(From Press Release)
April 12, 2006 - New York - Scion, from Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A.,
unveiled the all-new FUSE Sports Coupe Concept vehicle at a press
conference today at the 2006 New York Auto International Show.
Developed by Calty Design Research, Toyota's North American design
studio located in Newport Beach, Calif. and Scion's Advanced Product Strategy Team, and built
by Five Axis of Huntington Beach, Calif., the all-new FUSE was
designed to be the new Scion sports coupe icon. Its goal was to push the limits of
a coupe concept by combining entertainment, digital technology, and
versatility into one sinister looking package. Most importantly, its styling makes a
visual statement about its intention to expand the performance envelope among
affordable, entry-level sport coupes.
"The idea of the all-new FUSE Sports Coupe is a reflection of the
boundless limits and creative envelope that embodies all the vital
personalization components of a Scion product," said Mark Templin, Scion vice president. "Since
the launch of Scion three years ago, designers have learned a great
deal about what inspires and motivates Scion buyers through its unique vehicle
lineup and instilled them into the FUSE."
The exterior of the FUSE was the conception of Calty designers Alex
Shen and Bob Mochizuki, who were determined to create a strong performance
statement. Inspiration came from the "HAKO" super GT racing cars of Japan,
commonly known as the JGTC series. From the side, the FUSE has a low,
aggressive stance with a race helmet-inspired wraparound window that provides a
panoramic view. The visor-like wraparound windshield is balanced by a strong C-pillar, adding
a sense of security and protection.
At first glance, the menacing presence and dark undertones of the FUSE subtly
hint there is more than meets the eye. The front of the FUSE glares
at you with slim, high-mounted, deep-set headlamps communicating a serious and
aggressive attitude. A massive rectangular air intake hints at potential for a
From the back, wide-body rear flares span the entire rear mass,
encasing deep-set vertical taillamps. The dual exhaust also serves as fog and reverse
lamps as lighting encircles each exhaust tip. Wheels are 20-inch custom-machined with
LED's on the end of each spoke, which illuminate as turn indicators.
On top, two horizontal glass panels run the length of the roof, and
slide open in both directions offering all occupants access to a personal
sunroof. The rear window tapers down to a speed-activated spoiler.
True to the Scion tradition, the FUSE is equipped with extreme
levels of personalization accessories. Headlights and fog lamps can be programmed to
illuminate in various colors. Videos or images can be downloaded and viewed on a concealed
LCD screen behind the front badge. And then there is the interior.
Calty interior designers Alan Schneider and Ichirou Mukai used the
long wheelbase and high beltline of the FUSE to help create the interior theme,
which revolves around providing the driver with an intense driving environment and
occupants an intimate atmosphere. The activation of a small key-shaped sensor
unhinges butterfly doors that open to reveal an interior that merges
technology, function and racing inspired elements in an asymmetrical pentagon where the
driver is positioned at the apex of the surround.
The influence of the "racing tub" in the overall design is obvious.
It provides a unique contrast that highlights the floating technical
elements of the interior. A drive-by-wire steering interface combines
influences from race cars and video game controllers in one innovative driver
module. A media station that runs the length of the dash is the focal point of the
cabin. Passengers can watch movies, play video games, or do both, with dual display
The FUSE interior concept is referred to as "one plus stuff." The
design focuses on the driver by offering surprising versatility in
the form of three interior arrangements: video, driving and cargo
configurations. In its video mode, the front passenger seat folds flat and serves as a
table, or footrest. Occupants can utilize video screens or take advantage of
wireless fidelity (Wi-Fi) connectivity and instant message their friends. In
driving mode, the video screens turn off and a multi-informational display
is used for driver information.
Utility is maximized in a cargo mode where the front passenger seat
and rear seats fold down to form a flat surface. And, multi-functioning rear
cargo access allows stowage of larger items. The FUSE cabin seats four
comfortably, however when the car is parked, additional room is available with a tailgate
that converts to provide outdoor seating. A sweep of the foot over an infrared
sensor located on the lip of the rear bumper opens the rear tailgate and sliding
hatch, allowing the tailgate to drop down into a curb-high bench. This surprising
seating arrangement is paired with rear foldout speakers for an unexpected social
environment. Enhancing the social scene is a detachable drink cooler with a retractable
handle, which is integrated into the rear center console.
Additional features include subtle accent lighting on the seats, doors and
overhead lining. Deeply contoured seats are upholstered with
soft-to-the-touch "Mythos" fabric that wraps around passengers for maximum comfort.
Finally, audio, video and HVAC systems are easily controlled by a
"vehicle system/communication interface" touch control board that is similar
in appearance to a telephone keypad.
"The FUSE is a styling exercise that presents a discussion starting
point for Scion owners and other Gen Y consumers with an eye towards a
versatile sports coupe," said Templin. "Like previous Scion concepts, the FUSE
delivers a unique statement about what the Scion brand is all about and where
it is headed."
SCION FUSE SPORTS COUPE CONCEPT VEHICLE PRELIMINARY SPECIFICATIONS
2.4-Liter four-cylinder engine
Overall Length: 174.0
Overall Width: 70.7
Overall Height: 52.1
Wheels: 20-inch custom-machined
Tire Size: Goodyear P245/35-20