Toyota Debuts Auto Access Seat for U.S. Market 2011 Sienna


Toyota chose the 2010 Detroit Show to unveil an Auto Access Seat designed for use in the all-new 2011 Sienna minivan, which goes on sale in the States in February 2010. The Auto Access Seat offers owners a transportation solution for elderly and disabled passengers or for that matter, anyone who may need assistance getting in or out of a vehicle.

The seat, which features a one-touch operation and has a lift capacity of up to 330 lbs, rotates 90 degrees and can be lowered to within 19 inches of the ground to further facilitate easier passenger transfers at the exact height required. It also allows up to four inches of slide travel and reclining of up to 24 degrees once the passenger is inside the car.

While we've seen most Japanese automakers offering this option in their domestic market models, Toyota is the first automaker in North America to offer a factory-installed, rotating, power ascending/descending lift-up seat in of its vehicles.

The Auto Access Seat will be available on Sienna LE and XLE models with the seat fabric matching the vehicle interior fabric. Toyota said that it will come with a three-year/36,000 mile factory warranty.


Anonymous said... »January 11, 2010

i Dare you to put that option on to the Previa Q model here in the philippines. lets see how many people will buy them and even if i saw one i'll knock in there door and say " i bet a thousand peso that within today ur gonna get robbed maybe twice even"

Anonymous said... »January 11, 2010

Wow, Toyota surely has some keen viable ideas. I can see this option selling well here in the States for all us Baby Boomers and our parents we now tend to.

Michail said... »January 11, 2010

Yep, this is what obese American consumers were asking for

Anonymous said... »January 11, 2010

nifty design and a great thing for our elders!

Anonymous said... »January 11, 2010

not that this idea hasn't already been done before.

Anonymous said... »January 12, 2010

Could you please put this in a Hummer. A small request from a really big man.

Neil said... »January 12, 2010

I'd pay to to see a fat person wedged half way through the lift....

Anonymous said... »January 12, 2010

Only good if you have a fat pasenger. All those fat american drivers are still going to have to shuffle and wobble into their seats!

Anonymous said... »January 12, 2010

wow, I knew this was a geezer mobile but I had no idea it had come to this. is there an onboard toilet too for those with overactive bladders?

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