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.
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  • First reveal of the production-ready Yaris Hybrid, Europe's first full hybrid supermini at the Geneva motor show
  • First European appearance of the production-ready GT 86
  • World debut for the FT-Bh concept, showcasing a "total vehicle" approach to reducing emissions in an affordable city car
  • European premiere for the NS4 and FCV-R concepts, exploring next-generation plug-in hybrid and fuel cell vehicle design
  • Toyota diji concept shown in Europe for the first time, taking vehicle personalisation to a new level
  • The rejuvenation of Toyota can be witnessed "in the metal" at the Geneva motor show, with a display of future showroom and concept models, shown in Europe for the first time.

Yaris Hybrid

Yaris Hybrid will be shown for the first time in its production-ready form, ahead of going sale in June this year. Powered by a re-engineered Hybrid Synergy Drive, it will be Europe's first full hybrid supermini, opening up the technology to a new customer group. It will deliver quiet, smooth performance with the lowest emissions in its segment, while maintaining the small-but-spacious quality for which Yaris is renowned.

GT 86

GT 86, Toyota's all-new sports coupe, arrives in Geneva on a wave of enthusiastic advance media acclaim and public interest. Due to reach the road this summer, GT 86 rediscovers the pure passion and excitement of sports car driving, at an affordable price.

FT-Bh concept

Geneva marks the world debut of the FT-Bh concept, an ultra-lightweight, full hybrid city car study, designed to achieve low emissions within an economically viable production framework. The team that produced FT-Bh purposely avoided expensive materials and complex manufacturing processes, working instead only with those that are already commonplace in the auto industry.

NS4 and FCV-R concepts

Toyota's NS4 and FCV-R concepts are also being shown in Europe for the first time. NS4 is a next-generation plug-in hybrid vehicle, designed to address customer demand for added value from hybrid motoring, together with advanced design and a more involving drive. FCV-R represents Toyota's next step towards mass production of hydrogen-powered vehicles, paving the way for the launch of a saloon-type fuel cell vehicle by 2015.

Toyota diji

The Toyota diji concept – previously shown at last year's Tokyo motor show as the Fun-Vii – is all about personalisation. The entire body, inside and out, serves as a display, with the driver being able to change colour and content at will. The process of displaying images or information is as simple as downloading an app. The car can also link to nearby vehicles and infrastructure to create an even more connected driving experience.

Press conference

Toyota will host a press conference on its stand at the Geneva motor show at 10.15am on Tuesday, 6 Mach.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      Another boring useless concept car from Toyota. Nothing to see here.
      Boost Retard
      • 3 Years Ago
      Toyota needs to tease some new ideas for car names.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why has there been no coverage today of the NHTSA investigation into 830,000 Toyota Camry and RAV4 models fire hazard? The story was released this morning, yet a whole day goes by without a peep from AB. After your "obsessive" coverage of the non-event known as Volt fires, I would have thought you'd be all over this story. This couldn't be yet another example of your favoritism towards imports, could it?
        • 3 Years Ago
        There was a grand total of... SIX cases in which this happened. Quit trolling so hard.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Toyota needs to stop with the stupid wierd number/letter concept names. FT-86 FT-Lh FT-bh FT-He FT-Jn FT-Qp FT-Ci FT-Xh FT-Vd You get what I'm saying. Imagine trying to locate a concept car in a filing cabinet! "Can you get me FT- 'unaudiable'" "sure! FT....Ft....crap there are so many of these FT's in here!" "Did you get it!?!?! We're on in 5 !!!" "Wait which one did you want FT-Bh or FT-Kq?" "FT-KBFNDH353r" 'WHAT!?!"
        Dwight Bynum Jr.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Um, why? Because you don't know what they actually stand for? FT stands for "Future Toyota," so using it on a Toyota concept for the future makes perfect sense. Toyota... FT-HS = Future Toyota Hybrid Sport FT-EV = Duh FT-86 = Duh again FT-CH = Future Toyota Compact Hybrid The same goes for Lexus... LF = Lexus Future + they all exhibit the L-finesse design language. LF-C = Lexus Future Coupe (the convertible concept from 2004 that basically previewed the 2nd gen IS) LF-A = Lexus Future Advance LF-AR = Lexus Future Advance Roadster LF-Ch = Lexus Future Compact Hybrid LF-Gh = Lexus Future Grand-touring Hybrid LF-LC = Lexus Future Luxury Coupe
          Boost Retard
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Dwight Bynum Jr.
          By that logic, then the LF-A, now that it's in production, should be called the LP-A. LP-A = Lexus Present Advance. ;-)
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      well toyota produce any of these concepts. they like playing this since 2008 makin concept over and over ppl got tired they need production, when will ft-86 scion fr-s will come to market. cmon man stop playin with concept go to production.
        • 3 Years Ago
        The FR-S is already on sale in Japan, it will be coming here soon enough. By the way, your little rant didn't even seem like English.
      Mr. Sunshine
      • 3 Years Ago
      What's more confusing is that the "c" in the Yaris-like Prius c stands for "city." VW also brands old versions of models "city" in some markets. Apparently, we're not the only ones who don't know what makes a city car different from a supermini or even a compact car. Wikipedia's confused too. It generically defines a city car as "a small car intended for use primarily in an urban area." It's subjective. Then again anything is subjective. Is the Prius a compact or mid-size car? No one can agree that.
      Nick Allain
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Yaris is small but I wouldn't call it a citycar. I think we should define citycar as a car that turns your pants brown on the highway - like a smart fortwo.
      • 3 Years Ago
      So its a super long and low city car? If these propertions were right,, to fit two humans inside it would have to be 12-15 feet long! perfect for city driving
      • 3 Years Ago
      A supermini is something Yaris sized. Others include the VW Polo, Ford Fiesta, Honda Jazz (Fit elsewhere) and the Renault Clio. It goes: Citycar (VW up!, Toyota iQ, Toyota Aygo, Smart ForTwo) Supermini (VW Polo, Toyota Yaris, Ford Fiesta) Family Hatch (VW Golf, Ford Focus, Vauxhall/Opel Astra) Family Saloon/Estate (Ford Mondeo, VW Passat, Toyota Avensis)
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