I’ve never really seen the appeal of RVs or camping cars but this Camakuruma is making me take a second look. A combination of the Japanese words kamakura (igloo) and kuruma (car) the new concept car was developed jointly by a number of companies including Toyota and Hoshino Resorts, who want to allow skiers to rent the vehicles and park them right by the slopes to allow easier access than ever.
Designed by Nippon Design Center, the interiors are are cute and cozy. Inspired by igloos, they’re intended to build anticipation and excitement before even arriving at the slopes. The designers collaborated with Toyota and their 2.5D printing technique, which essentially consists of multiple layers of ink printed on various flat and rigid surfaces, to create igloo-like surfaces inside the vehicle.
One drawback for me personally is that after a long day on the slopes there’s nothing better than relaxing in an onsen. But perhaps visitors will still be able to utilize Hoshino Resorts’ facilities before returning to their camping car.
No word on when these concept cars will become available but you can read more about them here (Japanese only).