Press Release) Chrysler Akino Concept Redefines Luxury and
The unique and artistically sculptured appearance of the Chrysler
Akino concept vehicle and its one-box, compact size certainly turns
heads. However, after the fifth person settles comfortably into the
vehicle, one clearly gets the idea there is more to this concept
than meets the eye.
"Our job as designers is to push the boundaries of conventional
thinking, said Trevor Creed, Senior Vice President – Design,
Chrysler Group. "On this project we imagined a new small
super-efficient powertrain that allows freedom for the designer to
create a new solution for future transportation."
The vehicle name comes from Interior and Exterior Designer,
Akino Tsuchiya, a 37-year-old who was born in Japan and is based at
the Chrysler Group's Pacifica Design Studios in Carlsbad,
California. The meaning of the name Akino is "autumn field." The
feeling of serenity that is evoked with these words is a theme
present throughout the vehicles design.
"I wanted the soothing, comforting feeling of a living room on the
interior all surrounded by an elegant form that reflects the
Chrysler brand," Tsuchiya said of her concept vehicle revealed at
the 2005 Tokyo Motor Show. "We very much wanted a feeling of being
at home on the road." Tsuchiya added that for those in Japan,
driving on a weekend or free time is an experience of being together
such as through family outings or traveling with friends.
The Chrysler Akino concept has a single door on the driver side,
and two doors on the passenger side that open in opposite
directions. This arrangement allows the interior to have a
booth-like rear seat with a swiveling passenger seat. The roof
features an unusual interlocking form toward the rear which
punctuates the design and provides more headroom for the rear seat
"In the Chrysler Group, we take pride in employing the best
designers in the industry," said Joe Eberhardt, Executive Vice
President Global Sales Marketing and Service. "The fresh thinking
and diversity in our design team enables us to develop vehicles that
answer the specific demands of the varied world markets in which we
operate. While the Chrysler Akino may be a concept at this stage, it
shows how we can meet the rational needs of customers in our
international markets, while infusing the product with all the
emotion of the Chrysler brand," he said.
According to Tsuchiya, the unique seating configuration provides an
oasis which is designed for a safe, comfortable and social
environment to experience travel on an entirely new level.
The selection of materials and colors used in the interior are
composed of natural and recyclable synthetic fabrics: bamboo
flooring, a throw rug, lighting sconce, mood lighting and even throw
The driver and passenger front seats are treated like arm chairs and
the rear seat like that of a sofa in a traditional living room
setting. Color is used to separate the working space from the living
room area also – a Salon Blue Suede in the driver and cockpit area
with a Cream Suede on the passenger and rear seat surfaces with a
similarly colored lower door trim.
The exterior features a side glass that has an unusual graphic
breakup while the rear glass is specially coated with texture to
give passengers a sense of privacy and comfort.
"We wanted an artful, sculptural and graceful form that was
influenced by artwork and architecture," Tsuchiya said. "Refinement
is at the heart of the Chrysler brand. The combination of those
brand attributes and artistic grace helped us to bring much of the
home into the automobile."
Wheelbase: 2413 mm
Length: 3724 mm
Width: 1799 mm
Height: 1604 mm