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Toyota’s FT-4X concept learned the wrong lessons from the Honda Element experiment

The FT-4X is a playful generalist. Don’t pigeonhole it.

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Watch these tiny radio-controlled Toyotas tow a full-size Hilux

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Just like the old Tamiya ad.

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This ’59 Cadillac is now on display at Toyota’s museum in Japan

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Toyota’s museum covers all of automotive history, not just its own. We think that’s neat.

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Toyota’s chief engineer wants the Supra name back

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Toyota’s Tetsuya Tada is hard at work co-developing a sports car with BMW, but he took some time in Australia to explain how much he loves the Supra name.

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Toyota’s Beautiful Inside-Out KIKAI Concept Car

Finally, here is a concept car unlike any other! Toyota is getting ready to pull the sheets off of their KIKAI at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show, and it’s a real socks-knocker; unlike the swoopy, enclosed concepts we’re used to seeing, this one wears its mechanicals on its sleeve.

As the products of human creativity, dedication, and knowledge, machines should be objects of admiration. The concept was designed to explore and emphasize the fundamental appeal of machines: their fine craftsmanship, their beauty, simplicity, and their fascinating motion. As a true concept car, the Toyota KIKAI’s appeal is simultaneously free from and reliant on the core concepts of automobiles.

This concept takes the machinery, normally hidden beneath the vehicle body, and makes an open display of its beauty. Directly expressed in this way, the vehicle’s inner workings become part of the exterior.

While the car has four wheels, the seating arrangement is 1+2, allowing you to bring a date and a third wheel whom you can make feel awkward.

While this probably isn’t great for road safety, lower windows in the cabin allow you to observe the upper control arms of the front suspension. “This provides a novel driving sensation,” the company writes, “in which the machinery that supports the operations of cruising, turning, and stopping in ordinary everyday driving can be directly perceived with the senses.”

I am totally in love with this fuel gauge:

I’m also loving the navigation dial, which shows you which way to go with a boardgame-style spinning arrow, illustrates your route with a simple Etch-a-Sketch-style line, and inexplicably gives you the distance in meters to the nearest sow.

I’m not sure what “Kikai” means in Japanese, but I’m guessing it means “Difficult to clean.”

But I still want one.


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