Toyota FT-86 Open Concept would make a mighty fine droptop FR-S [UPDATE]

Toyota FT-86 Open Concept would make a mighty fine droptop FR-S [UPDATE]

March 7, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Concept Cars , Convertible , Performance , Geneva Motor Show , Videos , Toyota There’s nothing wrong with going topless. And Toyota is proving that its FT-86 (read: Scion FR-S / Toyota GT86 / Subaru BRZ ) coupe is just as excellent with its roof removed. It may only be a concept, but this FT-86 Open previews a new droptop from the Japanese automaker to round out the Toyobaru sports car family. We’re finally getting the chance to see the open-air FT-86 in person here at the Geneva Motor Show , and we’re already yearning to take it canyon-carving. Interestingly, the FT-86 retains the Toyota coupe’s two-plus-two seating arrangement (we’d prefer a proper roadster setup here), but things still look good for this droptop two-door. We’ll be curious to see how the car looks with its folding soft top in place (operated by fancy-shmancy electronics, by the way). As for production intent, rumors have been flying about a production Scion FR-S convertible, but until we hear it directly from Toyota. Consider our hopes in check but our fingers crossed. UPDATE: Wondering what the FT-86 Open Concept looks like with its hat on? Wonder no more – we’ve updated our gallery with shots of the concept with its roof up .

Toyota FT-86 Open Concept would make a mighty fine droptop FR-S

Toyota FT-86 Open Concept would make a mighty fine droptop FR-S

March 5, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Concept Cars , Convertible , Performance , Geneva Motor Show , Toyota There’s nothing wrong with going topless. And Toyota is proving that its FT-86 (read: Scion FR-S / Toyota GT86 / Subaru BRZ ) coupe is just as excellent with its roof removed. It may only be a concept, but this FT-86 Open previews a new droptop from the Japanese automaker to round out the Toyobaru sports car family. We’re finally getting the chance to see the open-air FT-86 in person here at the Geneva Motor Show , and we’re already yearning to take it canyon-carving. Interestingly, the FT-86 retains the Toyota coupe’s two-plus-two seating arrangement (we’d prefer a proper roadster setup here), but things still look good for this droptop two-door. We’ll be curious to see how the car looks with its folding soft top in place (operated by fancy-shmancy electronics, by the way). As for production intent, rumors have been flying about a production Scion FR-S convertible, but until we hear it directly from Toyota. Consider our hopes in check but our fingers crossed. Continue reading Toyota FT-86 Open Concept would make a mighty fine droptop FR-S Toyota FT-86 Open Concept would make a mighty fine droptop FR-S originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 05 Mar 2013 09:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds .

Toyota sizzle reel gives better look at i-Road Geneva concept

Toyota sizzle reel gives better look at i-Road Geneva concept

February 27, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Concept Cars , Toyota , Design/Style , Electric Toyota is taking the tiny tandem Tango to Tron town. In a teaser video for the new i-Road , debuting at the Geneva Motor Show next week, we catch a light-bike-like glimpse of Toyota’s quirky tandem-seat concept. We still don’t know much about the vehicle itself, but the video does flash the words “fun, compact, emissions-free,” which suggests this is an electric ride. Then comes the apparent tagline: “i Roll, i Rock i Road.” An indication that the tilting image we see in the video isn’t just a special effect, perhaps? We’ll have to wait until we get to Switzerland next week to find out. Until then, you can watch the video below . In more earthly reveals, Toyota will also show off its hotly anticipate FT-86 Open sports car concept and Auris Touring Sports wagon on its Geneva show stand. Continue reading Toyota sizzle reel gives better look at i-Road Geneva concept Toyota sizzle reel gives better look at i-Road Geneva concept originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 26 Feb 2013 16:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Toyota announces Geneva plans including droptop FT-86 Open concept

