel and gear knob, heated seats, keyless entry, air conditioning, heated windscreen and carbon fibre trim, plus an optional "infotainment" system placed on top of the central dashboard.

Available colours are Liquid Silver Metallic, Pearl White III, Bright Silver Metallic, Black Mica Metallic, Matador Red Pearl, Toniko Orange Metallic, Jaune Yellow, and Clear Blue Crystal Metallic

Prices in Japan start at a very reasonable 1,798,200 yen (around £10,350 or €12,950) for the basic model or 1,819,800 yen (around £10,480 or €13,110) for the five-speed model.

You can view the launch video here, and the Japanese website can be found here.

There appear to be no plans currently to sell the new model outside Japan, so buyers elsewhere will need to arrange an import if they want to buy it.
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A member shares the joys and tears of pimping his Copen "ScootyPuff".

Key quote: "New steering wheel came from imparts! Drove around the living room making vroom vroom sounds."
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A buyer's guide for the Copen, with some useful pointers on what to look for when shopping for a used car.

This guide is for the 659cc Copen, but some points are applicable for the 1.3 engine.
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Got an annoying roof rattle?

Join the club!

Have a look here for some ideas on how to fix it.
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Daihatsu has formally announced that it is to completely exit the European market from 2013.

Supplies of new Daihatsu cars are already virtually non-existent, and this news has been expected for some time.

Daihatsu's UK website has been taken down and replaced with the following statement:

"It was announced on 13th January 2011 that sales of Daihatsu motor cars will cease across Europe on 31st January 2013. This is due to the ongoing strength of the Japanese Yen, which has increased prices beyond competitive levels. There is no stock of new Daihatsu cars in the UK, and we do not expect to import any new cars in this interim period.

However, we wish to reassure Daihatsu owners that all after sales services will continue unaffected. Therefore, the supply of spare parts will continue, and warranty work and servicing will be carried out at our official UK dealer network, which remains in place and whose details can be found on this website.

We thank Daihatsu customers for their past custom and loyalty, and share their disappointment at this news."