toyota setsuna concept

Toyota will be debuting its Setsuna electric concept at the Milan Design Week next month. The novelty of this one is with the choice of its construction material – it’s made primarily of wood, and the body line is reminiscent of a boat.

There’s a specific reason for the thematic element – wood is durable, yet prone to change over time, providing uniquely appealing characteristics that are not offered in conventional cars. Its use on the study explores the long-going relationships between people and their cars, developed over the years.

The Setsuna – which measures in at 3,030 mm long, 1,480 mm wide and 970 mm tall, with a 1,700 mm-long wheelbase – derives its name from the Japanese word meaning “moment,” which was chosen to reflect that people experience precious, fleeting moments together with their vehicles.

A variety of wood types find their way on to the two-seater, including the exterior panels, frame, floor, and seats. Japanese cedar is used for the exterior panels and Japanese birch for the frame, and a traditional Japanese joinery technique called okuriari – which eschews the use of nails or screws – was adopted for the structure’s assembly.