Toyota Gets Kids Into Cars with the Camatte57s Concept
The annual Tokyo Toy Show concluded over the weekend, which normally wouldn’t be big news for the automotive inclined. Except for the third year in a row, Toyota rolled out the latest iteration of its Camatte57s – the automaker’s concept car for kids. The unique concept, featuring 1+2 seating, was created to spark children’s interest in cars and spread the joy of customizing said vehicles. Two versions of the Camatte57s concept were on display in Tokyo this past weekend; one stripped of all its body panels, and the other – dubbed the Camatte57s Sport – featured a special LED hood.
RELATED: See photos of the 2013 Camatte57s concept
The bare-bones Camatte57s allowed visitors an unrestricted technical look into the concept’s fully functional inner workings. Kids could heave at the wheel to view how the steering rack works, push the accelerator to power the concept’s electric drivetrain, and even see the differential spinning-up the rear tires.
At the neighboring exhibit, the Camatte57s Sport displayed a bit more artistic creativity. Kids could draw designs on sheets of paper and a scanner would display the images in LED lights on the hood of the car.
Unsurprisingly, both vehicles are quite likely to remain concepts, but the interchangeable and removable panel design featured in the Camatte57s parallels the new Daihatsu Copen, which also features customizable body panels. Check out the concepts in action in the video above.
RELATED: See photos of the 2014 Toyota FT-1 Concept