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Toyota FT-86 Concept (copyright image)

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7th October, 2009

Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) has announced that three concept vehicles are to highlight its exhibit for the 41st Tokyo Motor Show. The show is open to the public from 24th October to 4th November at Makuhari Messe in Makuhari, Chiba Prefecture.

TMC views motor shows as an opportunity to highlight new automotive possibilities, and so over the years has used them to unveil a wide variety of concept vehicles and ground breaking technologies.

This year, the Toyota brand exhibit continues its theme from the previous Tokyo Motor Show: "Harmonious Drive—A New Tomorrow for People and the Planet". This theme expresses TMC's commitment to making cars that brim with individuality but that are also in harmony with society.

The Toyota brand display will include a compact rear-wheel-drive sports vehicle that embodies the joy of driving and the pleasure of ownership — the fundamental appeal of motor vehicles. The display will also feature environmentally friendly concept vehicles including a plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHV), the type of vehicle considered best suited for widespread use to effectively meet CO2 emissions restrictions and the diversification of energy, and an electric vehicle (EV) suitable for short-distance trips.

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Toyota vehicles to be displayed the 41st Tokyo Motor Show:
1. FT-86 Concept (future Toyota 86) — a compact, rear-wheel drive sports vehicle
2. Prius Plug-in Hybrid Concept — a plug-in hybrid vehicle
3. FT-EV II (future Toyota electric vehicle two) — an urban electric vehicle

Display vehicles

1. FT-86 Concept (world premiere)

The FT-86 ("86" pronounced "hachi roku"), a compact rear-wheel-drive sports car, provides driving joy and excitement.

  • Compact design gives driver greater control, while body's lightness and low centre of gravity allow race car-like handling
  • Both power and environmental performance provided by 2-litre boxer engine and light body
  • Flash Red body colour contains hint of blue; interior expresses modern feel with minimal coverage of the highly refined structural components evoking enthusiasm for cruising

Vehicle Length Width Height Wheelbase Seating
FT-86 Concept 4,160 mm 1,760 mm 1,260 mm 2,570 mm 4

Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid Concept (copyright image)

Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid Concept

2. Prius Plug-in Hybrid Concept (Japan premiere)

The Prius Plug-in Hybrid Concept, which employs the first lithium-ion batteries to be used to power a Toyota-brand vehicle, is based on the third-generation Prius. It is capable of being charged from an external power source, such as a household outlet.

  • Vehicle can operate with battery charged or not, thus it is not completely dependent on battery-charging infrastructure
  • Through greater use of electricity, vehicle has better overall fuel efficiency than conventional petrol-electric hybrid, thereby lowering consumption of fossil fuels, reducing CO2 emissions and lowering atmospheric pollution
  • Aimed to have a fuel efficiency of 55 km per litre or more (approx), CO2 emissions of 42 g/km or less and an EV cruising range of 20 km or more on a fully charged battery
  • Approximate battery-charging times are 180 minutes at 100V and 100 minutes at 200V

Vehicle Length Width Height Wheelbase Seating
Prius Plug-in Hybrid Concept 4,460 mm 1,745 mm 1,490 mm 2,700 mm 5

Toyota FT-EV II Concept (copyright image)

Toyota FT-EV II Concept

3. FT-EV II (world premiere)

The Toyota FT-EV II is a compact EV designed for short distances, and it is based on the idea of a future mobility society in which EVs are common, and means of transport are divided according to purpose, the characteristics of the energy to be used and the status of the supply infrastructure. The FT-EV II features a high-quality package extremely convenient in urban settings.

  • Ultra-efficient package with body more compact than ultra-compact "iQ", but still with seating for four
  • Drive-by-wire technology enables joystick operation of all functions including accelerator, brakes and steering wheel; ample legroom provided by elimination of accelerator and brake pedals
  • Vehicle designed with low front cowl and auxiliary window below windshield for outstanding forward visibility; further consideration paid to safety around vehicle led to see-through LED rear combination taillights
  • Electric sliding doors on both sides facilitate ingress and egress, particularly in narrow spaces
  • Top-speed of over 100 km/h
  • Easy coverage of over 90 kms on fully charged battery—ample for everyday use
  • Extremely quiet and comfortable ride with smooth acceleration, thanks to TMC-cultivated motor-control technology, which is part of the hybrid system at core of TMC's environmental technologies

Vehicle Length Width Height Wheelbase Seating
FT-EV II 2,730 mm 1,680 mm 1,490 mm 1,900 mm 4


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