Toyota FJ Cruiser - Exterior Design, Jin Won Kim; Interior Design, William Chergosky
Jinwon Kim graduated from Art Center College of Design in summer 2001, and has been designing for Toyota’s Calty Design Research Inc. Jin is the key designer for the 07′ FJ Cruiser and the 07′ FT-HS Concept car
FJ Cruiser designer Jin Won Kim has said that the new truck "[plays] off of the heritage and spirit of the FJ40," and therein lies the rub: Cupholders would have never been included with the FJ40, where drivers with two functioning thighs made their own. Nor would electric windows and locks appear, even on the option sheet. To the diehard, the parsimonious FJ40 was a pinnacle of minimalist superiority that was simple and durable enough to survive the trails of Mount Fuji and the African bush with equal aplomb.
The purists see the FJ Cruiser's front CV joints as an affront to decency, and its soft-cloth headliner as a sign of moral dereliction. But the door has closed on the era of the old FJ40, and there's no going back. Short of 4x4 shopping in a former Soviet republic, buyers will never again see the days when a carburetor feeds the engine and the bumpers are separated by only twelve feet.
Toyota FT-HS concept
The FT-HS 'Hybrid Sports' concept is a bold design direction, unashamedly advanced and challenging yet based on sound principles that many casual observers may have overlooked. In the flesh, the pearl white paint finish shows more fullness in the surfaces and larger radii than in photos, softening the spikeyness of initial impressions.
“We came up with the idea of 'subtractive mass' to express the bold and lightweight aims of the concept” explains Jin Won Kim, senior creative designer for the exterior. “For instance, the center of the roof is scooped out, as are areas below the headlamps and rear lamps, to reduce the massive feeling of the body. It's a progression of both our Vibrant Clarity and J-Factor philosophies”.