Toyota concept vehicles, 2000-2009

Toyota concept vehicles, 2000-2009



Toyota ES3
Manufacturer Toyota
Production 2001
Engine 1.4 L 1ND-TV turbo diesel hybrid

The Toyota ES3 (Eco Spirit cubed) was a concept car made by Toyota in 2001.[1][2][3] It was designed to use parts made from bioplastics. The ES3 was not made into a production vehicle but the technology was used in the Raum in 2003 under the name of Toyota Eco-Plastic.


Toyota Pod
Toyota Pod on display in Tokyo
Manufacturer Toyota
Production 2001

The Toyota Pod was a concept car created by Toyota in collaboration with Sony.[4][5] The Pod was first shown at the October 2001 Tokyo Motor Show. The Pod was unique as it was designed with artificial intelligence systems built in to make the car appear more personal.

The Pod was much like a living being due to the artificial intelligence programmed into it. The featured a screen inside with Sony-created software running on it, capable of creating shopping lists and running music and radio. The car could also judge the attitude and mood of the driver based on their reactions and how they are driving, and could offer advice on how to improve their current mood. The seats inside are like stools which could freely spin and rotate. On the exterior, the Pod could express its own feelings with coloured LEDs - red for anger, yellow for happy, blue for sad - and an antenna that wags, much like a dog's tail. The Pod was designed as a "car of the future" and hence was never put into production.

The Pod was featured in the game Gran Turismo Concept and had an exclusive race to itself. A new track - using segments from the Clubman Stage Route 5 course - was created which involved 6 Pods driving through the pitlane backwards before stopping in a special area for several seconds before being allowed to resume racing.


Toyota DMT
Manufacturer Toyota
Production 2001
Body style Minivan
Platform Previa
Engine 2.4 L 2AZ-FE I4

The Toyota DMT (Dual Mode Traveller) was a concept van made by Toyota and first shown at the October 2001 Tokyo Motor Show.[6] The van had a high mounted driving position and a rear cabin designed to be useful as an office or studio.


Toyota FXS
Manufacturer Toyota
Production 2001
Engine 4.3 L 3UZ-FE V8
Transmission 6-speed manual

The Toyota FXS (Future eXperimental Sports) was a concept car made by Toyota and first shown at the October 2001 Tokyo Motor Show.[6] The coupe was powered by a 4.3 L 3UZ-FE V8 engine using a 6 speed sequential manual gearbox.[7]


Toyota RSC
RSC at the 2002 LA Auto Show
Manufacturer Toyota
Production 2001
Body style 2-door SUV
Layout 4WD
Platform RAV4
Wheelbase 2,490 mm (98 in)
Length 4,115 mm (162 in)
Width 1,850 mm (73 in)
Height 1,550 mm (61 in)

The Toyota RSC ("Rugged Sport Coupe") was a Toyota 2-door SUV concept car that was first shown at the February 2001 Chicago Auto Show.[8][9][10]

The RSC was designed by Calty as a 'pure concept vehicle', with no intention to go into production but to 'connect emotionally with young buyers'.[8] Design cues came from rally cars used in the World Rally Championships,[10] with functional lines, a lack of luxury features and 'designed to convey the sparse, functional simplicity of a race car'.[8] The RSC was based on the RAV4.[9]

The RSC was never made into a production vehicle.

RSC at the 2002 LA Auto Show  


Toyota FCHV-3
Manufacturer Toyota
Production 2002
Predecessor Toyota FCHV-2
Successor Toyota FCHV-4
Body style SUV
Engine Hydrogen fuel cell

The FCHV-3 (Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicle 3) was the third vehicle built by Toyota in it's Fuel Cell Vehicle program. In March 2001, it was presented at the International Symposium on Fuel-Cell Vehicles in Tokyo. Like the FCHV-1 and FCHV-2, it was based on the Highlander.[citation needed]


Toyota FCHV-4
Manufacturer Toyota
Production 2002
Predecessor Toyota FCHV-3
Successor Toyota FCHV-adv
Body style SUV
Engine Hydrogen fuel cell

The FCHV-4 (Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicle 4) was the fourth vehicle built by Toyota in it's Fuel Cell Vehicle program. Through leasing programs in the USA and Japan, it was the first to be commercialised. Like the FCHV-1, FCHV-2 and FCHV-3, it was based on the Highlander.[citation needed]

