Tuesday, January 12, 2010

New Toyota hybrid inspired by Contra, Mega Man and Super Mario Bros.

When the folks at Toyota unveiled a new hybrid concept car at the Detroit Auto Show yesterday, they mentioned that its design was inspired by video games popular during the 1980s--namely Contra, Mega Man and Super Mario Bros.

The car, known as the FT-CH Concept, is a "downstream version of the small hybrid Lexus LF-CH Concept" that was unveiled during the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, according to green.autoblog.com.

Should it make it to production, the two-door, four-seat FT-CH (which is just 153 inches long and 68.5 inches wide) likely will be marketed as an entry-level version of the automaker's popular Prius.


Viewtiful_Justin said...

I'd love an explanation about HOW it was inspired by them.

Bryan Ochalla said...

Yeah, I'd like that, too. All of the articles I've read about it have stated *why& the designers turned to 8-bit games for inspiration -- to attract young, hip buyers -- but none of them have said *how* they were inspired...