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.