Toyota delves into pedal power

MATT CAMPBELL
Last updated 05:01 15/06/2012

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Toyota is getting in touch with its inner child, revealing a pair of toy-car concepts ahead of their debut at the 2012 Tokyo Toy Show.

The Camette concepts come in two different designs: the Camette ''Daichi'' (translates to ''great first son'' or ''great land''), which appears to be styled on a GI Joe-style micro jeep; and the Camette ''Sora'' (or ''sky''), a 60s style micro car with sleeker lines.

Each vehicle features removable body panels, lights and seats for extra customisation and a clever flip-open cabin designed to make it easier to get in and out. Each measures just 2.7 metres long and 1.2 metres tall, about the size of a Smart ForTwo.

Inside it features a three-seat layout (one at the front, two at the back) which Toyota claims will ''create an intimate family driving space, maximising parent-child communication''.

This car's biggest trick, however, is that it doesn't have an engine. It has a set of adjustable pedals so both parents and children can pilot the Camette (a parent in the back seat can also help control its steering and brakes) and Toyota says it will give the ''children the chance to become more familiar with the workings of motor vehicles''.

The cars won't make it to mass production.

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- Sydney Morning Herald

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