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Toyota at the Geneva Motor Show
Toyota will have a number of green products on display at the Geneva motor show 2012, including the Yaris Hybrid; the FT-Bh concept, a low emissions affordable city car; and the NS4 and FCV-R concepts.
Toyota Yaris Hybrid
The Yaris Hybrid will be shown for the first time in its production-ready form, ahead of going sale in June this year. Powered by a re-engineered Hybrid Synergy Drive, it will be Europe’s first full hybrid supermini, opening up the technology to a new customer group. Toyota claims that it will deliver the lowest emissions in its segment.
Toyota FT-Bh concept
Geneva marks the world debut of the FT-Bh concept, an ultra-lightweight, full hybrid city car study, designed to achieve low emissions within an economically viable production framework. The team that produced FT-Bh purposely avoided expensive materials and complex manufacturing processes, working instead only with those that are already commonplace in the auto industry.
Toyota NS4 concept
Toyota’s NS4 and FCV-R concepts are also being shown in Europe for the first time.
The NS4, pictured, is a next-generation plug-in hybrid vehicle, which Toyota says is designed to "address customer demand for added value from hybrid motoring, together with advanced design and a more involving drive". Whether this is true or not, it certainly looks better than many recent Toyota models.
Toyota FCV-R concept
The FCV-R represents Toyota’s next step towards mass production of hydrogen-powered vehicles, paving the way for the launch of a saloon-type fuel cell vehicle by 2015.
Toyota GT 86
The GT 86 may be seen as more sports car than green car, but it’s designed to be as lightweight as possible, so that automatically qualifies it for being one of the greener cars in class. The GT 86 is due to reach the road this summer.
The Toyota diji concept – previously shown at last year’s Tokyo motor show as the Fun-Vii – is all about personalisation. The entire body, inside and out, serves as a display, with the driver being able to change colour and content at will. The process of displaying images or information is as simple as downloading an app. The car can also link to nearby vehicles and infrastructure to create an even more connected driving experience.
- Paul Clarke