MR2 Street Affair

Toyota MR2 Street Affair
Manufacturer Toyota
Production 2002
Platform MR2

The Toyota MR2 Street Affair was a Toyota concept sports car based on the MR2 that was designed by Toyota Germany.[11][12]

A turbocharger was added to the engine to lift power from 100 kW to 193 kW. The body was made from fibreglass, with carbon fibre panels and numerous air scoops leading to the engine bay. The front took style cues from Toyota's Formula 1 car, having a pointed nose and a front wing close to the ground with Formula 1 style wing-lets in front of semi-exposed tyres. The rear mirror was replaced with a camera.


Toyota CS&S
Toyota CS&S at IAA 2003
Manufacturer Toyota
Production 2003
Body style 2+2 roadster
Layout M4
Engine 1.5 L 1NZ-FXE I4 + electic motor
Transmission fixed ratio

The Toyota CS&S is a four-wheel drive, mid-engine sports car concept made by Toyota and displayed in 2003. It utilizes a hybrid system combining electric motors to drive the front wheels, and a combination of a petrol engine and electric motors powering the rear. It is the first Toyota vehicle to have the feature Toyota Space Touch, a system in which the driver "touches" holographic projections to control other systems (e.g. air conditioning) inside the car.


Toyota PM
Manufacturer Toyota
Production 2003

The Toyota PM is a single seat concept vehicle built by Toyota around the idea of personal mobility. Multiple vehicles can communicate with each other to encourage "meeting, linking and hanging out together".[13][14] It was shown at the October 2003 Tokyo Motor Show.[15]


Toyota NLSV
Manufacturer Toyota
Production 2003
Body style 3-door van

The Toyota NLSV is a concept vehicle built by Toyota and first shown at the October 2003 Tokyo Motor Show. It had a high roof, a low, flat floor and the door slid back on rails so that even disabled passengers could enter. The front passenger seat could be folded up and slid forward under the dash to make even more room for wheel chairs or cargo. [16] [17]

X Runner

Toyota X Runner
Manufacturer Toyota Australia
Production 2003
Assembly Altona, Victoria
Body style Coupé utility
Layout 4WD
Platform Toyota modular platform
Engine 1MZ-FE
Wheelbase 2,870 mm (113 in)
Length 4,905 mm (193 in)
Width 1,910 mm (75 in)
Height 1,520 mm (60 in)
Curb weight 1,710 kg (3,770 lb)

The Toyota X Runner is a four-wheel drive coupé utility concept vehicle designed and built by Toyota Australia in 2003.[18][19]

The X-Runner was based on the Avalon, using the Avalon's front cabin, front sheet metal (except the grill) and mechanicals. The Avalon's chassis (the Toyota modular platform, also shared with the Camry) was stretched by 150mm just before the rear wheels. The 1MZ-FE engine was upgraded with a TRD supercharger and transmission is by a version of the viscous coupled four wheel drive system used in the Lexus RX300.

The front suspension kept the McPherson struts from the Avalon with upgraded brakes and 19" wheels. The rear suspension was modified from the Tarago 4WD.


Toyota Rugged Youth Utility
Manufacturer Toyota
Production 2003
Successor FJ Cruiser

The Rugged Youth Utility was a 4WD concept vehicle that was first shown at the January 2004 North American International Auto Show. It had styling cues reminiscent of the FJ40 Landcruiser but based on the modern Land Cruiser Prado platform. [20] It was not meant meant to be a production vehicle but demand was high enough that it was put into production in early 2006 as the FJ Cruiser.


Toyota Fine-S
Manufacturer Toyota
Production 2003
Successor Fine-N
Engine hydrogen fuel cell electric hybrid
Wheelbase 3,100 mm
Length 4,355 mm
Width 1,820 mm
Height 1,495 mm

The Fine-S (Fuel cell INnovative Emotion-Sport) was a concept vehicle that was shown at the January 2003 North American International Auto Show and the March 2003 Geneva Motor Show. [21] [22] [23] [24] The Fine-S uses a hydrogen fuel cell electric hybrid system which drives four independent electric motors - one in each wheel. [25]


Toyota Fine-N
Toyota Fine N Diagonal.jpg
Manufacturer Toyota
Production 2003
Predecessor Fine-S
Successor Fine-X
Engine hydrogen fuel cell electric hybrid
Wheelbase 3,100 mm
Length 4,355 mm
Width 1,820 mm
Height 1,495 mm

The Fine-N was a concept vehicle that was an update to the Fine-S and was shown at the October 2003 Tokyo Motor Show and the January 2004 North American International Auto Show.

