Tokyo, Aug 27, 2013 – Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) announces that it will remodel Mega Web, its vehicle experience and enjoyment facility in Tokyo’s Odaiba waterfront area. The facility will temporarily close in September for the remodeling and reopen in early November 2013.
Planned improvements include the establishment of an indoor driving zone, a global discovery zone and a waku-doki zone.
The new zones are being created with the goal of sharing car culture with visitors of all ages and nationalities. The central section of Mega Web‘s Ride One test course has recently been expanded and turned into a plaza to make it more suitable for car-related events and test drives. In addition, visitors will be able to ask questions about high-volume vehicles, with information being more easy-to-find than ever. A dedicated area will also be established to showcase specially equipped “Welcab” vehicles with factory-installed features for physically disabled individuals and the elderly.
Mega Web was opened in March 1999 as a facility where visitors could experience and enjoy vehicles and discover car culture. At Mega Web, visitors can learn about Toyota cars through exhibitions and test drives, and can also take part in go-kart races and view exhibitions of historic cars from around the world. Mega Web welcomed its 80 millionth visitor in September 2012.
Indoor Driving Zone
This zone will contain an indoor course with a total length of approximately 230 meters, where even children can experience the joy of driving while also learning traffic rules. There will be a broad range of vehicles available for visitors of all ages, including the “Camatte” family-oriented concept, which was displayed at the Tokyo Toy Show 2012 and other exhibitions.
Global Discovery Zone
This zone will be a place to have fun while learning about Toyota‘s global automotive initiatives. In addition to exhibits on themes such as safety, the environment and efforts to create a smart mobility society of the future, visitors will be able to view vehicles specially produced for overseas markets that could not otherwise be seen Japan.
The waku-doki zone will be a place where visitors can experience the joy of owning, driving and talking about cars. The space, which will contain design elements evoking both a racing circuit and a residential garage, will display GAZOO Racing vehicles and the Toyota “86”. Visitors will be able to use a simulator to experience the joy of driving, or relax in the cafe area.
Ride One Plaza (completed)
The central section of the Ride One test course has been expanded and turned into a plaza. This makes events safer and more exhilarating for drivers and spectators alike.
Supported by people around the world, Toyota Motor Corporation (TSE: 7203; NYSE: TM), has endeavored since its establishment in 1937 to serve society by creating better products. As of the end of March 2012, Toyota conducts its business worldwide with 50 overseas manufacturing companies in 27 countries and regions. Toyota‘s vehicles are sold in more than 160 countries and regions. For more information, please visit www.toyota-global.com.
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