Toyota plans to make its first appearance at Milan design Week in April and the car that the Japanese automaker will be showing of fist called the Setsuna concept. The little vehicle looks like the love child of a pair of Dutch wooden shoes and a ’60s dune buggy. The name Setsuna means moment and Toyota figures that name reflects the moments people have with their cars.
The car is constructed of different types of wood meant to change slightly as the car ages and the years pass. Toyota figures that the concept would last for generations if properly cared for. “We evaluated various ways to express the concept and selected different lumber materials for specific applications, such as Japanese cedar for the exterior panels and Japanese birch for the frame. We also paid particular attention to the sizes and arrangements of individual parts,” said Kenji Tsuji, Toyota engineer overseeing the Setsuna project, in a release.
The car will get motivation from an electric motor and carry a driver and one passenger. It is open wheel with little fenders over the top of the wheels. The car is very small at only about three feet tall. If the wood construction didn’t tip you off that this is a pure concept, the complete lack of rollover protection will.
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