The 43rd annual 2013 Tokyo Motor Show will be held this year from November 20th to December 1st and naturally, Toyota will be a big player at their hometown auto show. This year, they are primed to impress in a big way with five world-premier concept vehicles. Under the slogan "Fun to Drive, Again", these concept vehicles will show the company's future vision to bring the joy back into driving a Toyota. The concepts include a groundbreaking next-generation fuel-cell vehicle, a compact sports hybrid vehicle, and the "FT-86 Open concept", which is a convertible version of the popular rear-wheel drive Scion FR-S (known as the FT-86 outside of the US).
Toyota FCV (Fuel-Cell Vehicle) Concept
The Toyota FCV is a concept model of the fuel-cell vehicle that you can expect to see roaming the streets around Wellesley Toyota in 2015. With this release, Toyota plans to be at the forefront of hydrogen fuel cell technology, aiming to make hydrogen powered vehicles a practical and green alternative to gas and hybrid engines. Toyota anticipates a driving range of 310 miles with refueling times as low as 3 minutes, or about the same amount of time it takes you to refuel your vehicle today.
The exterior of the vehicle revolves around two design concepts: the transformation of air into water as the system produces electricity, and the powerful acceleration of the electric motor. The front of the vehicle features the signature Toyota style, but with pronounced air intakes. The whole vehicle conveys a very liquid feel while also emphasizing a fun and sporty drive.
For the drivetrain, Toyota uses its proprietary small, light-weight FC Stack and two 70 MPa high-pressure hydrogen tanks under the body. The FC Stack is capable of putting out 3 kW/L, which is more than twice the output of the current Toyota Fuel Cell vehicle. Also, the FCV system features a high-efficiency boost converter, effectively increasing the voltage in order to reduce the size of the motor and number of fuel cells, resulting in a more efficient system to reduce costs.
Toyota FV2 (Fun Vehicle 2)
This is an interesting vehicle that likely won't be seeing the inside of a showroom anytime soon, but definitely shows off some cool technology Toyota has in the works. This concept "enhances the driving experience by connecting physically and emotionally with the driver, becoming more fun to drive the more it is used".
Physical connection: The FV2 is operated by the driver shifting his or her body to intuitively move the vehicle, similar to how a Segway works. It also uses intelligent technology to connect with other vehicles in the area and traffic infrastructure, providing a wealth of safety and advance traffic information.
Emotional connection: The vehicle uses voice and image recognition to determine the driver's mood, driving history to suggest destinations, and driving skill information to assist with certain maneuvers. Also, the windshield will feature an augmented reality display and the body color and exterior display can be changed at will, creating a more intimate relationship between the vehicle and the driver.
Aqua G Sports Concept
In Japan, the compact hybrid Prius c is known as the "Aqua", and this concept is an intriguing sports-conversion of the hybrid vehicle. The styling has been tweaked to look more sleek and powerful, while maintaining the same amazing fuel economy. While we haven't heard anything about this coming stateside, a production version is scheduled for launch in Japan later this month. Likely, this concept is Toyota testing the waters to gauge interest in expanded Prius c and Aqua models.
FT-86 (FR-S) Open Concept
This is one that might excite the sports car lovers out there. The critically acclaimed Toyota FT-86, also known as the Scion FR-S here in the States, might be getting an open top convertible version soon! The vehicle will pretty much stay the same, with the key difference being an electrically operated soft-top, giving sports car enthusiasts that open top convertible feeling with the fantastic FR-S. Plus, we think it looks pretty good in red. Perfect affordable summer cruiser indeed.
In the meantime, feel free to come down to our Boston area Toyota dealership to check out the current iteration of the FR-S!