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Toyota Urban Utility Concept is a Cargo Van for the City

Toyota has unveiled the Urban Utility Concept today at a private panel discussion hosted by Make: magazine in San Francisco.

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Toyota has unveiled the Urban Utility Concept today at a private panel discussion hosted by Make: magazine in San Francisco. With a footprint that’s the same size as a compact car with the functionality of a compact truck and the spaciousness of a cargo van, the Utility Concept is perfect for the urban driver.
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The Utility Concept vehicle – or U2 was designed by Toyota’s Calty Design Research in Newport Beach, California. It features a new open architecture with the ability to roll back the roof, fold down the tailgate into a ramp and customize the interior on a versatile rail system.

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“Toyota saw an opportunity for a new approach to an urban vehicle based on increasing re-urbanization of our cities and urban drivers’ desire for flexibility, fun and maneuverability,” said Kevin Hunter president of Calty, Toyota’s North American design studio. “Calty keeps a number of projects concealed while exploring ideas and products. Revealing a project like the U2 gives people a window into the constant innovation that happens inside Toyota and our Calty studios and one possible future for urban mobility.”

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Toyota hasn’t announced any production plans, but it could be an interesting competitor to other small vans, like the Nissan NV200 and Ford Transit Connect.

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Source: Toyota