Toyota FT-Bh concept revealed
The future is decidedly weird looking, if the Toyota FT-Bh concept at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show is anything to go by. It sure makes an impact.
What is it?
The clue is in the name: FT-Bh stands for Future Toyota B-segment hybrid - so although the Japanese giant has only just unwrapped its brand new Yaris Hybrid supermini, it is apparently already planning for that car's successor.
Focusing on maximising efficiency in five key areas - weight, aerodynamics, powertrain, thermal management and electricity saving - Toyota has created a concept that offers a 50% CO2 improvement over the current supermini class average. It also weighs less than an Aygo - without using any exotic materials.
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Toyota will probably want to think about toning down the looks a bit before putting the FT-Bh into production - those are some crazy curves. On the other hand, it has supposedly achieved a 30% aerodynamic gain as a result, so it's not just mad looking for the sake of it.
How much and when?
Even if this does represent Toyota's early musings on a future Yaris Hybrid successor - rather than automotive blue-sky thinking - the FT-Bh is still a long way off. That said, it's engineered using "commonplace, economically viable production methods and technologies", so it's not as far-fetched - or expensive - as you might think.
Anything else I need to know?
Despite featuring a petrol-electric drivetrain (complete with heavyweight batteries and motor), the FT-Bh weighs under 800kg. The petrol side of the equation is a 1.0-litre two cylinder. In conjunction with hybrid drive, it will return 134mpg!
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