Toyota used the 2016 Tokyo Auto Salon to show off one crazy-looking concept.
Called the ViRA Concept, Toyota says it combined the ViTZ (known as the Yaris in other markets) and the RAV4 for a wild concept that will fit right in at the Tokyo Auto Salon, a show known for its boundary-pushing vehicles.
At a glance it appears that the ViRA doesn’t look anything like a RAV4 or Yaris, but its compact size does borrow some traits from both existing models. Realistically, Toyota is likely trying to combine the utility of a crossover (RAV4) with the versatile compact body of the Yaris while the dynamic styling aims to attract the younger crowd.
The concept is interesting because none of its styling resembles anything Toyota has in production at the moment. But then again, this is the Tokyo Auto Salon where anything goes. It’s also the best place to showcase a wild concept to gauge interest among car enthusiasts that never settle for factory styling.
It’s worth noting that the concept comes from Toyota Industries Corporation, which is the company under contract from Toyota to manufacture the Yaris and RAV4. Toyota Industries Corporation is also responsible for various engines used in Toyota’s vehicles.
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