. Toyota to Display Fuel Cell Hybrid and Personal
MobilityConcept Vehicles at Tokyo Motor Show
Tokyo - TOYOTA MOTOR
CORPORATION (TMC) announced today that it plans to exhibit seven
Toyota-brand concept vehicles and 16 production vehicles, as well as
display various technologies, at the 39th Tokyo Motor Show. Among the
concept vehicles planned for display are the Fine-X, a new fuel cell
hybrid vehicle, and the i-swing, a new personal mobility vehicle. The
Tokyo Motor Show is open to the public from October 22 to November 6 at
the International Convention Complex (Makuhari Messe). Toyota views the
Tokyo Motor Show as an opportunity to highlight new, automotive
possibilities. Over the years, Toyota has used this occasion to unveil a
wide variety of concept vehicles and groundbreaking technologies.
This year, the
Toyota exhibit retains the same theme as last year-"Ecology &
Emotion"-featuring its initiatives for creating vehicles that pursue
both environmental consideration and the essential emotional appeal of a
car by being fun to drive and a pleasure to use. Additionally, alongside
the Fine-X and i-swing, Toyota will display the ESTIMA HYBRID CONCEPT, a
next-generation hybrid minivan with improved performance, as well as other
concept vehicles and technology exhibits.
A complete list of the
concept cars to be shown is as follows:
A new concept fuel
cell hybrid vehicle: The Fine-X*
hybrid minivan: The ESTIMA HYBRID CONCEPT
A new personal
mobility vehicle: The i-swing
A new category
Flexible Saloon Concept: The FSC
A music player in the
shape of a car: The bB CONCEPT
A new small SUV: The
F1 racing car: The
is derived from "fuel cell innovation emotion experiment".
A revolutionary, new
concept and a glimpse of the automobile's future, providing the
environmental performance of a fuel cell hybrid system and featuring an
ease of movement through four-wheel independent drive control and a large,
steering angle mechanism.
The revolutionary package
is beautifully formed under a design philosophy of "Vibrant
Clarity" and realizes an external size similar to that of the
Toyota ist, with cabin space more in keeping with the Camry.
The vehicle aims for a
sense of "hospitality" through variable lighting intensity
in the interior and through power "Welcome Seats" that move
in and out of the car as the gullwing doors open widely to assist
getting in and out of the vehicle.
operational performance, including on-the-spot rotation, and the
ability to easily perform parking and U-turns, is afforded by the
combination of four-wheel independent drive, four-wheel independent
steering and a largesteering-angle steering mechanism with electric
in-wheel motors housed in each of the four wheels.
In the area of
environmental performance, a fuel cell hybrid system is employed as a
matter of course. In addition, TMC is also pursuing a carbon-neutral
system by using plant-based materials, which grow by absorbing the CO2
in the natural environment, for interior and exterior components. As a
result, even if these components are incinerated upon disposal
(thermal recycling), there will be no overall addition to the amount
of CO2 in the environment.
The latest IT/ITS
peripheral-monitoring technology makes driving easier.
The ESTIMA HYBRID CONCEPT
A new generation of
stylish minivan that combines the latest hybrid system, THS II, with
electric 4WD to achieve both environmental and driving performance
The refined exterior is
designed to evoke the identity of the Estima Hybrid in a sophisticated
The interior feels clean
and open. It is accented by a high-tech-looking central panel and is
equipped with comfortable second-row seats with built-in footrests and
power foldaway third-row seats that allow you to transform the space
to your liking. Electrical appliances can be run on the provided
1,500-watt power supply system.
From the perspective of
environmental performance, the ESTIMA HYBRID CONCEPT is equipped with
the THS II, Toyota's latest, highly efficient hybrid system, and an
exhaust heat recovery system in the pursuit of low CO2 and other
In addition to the quiet
and smooth acceleration indicative of a hybrid vehicle, the ESTIMA
HYBRID CONCEPT achieves increased driving pleasure through VDIM-a
system that seamlessly supports the vehicle operations of running,
turning and stopping for all conditions from normal through to extreme
driving. The combination of VDIM with E-Four (electric four-wheel
drive) provides even higher levels of drivability.
A new personal mobility
vehicle that allows drivers to express their individuality
The single-person vehicle
package boasts an individual design with a "wearable"
feeling. Its low-resistance urethane body is covered in cloth to
soften any impact while operating near people, and an LED illumination
panel can be customized to display an image to suit your mood.
When traveling in a
bustling street full of people, the i-swing can operate in a
twowheeled mode that takes up little space, so that it is possible to
travel while keeping pace and talking with someone on foot.
When there is a need to
move quickly, the i-swing can change to a three-wheeled mode, which is
fun to travel in. In addition to the stick control, a pedal control
can be used to provide a fresh cornering feeling, as you shift your
body weight as if you were on skis.
The i-swing proposes the
concept of using A.I. communication to enable it to grow, learning the
habits and preferences of users by storing relevant data about them.
A new-category vehicle
model that evolves and combines the elegance of a sedan and the utility of
Under the design
philosophy of "Vibrant Clarity", the FSC creates a new
feeling of quality in a revolutionary form that is neither a sedan nor
The interior accommodates
four adults in comfort and is characterized by a poweradjustable rear
space that can flexibly adapt to various needs. The cockpit's
instrument panel has a flowing shape and the rest of the interior
features illumination that creates a comfortable ambiance. The vehicle
is fitted with an innovative, smart rear hatch and advanced
The bB CONCEPT
A music player in the
shape of a car that can function as a "local hang-out" for young
The exterior design has
been given a "sensually edgy attitude", in order to appeal
to today's youth.
The interior features a
nightclub-like atmosphere, with sound from nine speakers using
surround DSP (digital signal processing), and illumination that
flashes in time with the music.
The RAV4 CONCEPT
A new small SUV with even
more highly refined performance and features
The interior pursues
functionality and spacious utility in detail through a dynamic SUV
style under the theme of "Modern and Rugged". ·
In addition to a new
platform and new suspension, the new RAV4 employs the recently
developed "S-VSC* + Active Control 4WD Integrated Control".
This combines control of the electric 4WD system (which controls the
distribution of drive power between the front and rear wheels) with
VSC, ABS and the electric power steering, to set a new standard for
SUVs in terms of drivability.
Vehicle Stability Control
A F1 championship
competition racing car, noted for its aerodynamic performance and highly
reliable engine, now running in Toyota's fourth year of racing
The goal in the fourth
year of racing was to achieve a place on the podium. This was soon
realized with a second-place finish at the 2005 Malaysian Grand Prix,
and has since been followed by more championship points and further
placing on the podium.