Car maker Toyota unveiled the FT-CH "dedicated hybrid concept" at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, a car notable for its younger skewing design, cheaper price and, in Toyota's own words, its "8-bit generation" inspired design.
According to the official announcement, the Toyota Europe Design and Development (ED2) centre in Nice designed the FT-CH to "capture the vivid, high-energy appeal of what has come to be called the 8-bit generation".
"Popularised in the early '80s, 8-bit microprocessor technology dominated the budding home video game industry," Toyota's release reads. "Today, 8-bit is considered a specific retro-style that is embraced by such things as 8-bit genre music and 8-bit inspired art." Who knew?!
Toyota says the 8-bit references in the new hybrid car's design are meant to be "fun and innovative, colourful and stylish, with strong appeal to young buyers."
We're still having a little difficulty here at Kotaku Towers picking out the 8-bit video game design references - maybe with the exception of the pixelated vents - but you can judge for yourself just how 8-bit the FT-CH is in the gallery below.
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