The Fine-N uses a hydrogen fuel cell electric hybrid system which drives four independent 25 kW electric motors - one in each wheel. The hybrid system uses a Lithium-ion battery under the seats. Control is by drive-by-wire. [26] [27] [28]


Alessandro Volta

Toyota Alessandro Volta
The Alessandro Volta at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in 2004
Manufacturer Toyota
Production 2004
Layout MR layout
Engine 3.3 L 3MZ-FE V6 hybrid electric

The Alessandro Volta is a concept car developed in the collaboration of the Japanese manufacturer Toyota and the Italian design company Italdesign Giugiaro. [29] [30] The concept vehicle named after Alessandro Volta, the Italian physicist who invented the battery (and the namesake of the volt unit of measurement), was officially unveiled at the 2004 Geneva Motor Show as a study of a hybrid electric sports car.

The concept never materialised as a production car due to high costs involved.

The car was built on a carbon fibre chassis and seats three people abreast.

It features a four wheel drive hybrid electric power-train of the Lexus RX 400h which combines a 3.3 L V6 3MZ-FE petrol engine with two electric motors. The petrol engine is fitted behind the rear axle and there are additional two electrically powered engines, one on each axle. The combination develops a maximum output of 300 kW (402 bhp), which enables the car to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62 mph) in 4.03 seconds and reach the top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph). It uses drive-by-wire controls.

Motor Triathlon Race Car

Toyota Motor Triathlon Race Car
MTRC at the 2007 Canadian International AutoShow
Manufacturer Toyota
Production 2004
Layout 4WD with wheel hub motors
Wheelbase 2,950 mm (116.1 in)
Length 4,060 mm (159.8 in)
Width 1,930 mm (76.0 in)
Height 1,330–1,480 mm (52.4–58.3 in)

The Motor Triathlon Race Car (MTRC) is a two-seater fuel cell concept vehicle designed and built by the Toyota European Design and Development studio. It made its world premier at the March 2004 Geneva Motor Show, and its US debut at the April 2004 New York International Auto Show. [31] [32] [33]

The MTRC is a response to the cultural interests of young people today, such as mobile phones, video games, computers and internet play.[32]

Power is provided by Toyota's hydrogen fuel cells. These provides electricity to four wheel hub motors. Each wheel also features electronically controlled suspension and sensors, allowing each wheel to maximise grip and to use the correct amount of torque for the current road conditions. The open cockpit requires the driver to wear a helmet - which has an internal head-up display.[33]

The MTRC is available in the videogame Gran Turismo 4. As it is a concept car, it cannot be purchased but must be won.[33]

MTRC at the 2004 Geneva Motor Show.  


Toyota FTX
Manufacturer Toyota
Production 2004
Successor second-generation Tundra
Body style Pickup truck
Related Tundra

The FTX is a concept full-size pickup truck that Toyota showed to the public at the January 2004 North American International Auto Show.[34] The redesigned 2007 model year Tundra was based on the FTX concept vehicle.

Fine-X, Fine-T

Toyota Fine-X, Fine-T
Toyota Fine-X at the 2005 Tokyo Motor Show
Manufacturer Toyota
Production 2005
Predecessor Fine-N
Length 3,860 mm
Width 1,750 mm
Height 1,550 mm

The Fine-X (Fuel cell INnovation Emotion-eXperiment) was a concept vehicle that was shown at the October 2005 Tokyo Motor Show and the March 2006 Geneva Auto Show. [35] [36] [37] In Japan and Europe it was called the Fine-T. [21] [35]

The Fine-X uses a fuel cell hybrid system which drives four independent motors - one in each wheel. It can make perfect U-turns and park very easily, thanks to its independent four-wheel steering. The Fine-X uses the latest IT/ITS peripheral-monitoring technology that allows the Fine-X to have much smoother driving.

