Tokyo 2007 Preview: Toyota Crown Hybrid

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The Crown luxury sedan has been in Toyota's Japanese domestic lineup almost as long as the Corolla, but that doesn't mean there aren't any new tricks. For this year's Tokyo Motor Show, Toyota is showing off their new hybrid variant. The big sedan is equipped with the latest version of Toyota's parallel hybrid system as used in the new LS600h. It has a two-speed reduction gear for the electric motor to provide smoother performance and 10 air-bags to keep passengers confined in case of an accident.

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The CROWN HYBRID CONCEPT's latest hybrid system, VDIM (Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management)
and other features, result in an advanced fusion of driving, environmental and safety performance. The time
has come to present the next-generation inspirational luxury sedan.

- Comes with THS II*, which has a two-stage motor speed reduction device that helps achieve distinctively
smooth acceleration, high fuel efficiency, low CO2 and other exhaust emissions and quietness.
- Adopts a TFT (thin film transistor) LCD "Finegraphic Meter" to provide the driver with a variety of information
in an easier-to-see and easier-to-understand way.
- Ensures excellent vehicle stability and a high level of preventive safety through VDIM with active steering
control, to achieve optimal balance among drive power, steering and braking.
- Employs 10 SRS (Supplemental Restraint System) airbags for outstanding safety performance.

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