Toyota Ultimate Utility Vehicle
Toyota may be most well known for building reliable cars that don't push too many boundaries, but when the Japanese company decides to step outside the box, it steps far further than anyone might have expected.
For proof, take a look at the vehicle you see above. It's called the Ultimate Utility Vehicle, and it's basically a minivan designed to go further off-road than any passenger vehicle has any right to go.
Click on the image above to learn more about the Toyota Ultimate Utility Vehicle.
Toyota Sienna minivan
Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, let's just take a quick look at a Toyota Sienna. This minivan offers seating for your entire family, is well-reviewed and wouldn't look out of place in just about any corner of suburbia.
In short, it's exactly the kind of family car you'd recommend to your friends. Click on the image above to see how this mild-mannered people-mover was modified.
This is a Toyota Tacoma. It's a very good truck. Not too big, not too small, and it's this Goldilocks-perfected formula that Toyota relies on to sell Tacoma pickups to those wanting a real truck but doesn't need a big V8 engine or massive proportions.
The Toyota Tacoma is also sought out by the off-road crowd. It's got a simple overall design that lends itself well to customization and modification, and a well-equipped Tacoma can hang with cars specifically made to go off-road.
But what happens when you take the guts of a Tacoma and top it with the body from a Sienna? Click above to find out.
Toyota Ultimate Utility Vehicle in Plano, Texas
According to Toyota, the Ultimate Utility Vehicle is a custom-made Sienna body retrofitted on top of a Tacoma truck built for display at this year's Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) conference. It's not just for show, though.
The UUV will take part in the North America Expedition, which is the second leg of Toyota's Five Continents Driving Project. The first leg was organized and executed by Toyota Australia, where vehicles drove cross-country through Australia's diverse and rugged terrain, resulting in new product insights and valuable learning experiences for team members.
Groups of Toyota engineers and other team members participating in the Ever-Better Expedition will drive a convoy of Toyota's best-known models across North America, tackling some of the continent's most challenging and inspiring driving environments, from California's Death Valley in summer to the icy roads of Alaska in winter, from Pike's Peak in Colorado to the streets of New York City. Along the way, they will also visit Daytona Beach, Route 66, Toyota manufacturing and research facilities, and the highways, avenues and back streets that customers across North America use every day.
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