The Fine-X uses gull-wing doors, which are said to make it easier to get in and out of the car. The powered seats can rotate and shift sideways through the gull-wing door openings.

Fine-X showing four-wheel steering  


Toyota FSC
Toyota FSC
Manufacturer Toyota
Production 2005
Successor Toyota Mark X ZiO
Platform Camry
Length 4670 mm
Related Camry

The FSC (Flexible Saloon Concept) was a concept wagon based on the Camry that was first shown at the October 2005 Tokyo Motor Show.[38][39] The first two rows had two bucket seats each. The third row bench seat could be set to hold two more passengers. The rear seat backrest could also be folded down to make a long deck at lower cushion height. Lastly, the rear seat backrest could be left upright and the lower cushions could be electrically retracted into the cargo area to make a deep cargo space.

The FSC was made into production in Japan only as the Mark X ZiO.[40][41][42]

Camry TS-01

Toyota Camry TS-01
2006 Toyota Camry TS-01
Manufacturer Toyota Australia
Production 2005
Class Mid-size
Body style 4-door sedan
Layout FF
Engine 3.0 L 1MZ-FE V6 supercharged
Transmission 5-speed manual
Related Camry
Designer Toyota Style Australia

The Camry TS-01 is a concept car based on the Camry and was unveiled at the March 2005 Melbourne International Motor Show in Australia. The aim of the Camry TS-01 was to showcase the skill of Toyota Australia designers and engineers.

Its major features are the stylist changes and the supercharged 1MZ-FE engine.

Aurion Sports Concept

Toyota Aurion Sports Concept
production TRD Aurion 3500SL
Manufacturer Toyota Australia
Production 2006
Predecessor Toyota Camry TS-01
Successor TRD Aurion
Class Mid-size
Body style 4-door sedan
Layout FF
Engine 3.0 L 1MZ-FE V6 supercharged
Related Aurion, TRD Aurion, Camry
Designer Toyota Style Australia

The Aurion Sports Concept was a concept car based on the Aurion (which was itself based on the Camry) and revealed at the October 2006 Australian International Motor Show.[43] The car was a styling exercise previewing the TRD Aurion, which was subsequently released in August 2007.[44]


Toyota F3R
Toyota F3R concept at the 2006 Chicago Auto Show
Manufacturer Toyota
Production 2006
Engine Hybrid

The Toyota F3R was a concept car by Toyota's Calty design facility that was introduced at the January 2006 North American International Auto Show.[45][46] It is a hybrid powered minivan designed to have youthful appeal and escape the "soccer mom" stigma commonly associated with minivans.

The F3R has three rows of seats with three doors on either side. The front and middle doors open normally but the rear door opens in the opposite direction. There is no pillar between the middle and rear doors, so the openings are very large. The right and centre seats in middle row fold flat into the floor and the remaining left hand seat can be fully reclined to make a sideways-facing bench seat.

Exterior styling is similar to the Scion xB with 22 inch wheels.

Hybrid X

Toyota Hybrid X
Toyota Hybrid X Concept.jpg
Manufacturer Toyota
Production 2007
Body style 4-door sedan
Wheelbase 2,800 mm (110.2 in)
Length 4,500 mm (177.2 in)
Width 1,850 mm (72.8 in)
Height 1,440 mm (56.7 in)

The Toyota Hybrid X is a hybrid concept built by Toyota's ED² studio in France and first shown at the March 2007 Geneva Motor Show. Toyota claims the design of this concept car points to the future direction of the Toyota Prius.[47] [48] [49]

According to interior designer Laurent Bouzige, the Hybrid X is supposed to be a very sensory experience, and the ambiance is linked to the passengers' sight, sound, touch, and smell senses. Interior surfaces have a variety of light effects, textures and even fragrance from a perfume diffuser. The drive-by-wire steering pad has a touch screen and there is another screen in the centre of the dashboard to show vehicle information and set to set minor controls The rear seats can each be turned 12 degrees left or right to help passengers look inwards or outwards.


