Toyota i-Road is no less strange in the flesh

Toyota i-Road is no less strange in the flesh

March 6, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Concept Cars , Geneva Motor Show , Europe , Technology , Toyota , Motorcycle , Electric We’ve seen plenty of three-wheeled creations in our day, but none quite like the Toyota i-Road Concept . The “personal mobility vehicle” offers seating for two with driver and passenger positioned in a tandem position. While that may sound more like a motorcycle than a car, the closed cockpit means riders don’t need a helmet. The design also takes a page from the 2008 Peugeot HyMotion3 Concept with an articulating front suspension that allows the driver to lean through corners thanks to “Active Lean” self-balancing technology. Unlike the funky Pug, however, the i-Road is a fully electric plug-in vehicle. While there are just five-horsepower on hand from an electric motor, the i-Road should serve up a range of around 30 miles thanks to its lithium-ion battery, and Toyota claims the cells can be topped off in three hours with a “conventional domestic power supply.” Sounds majestic. Take in the full press release below . Continue reading Toyota i-Road is no less strange in the flesh Toyota i-Road is no less strange in the flesh originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 05 Mar 2013 15:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Toyota RAV4 "Adventure" brings the butch

Toyota RAV4 "Adventure" brings the butch

March 6, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Concept Cars , Geneva Motor Show , Toyota , Design/Style Just last week, your humble author had a 2013 Toyota RAV4 in his garage, and he couldn’t help noting that even in mid-level XLE trim, its aesthetics lacked oomph, due in large part to its cheap-looking black bumpers and airy-looking wheel wells . Judging by the RAV4 “Adventure” on display at the Geneva Motor Show , someone at Toyota must’ve been thinking the same thing. With Japan’s biggest automaker understandably focused on bigger reveals, information on this butched-up softroader has proven to be hard to come by, with no press materials whatsoever. We don’t even know if this is a pure concept or if it’s actually being considered for production. Either way, we approve. The 20-inch dark-finish alloys probably don’t do much for ride quality, but they certainly look nicely aggressive, as does the new lower fascia with its prominent lower lip. Other changes include beefier wheel arches, side rails, headlamps with integrated LEDs, twin-element fog lamps and mesh grille inserts. All of the changes are quite well integrated – enough so that the Adventure largely avoids looking like a SEMA refugee in person. Toyota RAV4 “Adventure” brings the butch originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 05 Mar 2013 18:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds .

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 i-ROAD leans its way into the city [w/video]

Toyota i-ROAD leans its way into the city [w/video]

March 5, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Concept Cars , Coupe , Geneva Motor Show , Videos , Toyota , Motorcycle , Specialty , Electric According to Toyota , the ” i-ROAD takes the company closer to its goal of creating the ultimate range of eco cars.” As you’re surely aware, that range of eco cars includes the enormously successful Prius family, but this new machine is nothing like the hybrid hatchback. And it’s not even a car – Toyota calls the i-ROAD a Personal Mobility Vehicle. Toyota’s i-ROAD Concept, which debuts at this week’s Geneva Motor Show , is adorned with just three wheels, meaning it’s just as much a motorcycle as it is a car, and the driver and passenger sit in tandem style instead of side-by-side. This arrangement allows for a very thin 850mm width, which is about the same as a large motorcycle. Because the cockpit is enclosed, the occupants don’t need helmets, nor are they open to the elements outside. Also like a traditional two-wheeler, the i-ROAD tilts through the turns and when driving on uneven surfaces. Toyota says its computer-controlled Active Lean technology automatically balances the vehicle with no input from the driver. Despite the automaker’s expertise in hybrid drivetrains, the i-ROAD is a pure electric vehicle, and Toyota says it “believes in the feasibility of EVs to serve as a main mode of transport for short urban journeys.” There’s a two-kilowatt motor in each front wheel, meaning the i-ROAD offers up just over five horsepower, which isn’t a lot but should be enough to get moving up to city traffic speeds (no performance specs are available). An on-board lithium ion battery allows for a range of around 30 miles, after which the vehicle can be recharged in three hours using “a conventional domestic power supply.” We’re a little unsure of what Toyota means by that – using a 110-volt outlet or a 220-volt outlet, or perhaps a unique charger? – but you’re welcome to see the press release yourself below, along with a video showing the leaning three-wheeler in action.

Leaked Toyota FT-86 Open concept images preview droptop Scion FR-S [w/video] [UPDATE]

Leaked Toyota FT-86 Open concept images preview droptop Scion FR-S [w/video] [UPDATE]

March 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Concept Cars , Convertible , Performance , Geneva Motor Show , Scion , Toyota Here it is, folks – the highly anticipated Toyota FT-86 Open concept, a precursor to what could become a road-going Scion FR-S convertible. A full smattering of images and video have leaked onto the internet, and thanks to the folks at FT86Club.com , we can now see the new hotness that Toyota will be unveiling at the Geneva Motor Show next week. These images confirm details that were first seen in spy shots captured a couple of weeks ago – namely, the larger wheel/tire package and the inclusion of the Toyobaru coupe’s decidedly useless rear seats. These new photos, however, show a two-tone leather interior with goodies such as an iPod/iPhone mount on the dashboard. The concept car is also fitted with the coupe’s six-speed automatic transmission (boo!) and FT86Club.com reports that the folding soft top is operated electronically. We’ll have the full details live from Geneva in just a few days. For now, click through our attached image gallery to see lots of pretty pictures of the topless wonder, and scroll down for a video to see the concept in motion. UPDATE : The news now been officially released by Toyota UK. Scroll down below to see the newly added press release, and a bit more detail about the FT-86 Open. Continue reading Leaked Toyota FT-86 Open concept images preview droptop Scion FR-S [w/video] [UPDATE] Leaked Toyota FT-86 Open concept images preview droptop Scion FR-S [w/video] [UPDATE] originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 28 Feb 2013 23:48:00 EST.

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

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