Toyota FT-Bh Concept: Geneva Motor Show Live Gallery

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Toyota FT-Bh Concept

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Prior to today's Geneva Motor Show, Toyota had teased a selection of images of its hybrid small car concept, the FT-Bh.

Unveiled today, we can now bring you live images of Toyota's baby, sure to influence the design of subsequent hybrids in Toyota's range.

It was clear from the teaser images that the FT-Bh concept had a Prius-like roofline, designed for maximum aerodynamics. We weren't sure how it would work on a car the size of the Yaris, but seeing the FT-Bh in the flesh it's clear that the car is particularly low to the ground, with interior space maximized in the dramatically curved roof.

The front of the car has been designed to send air up the roof and down the sides of the car, and features blade-like headlights with front wings that stand proud of the car.

Towards the rear, the whole car slopes away to a low rear end, with wavy tail lights sitting vertically, cutting the car off abruptly to reduce drag. The end result is a drag coefficient of only 0.235, against the average 0.29 Cd of other cars in the sector.

What we didn't know before Geneva is exactly what would be powering the FT-Bh.

Toyota lists two powertrain choices, a twin-cylinder, 1.0-liter gasoline engine with electric motor assistance to provide a regular hybrid, and a similar setup utilizing Toyota's plug-in technology for even greater efficiency.

The former has a target fuel consumption of 112 MPG and target CO2 emissions of only 49 grams per kilometer, and the plug-in gets 294 MPG, with CO2 emissions of 19 grams per kilometer - which would put the car far ahead of even Toyota's own Prius C hybrid.

The FT-Bh also includes technology such as electrically-assisted steering, and exhaust gas heat recovery.

You can make your own mind up on the styling by checking out our images in the gallery below.


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Comments (7)
  1. Here we go again the ridiculous mpg numbers. 294 MPG, I can only assume an accounting where the electricity is "free" and unaccounted for. Furthermore, the 19 grams per kilometer is probably assuming solar powered electricity.

    As for the styling, well if you thought they couldn't make the Prius look worse, you under-estimated Toyota. (Full disclosure, I am a Prius driver and if they can achieve 112 mpg, or anything close, I would still buy one.)

  2. I actually think the MK3 Prius looks pretty good. This looks like a caricature of a Prius though. With that front end it looks like a hybrid in another sense too: like an amphibious vehicle. Looking at the NS 4 there seems to be a pattern of looking at ships for design inspiration at Toyota. I wonder if they expect another tsunami...

  3. ....or maybe Toyota just wants you to be able to own a land yacht without having to worry about single digit MPG....

  4. Pretty funny.

  5. OMG! You got to be joking. That will be one ugly concept that they will not change a thing on. What's with those 'fat injected' lips on front? I, too, have my doubts about that 294 MPG, but if they can pull it off, I'd just slap some lipstick on that pig and take on off.

  6. Bring it on! I was going to buy the Prius C, but don't want the NiMH batteries and cheap everything else. The FT-Bh is exactly what I'm looking for! They can't build it soon enough or charge too much. If they don't sell it in the US I'll move to where I can buy it!

  7. I would drive damn near anything that managed 112 mpg with a hybrid engine as long as goes 0-60 in under 12 seconds. Sign me up.

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