Automotive Design and Production

APR 2018

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Page 28 of 51 passionate about. To use an analogy: people may like vanilla ice cream, but they undoubtedly love cookies 'n cream or something more extreme. But there is more to it than just having the green light from the executive suite. Hunter says that a lot of it comes from working with other functions within the Toyota organization so that the stylists and designers can actually do something interesting. He says, "We were having engineering packages dropped off." They were told what the wheelbase, overhangs, width, cowl position, etc. were. And then they were expected to style the car. Hunter explains that once the package is set, what can be done is pretty much constrained. "We're involved early now with the engineering teams." This allows Calty input regarding the parameters. He says that Calty designers were involved in the TNGA architecture—which is now under- pinning things from the Prius to the Camry (and, yes, the new Avalon uses it, too)—an undertaking that would have certainly been the purview of engineers alone in the not-too-distant past. LEXUS. AH, YOUTH. Of the two brands, Lexus has clearly been taking the most risks, particularly with the "spindle grille" design (yes, the LF-1 has it), although Hunter says that they're still pursuing, though moderated, the "L-finesse" design language (which debuted on the third-generation GS sedans introduced in calendar '05). "We've tried to hone that recently," he comments about L-finesse. "To inject some more excitement into our designs we've created the term 'Brave Design.' We want to take some chances with what we are doing." And he cites the highly expressive LC-500, which several have described as looking like a concept car even though it is The 2019 Toyota Avalon was styled by Calty at its Ann Arbor, Michigan, facility and debuted at the 2018 NAIAS. 27 AD&P ∕ APRIL 2018 TOYOTA DESIGN

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