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Toyota Concept Car Made from 86 Wooden Panels

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Some might think the combination of wood and cars make no sense, but therein lies the beauty of Toyota’s new concept car, Setsuna, whose exterior is made from 86 handmade wooden panels. Although it offers basic vehicular performance like driving, turning and stopping, the Setsuna, named after the Japanese Buddhist word for “moment“ or “instant,” is not supposed to make sense—it’s supposed to make us rethink our relationship with our car.

Set to debut at the 2016 Milan Design Week (April 12 to 17), this concept car will have an aluminum meter on the dashboard that counts time in hours, days and years up to 100 years. It’s a Zen-like exercise that ties value to time and memories, rather than distance traveled.

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