Toyota has followed up last year’s oddball Camette concept with another similarly cutesy vehicle. Like the Camette, the new Camatte57s concept was unveiled not at a car show, but at the Tokyo Toy Show.
The Toyota Camatte57s was inspired by the idea of creative toys which can be built, rebuilt and rearranged. Lego basically. The designers wanted to create a car which was highly configurable and easily modified by the owner without special skills or tools.
The Camatte57s gets its name from the fact the body is made up from 57 individual panels which can be quickly and easily removed, painted in any color imaginable, and allow for a number of different styles. At the Tokyo Toy Show Toyota unveiled two different versions of the car.
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While most of the automotive world has been focused on the Shanghai Motor Show for the past week, Toyota has been busily preparing an all-new concept car for a Paris debut on the Champs Elysees. The Toyota ME.WE is a stripped down, back-to-basics concept designed to be economical, versatile and environmentally friendly.
It’s been tough picking through the vast swathes of BS Toyota decided to spout on about in their press release regarding the car. But the gist of it is that the car was designed from the ground up to be lightweight and modular in construction, so it could be quickly and easily adapted to different needs. It’s a bit like a Citroen 2CV for the 21st century. Right down to the fact the rear bench seat can be removed entirely and used for outdoor seating.
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The Toyota FT-HT Yuejia concept is just one of the over fifty vehicles the company brought along in their armada to this year’s Shanghai Motor Show.
The FT-HT Yuejia is a six-seat (arranged over three rows) MPV designed to appeal to younger Chinese buyers. The concept previews a production model due to go on sale in China shortly. Thankfully it doesn’t sound like that hideous Predator-like front end will be seen outside of the country any time soon.
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The Toyota i-ROAD is a compact, all-electric, three-wheeled, two-seater, personal mobility concept which will make its world debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. Its compact size means it can carve through city traffic, and using Toyota’s new ‘Active Lean’ technology it can balance itself in corners to provide better roadholding and more comfort for the occupants.
The tandem seating arrangement means the i-ROAD concept has a particularly narrow profile. The partially enclosed cabin means neither the driver or passenger need wear a helmet, and they’re also reasonably well protected from the elements – although the lack of side windows mean it wouldn’t be the most relaxing place to be in strong winds or blustery rain.
The two electric motors of the Toyota i-ROAD are powered by a lithium-ion battery. Mounted inside the front wheels, the motors provide enough power to keep up with the flow of normal city traffic. The battery can be charged from a conventional domestic power supply in three hours, and when full it allows for a limited, but still useful, 30 mile range.
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After being announced with the help of a simple sketch earlier this year, Toyota have now divulged more details surrounding the FT-86 Open Concept which will be unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. Toyota say the concept was developed to test the water for a possible introduction of a convertible version of the FT-86 (or GT86, or Scion FR-S – depending on where you are in the world).
Its external dimensions match those of the coupe (length 4,240mm, width 1,750mm, height 1,270mm), with the fixed hard-top replaced by a multi-layered fabric roof with a glass rear screen. Inside it has the same 2+2 seating format, with the roof folding down behind the fixed rear seats.
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Arguably the Toyota FT-86 (Scion FR-S) is one of the most important and desirable affordable sports cars to be introduced this decade. It brought back the front-engine, rear-drive, small-coupe platform from the brink of extinction. And should hopefully encourage other manufacturers to introduce their own budget fun cars.
So it comes as little surprise to see that Toyota are hoping to capitalize on the car’s popularity with a convertible version. The FT-86 Open Concept will make its world debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show in March.
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At the 2013 Geneva Motor Show in March, Toyota will be unveiling an all-new concept car which is their take on sustainable, emission-free motoring. According to Toyota, the Apple-esque named concept is a “compact, fun and emissions-free personal mobility concept, designed to offer quick and efficient urban transport for two people.”
From the solitary image, which shows a birds-eye view of the concept, it’s clear the Toyota i-Road has a tandem seating layout, a layout which allows for an extremely narrow wheelbase. The wheels themselves also look to have a very narrow cross-section, which would reduce drag and friction with the road surface.
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As you might have gathered from the name, this concept has something to do with Toyota’s ubiquitous Corolla. Essentially it’s a preview of what the next-generation Corolla might look like – minus the big wheels, bright paint work, and fancy LED lighting.
The Toyota Corolla Furia Concept is longer, wider and has a longer wheelbase than the current Corolla. But it also has a slightly lower roofline. And that all adds up to make a car which looks slightly sportier, while also having more room inside.
According to Toyota, the the Furia is designed around a theme of “Iconic Dynamism,” which uses pure and simple surface elements to create what Toyota hopes is a confident, decisive and recognizable appearance appealing to younger consumers.
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At the 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon, a Mecca for modified car enthusiasts from around the world, Toyota unveiled a number of customised GT 86‘s. But their most unusual is the 86xStyle Cb concept, which has been subjected to a rather unusual bodywork alteration. The front clip has been replaced with a much rounder replacement, and the headlights too have been swapped for oval units. To be honest, from the front, it’s almost unrecognisable.
The rear too has been altered with a new bumper, a duck tail spoiler, new taillights and a new set of exhaust tips. A two tone paint job and 18-inch BBV wheels round out the exterior changes.
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Ahead of its unveiling at the 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon in January, Wald International, a Japanese tuning company, have just released information on their tuning package for the Toyota GT 86 / Scion FR-S. The changes are designed to give the car a significantly more aggressive appearance – although sadly with out the performance upgrades to back up the new look.
Wald International have given the car a fairly comprehensive redesign, which includes new bumpers both front and back, a new hood, new sideskirts, wheel arch extensions, a large rear spoiler, and a set of two-piece, five-spoke alloy wheels. It’s not the best looking aerokit out there. In fact it’s really a bit of an abomination. Especially at the rear, where it really screws up what was previously quite a nice looking back end.
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