Toyota to sponsor sixth-generation Clemson vehicle prototype
GREENVILLE, S.C. — Toyota Technical Center, the North American research and development arm of Toyota Motor Corp. , will sponsor the sixth-generation Deep Orange vehicle prototype designed and conceived by automotive engineering students at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR).
Deep Orange 6 is hands-on project-based learning. Clemson University graduate automotive engineering students work to create and manufacture a new vehicle prototype during their studies.
“The students’ task is to develop a utility/activity vehicle concept that not only expands Toyota’s model range, but addresses important issues, such as creating desirability and relevance among youth consumers,” said Paul Venhovens, BMW Endowed Chair in Automotive Systems Integration at CU-ICAR, who leads the Deep Orange program.
Throughout this process, Clemson students work directly with carmakers, suppliers and entrepreneurs to develop and implement novel ideas in partnership with the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calf.
“Innovation is a high priority for Toyota and this project is an excellent opportunity to involve the engineers of tomorrow in some of the key challenges of today,” said Jeff Makarewicz, vice president of the Toyota Technical Center Corporate Strategy Office in Ann Arbor, Mich.. “We are honored to partner with Clemson and look forward to seeing their fresh and innovative ideas”.
Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research
The Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research is an advanced-technology research campus where academia, industry and government organizations collaborate to create a global venue for the automotive industry. The 250-acre campus in Greenville, S.C., is composed of five technology neighborhoods, each designed uniquely for optimizing an innovative and collaborative environment. CU-ICAR is home to Clemson’s department of automotive engineering, which offers master’s and Ph.D. programs and is conducting leading-edge applied research driven by industry needs.
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