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Toyota has announced that the A-BAT concept has been I repeat: The vehicle you see in the following has been put on permanent ice. No unibody pickup will be for the U.S. market. That is

Toyota returns to its compact-truck with its latest concept A-BAT (Advanced Breakthrough Truck) making its world at the North American International Show… The A-BAT uses a powertrain reported to provide versatility, roominess, and style for a new of buyer… customers benefit the hybrid powertrain’s low emissions and economy. Smaller than the Tacoma, the A-BAT integrates features with a car platform for an and modern package… Truck 2008.

A Car Too Far

A few years ago–2004–I got my car: A $4500 Mercury LS, with a V-6 engine, leather untouched interior and clean, lines. It was a great car.

And I like it.

It wasn’t the looks or that bugged me, it was the fuel At 21 mpg, I was hoping for better. I had for a small car thinking it would be efficient than a Ford or small truck, but wound up a nice little car that got the same fuel mileage.

At first I was angry. Then I was Knowing now that a V-6 Ford or small truck was not beyond the of reach–that they were fuel-efficient, at least compared to my decided to research small to understand how they could be to attain maximum fuel

I worked hard looking at small truck, car and SUV I could By 2007 I had begun to focus my upon compact pickup area that most manufacturers have abandoned I began drawing up my plans for a truck that would be compact, and useful–with five seats, a four-foot pickup and a small front engine with a midgate for extra bed I dubbed my concept the “Lobo”, it to look like a small F-150. At first I was amazed no automaker had designed anything it. I mean, the Subaru Baja and Ridgeline hinted at something it, but without the uniquely American of a fullsize truck. This looked like a mini-fullsize to my I researched this concept, with the Baja and Ridgeline, I saw a Ridgeline at the Albuquerque International Fiesta, and was surprised. In spite of its looks, this was a good truck underneath the sheetmetal.


At the 2008 Detroit Auto Show, auto Toyota introduced a pickup called the A-BAT, short for Breakthrough Aerodynamic Truck.” truck was among the most vehicles at the show; a pickup with a four-foot bed, not the Subaru Baja or Honda with a midgate, hybrid engine (for excellent economy), four-wheel drive, useable seats (since a concept, they didn’t a middle seat) and a truckish It looked so big that many thought it was a fullsize. In reality, it was three inches longer a Toyota Corolla and almost the length as a current small-sized Tacoma.

I was ecstatic that somebody had the truck I had envisioned. If only had styled it as well as their had designed it.

Although I thought the was great, there were problems that clearly to be solved. Toyota had not solved the design’s most glaring that big open hole in the And the styling itself was hated by everybody who first saw it, to the point many didn’t even about the good points of the “Ditch it!” was the collective from the crowd. Even as tried to change minds, as many pictures as they of the design to try to get at some of the best of the truck (Look! The backseat flat! The hybrid powertrain manage upwards of 35 mpg! It can a 4×8 sheet of plywood!) the yelling intense. The hatred of the A-BAT me that changes were in should something like it see production.

The Looks: Problem Number I

buy vehicles almost entirely on how they look, inside and The Subaru Baja looked a car with an open trunk; it was in the front, bizarre in the back, an mullet that was ridiculous-looking and not more practical than a car. The Honda Ridgeline, ugly vehicle, suffers the same problem.

The first the truck needs is to look Although many love the style, I think it could use an The most glaring faults:

Too blind spots.


The bodywork is far too busy.

The interior is uncomfortable-looking.

The interior is yellow not going to work for the vast of people)

I’m not going to even the interior, because it’s an fix (just make it more But the exterior is another animal I think it can be made almost even for those who despised it at

I tried my best here:

really just the exact truck, except with the made larger, the headlights down to the sides of the grille, wheelhouses, the taillights borrowed from the Tundra and a new grille. I it’s a vast improvement the old design, but if you still think ugly feel free to me your thoughts.

An alternate T-grilled design different front fascia:

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II: The Name

A-BAT, regardless of it stands for, just goofy on a truck. Not very rugged, or anything, really.

are many good names for a truck like this, but I love wolves (just at my self-portrait) I thought I’d try my hand at an Just off the top of my head, to complement the new I named my drawings the T-WOLF-PT ( T W acky OL d- F ashioned P ickup T I’m sure Toyota can think up better than that.

III: The Midgate

This one too hard to solve. In reality, it requires a little time and I came up with a system Toyota might like to a try:

The bottom of the backseat is in the front so that it folds up behind the front driver’s and seat. It has a back window of it.

It folds up.

The rear seatback down, like on a conventional

Something like this:

The outlines are where the seats to be, and now are not. The magenta dots are the points. In the bottom drawing, the seat bottom has been to the front, allowing for two feet of usable space (theoretically). The seatback has folded down, for more bed. The owner can the rear armrests and other accoutrements with a tarpaulin.  And of roll down the back so they don’t get scratched.

Part IV: Four-Passenger Seating

Add a third seat in the back, Subaru didn’t and it was an absolutely decision. Five seats are a and an optional bench in the front hurt either Oh hell, uses the center seat in the anyway. I’d like five but as long as the back two are useful and enough for people (as in bigger today’s Tacoma’s seats) take either configuration. make sure to add cupholders or a armrest or something.

Part V: The Raison-D’Etre

Without an optional powertrain, the A-BAT would be with perhaps a slight in fuel economy over a modern pickup. The hybrid will likely get cheaper in years, and more powerful. electric motors are torquey and good truck motors I’d say Toyota should keep and I doubt it’d get rid of them so there you are.

I hope builds the A-BAT. I know a lot of you think it’s ugly and but as a member of a family where every male member a truck as a commuter (and not ones either–F-250 HDs and Silverado I say it’s high time for a pickup truck that can five people yet still stuff in the back and travel on roads (the road in of my house is a dirt road, by the part of the reason I like concept over a Prius). I the A-BAT can do that and more. hoping Toyota has the balls to this thing to market.

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