by , 04/15/08

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Odd-looking doesn’t even begin to describe this hybrid concept vehicle, but the Toyota Hi-CT is a reflection of what a cool and enjoyable vehicle should look like, according to Toyota’s team of young Japanese and European designers. The Hi-CT evolved from the theme of “unbalanced” – the concept behind the entire design of the front-centered proportions. Wanting something that would make you stop and take a good look, Toyota has succeeded. And the young team of designers behind the Hi-CT have given this cool and enjoyable vehicle some very green aces up its sleeve.

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The Hi-CT is a plug-in hybrid with a 1.5L motor and uses lithium-ion batteries, which are located underneath the floor of the vehicle in order to maximize the interior space of the car. While it looks quite boxy and big, it is in fact quite small. The entire vehicle is 3.3 meters long, 1.6 meters wide and 1.7 meters high. It is, effectively, a cube on wheels. Due to the tiny size, it can only carry two persons. However, being a “lifestyle” car, there’s enough space inside it for everything that an active user or two could need. The rear trunk can be modified so that surfboards, bicycles and camping equipment can be carried around for those days where you need to get out to nature.

The car certainly looks a little out of the ordinary, but not in an unappealing way and especially not with its green credo to back up its unfamiliar form. If nothing else, this once again proves how by thinking outside the constraints of the gas engine, car manufacturers have certainly started to think outside the box for their car designs as well.

+ Toyota Hi-CT

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  1. markg March 30, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    form follows function…I get it, but: too ugly for words. maybe if it had a 5th wheel hitch it could tow a “little red wagon”…the “radio flyer” tractor/trailer rig for downwardly mobile yuppies.

  2. mary June 10, 2008 at 1:54 pm

    This looks okay for a sidewalk.

    Good design is one that endures time. This little guy looks like another trendy toy car.

    I think most of us would like to see more sexy designs that will bring the masses aboard.

  3. daiku April 17, 2008 at 6:01 pm


    er – time to go to bed..

  4. lennyesq April 16, 2008 at 10:51 am

    Any of us who drive the Scion Xb a/k/a “The Toaster”, will recognize its familiar front end and roof lines.

    Toyota has extrapolated from the current design of its Urban Utility Vehicle (UUV) to a greener concept. This makes me very hopeful that this concept will be built. I’d love to have one.

  5. earthsaver April 15, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    If it’s only designed for two, what’s the story with the two headrests against the rear window, behind the front seats?

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