Later we’ll be posting a gallery of the most attractive, noteworthy, and technologically advanced cars from this year’s New York International Auto Show (watch our auto show coverage page here). But for now, I present you with the most unfortunate piece of automotive design on the showroom floor: The Toyota Yaris Club Five Axis Design.
This car is not entirely new – it was first unveiled at last year’s SEMA show – but it bears repeated viewing. Designed by the Huntington Beach, California firm Five Axis, this Yaris is meant to be an homage to the sixties-era Toyota 7 racecar, and it’s outfitted with Sparco racing gear on the inside and a vintage ivory white paintjob and assymetrical racestripe on the outside. It seats only one person, preferably someone who is not easily embarrassed.
To be fair to Five Axis, there’s also a Five Axis Scion here that looks fantastic. And some people may find this Yaris downright cute. Just not me. Check out the photos and decide for yourself.