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Toyota FJ Cruiser

Toyota FJ Cruiser

4,050 lb kg) (2WD)

4,290 lb (1,946 kg) manual)

The Toyota FJ Cruiser is a style SUV with styling and off performance reminiscent of the original FJ40 Land Cruisers. [ 1 ] as a concept car at the January 2003 American International Auto the FJ Cruiser was approved for production positive consumer response and at the January 2005 North International Auto Show in production form. [ 2 ] [ 3 ] The FJ cruiser is by Toyota subsidiary Hino in Hamura. Japan since and shares many structural from the Toyota Land Prado. [ 4 ] On 5 November 2013, announced the 2014 model Trail Teams edition be called the Ultimate Edition and the 2014 model year be the last for the FJ Cruiser. [ 5 ] No known has been announced.

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Design and development [ ]

By the time the production of the original ended in 1984 Toyota had towards increasing the size and of the Land Cruiser line. The of a new FJ with rugged capabilities of the originated in the mid 1990s with Product Planner Dave and then Vice President of and Operations Yoshi Inaba. [ 6 ]

worked secretly with Toyoda to set up a special shop at the plant to test the feasibility of a new by combining Tacoma underpinnings the bodies of Toyota Bandeirante. an based vehicle still in in Brazil (as a diesel model at the time. [ 7 ] Akio Toyoda to Japan to join the board of giving high level to the project. Toyota’s flagship studio Calty was then on to deliver a fresh interpretation of the [ 8 ]

Calty hired veteran automotive designer Bill to lead the development of an offroad known internally as Rugged Utility (RYU) aimed at young male buyers, a Toyota felt they losing touch with at the [ 9 ] Many takes on the RYU concept created including the 2001 Sports Coupe concept a retro style design by 24-year-old designer Jin Won Kim was chosen as the exterior concept with designing the interior. [ 10 ] [ 11 ]

Toyota FJ Cruiser

The FJ Cruiser concept debuted at the Detroit Auto Show in Blue . a color that become the Signature color for the FJ Cruiser. [ 12 ] The bold styling was an hit with the automotive press and public despite competing more exotic concepts the Cadillac Sixteen and Dodge [ 13 ] By resurrecting design traits the iconic FJ40, the FJ Cruiser was as a new Halo Car for Toyota much the similarly retro styled Mustang had done for Ford .

In the of 2004, Toyota began off road evaluations of the FJ platform by development mules on many of the difficult trails in North including Moab, Utah. the National Forest. the Mohave and the famed Rubicon Trail. each one off mule costing of thousands of dollars, the development was determined to push the capabilities of the in order to deliver reliable off performance in the production model. to the A-TRAC traction control and suspension tuning came as a result of the prototype testing. [ 14 ]

The exterior of the FJ concept remained unchanged when the final model debuted at the 2005 American International Auto However, Chief production Akio Nishimura had to significantly the amenities offered in Chergosky’s concept to keep the price of the FJ Cruiser reasonable. Unique touches like the gear that doubled as a shovel removable interior lights doubled as flashlights, and flat front seats were though several concept remained as factory options. [ 15 ]

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The FJ Cruiser a short wheelbase. stocky and grille/headlight arrangement much the original FJ40. Other design cues include a vertical windshield with windshield wipers for maximum area coverage. The FJ Cruiser is Toyota’s only current to use the name Toyota spelled out the grille instead of the corporate which has been in use since another reference to the FJ40 and older Toyota trucks. The body features rear access doors that a unique look to the SUV. high strength steel was to give the vehicle side protection without the need for a pillar. [ 16 ]

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