By Ronan Glon
Thursday, Apr 25th, 2013 @ 4:35 am
 
Toyota has teamed up with French designer Jean-Marie Massaud to create the ME.WE concept, a small four-door city car that is billed as an "anti excess" vehicle. The ME.WE will greet the public for the first time in Paris later this week.
The ME.WE stretches 135 inches long, 68 inches wide and 62 inches tall, dimensions that make it 15 inches longer and several inches wider than the tiny Scion iQ. It rides on a tubular chassis crafted out of aluminum and it is equipped with composite body panels that help reduce its weight to just 1,653 pounds.

Fully recyclable, the body panels are easily removable so the ME.WE can be quickly transformed into a pickup or a convertible.

Simplicity is the order of the day inside the ME.WE. The dashboard is partially made out of bamboo and the instrument cluster has been replaced by a small screen that displays vital information about the car such as how fast it is going and how much juice is left in the battery. Linked to a smartphone, the screen can also display driving directions and stream music.

Power for the ME.WE comes from four in-wheel electric motors and a lithium-ion battery pack mounted under the floor.

The ME.WE concept is purely a show car and Toyota does not plan on adding it to its lineup in the near future.