Toyota shows off 5 never-before-seen projects and concepts from its Design Studio, CALTY Design Research.
Since its founding in 1973, talented masterminds at Toyota’s design studios, CALTY Design Research (Calty), in California and Michigan, have created pioneering designs, projects as well as production vehicles we see on the road today.
CALTY provides both interior and exterior styling proposals for future Toyota vehicles and advanced design. While the one in California works on concept designs, the one in Michigan works on production designs.
While some of Calty’s designs and projects are put on the fast track to production like the 2001 Toyota Highlander and 2009 Toyota Venza, others may remain in the archives, like these five (5) never-before-seen projects from the late 1980’s.
Future High Performance Concept
Created in 1989, the unique Future High Performance Concept featured an engine that emerged from the body. With the ease of a button, the mid-mounted powerplant raised from the vehicle, providing a cooling effect while driving.
Nameless Energy-efficient Vehicle
Before the groundbreaking Prius and other electric vehicles (EVs), Calty produced this nameless EV concept ideal for small families. The energy-efficient vehicle stood out, thanks to its wind-cutting profile and thin tyres.
Following the introduction of the Scion FR-S (now re-branded as the Toyota 86), Calty created this conceptual study – the X86D – in 2012,which essentially transformed the svelte coupe into a four-door shooting brake.
2012 NYC Concept
The 2012 NYC Concept, an internal project, was inspired while “exploring future transportation trends in big cities, according to Toyota. It featured several unique and innovative traits, including a “fence seat” for front passengers.
Baby Lunar Cruiser (BLC)
The Baby Lunar Cruiser (BLC) is the perfect vehicle when looking for one to take on driving missions on the surface of the moon in the year 2030, according to Toyota. It is built on a conceptual EV platform with in-wheel motors providing power to all four airless tires.