Mike Stevens | Nov 11, 2011

Daihatsu might never return to the Australian market, but its contributions to Toyota's bottom line remain strong in overseas markets.

Earlier this year, Japan's oldest car manufacturer revealed the A-Concept city car concept, destined for a production debut in the South-East Asian arena. This week it's pulled out a more inventive concept: the D-X.

As a Roadster, the D-X looks like a rugged and mutated version of the tiny 2002 Copen. This concept is more than meets the eye however, because the D-X is something of a Transformer.

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It won't switch itself into a robot and save the world, but thanks to its resin body design, the D-X's shell-like top section can be switched out for a selection of other styles.

If a sleek panel van is more your style, or a two-door off-roading look is preferred, the D-X will make it happen.

Whether Daihatsu will put its quirky pick-a-part concept into production is unclear, but for now, it might be better suited to a partnership with Bandai toys.

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