The city delivery trucks are in vogue with more and more models getting launched in the global market. As the segment gets more popular, the world’s most selling car maker Toyota definitely does not want to be left behind. The Japanese car major is thus considering entering the urban van segment, or so its latest concept model suggests.
Toyota Motor has unveiled a new compact van concept in the US which points towards the fact that the company is at least thinking about entering the compact utility van segment sometime in the near future.
The recently revealed van concept from the house of Toyota has been christened by the company as the Urban Utility concept vehicle, or in short the U2. Toyota says that this concept vehicle is the company’s reaction to the growing entrepreneurship which is transforming the mobility in cities. The small truck from Toyota comes with great features including a roll back roof and a nice multi-function tailgate that can fold down to form a ramp. Toyota Motor said that it is going to display the Urban Utility concept vehicle at the 2014 World Maker Faire in New York which is going to be held on 21st and 22 September.
The Urban Utility concept vehicle surely has a lot of potential and can actually be a great hit if Toyota really decides to put the concept into production and incorporate some more useful and innovative features into it. If really done so, Toyota’s Urban Utility concept vehicle could be the next step in this highly growing segment which was created by Ford’s Transit Connect. Ford’s urban van is a very useful, compact, fuel efficient urban van which amalgamates the advantages of a city car and a truck for the urban dwellers and it drives more like a car rather than a big people mover. Soon ford’s urban van was followed by the creations by Nissan and Chevrolet as did many other car makers to take the advantage of this highly beneficial segment.
Toyota Motor being the world’s leader thinks it can make a much better urban van with the help of its Calty design studio based in Newport Beach, California.
The president of Toyota’s Calty design studio, Kevin Hunter said in a statement that Toyota saw an opportunity in the urban van segment and is planning for a new approach with this vehicle. The potential segment is increasing based on re-urbanization of the cities and city drivers’ want for flexibility, fun driving and maneuverability. The Toyota U2 offers the audience a glimpse into the constant innovation that takes place within Toyota.
Toyota thinks its little van can be used for work and play both. The van comes with a rail system inside to hold or tie down bicycles, sports equipment, and other recreational things. The vehicle will come with smart all foldable seats to offer great flexibility.
Toyota also says that the U2’s design is meant to be “playful” and its rather bloated back is to show off the vehicle’s great storage capabilities.