The Toyota Fengchao Fun concept has been unveiled at the 2017 Shanghai motor show, and probably points the way to the look of the China and Asian market Camry.
From the side, the concept looks to feature smoothed out versions of the eighth-generation Camry’s doors. At the front and rear, the concept has unique styling, with cleaner and sharper details than the already unveiled North American Camry.
Those making their way to the Shanghai Auto Show this year might get hit with a strong case of déjà vu once they lay eyes on Toyota's Fun sedan concept.
Judging by its dimensions, shoulder line and A & C-pillar design, this concept seems to be previewing a car that we already know pretty well, namely the 2018 Toyota Camry, which already made its debut back in January at the Detroit Auto Show.
Toyota has said the FT-4X Concept is 75-percent production ready.
The Toyota FT-4X Concept recently made its debut at the 2017 New York Auto Show, and while many were hoping it would be a proper FJ Cruiser successor, it turns out the FT-4X Concept isn’t geared towards off-road enthusiasts. Arguments about the concept aside, chief designer Ian Cartabiano confirmed to CarAdvice that Toyota’s Calty studio always aims for their concepts to be at the 75-percent stage, adding that if Toyota can produce the C-HR, it can produce the FT-4X. The Japanese automaker is sill waiting to see what the reaction is before making a decision.
Sony’s Concept for Android developers have not been resting on their laurels. They have been doing a great job of giving Xperia X Concept users regular updates with meaningful new features, as well as the latest Android security patches. If you’re wondering what’s next in store, well the Concept developers are looking to release Android 7.1.2 on the Experimental track of the Concept programme next week.
When you build a car, there are three groups of people that matter – a love triangle, if everything goes well. There are the marketers who figure out how to sell what the carmaker builds, the critics (read: us) who leverage our experience and knowledge to grade the thing, and then there's the buyer. The latter is by far the most important to a car's success, or failure.
To understand the challenges facing the FT-4X (if it eventually becomes a production model), you need to understand what happens when things get misaligned between these three groups. Maybe the famous Pontiac Aztek comes to mind – it was notoriously the product of the marketers who obstinately insisted that the vehicle would work great for the target demographic. Critics and buyers both panned it; sales fell woefully short of the target, and it shuffled into its punchline afterlife.
The FJ is dead, long live the FT. Toyota's retro-inspired off-roader may be a few years gone, but the Japanese automaker wants to show that it's still interested in the segment. At the 2017 New York Auto Show, Toyota unveiled the FT-4X concept, short for "Future Toyota-Four-wheel-drive Crossover." While vehicles like the 4Runner and Tacoma are aimed at more hardcore off-road enthusiasts, the FT-4X is aimed squarely at city dwellers who want something more capable than a RAV4 or C-HR.
The FT-4X was designed by Toyota's Calty Design Research, in Newport Beach, Calif. It's the same group that penned the Concept-i that debuted at this year's CES. The basic framework was a vehicle that could go anywhere at a moment's notice, as Calty says Millennials love the outdoors but rarely plan ahead. There are a number of design features that make the FT-4X a bit of a Swiss Army knife.
Sony Mobile's Concept for Android group has pushed another refresh for the Xperia X (38.3.1.A.0.96). This is a little firmware refresh, with the Android security patches refreshed to 1 April 2017. The refresh is moving to the Experimental track of the Xperia X Concept. On the off chance that you claim the handset and are anxious to attempt it for yourself then head here.
Sony Mobile's Concept group has discharged another firmware refresh (38.3.1.A.0.91) for the Xperia X trial track. The highlight of this most recent refresh is another sound motor, which consolidates SONY Audio Effects Engine and Google's incorporated MusicFX sound capacities. This implies MusicFX will now utilize Sony's sound motor, as opposed to the restrictive Android sound effects.