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Toyota Aims to “Redefine” Urban Utility with U2 Concept

A “flexible, functional gadget.”

by on Sep.10, 2014

Toyota's Urban Utility concept will make its public debut in NY City later this month.

With millions of people from Boston to Berlin and Beijing moving back into cities, automakers are trying to rethink what that might mean for the automobile. One possible example is Toyota’s new Urban Utility concept.

Also known as the U2, the prototype is meant to “redefine urban utility,” the maker says, by balancing the need for smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles with those that can continue to appeal to “Americans’ love of adventure.”

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Developed at the Japanese maker’s Calty Design Research Center in Newport Beach, California, the U2 adopts an extremely flexible “architecture” that allows for a wide range of cargo and seating configurations, a fold-back roof, even a tailgate that can turn into a ramp.


“Stunning” New Toyota Concept May Be Next-Generation Avalon

Sneak peek signals NY Auto Show preview.

by on Mar.28, 2012

Will this be the next-gen Toyota Avalon?

“Passion” is a word that Toyota CEO – and founding family heir – Akio Toyoda talks a lot about.  It’s something he readily admits Toyota products don’t have enough of it, and that in today’s competitive market it’s something the brand desperately needs.

Clearly, the oft-maligned styling of the latest Toyota Camry didn’t deliver, despite a last-minute styling tweak intended to satisfy near-mutinous dealers.  Last year’s launch of the new Lexus GS and the recent unveiling of the LF-LC concept hint that Toyota product developers are taking the mandate seriously.  Or so we may see with the planned NY Auto Show preview of what the Japanese maker is calling a “stunning U.S.-designed sedan.”

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The maker clearly considers the launch significant, providing this teaser shot a week ahead of the big event at New York’s Jacob Javits Center.  Meanwhile, spy shots are popping up and from the industry scuttlebutt it appears that what we see here is going to soon reappear as the next-generation Toyota Avalon.