18 February 2011

Three World Premiers at Geneva

Toyota will stage three world premieres and will display its latest EV prototype at next month's Geneva motor show.

The EV - electric vehicle - prototype features a new, flat lithium-ion battery pack design and provides a driving range of up to 105km*.

It will feature on the Toyota stand at Geneva alongside three models making their world-first appearance: FT-86 Concept II, Prius+ and Yaris HSD.

The FT-86 II concept gives the clearest indication yet of the final design for Toyota's next sports car.

An evolution of the show car first seen at the 2009 Tokyo motor show, this new concept embodies the company's reborn passion for sports-car driving.

Toyota has used its readily adaptable Hybrid Synergy DriveĀ® technology as the platform on which to build its EV powertrain.

The unveiling of the EV prototype and the world debuts for the Prius+ and Yaris HSD reinforce Toyota's conviction that full hybrid technology is the key to sustainable mobility in the future.

Based on the iQ city car, the EV prototype features an all-electric powertrain with no compromise on load space or passenger accommodation for four.

It will undergo testing on European roads this year, with a potential introduction to that market through a leasing program in 2012.

Toyota has already announced its plans to bring the car to market in the USA and is also investigating its viability in other regions.

The Prius+ is a further expansion of the Prius family, offering the versatility of seven seats combined with a full hybrid powertrain.

As its name suggests, the Prius+ provides a significant increase in space and passenger accommodation, while sacrificing none of the traditional attributes found in the Prius DNA, such extremely low fuel consumption.

The Yaris HSD concept, which incorporates several hybrid-specific styling cues, anticipates Toyota's intention to bring full hybrid technology to the compact segment.

Toyota's press conference will take place at 9.15am in Geneva (7.15pm AEST) on Tuesday, March 1.

* Kilometres per charge in the Japanese C08 test cycle.

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