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Toyota FT-MV Concept

Toyota FT-MV Concept

Makuhari Messe, Japan

Toyota calls this exercise the "appearance of the next generation of luxury minivan". By the time the show was over, it was no state secret that the next gas/electric hybrid to come to the US from Toyota might quite possibly be a station wagon version of their popular (and unusual-looking) Prius. This vehicle was displayed by Toyota at the show, probably ready to be sold as the next-generation (another 4 to 5 years) of their super-popular "Estima" home market (Japan-only) minivan. It's a gasoline/electric hybrid, and looked more-then-ready for production, with some moderate "concept car-look" changes. Many viewers, including this one, thought it too boxy for the US market. Toyota wrote in their press kit that, "Toyota aims to showcase the pursuit of the essential emotional appeal of cars - being fun to drive and a pleasure to use". We'll buy that, put in standard and oh-so-typical Japanese hyperbole as it is, but we don't think that with these looks, this Estima will soon replace the Sienna in the US.

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