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A boat-inspired vehicle and a three-wheeler with built-in protection from the elements have been created in conjunction with a respected Japanese architect.

Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. recently unveiled two new concept models – 05GEN and 06GEN – based around the fundamental design philosophy of “Refined Dynamism”. As opposed to designing for speed and mileage, the new mobility vehicles prioritise a sense of leisurely movement, connecting people and places as part of an “island development” program run by architect Toyo Ito on Omishima in Ehime Prefecture.

▼ The 05GEN is a three-wheel mobility vehicle that runs with electric assist technology.

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▼ The 06GEN is an electric four-wheel mobility vehicle that blends the inside space with its surroundings.

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▼ The 06GEN vehicle protects the rider from the sun and light rain during short trips.

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▼ There’s a feeling of openness to the vehicle, which allows for relaxed interactions with people and the environment while moving from place to place.

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Designed to resemble a garment lightly draped around the rider’s body, the overhead visor can be folded down when it’s not being used, to protect the vehicle from rain.

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▼ The 06GEN model has been designed to blend inner and outer spaces to enhance interaction with the surrounding environment.

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▼ The soft curves and boat-like design create an open, veranda-like space that relaxes passengers as they’re carried from place to place.

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The two new concept models will be on display at the renewal opening of the Imabari Toyo Ito Museum of Architecture in Omishima, where they can be viewed at a private meeting on July 2 and a special talk event on July 3. Following these events, the 05GEN will be kept on display inside the museum.

Source, Images: Yamaha