A number of Daihatsu franchise owners Car Dealer Magazine has spoken to have said they believe Toyota will be taking over distribution.
Toyota owns 51.2 per cent of Daihatsu.
However, tonight a spokeswoman for IMG said the rumour was ‘absolute rubbish’ and categorically ‘untrue’.
One dealer told us: ‘It makes sense for Toyota as they own half of Daihatsu and they already badge many of their cars as Dahiatsus in Japan. We understand they’ll take over distribution.’
A spokesman for Toyota said ‘no comment’.