Toyota has let slip a few additional teasers for the company's FT-Bh concept headed to the Geneva Motor Show in March. As you may recall, the vehicle is an engineering study designed to evaluate what kind of emission reductions can be accomplished in the city car segment without resorting to exotic materials or science-fiction drivetrains. Toyota says the concept emits around 50 percent less CO2 than your run-of-the-mill supermini thanks in part to the fact that it tips the scales at a feathery 1,763 pounds.

The hybrid's aerodynamic shape and efficient powertrain also contribute to the reduction. While the FT-Bh isn't headed to production any time soon, there's a good chance some of the vehicle's tricks may show up on consumer models in the near future. Hit the jump to check out a short teaser video and the press release, and be sure to stay tuned for our live Geneva Motor Show coverage.



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TOYOTA FT-BH CONCEPT: TAKING EFFICIENCY TO NEW HEIGHTS

FT-Bh – Future Toyota B-segment hybrid

New concept designed for maximum fuel efficiency, built using economically viable methods and materials

CO2 emissions around 50 per cent lower than the current average for the supermini segment

Focus on five principal factors: low weight, aerodynamic performance, powertrain efficiency, thermal energy management and electricity saving

World debut at the Geneva motor show

Toyota's FT-Bh concept breaks new boundaries in small car efficiency. It's as spacious as an average five-door supermini, but produces about 50 per cent less CO2, and tipping the scales at under 800kg, its weighs less than a three-door Aygo.

These feats have not been achieved by using exotic materials or expensive techniques: from the outset Toyota determined that the FT-Bh would be made using commonplace, economically viable production methods and technologies, including a down-sized full hybrid powertrain.

Toyota took a "total vehicle" approach, focusing on five areas of design and engineering to gain the highest fuel efficiency and lowest emissions: weight reduction, optimum aerodynamic performance (achieving a 30 per cent gain), powertrain efficiency, thermal energy management and electricity saving.

The FT-Bh concept makes its world debut at the Geneva motor show, at 10.15am on 6 March.


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      sstowes
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not a big Toyota fan but a roomy (enough), 1700lbs full hybrid is mighty impressive, considering it presumably isn't using unobtainium or carbon fiber everywhere. This kinda project is a wet dream for engineers; it's the sorta concept other manufacturers send their people over to the podium to try to figure out "how do WE do that..." Meanwhile Toyota's people are grinning in the background. lol
      Christopher Veda
      • 2 Years Ago
      A teaser photo for a Toyota Hybrid concept is about as enticing as a new refill for your mechanical pencil.
      mygm4dn5
      • 2 Years Ago
      I predict people sueing Toyota. Toyota under fire over defective cars The car manufacturer Toyota has been accused of forcing dealers to ignore faults and defects with brand new cars. According to the Sunday Times, policy documents from Toyota, given to car dealers alone, set out instructions to only fix faults that relate to safety or are mentioned by the customer specifically while the car is under warranty. Dealers and technicians have spoken to the paper over the dodgy ethics being exercised by the car giant, and said it means garages could ignore faults that include, clutch problems, clicking steering columns, corroded alloy wheels, rusty brake discs and oil leaks. But once the car's warranty expires - when Toyota is no longer liable for repair costs - dealers under the policy are then allowed to disclose defects or problems, allowing the customer to foot the bill. http://www.carfinance.co.uk/news/2012/feb/toyota-under-fire-over-defective-cars.html
      dirtyblueshirt
      • 2 Years Ago
      Don't tease me, bro! No, seriously Toyota... don't.
      Dennis Baskov
      • 2 Years Ago
      I want to see the concrete confirmation of it weighting less than 1800lbs. That sounds unbelievable, no matter how small it is.
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        johnb
        • 2 Years Ago
        go to your nearest toyota dealer with a suitcase full of cash and dangle that in front of them for awhile.
          • 2 Years Ago
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      AP1_S2K
      • 2 Years Ago
      they could've at least also included Tron and the light cycles into this teaser