• Feb 8, 2010

It would seem that Toyota has an interesting and hitherto unknown concept vehicle up its sleeves, judging by a European patent that L'Automobile in France was somehow able to dig up. Despite our best efforts, we weren't able to locate the actual patent filing ourselves, so you'll have to head on back after clicking here to see the rest of the associated images.

So, what do you think? Judging by the absolutely minuscule engine compartment and Toyota's well-earned position at the top of the hybrid vehicle food chain, it would be a reasonable assumption to conclude that this is some kind of new hybrid vehicle concept. It does seem to share some design cues with the 2007 1/X concept, though it could also be an all-electric, fuel cell or conventional design.

L'Automobile seems to think that this vehicle may wear a Lexus badge and could possibly debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, but we can't say for certain. In any case, it's an intriguing design that shows what styling direction the Japanese giant may take with future people movers.

[Source: L'Automobile (translated)]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I agree. 1995 called....


      On a side note, what the heck is going on with the interior/dash/dragon looking spirit demon flying out of it??
      • 4 Years Ago
      If it's really from Toyota, it's still a concept. They can do crazy things in their concept with no intention of making it into production. You guys will see what the production version of LF-Ch looks like compared to the Concept. Toyota knows what they are doing, since they spent a lot in R&D than other companies in the world(2008). http://www.clublexus.com/forums/car-chat/479405-toyota-is-worlds-top-r-and-d-investor-vw-3rd.html

        • 4 Years Ago
        That sounds wonderful and all but nobody who's awake gives a rats ass about Toyota.
      • 4 Years Ago
      ew. reminds me of a wedge.
      • 4 Years Ago
      You know what this reminds me of? A Chevrolet Beretta with two extra doors duct taped to the back.

      Suddenly it's 1988 all over again.

      I seriously think Toyota designs their cars based around the appearance of a pair of Croc shoes that someone put a propane torch to. All of the shapes are melted in unnatural fashions and clash where they meet straight lines. There is nothing intelligent about the appearance of this car. It's like someone gave a monkey a pencil and told the monkey to doodle a car on a drawing pad.

      Betcha five bucks it accelerates off of the stand at Geneva.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well I'm glad those old American Motors designers found a job......
      • 4 Years Ago
      ok everyone, try to keep in mind that patent drawings are always very basic and/or vague.....

      but still, i threw up a little when i saw this.

      I just did again.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like a 4 door Nissan Bevel....
      I sort of like it.....
      I'll let myself out....
      • 4 Years Ago
      ewww
      • 4 Years Ago
      No Toyota recall jokes yet?
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's nice to see the greenhouse making a comeback!
        • 4 Years Ago
        I noticed that as well! Yes.. that's a welcome change! The rest of the car? Hmm.. I am not sure, but it is pretty bad and unimpressive for sure!
      • 4 Years Ago
      1972 calling...."we'd like our design back".
      • 4 Years Ago
      Someone please recall it for making people blind and making people WANT to accelerate wildly... into trees just to never see it again.
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