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Toyota plans to follow up last year's kid-friendly Camatte concept with two new versions: the Camatte57s and Camatte57s Sport (right). Like the original Camatte, the two new concepts will make their debut at the International Tokyo Toy Show, which is happening this weekend.

Not much has changed with these two new Camatte models. Like their predecessor, they both feature detachable body panels (the count is up to 57), a 1+2 seating array and reconfigurable pedals that allow children to operate the gas and brakes while Mom or Dad steers. What is new is an open-top roadster design that even eschews doors in favor of easier ingress/egress. They look like something a tourist would rent to get around a Hawaiian island, though we dig the distinct personalities of each model's design.

Both cars are all-electric, though Toyota hasn't provided any other specifications, like what makes the Sport model sporty besides its more aggressive body panels and silver, black and red color scheme. That's just as well, as neither concept, like the original Camatte before them, is street legal.

And in case you're wondering from where Toyota conjured these concepts' odd name, "Camatte" is the Japanese for word for "care." According to the automaker, it's intended to signify both caring for others and caring for cars, while the lone 's' at the end of each name stands for "touch," and the number corresponds to the number of body panels. Scroll below to watch a team of Toyota engineers installing body panels on a Camatte57s, or check out both models in our gallery below.
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Where better to unveil a car that's all about bringing the family together than a toy show? Toyota is presenting the Camatte57s, a sporty, open-top family-focused concept car, in the colourful surroundings of the Kids' Life Zone at this week's Tokyo Toy Show.

Toyota's new concept is about sharing ideas to build the ideal car, inspired by the fun generations of mums, dads and kids have had making things together. It believes involving youngsters in choosing the shape and look of a car will help these drivers of the future learn more about the fun aspects of motoring.

The Camatte57s builds on Toyota's original Camatte concept, shown last year, with a greater range of customisation opportunities that are even easier to apply.

The body is made up of 57 small, lightweight, detachable panels that can be finished in a wide choice of different colours and designs. The open top roadster body style adds to the fun factor and allows everyone on board to enjoy the colourful exterior they have created.

The pedals and seats can be adjusted so that even children can drive. The position of the right-hand rear seat will let adults help with steering and braking, so the youngsters can make an early start on developing their driving skills in appropriate, safe places, off the public highway.

Powered by an electric motor, the car measures 3,00mm long by 1,440mm wide and 1,000mm high, and seats three.

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      • 2 Years Ago
      This is awesome. One day we will be customizing our own cars by ordering parts made from 3D printers!
      • 2 Years Ago
      "reconfigurable pedals that allow children to operate the gas and brakes while Mom or Dad steers." I'm thiking, I'm hoping, that this should be the other way around. If the labor is divided this way then Mom or Dad should be the one in control of the stopping part.
      • 2 Years Ago
      So Toyota will spend time making goofy unrealistic cars for children, but makes an announcement to keep their head in their behinds and continue porting the same old Prius technology until somebody magically makes the electrical grid clean and green?
      • 2 Years Ago
      Time to get rid of the Big Wheel and move up, looks like a heck of a lot of fun!
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love simple cars. One of my vehicles is an old 4.0L Wrangler. Though the EPA sticker is basically a skull-and-crossbones to warn the public about the poor tail pipe emissions, the vehicle is actually quite efficient b/c someday it will be disassembled with a Torx set, a socket set, and few screwdrivers. It's simple plastic and metal components will be melted into a new vehicle. I wish dust-to-dust was a more important methodology for evaluating new cars b/c vehicles like this Toyota concept would score high marks. To be sure, the concept can be taken a bit too far as Daimler did with the Smart, crippling certain attributes (gearbox mainly) to achieve the best dust-to-dust ever measured; however, the dust-to-dust concept could do a lot for transportation and people. It encourages manufacturers to cut inefficient manufacturing procedures, and role the savings into developing recyclable materials. It also rewards human power and renewable electricity. Obviously, fuel efficiency is very important, particularly for the US, but other vehicular concepts can also be beneficial.
      • 2 Years Ago
      put some doors on that sport model and I would drive it
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good to see the F1 style three-seat setting.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like the concept of a lightweight electric open wheel sports car. But not as some child's play thing.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like the concept, but I think the execution could have been a lot better. For starters, this vehicle is too large, which likely means too expensive and serious for a toy. I mean, it's not street legal, so where would you drive it? Something the size of an ATV would be cheaper and have more applications as a go-cart or offroad vehicle. Secondly, the body panels just seem complex for complexity's sake. Why are there so many of them with so many fasteners? I could see if that meant better customization, but as it sits, it seems there is basically only one way to assemble the car with only slight variations for color. I'd like to see much more opportunity for the youngsters to create without being locked into an instruction set. Think of how an R/C car is assembled (after all, that's what this electric vehicle is: a giant R/C car you can drive) with all the custom options and wide range of bodies. There's no reason this couldn't be just as fun and unique to build and in the end your kid could actually drive it around the backyard or a track.
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