Toyota to display Kyushu-inspired Lexus at motor show

January 18, 2014

By KOICHI MURAKAMI/ Staff Writer

FUKUOKA--Kyushu’s renowned traditional handicrafts will have a modern high-tech showcase at the 2014 Fukuoka Motor Show later this month.

A custom-built Lexus CT200h with a Kyushu-inspired interior has been developed by Toyota Motor Kyushu Inc., Toyota’s subsidiary in Miyawaka, Fukuoka Prefecture, “to showcase Kyushu’s manufacturing prowess.”

The seats of the hybrid hatchback are made of woven blue and black fabric known as Hakata cloth. Hakata is the name of the eastern area of the prefectural capital of Fukuoka.

The button for the remote keyless ignition system is made of Arita porcelain, an internationally famous ceramic material from Saga Prefecture, while the interior ceiling of the CT200h is lined with tatami mat rush from Yatsushiro, Kumamoto Prefecture, a leading producer of mat rush in Japan.

The grip of the gear lever uses Nagasaki’s traditional tortoise-shell craft. The trunk of the Lexus uses parts featuring bamboo ware made in Beppu, Oita Prefecture.

Toyota Motor Kyushu would not say how much it cost to build the customized car, whose exterior is black and silver.

The automaker does not plan to commercialize the special “Kyushu” version of the Lexus CT200h but said the project could point the way for future special-edition vehicles.

“We want to use this experience to produce a customized car in the future,” said Sadahito Baba, senior managing director with Toyota Motor Kyushu.

The Fukuoka Motor Show will run Jan. 24-27.

By KOICHI MURAKAMI/ Staff Writer
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The interior of this customized Lexus CT200h, built by Toyota Motor Kyushu Inc. for the Fukuoka Motor Show, is inspired by Kyushu handicrafts. (Koichi Murakami)

The interior of this customized Lexus CT200h, built by Toyota Motor Kyushu Inc. for the Fukuoka Motor Show, is inspired by Kyushu handicrafts. (Koichi Murakami)

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  • The interior of this customized Lexus CT200h, built by Toyota Motor Kyushu Inc. for the Fukuoka Motor Show, is inspired by Kyushu handicrafts. (Koichi Murakami)
  • A Lexus built by Toyota Motor Kyushu Inc. features seats made of traditional Kyushu Hakata cloth. (Koichi Murakami)

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