By on November 15, 2011

 

According to my informants, the Tokyo Motor Show will degrade into a „regional show“ and will pale in comparison to the monster shows in Shanghai or Beijing. Toyota will ignore that, and its exhibit will be “likely one of the most closely watched ones of the show,” as Automotive News [sub] says.

The crowd magnet will be a car which Toyota steadfastly refers to as the “compact, rear-wheel-drive sports vehicle jointly developed by Fuji Heavy Industries and TMC.”  Any guesses what it may be?

Autoguide already publishes under-hood pictures, but Toyota will release neither name of the FT-86 / Scion FR-S, nor will it hand out pictures, even under strict I-will-cut-your-fingers-off-if-you-break-it embargo. First in-the-flesh pictures should appear on Sunday, November 27. How do I know that? Trust me.

Did I say no pictures? You will drown in pictures after the jump …

There will be the Aqua / Prius C.

Also in the nearly good to go dept. is the Prius Plug-in Hybrid, which will go on sale in Japan “in early 2012.” Its fuel economy is advertised as “exceeding 57 km/L”, which would convert to a mind-blowing 134 mpg, if the darned EPA would accept the Japanese JC08 numbers. The EV cruising range is said to be  23.4 km (14,5 miles) enough to get to the store and back.

Further in the nearly ready dept., Toyota says that it is “developing EVs with the aim of launching a vehicle suitable for short-distance travel in 2012.”

Instead of the real thing, Toyota will show the FT-EV III “electric concept vehicle” with an “estimated cruising range of 105 km on a fully charged battery.”  That would be 65 miles, somewhere in the neighborhood of the Nissan Leaf, unless those pesky EPA numbers play tricks on us. We’ll see what the production model will bring.

Moving on out to 2015, we shall see “a practical sedan-type next-generation fuel-cell concept vehicle fueled by hydrogen.” That (and Toyota seems to be making a point by repeating it) “highly practical fuel-cell vehicle is planned for launch in about 2015.” As Chief Engineer Satoshi Ogiso told us, they aren’t fooling around.

People who are still fascinated by the LHD/RHD phenomenon may notice that in the hydrogen-powered concept the steering wheel is on the left hand side. Read into it whatever you desire, but don’t dwell on it.

Finally, there will be the Toyota Fun-Vii, “a concept vehicle that heralds a future where people, cars and society are linked.” I don’t have the vaguest idea what that may be. According to the picture, it could be a vehicle propelled by flower-power.

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5 Comments on “More Peeks Into Toyota’s Future: Tokyo Motor Show Preview...”


  • avatar
    cmoibenlepro

    By projecting an image from behind the car on the Fun-Vii, it could turn into a cloaking device.

  • avatar
    imag

    I like the electric IQ. I hope they make it, and I hope it’s not as terminally miserable as the Prius from a driving perspective.

    It definitely looks like Mr. Toyoda is clearing away the beige. More power to him.

  • avatar
    Zackman

    Now this is cool! I love that steering wheel and dashboard.

    Steering on the left? Sure. Repeat after me: “USA-bound”.

    It appears that if all this isn’t just for PR, I guess Toyota is back with a vengeance. Someone has to take the next few steps if GM and Ford can’t or won’t do it.

  • avatar
    Vance Torino

    If that’s the real Prius C (Aqua? Really, JDM?), it’s the first time I’ve seen its final form – and, well, it’s NOT AS BAD as I expected. Sort of Yaris-y in the generic Toyota idom. Doesn’t broadcast it’s hybrid-ness, tho. (Which is not a small part of the regular Prius appeal.)

    All minor sins absolved if fuel economy is awesome and price reasonable.

    Otherwise, it will join the Insight, CR-Z, and HS250 in hybrid purgatory.

  • avatar
    minneapolis_lakers

    If that interior makes it to production…..that’s like driving an ipad :D


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