Toyota Hi-CT
2007 Toyota Hi-CT 01.jpg
Hi-CT at the 2007 Tokyo Motor Show
Manufacturer Toyota
Production 2007
Length 3,330 mm
Width 1,695 mm
Height 1,780 mm

The Toyota Hi-CT (Hi ride City Truck)[50] is a 2-seat concept car built by Toyota and first shown at the October 2007 Tokyo Motor Show.[51]

Motive power is by a plug-in hybrid with batteries under the floor. A 100 volt AC socket is provided to power accessories.[52]

The rear seats can be rotated to look backwards through the rear hatch. The boot is a removable module which can be replaced with other modules. If no module is used then the small cargo deck can be used to carry items such as surfboards. The rear hatch can not be opened when the rear deck is in use or if a module is in place.

Hi-CT at the 2007 Tokyo Motor Show  


Toyota RiN
Toyota RiN at the 2007 Tokyo Motor Show
Manufacturer Toyota
Production 2007

The Toyota RiN is a concept car built by Toyota and first shown at the October 2007 Tokyo Motor Show. The vehicle was designed to promote relaxation and healthiness. It has received much media attention for its odd design and its steering wheel, which changes colour depending on the driver's mood. The concept was unveiled at the October 2007 Tokyo Motor Show.[53][54][55][56]

The concept features four seats accessed by two large sliding doors, and windows made of green glass, designed to reduce ultraviolet and infra-red light. "The concept, which looks like some sort of futuristic stagecoach, is designed to help its driver become one with nature".[56] The car features a pinpoint humidifier, and an oxygen-level conditioner. It was reported that the car was inspired by a milkfloat.

A Toyota press release stated that "the RiN focuses on increased comfort and serene, healthy living. Through their relationship to the vehicle, 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." Toyota says the car "creates a feeling of harmony with the surrounding environment by using sliding doors with a low window that lets you view nature at ground level, as well as headlights with light distribution control that take into consideration pedestrians and vehicles coming in the opposite direction."[57]

Toyota RiN at the 2007 Tokyo Motor Show  


Toyota 1/X
Toyota 1/X at the 2007 Tokyo Motor Show
Manufacturer Toyota
Production 2007
Engine 500cc with electric motor

The Toyota 1/X (pronounced one-Xth) is a concept car built by Toyota and first shown at the October 2007 Tokyo Motor Show. It is a petrol-electric hybrid vehicle utilizing plug-in technology. The car weighs only 926 pounds (420 kg) but has as much interior room as the Toyota Prius. [58] The car's frame is mainly carbon-fiber reinforced plastic, which allows it to be light weight yet strong. The engine is 500 cc and sits under the rear two of four seats, driving the rear wheels. [59]

Toyota envisions the car to be made of seaweed in the future. [60]


Toyota FT-HS
Toyota FT-HS
Manufacturer Toyota
Production 2007
Predecessor Toyota Supra
Body style 2+2 coupe
Layout Front-engine, RWD
Engine 3.5 L V6 hybrid electric
Wheelbase 104.33 in (2,650 mm)
Length 170.27 in (4,325 mm)
Width 73.23 in (1,860 mm)
Height 50.79 in (1,290 mm)

The Toyota FT-HS is a hybrid sports car concept introduced at the January 2007 North American International Auto Show. Calty Design Research designed the concept and suggests that it could fill the place of the Toyota Supra.[61] FT-HS stands for Future Toyota Hybrid Sport.[62]


Toyota A-BAT
Toyota A-Bat at the 2008 Chicago Auto Show
Manufacturer Toyota
Production 2007
Length 181.3 in (4,605 mm)
Designer Calty

The A-BAT is a concept truck revealed on 27 December 2007 and manufactured by Toyota. [63] [64] The A-BAT is the first Toyota to have a mid-gate allowing cargo longer than the standard four-foot bed to extend into the cab (like a Chevrolet Avalanche or Honda Ridgeline). Power for the A-BAT comes from Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive mated to a four-cylinder engine. The A-BAT officially debuted at the January 2008 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The concept truck is similar in size to Toyota's compact SUV, the RAV4. The A-BAT measures 181.3 inches in length, [65] while the RAV4 measures 181.1 inches. [66] It can also seat up to four people.

