Tokyo 2007 Preview: Toyota Hi-CT Concept

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Toyota's Hi-CT aims to be the youthful, edgy, cool kid on the concept block. With a front end only a Mac truck and a locomotive union could love, the Hi-CT has an over exaggerated beltline and short overhangs that can easily dispatch the tight corners found in Tokyo proper. The rear deck can be used for weatherproof cargo or can house either a pair of seats while lounging on the beach or a small-size trunk.

Power comes courtesy of a 1.5-liter engine mated to a hybrid motor, complete with plug-in capability, while a AC100V accessory socket lets users plug in their favorite portable electronics once they've arrived at their destination.


Toyota Hi-CT

The Hi-CT aims to offer a new "coolness" and new ways to have fun as a departure from conventional vehicles-an edgy, urban vehicle inspired by the thinking and lifestyles of youth.

* Offers a new kind of automotive "cool" and sense of enjoyment.
* Has a new look unconstrained by conventional vehicle size (length 3,330mm x width 1,695mm x height 1,780mm).
* Adopts plug-in hybrid technology, which allows it to charge from an external power source and gives it a greater driving range when running on its battery-powered motor; by placing the battery under the floor, achieves a highly efficient cabin with a higher driver position.
* Comes with an AC100V accessory socket that enables stored electricity-made possible by plug-in hybrid technology-to be used for a variety of applications.
* Features a removable rear trunk and a deck where surfboards, bicycles and other equipment can be loaded.

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