Until recently, Toyota made the sort of cars which wouldn’t say boo to a goose, to use that strange, but expressive phrase. All that seems to be about to change.
The Mirai and latest Prius look as if they would cross a busy road themselves if there was a goose-booing opportunity on the other side, and the C-HR crossover which debuted at Geneva keeps up the trend. In the current manner, it’s tamed down a bit from the C-HR concept shown last year at Frankfurt. However it still tends towards the egregious.
I’ve been inured to this since the shock of the Nissan Juke, and I think the Toyota hangs together rather better. Am I alone in thinking that there’s something of the Type 844 Delta about the C-HR? Lancia might have done better with that car had it been a high-riding crossover with a bit of ‘attitude’, after all it arrived on the market over a year after the Nissan Cashcow.
My sole C-HR disappointment is that the Burnaston plant missed out on it. I’m sure that the Turkish plant at Sakarya will do a good job, but they must be worrying in Derbyshire, with only the ageing Auris and near-moribund Avensis to keep them going.
Not far away on the Toyota stand was the not wholly serious Kikai. I found myself thinking of a Rowland Emmet sculpture, dosed on steroids:
Despite constantly feeling the hand of John Calvin on my shoulder during my time in Geneva, I’ll readily forgive Toyota their foray into the frivolous. They’ve clearly been working hard this term