The Geneva Motor Show is still ongoing in the Swiss capital but automakers are already thinking about the next venues – for example Toyota has taken the wraps of its Setsuna concept ahead of its introduction during the Milan Design Week.
The prototype has been named after the Japanese word for “moment,” with the Setsuna coming back to the old days of handcrafting cars and even featuring wood as the primary choice of construction material. The exterior body panels are made from Japanese cedar, and the concept’s frame is made from Japanese birch. The automaker also comments that the concept’s assembly structure uses a traditional Japanese joinery technique called okuriari which eschews the use of screws or nails. Toyota also decided to greenlight the project and allow the engineers and designers craft it out of wood in a bid to bring the “…notion that, as a family accrues time and experiences together with their car, lovingly caring for it and passing it on to the next generation, that car will acquire a new type of value that only the members of that family can appreciate.”
If the model was ever to be built, Toyota also believes that with proper care (maybe it could be featured in future installment of Karate Kid – wax on, wax off!) the car could be resilient enough for generations to enjoy. But in all earnest the Setsuna is most likely going to remain a design exercise, which explains the lack of technical specifications – Toyota only revealed it uses an electric powertrain and a 100-year meter that keeps time over generations.