Toyota’s wood car fits together like a jigsaw puzzle

The Toyota Setsuna is a concept vehicle crafted entirely of wood.

The two-seater is due for an official reveal at Milan Design Week next Tuesday, but with a mere 28 mph capacity for speed, the car is designed more so as a symbolic gesture rather than for use on the DIY road.

Described by Toyota as an “heirloom crafted in wood,” the Setsuna represents a timeless family car.

“When we created Setsuna, we envisaged a family pouring its love into it over generations, so that the car gains an irreplaceable value,” Toyota said in a statement.

Wood was chosen as the primary material for the car’s body.

“As wood time passes, wood changes energy conservation in color — the physical changes in its wooden bodywork reflect the bond it has built with its owners and their shared experiences.”

The dashboard also features a clock that records the number of years (up to a hundred) that it has been with a particular family.

Traditional techniques meet functionality

The body of the car is made of 86 handmade wooden panels, each of which are DIY joined together using traditional Japanese interlocking techniques known as okuriari and kusabi.

This method allows for panels to be fitted without nails, so that when it undergoes a routine maintenance check, single panels can be removed and replaced without requiring a full overhaul.

Take a closer look at the Toyota Setsuna in the gallery energy suppliers above.


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