SEMA present automobile combines minivan versatility with truck off-roadability
The final time we checked out our calendar, SEMA was nonetheless scheduled for November, however that did not cease Toyota from unveiling the Final Utility Automobile that it’s going to take to this 12 months’s tuner extravaganza. With its matte black paint, black wheels and monochrome door logos, the UUV channels the look of the Ford Taurus police vehicles from the 1987 docudrama “RoboCop.” However as an alternative of the Detroit Police livery on the doorways, the UUV promotes the corporate’s upcoming Ever-Higher Expedition, a a hundred and ten-day transcontinental journey that Toyota engineers will undertake this summer season.
“The objective of the Expedition is to permit Toyota group members to get out from behind their desks and expertise in the true world the autos they design, engineer, manufacture and promote — taking what they study from the street to tell the event of future generations of autos and ship an ever-higher driving expertise to clients,” Toyota USA introduced in a press release. “The Expedition may also enable them to work together straight with North American clients to higher perceive their wants and the way they use Toyota merchandise.”
Sleeper Toyota Camry awakens the SEMA Present
After they pulled the duvet off the function automotive at Toyota’s SEMA present stand, there was a protracted pause.“It, uh, seems to be like a 2015 Camry,” mentioned Toyota’s presenter Rutledge …
The UUV is, in fact, based mostly on the Sienna, however the physique sits on prime of a Tacoma truck platform. This put up-apocalyptic soccermobile options redesigned entrance and rear wheelarches, a totally new bumper with an built-in winch and fog lights, entrance suicide doorways and an LED highlight bar on the roof. Toyota is just not revealing the inside of this unfriendly trying minivan simply but, which appears to conflict a bit with the acknowledged goal of the Ever-Higher Expedition, which is uniting Toyota’s 330,000 staff of their mission to create ever-higher automobiles.
However we have now to confess that a Sienna driving on a Tacoma platform that appears like its able to tackle a zombie military could possibly be qualitatively higher than a inventory Sienna in an identical state of affairs, so in that state of affairs, it will certainly be ever-higher. And a pleasant wanting promotional car, like a Pikachu-themed Volkswagen Beetle, simply is not going to chop it as of late with regards to attracting consideration on the street. Toyota will get bonus factors right here for being the primary to unveil considered one of their SEMA automobiles and never procrastinating until every week earlier than the precise present.