Patent Applied: Toyota Porte & Toyota Spade to come to China
Published on August 15, 2013 by Joey Wang
Toyota has applied for patent for the China car market on the Toyota Porte and Toyota Spade. The Toyota Spade is a mini-MPV that features an electric-powered sliding door on the passenger side, and two conventional doors on the driver’s side. The Spade is a dressed up variant of the Forte with a different front.
The Porte/Spade is currently only available in Japan. Power comes from 1.3 and 1.5 liter four-cylinder petrol engines. The Porte is based on the same platform as the Toyota Vitz/Yaris subcompact hatchback. The Vitz is made in China by the FAW-Toyota joint venture, so it seems likely that Toyota will make the Porte at FAW-Toyota as well.
However, some re-engineering seems necessary. Japan drives on the left and China on the right. Toyota thus needs to change the whole door-set up if they want to retain the original concept. They could also decide to leave things as they are, but a sliding door on the driver’s side seems weird.