The Toyota U2 Urban Utility Vehicle Blends Aspects of Cars and Trucks

By: Rahul Kalvapalle - Sep 11, 2014
References: toyotanewsroom & gizmag
The Toyota U2 is an urban utility concept vehicle created by Toyota to capitalize on the buzz surrounding the Maker movement. The vehicle is inspired by Maker Faire, and was unveiled at a private event in San Francisco. The concept vehicle offers the size of a compact car with the functionality of a compact truck.

At first glance, the Toyota U2 looks like it has a mish-mash of design inspirations including the Nissan Pathfinder, Honda Element, conventional commercial vans and food trucks. However, it's multi-tasking abilities are without question.

The vehicle has retractable roof panels that allow air access and increased storage space. The rear panel windows can pivot up and out of the way much like those in a food truck. Meanwhile, the tailgate can be folded down to create a ramp.