Japanese manufacturer, Daihatsu is starting the New Year with a bang, offering big price savings on selected models as a lead-up to its 100-year celebrations.

All new Daihatsu Terios compact 4x4s are available with a £1,000 price cut, while the best-selling Sirion range of five-door hatchbacks enjoy a £500 saving. The offer ends on March 31.

It means the Terios 1.5 S now costs £11,995 on-the-road despite a high standard specification which includes air-conditioning, power-steering, ABS with EBD and full-time four-wheel drive with electronic centre diff-lock.

Also standard on the Terios are driver, passenger and side airbags, radio/CD player, four electric windows and even reverse parking sensors.

Being considerably larger than the previous Terios – and boasting a generous 380 litre capacity boot – the Daihatsu flagship also has three rear-seat three-point seatbelts.

Running costs are low for a 4×4 with a ‘politically-correct’ Extra Urban fuel consumption of 40.4 mpg for the Terios 1.5 S and a highly-competitive Group 7D insurance rating.

Meanwhile, the Sirion range of 1.0 and 1.3 litre hatchbacks now start at £6,960 on-the-road with, again, generous equipment which includes air-conditioning, ABS with EBD, driver, passenger and side airbags, radio/CD player, four electric windows and remote central-locking.

The Sirion also has outstanding fuel economy, recording 64.2 mpg on the Extra Urban Cycle for the 1.0 litre version which also has an ultra-low CO2 of 118 g/km.

Daihatsu Vehicle Distributors Limited Managing Director, Paul Tunnicliffe, said: “We have some exciting plans for celebrating Daihatsu’s 100th anniversary this year and these consumer offers are just the start of our activities. There will be special dealer events throughout 2007 and other campaigns to add sparkle to our centenary.”

Daihatsu’s forerunner, Hatsudoki Seizo Company Limited, was founded in 1907 to manufacture internal combustion engines.

The first truck was produced in 1919 and a range of three-wheeled vehicles introduced in 1930, followed by the mid-sized four-wheeled car – the FA – in 1937.

In May 1965 Daihatsu became the first Japanese manufacturer to export to Britain with the 797 cc Compagno Berlina.