by Irv Miller
Toyota will display two Venza project cars at this year’s Specialty Equipment Market Assn. (SEMA) show in Las Vegas to help illustrate the Venza’s versatility.
The first of them is called the Venza AS V (Active-Sports Versatility). This car, developed by Five Axis, will be outfitted with several features offering unique solutions for transporting and storing all types of winter sports equipment.
The rear of the vehicle will house a unique utility system, the Integrated Cargo Carrier (ICC), created by Magna Car Top Systems. The ICC is a stow-away rack system that pulls out to transport a variety of wet and dry equipment such as bicycles and skis.
Exterior body enhancements will include new front and rear bumpers as well as slightly more aggressive over-fenders. Wider 20 x 10.5-inch wheels and larger diameter tires will also enhance the look of the Venza AS V.
Complementing the interior is a premium navigation unit that is equipped with a full entertainment system. The engine’s output has been enhanced, and so has braking and suspension performance.
These two project cars will be on display Toyota’s SEMA show booth. Press information will be available on Toyota's Pressroom site during the 2008 SEMA.
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