A quokka is a cute, tiny marsupial that lives in Australia. And this enchanting being is also the namesake for a tiny mobile home from Japan. From the outside it looks like a Daihatsu Hijet, but the inside makes it something special.
Opening the side door of the Quokka reveals the wood paneling of the floor, roof and walls. Mishima Daihatsu (the manufacturer) uses Japanese cedar wood Hinoki for all panels. But that’s not all, as the company has also packed all sorts of hidden features into the compact interior…
The Quokka cabin has four removable boxes that are integrated into the floor. You can decide for yourself what you want to do with them. You can, for example, serve as a seat at a picnic. There is also a table that folds into the floor when not in use.
At night you can use the flat floor as a bed. It measures 1.83 meters in length and 1.23 meters in width. Not a king-size bed, but certainly enough for two people on the occasional camping trip.
The Quokka comes standard with a 100Ah battery to power the rear section. There is a proper power outlet and USB ports. The vehicle even has a paraffin heater with a vent.
Mishima Daihatsu offers many additional options. Among them are some surprising amenities. For example, it is possible to have a microwave and a 16 liter fridge, both built into the floor. Additional insulation, a larger capacity battery, solar panel and much more are also available.
Incidentally, the Facebook post embedded above is from the recent Japan Camper Car Show. The images give a better insight into the Quokka’s adaptable floor plan with its many hidden storage spaces.
Prices start at 2,579,500 yen after tax (19,719 euros at the current exchange rate) for a front-wheel drive model with a five-speed manual transmission. The most expensive trim level then starts at 2,898,500 yen (22,158 euros). Otherwise you don’t even get a third of a new VW California.