Tag: Toyota concept vehicles
Toyota unveiled the FT-1 Concept earlier last week at this year’s North American International Auto Show. The Toyota FT-1 concept is a pure performance, track-focused sports car model created by CALTY Design Research, Toyota’s North American Design branch. The FT-1 concept is a symbol that captures elements of the emotion and energy we can expect to see in future Toyota vehicle designs. Its design is heavily influenced by Toyota’s long sports car tradition that includes vehicles such as 2000GT, Celica, Supra and most recently, FT-86 (Scion F-RS).
Toyota plans on making its presence as the world’s most progressive full-line manufacturer at this year’s North American International Auto Show. The exhibit will occupy 35,000-square feet of space which will feature 38 vehicles, including the 2014 editions of the new Corolla, Highlander, 4Runner and Tundra.
There will also be several displays that highlight some of Toyota’s recent successes and promising future technologies. These would include the FCV – a fuel cell-powered concept that kicked off the recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The FCV represents a major engineering achievement for Toyota as they prepare to launch a fuel cell sedan in 2015.
Another unique concept vehicle coming to NAIAS this year is the Toyota FV2, a future mobility car operated by the driver shifting his or her body to intuitively move the vehicle in any direction. By using intelligent transport system technology to connect with other vehicles in the area and traffic infrastructure, the Toyota FV2 helps enable safe driving by providing a wide variety of safety information, including advance warning about vehicles in blind spots at intersections.
Toyota’s prowess in hybrid technology will be featured with all four members of the Prius “family” on display, as well as hybrid versions of the Avalon, Camry and Highlander. Charging stations for the environmentally-lauded Prius Plug-In and RAV4 EV can also be found in the exhibit.
Motorsports fans are guaranteed to enjoy the “Toyota Racing Zone,” an area that pays homage to the manufacturer’s involvement and success in NASCAR. A Camry stock car and NASCAR Tundra “cutaway” are featured in this zone, as well as a Toyota/NHRA Funny Car.
“This year’s exhibit illustrates Toyota’s deep product portfolio,” said Don Johnson, Auto Show Engagement Manager at Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. “Toyota has demonstrated success in every vehicle segment, and the company’s leadership in hybrid and fuel cell technologies is helping propel the industry toward a more sustainable future. Toyota’s product diversity will be evident to anyone attending NAIAS.”
The Toyota exhibit was designed and constructed by Michigan-based George P. Johnson. Continue to check in with us as we bring you more news from the 2014 North American International Auto Show.
Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. Inc. has announced that it will debut the FCV, a sedan based fuel cell concept vehicle, at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The reveal will feature the North American debut of the concept vehicle as well as an introduction to the fuel cell test mule, which has logged thousands of miles undergoing rigorous quality and durability testing on U.S. roadways.
Toyota’s news conference will be held Monday, January 6th at 1:00 pm at the Mandalay Bay Conference Center. Be sure to check back as we bring you the latest updates and news.
At the Shanghai Auto Show last week, Toyota revealed a pair of green technology concepts, which might be a preview of hybrid systems that could appear in future models. Both cars are aimed at the Chinese market, with the FT-HT Yuejia debuting a six-seater hatch and the Yundong Shuangquing II previewing a new sedan model.
Toyota says that the hatch’s “Yuejia” name means “happy family”, while the sedan’s name combines “movement upon clouds” with the term “dual support” – the latter a reference to its petrol-electric powertrain. The Yundong Shuangqing II seems to be a more subdued version of the Furia concept seen at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, but now with a hybrid powertrain. Both the Furia and Yundong Shuangqing II concepts have sharply defined sheetmetal to separate the front of the car from the side. The two cars’ profiles look identical, from the upward kink of the rear side window to the character line that strikes through the door handles.
Little has been revealed about the concepts’ hybrid drivetrains, although Toyota has confirmed that a new system is being developed at its Changshu plant in China.
The futuristic Toyota i-Road underlines once more that the boundaries between (engine powered or electric) two-wheelers and other mobility concepts are steadily fading. You can call the i-Road a roofed scooter with two seats, electric drive and a front wheel tilting mechanism reminiscent of the Piaggio MP3. But this Toyota is different, because i-Road’s steering takes place with the rear wheel.
One would think that the i-Road is a typical show prototype made for attracting attention to the brand. However, Toyota claims that’s not the case here. According to a spokesperson: “In 2014 the first i-Road project starts with 70 models being deployed in a mobility project in and around the Grenoble region. What Toyota in fact states with this i-Road is that the company doesn’t believe in ‘ordinary’ electric cars. Toyota sees a more realistic future for electric mobility with so-called Personal Mobility Vehicles made for one or two riders. They are affordable and fit for usage in urban areas.”
Check out the video below for a glimpse at its agility and steering capabilities.
Unveiled at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Toyota hints at a newly redesigned Corolla with the 2013 Corolla Furia Concept. The concept represents an exterior styling study by Toyota designers, and it builds on the brand’s product development priority to develop more dramatic, expressively designed vehicles.
“The Corolla Furia Concept is an early indicator of where our compact car design may lead in the future”, commented Bill Fay, group vice president and general manager of the Toyota Division. “It blends a heightened emphasis on dramatic design and modern elements of high technology to generate curb appeal that will surprise a lot of people.”
Designed around the theme of ‘Iconic Dynamism,’ which centers around pure and simple elements to create a confident, decisive and recognizable appearance, the Furia will attract the consumer that is looking for a vehicle with a more dynamic and aggressive look. The concept includes LED head and tail lamps, carbon fiber accents and 19-inch wheels, and the wheels are pushed to the corners to maximize interior.
Compared to the specs of the current Corolla, the Furia is only about two inches longer and wider, but it also sits lower and has a wheelbase that is almost four inches longer. Scroll through the gallery below for a closer look.