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Toyota Canada held a media reception in Toronto, Ontario as part of the Canadian International Auto Show to give a sneak peak of the U2 Concept vehicle before it global auto show debut.

“As a company of makers, Toyota has been driven by a passion for designing and engineering practical solutions to meet the ever-changing needs of its consumers. The Toyota U2 concept is an example of that – a vehicle tailored to those who make up today’s makers, creators and mobile entrepreneurs,” says Cyril Dimitris, Vice President, Sales, Toyota Canada Inc. “This creative class blurs the lines between work and play and we’re delighted to give Canadians the first look at this compelling vision of urban mobility.”

The vehicle, which Toyota describes as an Urban Utility Concept, is a cross between an utility van, a truck and a passenger car. Features on the concept include: flip up side windows, retractable utility bar, foldable and removable front seat, fold up rear seating and a utility rail system allowing configurations accommodating a variety of uses. The rear space of the U2 may be used anyway from fully closed to completely open with retractable roof panels and side rear glass panel that slides into the tail gate which then folds down and reconfigures as a ramp.

“The U2 is a compelling design exercise that delves into the increasing re-urbanization of our cities and urban drivers’ desire for flexibility, fun and maneuverability,” says Kevin Hunter, President of Calty, Toyota’s North American design studio. “Calty keeps a number of projects concealed while continuously exploring new ideas for unique concepts, and the U2 gives people a rare look at the constant innovation and creative thinking that happens behind closed doors at Toyota and our Calty studios.”

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