SEMA 2015: Toyota
[dropcap style=”style1″]D[/dropcap]espite SEMA being an outlet for the aftermarket, major automotive manufacturers use SEMA not only to show off their own factory accessories, but also to display aftermarket accessories on their own vehicles. Toyota brought a huge presence to SEMA this year. With a large floor showcasing some of the more odd, quirky, and interesting cars at the show, Toyota was a fun place to be.
Themes were all over the place, appealing to fans and answering questions nobody ever asked. Toyota capitalized on Back to the Future this year, with a retro throwback Tacoma honoring Marty McFly’s obsession in the films. Featuring black paint, yellow KC lights, and even amber turn signals in the taillights with classic “Toyota” font adorning the tail gate. Without DeLorean, Toyota used their equally controversial Mirai with a futuristic fuel cell, gullwing doors, and protruding decklid. Notably, having a sense of humor a “Mr. Fusion” home fusion reactor graces the Mirai with plenty of fusion capabilities.
Back to the Future wasn’t the only hit at the Toyota booth. Minivans modified with track and trail flavor shocked crowds with more questions than answers. The Sienna R-Tuned concept was designed with the track friendly in mind. Developed with aftermarket DG-Spec, new suspension and drivetrain tied with a gutted and caged interior, this Sienna laps Willow Springs faster than a Camaro SS. On the opposite end, the Ultimate Utility Vehicle takes minivaning to the offroad flavor. Part of the “Ever-Better Expedition” the UUV rides on a modified Tacoma platform. With bodywork shaped to allow the 22 inch wheels, the suspension accommodates up to 15 inches of wheel travel.
With the topic of offroad fresh, Toyota came full force with a Tonka themed 4Runner, an eight door Tundra limousine, and a 200 series Land Cruiser set to overland across the world. The icing on the cake was outside on the patio. Four legendary classic models, two Supra’s, a Corolla Wagon, and Crown sedan offered excitement for the hardcore enthusiasts.