Toyota To Bring Setsuna Wood Concept To Milan Design Week

Posted: Mar 7 2016, 8:24am CST | by , Updated: Mar 7 2016, 5:32pm CST, in News | Cars & Vehicles

 

Toyota to bring Setsuna wood concept to Milan Design Week!
  • Toyota to bring Setsuna wood concept to Milan Design Week!
 

Setsuna was built using cedar and birch wood to signify Toyota’s potential for making memories and bonds.

Toyota will showcase its Setsuna wooden concept at the Milan Design Week. The Setsuna is an EV concept made up of cedar and birch wood. The Milan Design Week will take place from the 12th to the 17th of April, 2016.

It will be the debut of the Setsuna concept at the Milan Design week. According to Toyota, the wooden concept will focus on the car’s permanence and importance in modern life.

Toyota also stated the Setsuna was created as a reminder of their potential to make memories. The Setsuna will represent the car’s potential for emotional bonds. 

The Setsuna is a two-seater concept which translates from Japanese as ‘moment’. The frame of the Setsuna is made up of Japanese cedar and birch.

The ideology is that the wood will pick up marks over time that will tell the car’s story. The Setsuna is powered by an electric motor and the shape is inspired by a boat.

The wooden bodywork uses a traditional Japanese construction using no screws or nails. The Setsuna has a measurement of 3030mm in length, 1480mm wide and is 970mm tall.

The Setsuna was engineered by Kenji Tsuji. According to Tsuji, they evaluated various ways to express the concept. Then they selected different woods for specific applications.

Finally they used Japanese cedar for the exterior panels and Japanese birch for the frame. The idea is that the car will gradually develop a complex and unique character over the years. The seats of the Setsuna combine functionality with attractive, gentle hues of the wood. 

Kenji Tsuji, the Toyota engineer overseeing development of the Setsuna, said of his process: "We evaluated various ways to express the concept and selected different lumber materials for specific applications, such as Japanese cedar for the exterior panels and Japanese birch for the frame. We also paid particular attention to the sizes and arrangements of individual parts. For the assembly structure, we adopted a traditional Japanese joinery technique called okuriari3 which does not use any nails or screws. The completed body line of the Setsuna expresses a beautiful curve reminiscent of a boat. We would also like the viewer to imagine how the Setsuna will gradually develop a complex and unique character over the years. The car includes a 100-year meter that will keep time over generations, and seats that combine functional beauty with the gentle hue of the wood."

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