New three-seat concept car is designed to show the beauty of machines and engineering
Darren Moss
28 October 2015

The Toyota Kikai concept car has been unveiled at the Tokyo motor show, and aims to 'emphasise the fundamental appeal of machines: their fine craftsmanship, their beauty, simplicity and their fascinating motion'.

The theme of the concept is to bring the elements which are usually hidden under bodywork to the outside of the car - the Kikai's suspension arms, fuel tank, exhaust pipes and engine are all on the exterior.

Inside, the three-seat cabin features a pared-back design with large analogue dials and no stereo or infotainment screens.

Toyota said: “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.”

No details of the car's powertrain have been revealed.

Also on display on Toyota's stand in Tokyo are the S-FR entry-level sports car concept, and the FCV Plus hydrogen fuel-cell-powered car.

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8 October 2015
wouldn't look out of place on Scrapheap Challenge!

28 October 2015
I didn't see that one coming!

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