Presented in – you guessed it – Tokyo, Toyota Pod was created in a joint venture with Sony. It was integrated with Sony’s then new DSRC (Dedicated Short Range Communication) system and mood reflection system which flashed different exterior light colors depending on driver’s mood. While quite advanced for its time, one can’t fail but to think that such industrial powerhouses like Toyota and Sony could have come up with something better than an overgrown toaster.
There was a little bit of 2004 Bronco concept in it, but SYNus never had the same chance as the iconic SUV. Furthermore, 2004 Bronco concept was simply badass, while squared-off bank vault that was SYNus, never looked serious enough. Sure, it had the menacing front, but the rear, completed with four-spoke spin handled doors, was simply too much. Like the 2004 Bronco concept, SYNus was also powered by the 2.0L turbodiesel 4-cylinder engine making 134 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. It was built upon Fiesta’s platform, though, which speaks a lot about its size really.