Toyota is out to spur a passion for cars in young families with its new Camatte Concept. Unveiled at the 2012 International Tokyo Toy Show, the vehicle features a number of interchangeable body panels that can easily be swapped for different colors or styles.

The concept seats three in a unique triangular configuration that Toyota says is designed to facilitate communication between parents behind the wheel and children in the back. But that's not the only kid-friendly aspect. The Camatte also features configurable pedals, which can allow a child to develop driving skills while a parent takes care of important tasks like steering and braking.

Clearly, this sucker isn't headed to production, and that's a shame. We love the bare-bones utilitarianism of the design, and the open-wheel front is enough to garner a smile from us as well. It's almost as if Toyota decided to bring the Volkswagen Kubelwagen into the modern age. Check out the quick breakdown video below for yourself.


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      Sasha
      • 2 Years Ago
      DO WANT DO WANT DO WANT Seriously, this is the first car I've seen in a long, long time that would actually make me consider buying a new car.
      IBx27
      • 2 Years Ago
      If toyota made this, they would earn a lot of my respect. Their concept cars have been getting interesting lately.
      tegdesign
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think it's a lot more like a modern 2cv which is such a fun car if it didn't melt in the rain (used to have one). Love the simple but attractive details.
      dtrump_21
      • 2 Years Ago
      Really nice! Looks very cheap to make and I bet lots would buy it It's clear why most concepts dont hit production but this IMO could work out very well
        • 2 Years Ago
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      Brett
      • 2 Years Ago
      City cars: You're doing it right. A car like this would do a lot to make Toyota look more fun and youthful. I kinda pine for the days when you could walk out of a showroom with a sub-10k car with manual steering, windows, locks and mirrors that still was efficient, economical and reliable. Something like my old Tercel. It was dorky and frill-free, but it started every day and got great fuel economy. And I could trust that the window and lock switches wouldn't wear out or short, because there weren't any.
      Phillip Burkett
      • 2 Years Ago
      Must agreed with alot of the comments here. A simple purpose built car like this would go along way in the current market. Being single this would be the perfect car for someone like myself..
      Jack
      • 2 Years Ago
      not at all like a vw thing ............... i still like it
      axiomatik
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wish we could buy cheap, basic vehicles like this.
      Ryan Bancroft
      • 2 Years Ago
      now thats what i call a city car. Being a young person living in the city who drives a super impractical but insanely fun car to drive as my daily, i would love to have this for the quick trips around town and to work and keep my pride and joy in the garage for those days when im feeling racy. Love the simplicity of this car, even the painted steelies takes me back to the peoples car that was the beetle.
      Qlam Fam
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oh man. I love it.
      waetherman
      • 2 Years Ago
      It looks like the love child of a VW Thing and an old Triump or classic Morgan. It's actually quite cute.
      Jonathan
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is cute,cool,basic, and very well thought out . Too bad it isn't going into production .
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