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The Toyota Setsuna (Japanese for “moment”) is a roadster concept car made from cedar and birch and built using a traditional Japanese carpentry technique known as “okuriari” that doesn’t involve nails or screws but relies on perfectly carved joints to hold the components together.

The Verge: Toyota is thinking of the Setsuna as something you’d want to pass down to your kids — not as a beater first car, but as a family heirloom.

“As a family accrues time and experiences together with their car, lovingly caring for it and passing it on to the next generation, that car will acquire a new type of value that only the members of that family can appreciate.”

The boat-like body is made up of 86 hand-crafted panels of Japanese cedar across a frame of birch.

The company notes that wood’s characteristics change over time, depending on the temperature and humidity levels it is exposed to and how well it’s taken care of. The idea is that as the Setsuna ages, it’ll change and pick up the personalities of its owners and the lives they led. To that end, the car has a “100-year meter” embedded inside of it — a tracker for your grandchildren or great-grandchildren to know how old this machine is.

Telegraph: The use of metal has been kept to a minimum in the engineered parts of the open-top roadster, which is powered by six batteries that give it a range of 16 miles and a top speed of a rather lumbering 28 mph.

Toyota Setsuna plans

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Craft and creativity

Toyota Setsuna

Unfortunately, the Setsuna, which will be on display for five days from April 12 [2016] at the Japan Pavilion at Milan Design Week, is not authorised to be driven on public roads. — Telegraph

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