The Toyota F3R minivan concept from the 2006 Detroit Motor
Show was designed jointly by Calty Design Research Inc.,
Toyota's California based design studio, and the Advanced
Product Strategy group, also California based.
The Toyota F3R aims revive the glory days of the minivan,
when sales were almost double what they are now. Minivans
are often seen as an old persons mode of transport and
to combat this the F3R has been specifically designed
for the young family.
Whereas many minivan designs attempt to hide the characteristics
of a van, the Toyota F3R's designers have embraced the
features associated with a minivan. The large, prominent
grille does nothing to hide the fact it is bolted to a
minivan, and to its credit, a rather attractive minivan.
Inside, the F3R's designers have created a versatile seating
space, with 3 row cinema-style seating, the rear rows
sitting higher than the row in front.
And when the F3R is parked up, the seating can be reconfigured
to make a sophisticated lounge area for conversation or
watching the 2 track-mounted LCD TV's.
Although there is no word on production, Toyota has hinted
that design elements of the F3R may appear on future Toyota
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