The foundation of industrial modernization of Japan was established in the latter half of the Meiji era. Industrial revolution progressed at a rapid rate during the following years, but products made domestically were still inferior compared to its western counterparts. To overcome this situation, the leaders of Japan saw the need to produce more industrial machinery domestically to promote advancement in techonogy. In this effort to grow as a country, a great need for prime movers (motors) arose.
It was under these circumstances that the HATSUDOKI MANUFACTURING Co., LTD (HATSUDOKI=engine) was founded in March 1, 1907 in Osaka, Japan.The company engaged exclusively in the manufacture of suction gas engines for the next 15 years.
Although the world economy was in depression, the demand created from the World War kept the industrial modernization on track. Engines got bigger and more powerful, and at the same time demand for compact engines from small businesses grew as modernization took place.
To take advantage of this growing demand, our first compact engine was manufactured with technical cooperation from R. M. Bit Corporation based in Chicago. With its unconventional fuel injection system, the engine became a big success, earning reputation for its simplicity and ease of operation.
By this time, there were numerous other companies that were producing Diesel engines. To identify engines made by HATSUDOKI MANUFACUTURING CO., LTD., our customers started to refer to our engine with the nickname DAIHATSU" (DAI=Osaka, HATSU=engine).
During this time, the company expanded its product range and started the manufacture of vehicles amongst other products. Since the company was now manufacturing products other than engines, the name HATSUDOKI MANUFACTURING CO., LTD. was changed to DAIHATSU MOTOR CO., LTD. on 19th DECEMBER 1951.