Toyota announces Geneva plans including droptop FT-86 Open concept

February 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Concept Cars , Convertible , Geneva Motor Show , Crossover , Hatchback , Toyota , Design/Style Automakers from around the globe are gearing up for the Geneva Motor Show next month, and Toyota is giving us a couple teasers of what will be in its display. In addition to what appears to be a single-seat concept called the i-Road (shown at right), Toyota will also give us our first look at a droptop Scion FR-S courtesy of the FT-86 Open Concept. All we have to go on right now is this sketch shown above, but we do see that this car will retain its rear seats, which could be a potential advantage over one of its key rivals, the Mazda MX-5 Miata . Toyota says that this concept will be used to gauge public interest in such a convertible, but we’ve already heard that a Scion convertible is already planned to go on sale as soon as early next year . As far as Toyota’s other concept, there also isn’t much information about the i-Road except that it will be a zero-emissions vehicle and it will have seating for two passengers, which based on the drawing will have the driver sitting in front of the passenger. Toyota will also show off the European version of the new RAV4 as well as its new Auris Touring Sports , which it refers to as a “medium-size estate.” Scroll down for Toyota’s tease of a press release. Continue reading Toyota announces Geneva plans including droptop FT-86 Open concept Toyota announces Geneva plans including droptop FT-86 Open concept originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 01 Feb 2013 11:25:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Toyota teases Furia concept ahead of Detroit debut

Toyota teases Furia concept ahead of Detroit debut

December 21, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Concept Cars , Detroit Auto Show , Sedan , Videos , Toyota Toyota has announced that it will debut an all-new sedan concept, dubbed Furia, at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show next January. And while the Japanese automaker has released this video teaser as a way to whet our appetites, we don’t know a whole lot about what, exactly, is in store. So, it’s a sedan, it’s orange, it has some carbon fiber accents like the rear lip spoiler you see in the image above, and there are funky, concept car-spec lighting elements at both the front and rear. It may or may not live in fire based on the footage we see here, too. That’s all we know for now, and our best guess is that this previews some sort of new sporty sedan for the Japanese brand. (Toyota could stand to add a little excitement in its lineup, after all.) We’ll have the full details closer to the concept’s debut at the Detroit Auto Show in a few weeks. For now, scroll down to watch the Furia in full tease mode. Continue reading Toyota teases Furia concept ahead of Detroit debut Toyota teases Furia concept ahead of Detroit debut originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 20 Dec 2012 16:28:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Toyota bugs out, previews Smart INSECT connected EV concept

Toyota bugs out, previews Smart INSECT connected EV concept

September 29, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Concept Cars , Technology , Hatchback , Toyota , Electric Like a caterpillar turning into a butterfly, the Toyota COMS electric vehicle is becoming the Smart INSECT. Unrelated to Daimler’s Smart brand, the INSECT (yes, it’s an acronym, one that stands for “Information Network Social Electric City Transporter”) is a one-seat electric vehicle that is designed to be connected to its driver and the world. The gullwinged INSECT uses “motion sensors, voice recognition and behavior prediction” to make the driver feel tied to the wheels, as well as to his or her home via the online Toyota Smart Center. The doors can open based on “the movement of the driver’s hand.” The car can also identify faces and “authenticate a driver registered with the vehicle when he or she approaches.” This thing should have antennae. Toyota will first display the INSECT at CEATEC JAPAN 2012 next week (think: Japan’s version of our Consumer Electronics Show ). Earlier reports hinted that Toyota’s then-unnamed small EV would cost around $12,500, but Toyota did not talk about an MSRP in the teaser release issued today. You can find it below . Continue reading Toyota bugs out, previews Smart INSECT connected EV concept Toyota bugs out, previews Smart INSECT connected EV concept originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 28 Sep 2012 16:20:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Toyota displays family-oriented Camatte concept at toy show [w/video]

Toyota displays family-oriented Camatte concept at toy show [w/video]

June 13, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Concept Cars , Coupe , Budget , Etc. , Japan , Videos , Toyota , Design/Style Toyota is out to spur a passion for cars in young families with its new Camatte Concept. Unveiled at the 2012 International Tokyo Toy Show, the vehicle features a number of interchangeable body panels that can easily be swapped for different colors or styles. The concept seats three in a unique triangular configuration that Toyota says is designed to facilitate communication between parents behind the wheel and children in the back. But that’s not the only kid-friendly aspect. The Camatte also features configurable pedals, which can allow a child to develop driving skills while a parent takes care of important tasks like steering and braking. Clearly, this sucker isn’t headed to production, and that’s a shame. We love the bare-bones utilitarianism of the design, and the open-wheel front is enough to garner a smile from us as well. It’s almost as if Toyota decided to bring the Volkswagen Kubelwagen into the modern age. Check out the quick breakdown video below for yourself.

