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Default Toyota Kikai - Outlandish new concept at the Tokyo Motor Show

Came across this weird concept vehicle Toyota is showcasing at the Tokyo Motor Show. It is not expected to go into production and Toyota is refering to it as a design study to remind motorists that cars are more than a list of high tech electronic driving aids.


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Enthusiasts who make the trip out to this year’s Tokyo Motor Show will get to see one of the most outlandish cars Toyota has built in recent memory. Named KIKAI, the concept was designed to reconcile man and machine, and to remind motorists that cars are more than simply a list of high-tech electronic driving aids. (In Japanese, the word kikai can mean both machine and opportunity.)

The KIKAI boasts a hot rod-like design that lets onlookers and passengers admire all of the mechanical components that are usually hidden out of sight in modern road cars. As a result, all the parts that make up the braking and suspension systems and every component that’s bolted to the engine boasts an eye-catching, custom-built look.

Accessed via minivan-like sliding doors, the cockpit offers space for three passengers in a triangular configuration that puts the driver front and center. The steering is commanded through a retro-inspired, button-less wheel, and the instrument cluster consists of four analog gauges mounted on a curved piece of tubing. Toyota was coy on details, so what information the gauge with the arrow, the pig, and the Etch-a-Sketch-esque drawing is supposed to provide is anyone’s guess.

Surprisingly, Toyota hasn’t revealed what the KIKAI is powered by. A closer look at the images, though, shows that the car uses a gasoline-electric hybrid drivetrain that’s built around a four-cylinder engine located right behind the passengers compartment. An automatic transmission sends power to the rear wheels.
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