Toyota Compact Cruiser EV concept car received the prestigious Car Design Award 2022 in the concept car category. The Compact Cruiser EV was developed by the European design studio Toyota ED2 in Nice and will be unveiled for the first time in December 2021 at the Mega Web Hall in Tokyo.
Toyota Compact Cruiser EV with Car Design Award 2022
“We have been researching electric vehicles for over 30 years and have come a long way,” said Simon Humphreys, general manager of Toyota Design. “As electric vehicles become more popular, people are increasingly looking for emission-free vehicles to express their lifestyle. The Compact Cruiser EV is a great example of this trend.
Based on Toyota's rich SUV experience, ED2 designed the compact EV cruiser to highlight the lifestyle of young city dwellers who enjoy being outdoors after work. The car has a unique design that emphasizes its practicality, versatility and off-road capabilities of an all-wheel drive electric SUV. Raw, sturdy bodywork refers in various ways to the legendary first-generation Land Cruiser. This is evident in the iconic off-road silhouette and simple body shape.
Toyota received the Car Design Award in the Concept Cars category at a gala evening at the ADI Design Museum in Milan. The award ceremony is held as part of Milan Design Week and the famous Salone del Mobile furniture exhibition.
The Car Design Award was first organized in 1984 by Fulvio Cinti, founder and editor-in-chief of Auto & Design magazine. The award is given in three categories: Stock Vehicles, Concept Cars, and Corporate Identity Language and Consistency. The winners of the Car Design Award are selected by an international jury of 11 experts representing one of the most prestigious automotive magazines in the world.
“Toyota Design made it to the finals in all three categories this year, both for the brand’s design language, the Aygo X in the stock car category, and of course the Compact Cruiser EV, the winner in the concept car category,” said Silva Baruffaldi. , Jury President and Editor of Auto & Design. “The Car Design Award is not awarded to the car, but to the team behind the project. Toyota's designers received great recognition in this year's competition."