On 22 September 2008, the website indicated that Toyota had confirmed that some form of the Toyota A-BAT would see production, barring unforeseen production costs. The article also stated that Toyota had cancelled production of a Tundra diesel truck. Although Toyota later denied official confirmation of the Tundra's cancellation, no mention was made denying the statement regarding the A-BAT. Sources say that a production version of the concept will likely have a four-cylinder engine as an option, as well as a four-cylinder hybrid engine.[67]


Toyota FCHV-adv
Toyota FCHV-adv
Manufacturer Toyota
Production 2008
Predecessor Toyota FCHV-4
Body style SUV
Engine 90kW fuel cell-stack
Wheelbase 106.9 in (2,715 mm)
Length 185.6 in (4,714 mm)
Width 71.9 in (1,826 mm)
Height 68.9 in (1,750 mm)
Curb weight 1,880 kg (4,100 lb)
Related Toyota Highlander (XU20)
Lexus RX (XU10)[68]

The FCHV-adv (Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicle advanced) was the fifth vehicle built by Toyota in it's Fuel Cell Vehicle program. It was available through a leasing program in Japan from 11 September 2008.[69] Like the FCHV-1, FCHV-2, FCHV-3 and FCHV-4, it was based on the Highlander.[70]

Aygo Crazy

Toyota Aygo Crazy
Toyota Aygo Crazy
Manufacturer Toyota
Production 2008

The Aygo Crazy is a concept vehicle built by Toyota as a modified Toyota Aygo and first revealed at the July 2008 British International Motor Show.


Toyota FT-EV
Toyota FT-EV
Manufacturer Toyota
Production 2009
Successor FT-EV II
Platform iQ

The Toyota FT-EV is a small, battery electric, concept vehicle built by Toyota as a modified Toyota iQ and demonstrated at the January 2009 North American International Auto Show. Two of the iQ's seats were removed to make room for the battery packs. Toyota plans to start selling the FT-EV in 2012.[71][72] According to Toyota the FT-EV was designed as an urban commuter car with a range of 50 miles (80 km) per charge.[73]


Toyota FT-EV II
Toyota FT-EV II
Manufacturer Toyota
Production 2009
Predecessor FT-EV
Successor EV Prototype
Platform iQ
Wheelbase 1,900 mm (74.8 in)
Length 2,730 mm (107.5 in)
Width 1,680 mm (66.1 in)
Height 1,490 mm (58.7 in)

The Toyota FT-EV II is a small, battery electric, concept vehicle built by Toyota as a modified Toyota iQ and first shown at the October 2009 Tokyo Motor Show.[74] It differs from the FT-EV by seating four people, by having more parts of the body transparent and electrically operated sliding doors. A pair of linked joysticks (each joystick duplicating the other) control acceleration, braking and steering using drive-by-wire.[75] The top speed is over 100 km/h (62 mph) and the range is 90 km (56 mi).

Scion iQ Concept

Scion iQ Concept
Toyota iQ Sport at the Frankfurt Motor Show
Manufacturer Toyota
Production 2009
Class Microcar
Body style 3-door hatchback
Layout FF
Platform iQ
Engine 1.3 L I4
Wheelbase 78.7 in (1,999 mm)
Length 126.9 in (3,223 mm)
Width 71.4 in (1,814 mm)
Height 56.9 in (1,445 mm)

The Scion iQ Concept vehicle was built by Five Axis (California, USA) based on the Toyota iQ and displayed in April 2009 at the New York Auto Show.[76] Changes included a 1.3 litre 4-cylinder VVT-i engine, Five Axis custom stainless exhaust, 18x8.5-inch Five:AD S6:F custom wheels with nickel finish prototyped by MetalFX, Yokohama 2.5/40R18 tires, TEIN Super Street coil over suspension, Five Axis wide body conversion kit, custom accented headlights and tail lights.

An identical car, rebadged as the Toyota iQ Sport, was later presented at the September 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Motor Trend reported the production version of Scion iQ would begin in North America in late 2010 for the 2011 model year, or in early 2011 for the 2012 model year. The air bags will be recalibrated for unbelted and out-of-position occupants and the bumpers will be slightly extended.[77]

Auris HSD Full Hybrid Concept

Toyota Auris HSD Full Hybrid Concept
Toyota Auris HSD Hybrid Concept.JPG
Manufacturer Toyota
Production 2009

The Toyota Auris HSD Full Hybrid Concept vehicle was a petrol-electric hybrid vehicle based on the Auris and displayed at the September 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show.


