NAGOYA—THE TOYOTA GROUP announced today it will present ideas for the future of transportation and other technologies and spotlight the increasing role of recycling in society at its pavilion*1 at the 2005 World Exposition, Aichi, Japan (EXPO 2005)*2.
Under the banner “The Dream, Joy and Inspiration of Mobility in the 21st Century”, the Toyota Group’s pavilion—which will be largely created and operated using renewable resources—will encompass two themes: “Mobility in Harmony with the Planet” (based on EXPO 2005’s “Nature’s Wisdom” theme) and “The Appeal of Mobility—The Dream and Joy of Worldwide Movement” (based on the exposition’s “Grand Intercultural Symphony” operational concept).
Planned features include a “Mobility Performance Show” and a highly recyclable pavilion that will largely run on renewable energy. Visitors will be treated to an IT-based interactive experience and site management characterized by wholehearted hospitality. Ways to present future technologies for the environment and other fields based on Toyota Group know-how are also being considered.
Mobility Performance Show
The Mobility Performance Show, arranged by famed producer Yves Pépin of France, will feature the i-unit concept vehicle and other attractions in a highly entertaining presentation of a world full of future technologies and futuristic vehicles. Meant to appeal to visitors of all ages, it will aim to hint at what may be in store for society.
The pavilion—showcasing the recycling mechanism of nature
The pavilion will be designed to demonstrate nature’s recycling mechanism. Every effort will be made to achieve carbon dioxide emissions-free operation by relying on renewable energy sources (mainly wind power) and to use renewable and reusable materials in its construction. Aiming for zero waste even after dismantlement, non-reusable materials will be exhaustively recycled.
The pavilion’s exterior design employs a complex application of reusable and easily recycled steel and natural materials. Water and flowers are used to help create the image of a hill—with a path leading up to it—enveloped by a natural and gentle light. Its basic design was commissioned to MIKAN, a Tokyo architectural firm.
For details on the i-unit concept vehicle, the Mobility Performance Show, producer Yves Pépin, the Earth Pavilion and the pavilion’s architects, please see attachments 1 through 5.
*1The following 17 companies are scheduled to participate in the Toyota Group pavilion: Toyota Industries Corporation; Toyota Motor Corporation; Aichi Steel Corporation; Toyoda Machine Works, Ltd.; Toyota Auto Body, Co., Ltd.; Toyota Tsusho Corporation; Aisin Seiki Co., Ltd.; Denso Corporation; Toyoda Boshoku Corporation; Towa Real Estate Co., Ltd.; Toyota Central Research & Development Laboratories, Inc.; Kanto Auto Works, Ltd.; Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd.; Hino Motors, Ltd.; Daihatsu Motors, Ltd.; Tokai Rika Co., Ltd.; and Araco Corporation.
*2 March 25 to Sept. 25, 2005 in Aichi Prefecture’s Seto City, Nagakute Town and Toyota City