Toyota brings U2 delivery van concept to 2016 Canadian Auto Show

Article by Andrew Christian, on February 7, 2016

The U2 Urban Utility delivery van concept of Toyota Motor Corporation will be on display at the auto show next week in Toronto, Canada. Accordingly, the U2— pronounced as "U squared"— has retracting roof panels and a configurable utility rail system.

Toyota Canada spokeswoman Melanie Testani claimed that the U2 is a perfect indication of Toyota's commitment to producing vehicles that meet the needs of the urban lifestyle. However, according to Testani, there are still no plans for a production version.

The U2 concept was first launched in 2014 at an event in San Francisco. A year after, the car appeared at an event in New York. According to the car maker, the van's key features include fold-up rear seating, retractable utility bar, and a foldable tailgate that can be converted into a ramp.

Toyota is lagging behind in the growing small utility van area. Last year, sales only advanced 45 percent to 100,000 in the US. Vans such as the Nissan NV200, Ram ProMaste City, and Ford Transit Connect are in demand for urban startups and delivery services that cater to tight city streets.

Testani explained that the U2 won’t enter production. Furthermore, she did not disclose whether Toyota seeks to grow in the small utility van segment.

U2 will be at the Canadian International Auto Show on February 11 at the Metro Toronto Convention Center. The show is open from February 12 to February 21 for the public. The U2 will join some of Toyota's premier models, the 2016 Prius and the RAV4.

Press Release

Toyota U² Urban Utility concept car makes global auto show debut in Toronto

Toyota has developed a concept vehicle that perfectly suits today’s creative class of mobile entrepreneurs and Makers. Visit Toyota at this year’s 2016 Canadian International Auto Show and be among the first to see the Toyota U2 (“U Squared”), an urban utility concept making its global auto show debut at this year’s show, held from February 12-21 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

“From its retracting roof panels, to its uniquely configurable utility rail system, the U2 offers a concept vehicle that is only limited by the imagination,” says Cyril Dimitris, Vice President, Sales, Toyota Canada Inc. “Our North American design team left no stone unturned in masterfully creating a concept vehicle that truly embodies the spirit of today’s Maker culture from the inside out.”

The U2 will make its global auto show debut alongside great company at this year’s CIAS, including:

The all-new, 2016 Toyota Prius – on sale this winter

The new 2016 Toyota RAV4 – including the first-ever RAV4 Hybrid

The 2016 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro Series pickup truck

A totally tricked out Scion iM

The Toyota Safety Sense and Toyota FT1 virtual reality simulators

A number of other new or updated models for 2016,

These models join the full line-up of Toyota and Scion vehicles and technologies on display throughout the Canadian International Auto Show, running February 12-21, 2016. For more information on Toyota vehicles and technologies, visit www.toyota.ca

Topics: toyota, concept, van

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