FT-86 Concept

FT-86 Concept
Toyota FT-86 005.JPG
Manufacturer Toyota & Subaru
Also called Subaru BRZ
Production 2009
Successor FT-86 G Sports Concept
Body style Coupé

FR Toyota

FR Subaru
Platform shortened Subaru Impreza
Engine 2.0 L Toyota-Subaru "D-4S" Flat-4
Transmission 6 speed manual
Wheelbase 2,570 mm (101.2 in)
Length 4,160 mm (163.8 in)
Width 1,760 mm (69.3 in)
Height 1,260 mm (49.6 in)

The Japanese: Toyota FT-86 Concept is a concept car manufactured jointly by Toyota and Subaru. The vehicle consists of many design cues from the earlier FT-HS concept. All that is known about the car so far is that it will be a light front engine, rear drive, 4 or 5 seat coupé, with a new 2 litre Toyota-Subaru "D-4S" Boxer engine.[78] The FT-86 rides on a modified Subaru Impreza platform with 101.2-inch wheelbase, with length, width, and height measuring 163.8, 69.3, and 49.6 inches, respectively.[79] A base price in the US$20,000 range is expected when the car hits the market with the Subaru version following shortly afterwards.[80]

It is expected that the Toyota and Subaru versions will be styled similarly on the outside, with the Subaru version getting different head and tail lights and a different hood. It has a 2.0 litre naturally aspirated boxer engine mated to a Subaru 6-speed manual transmission.[81] The concept is fitted with brakes from Advics, a joint venture company formed between Aisin Seiki, Denso, Sumitomo Electric and Toyota.

According to chief engineer Tetsuya Tada, the unique shoujyouhi red colour was based on the colour of a Japanese monkey's backside.[82]

The FT-86 Concept was first shown at the October 2009 Tokyo Motor Show[83] and the first showing outside of Japan was at the March 2010 Geneva Motor Show.[84] An enhanced version called the FT-86 G Sports Concept was shown at the January 2010 Tokyo Auto Salon as part of the Toyota G Sports range.

At the Oct 2009 Tokyo Motor Show, Jim Lentz, COO and President of Toyota Motor Sales USA confirmed that the production version of the FT-86 is scheduled to be sold in America but an actual date was not yet disclosed.[85] However, at the March 2010 Geneva Motor Show, Toyota Europe announced that the production version of the vehicle will be released in November 2011.[86]

On 2 September 2010, British car magazine AutoExpress [87] reported the Subaru model will feature an all-wheel drive drivetrain as opposed to the salient feature of rear-wheel drive for the Toyota-badged model. They claimed the Subaru model's all-wheel drive system would have a rear-wheel bias, improving handling. The flat-four, longitudinal engine layout would also be fully coherent with the model policy and mechanical characteristics of all Subaru cars of the past 30 years.

More recent reporting indicates the Subaru version will not have the advantage of turbocharging to give it the power necessary for sporting performance. It may not have all-wheel drive.[88]

Toyota Europe presented the FT-86 II Concept at the March 2011 Geneva Motor Show as the successor to the FT-86 Concept.

Prius Plug-In Hybrid Concept

Prius Plug-In Hybrid Concept
Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid Concept at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show
Manufacturer Toyota
Production 2009
Class Midsize car
Body style 5-door hatchback
Layout FF
Platform XW30 Prius
Engine 1.8 L 2ZR-FXE I4 & electric motor
Transmission 1-speed planetary gear
Length 4,460 mm (175.6 in)
Width 1,745 mm (68.7 in)
Height 1,480 mm (58.3 in)

The Prius Plug-In Concept is a plug-in hybrid concept car shown at the October 2009 Tokyo Motor Show based on the third generation Prius and the predecessor of the for-mass-production Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid. Its batteries can be charged in 180 minutes from 100 volts or in 100 minutes from 200 volts and can travel 20 km before needing to start the petrol engine.[74][89][90]

See also

  • Toyota concept vehicles, 1935-1969
  • Toyota concept vehicles, 1970-1979
  • Toyota concept vehicles, 1980-1989
  • Toyota concept vehicles, 1990-1999
  • Toyota concept vehicles, 2010-2019


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