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Toyota Kikai Concept at 2015 Tokyo Motor Show

Toyota Kikai Concept

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4th November, 2015

As the products of human creativity, dedication, and knowledge, machines should be objects of admiration. The concept was designed to explore and emphasise the fundamental appeal of machines: their fine craftsmanship, their beauty, simplicity, and their fascinating motion. As a true concept car, the Toyota KIKAI's appeal is simultaneously free from and reliant on the core concepts of automobiles.

Innovative form

This concept takes the machinery, normally hidden beneath the vehicle body, and makes an open display of its beauty. Directly expressed in this way, the vehicle's inner workings become part of the exterior. In addition to the carefully designed form, continued into details including the fuel tank, reserve tank, and exhaust pipes, the analogue-style meters and switches offer an engaging dialog with the machinery.

New driving sensation

The small window at the driver's feet is another distinctive aspect of this car's structure, communicating the movements of the tyres and suspension and the rush of speed along the road surface. Through the windshield, the movements of the upper control arm are also visible. This provides a novel driving sensation in which the machinery that supports the operations of cruising, turning, and stopping in ordinary everyday driving can be directly perceived with the senses.

Stimulating lay-out

The adoption of a central driver seat, which places the driver in the middle of the car, gives a more instinctive sensory connection with the vehicle. The optimal spacing between the three seats achieved by their triangular lay-out makes a congenial in-cabin communication space. The expansive side window that reaches up to the roof delivers full enjoyment in urban and natural landscapes alike.

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While most vehicles conceal their inner workings beneath smooth sheet metal, this concept encourages us to appreciate the complex beauty of the mechanical aspects of cars. More broadly, it reminds us of the appeal of the physical and tactile in a digital age.


Length: 3,400mm
Width: 1,800mm
Height: 1,550mm
Wheelbase: 2,450mm
Occupancy: 3



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