1995 Toyota FLV
Lexus F.L.V. (Future Luxury Vehicle) Concept, 1995
TOYOTA FLV: This monstrosity showed that Toyota stylists are not averse to reaching back to the 1930s for ideas. In this case it was the ill-fated Chrysler Airflow, albeit without the waterfall grille. The FLV is one big mother with styling that incorporates a continuous slope downwards from the windscreen brow to the rear bumper.
The FLV (Future Luxury Vehicle) was a concept vehicle built by Toyota. It was first shown at the October 1995 Tokyo Motor Show as a Toyota vehicle and then at the January 1996 North American International Auto Show as a Lexus vehicle. The exterior design was by Toyota USA's Calty Design Research.
The FLV was designed to be luxurious and also practical for an active lifestyle by having a large cargo compartment access by a rear hatch. The side windows are shaped like ordinary sedan windows but the roofline is closer to that of a wagon. Toyota called the shape a "monoform oval silhouette".
The seat height was chosen so that the passenger's legs could swing out onto the ground without having to shift their body up (as in a normal sedan) or down (as in an SUV). An electronic centre console in the dash housed accessories such as a navigation display, air conditioning controls, the entertainment system and email (connected to a cell phone network).
The 2005 Toyota FT-SX
concept vehicle fulfilled a similar purpose.
Quelle: Bill Tuckey - The Age via www.darwinmovers.com.au; wiki