Toyota releases new FT-Bh teasers ahead of Geneva

Toyota releases new FT-Bh teasers ahead of Geneva

February 22, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Concept Cars , Hybrid , Geneva Motor Show , Etc. , Toyota Toyota has let slip a few additional teasers for the company’s FT-Bh concept headed to the Geneva Motor Show in March. As you may recall, the vehicle is an engineering study designed to evaluate what kind of emission reductions can be accomplished in the city car segment without resorting to exotic materials or science-fiction drivetrains. Toyota says the concept emits around 50 percent less CO2 than your run-of-the-mill supermini thanks in part to the fact that it tips the scales at a feathery 1,763 pounds. The hybrid’s aerodynamic shape and efficient powertrain also contribute to the reduction. While the FT-Bh isn’t headed to production any time soon, there’s a good chance some of the vehicle’s tricks may show up on consumer models in the near future. Hit the jump to check out a short teaser video and the press release, and be sure to stay tuned for our live Geneva Motor Show coverage. Continue reading Toyota releases new FT-Bh teasers ahead of Geneva Toyota releases new FT-Bh teasers ahead of Geneva originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 22 Feb 2012 13:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Toyota teases FT-Bh concept hybrid city car ahead of Geneva

Toyota teases FT-Bh concept hybrid city car ahead of Geneva

February 11, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Concept Cars , Hybrid , Geneva Motor Show , Hatchback , Toyota Most concepts you’ll see on the show stands of the Geneva Motor Show will come packing some manner of sci-fi powertrain and ultra-expensive chassis and body materials. That’s where the Toyota FT-Bh concept stands apart. Toyota is calling it a “full hybrid city car study,” so the FT-Bh isn’t destined for production. However, Toyota’s goal was to create an inexpensive, fuel efficient urban runabout that doesn’t rely on expensive materials or complex manufacturing, but rather uses existing technology to make an affordable hybrid for the masses – something that would be perfect for Europe. Thing is, Toyota is bringing just that to Geneva in mass-market form. Joining the FT-Bh on stage is the production version of the Yaris Hybrid, which for all intents and purposes is exactly what the FT-Bh is: an inexpensive, small hybrid based off an existing platform and using tried-and-true technology. Packing a 1.5-liter gasoline engine mated with an electric motor, the Yaris Hybrid outputs 98 horsepower and is some 20% lighter than the Auris Hybrid. Toyota is calling it “Europe’s first full hybrid supermini,” which begs the question: Where’s the line between a “supermini” and a “city car?” We’ll find out when we’re on the floor in Switzerland next month. Get all the details on Toyota’s Geneva plans in the press blast after the break . Continue reading Toyota teases FT-Bh concept hybrid city car ahead of Geneva Toyota teases FT-Bh concept hybrid city car ahead of Geneva originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 10 Feb 2012 14:29:00 EST.

Toyota NS4 concept glimpses at Prius of the future

Toyota NS4 concept glimpses at Prius of the future

January 11, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Concept Cars , Detroit Auto Show , Hybrid , Sedan , Toyota , Electric Toyota can justifiably be proud of its position not only as one of the largest automakers in the world, but also the world leader in hybrid vehicles. In fact, the Japanese automaker claims that half of all hybrids sold are Toyotas. But it didn’t get there by resting on its proverbial laurels, and it isn’t going to maintain (let alone increase) its market share by doing so, either. That’s where the concept car you see here comes in. Taking position as something of a Prius of the future, the NS4 concept cuts a striking profile – certainly more striking than the current kamm-tailed Prius. But even though the technologies it encompasses are targeted to reach the market by around 2015, the show-car details – like that eminently dentable front beak -probably won’t. While Toyota works on all manner of electric and fuel cell powertrains, the NS4 packs a similar plug-in hybrid system as the current Prius PHEV. But the show car encompasses a slew of other technologies, like a smartphone-like interface to monitor and control everything from the air conditioning to the battery charge. Toyota has also packed the NS4 with its latest pre-collision and blind-spot monitoring systems, adaptive headlights and four new types of glass – the one part of the car we probably take most for granted. Of course, this being a concept car, Toyota has also replaced the side mirrors with an around-view camera system, but laws being what they are for now, don’t expect to see that in showrooms just yet.

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