October 11, 2007

Toyota to unveil eight concept cars at Tokyo Motor Show

Toyota 1/X
Toyota 1/X. Click image to enlarge

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Tokyo, Japan – Toyota announced that it plans to exhibit eight concept cars and 13 other vehicles at the 40th Tokyo Motor Show under the theme: “Harmonious Drive-a New Tomorrow for People and the Planet”. The show will be open to the general public from October 27 to November 11 at the International Convention Complex in Makuhari, Chiba Prefecture.

Toyota’s concept car highlights include a vehicle that redefines what it means to be environmentally considerate and one that rewrites the rules of auto design with ultra-efficient vehicle packaging.


The 1/X (pronounced “one-Xth”) is a concept vehicle that “redefines what it means to be environmentally considerate.” The 1/X weighs only “1/Xth” that of other vehicles in its class; maintains an interior space on par with that of the Prius, with an aimed-for fuel efficiency that is double; and a curb weight reduced to 420 kilograms (about one third the weight of the Prius).


Toyota RiN
Toyota RiN. Click image to enlarge

The RiN focuses on “increased comfort” and “serene, healthy living”. Drivers are encouraged to reevaluate themselves and, furthermore, to turn their attention to society and nature, producing a healthy rhythm for both mind and body. In addition to featuring comfortable, heated seats, an oxygen-level conditioner and pinpoint humidifier, the RiN uses green glass that reduces infiltration of ultraviolet and infrared light and makes the surroundings seem brighter and clearer to increase cabin comfort.


Toyota i-real
Toyota i-real. Click image to enlarge

The i-REAL represents the next stage of Toyota’s personal mobility vehicle development, following the PM, i-unit and i-swing. It uses three wheels (two at the front and one at the back), in low-speed mode, shortening its wheelbase to allow it to manoeuvre naturally among pedestrians at similar eyesight height without taking up a large amount of space; in high-speed mode the wheelbase lengthens to provide a lower center of gravity and better driving performance.


With a length of less than three metres, the iQ CONCEPT offers ultra-efficient packaging aimed at reducing CO2 emissions. It seats three adults and one child (or luggage), and offers outstanding fuel efficiency to reduce CO2 emissions.


Toyota Hi-CT
Toyota Hi-CT. Click image to enlarge

The Hi-CT aims to offer a new “coolness” and new ways to have fun. It adopts plug-in hybrid technology, which allows it to charge from an external power source and gives it a greater driving range when running on its battery-powered motor. It comes with an AC100V accessory socket that enables stored electricity to be used for a variety of applications. The Hi-CT features a removable rear trunk and a deck where surfboards, bicycles and other equipment can be loaded.


The FT-MV, or ‘future Toyota minivan’, includes luxurious, second-row seats with fully automatic ottomans, and uses soft ambient lighting to create interior ambience.

Crown Hybrid Concept

Toyota Hi-CT
Toyota Hi-CT. Click image to enlarge

The “next-generation inspirational luxury sedan”, the Crown Hybrid Concept features the latest hybrid system with a two-stage motor speed reduction device that helps achieve smooth acceleration, high fuel efficiency, low CO2 and other exhaust emissions and quietness. Inside are 10 airbags.


A “next-generation hybrid sports car”, the FT-HS doesn’t compromise driving excitement for being environmentally considerate. It offers the smooth cruising of a hybrid vehicle combined with high fuel efficiency, reduced CO2 and other emissions and a quiet cabin, and the driving excitement of rear-wheel drive.

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