Toyota Motor Corp. has unveiled its latest small gasoline-electric hybrid concept car, the FT-Bh, at the 82nd Geneva International Motor Show. Toyota developed the FT-Bh as an ultra-fuel-efficient concept car that would compete in the B segment under the theme of "ecomotion," a term derived from “eco” and “emotion.”
The concept is aimed at creating a production car that boasts of being highly responsive and having nimble operability. Aside from its operational ease, the FT-Bh boasts of consuming only 2.1 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers under the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC), and emitting a carbon dioxide level of just 49 g/km, which is less than half the current average for B-segment vehicles.
These had contributed to the significant reduction of the FT-Bh weight. These permitted the installation of a more-efficient powertrain and led to reduced air resistance too. Toyota had fitted a small fuel tank together with a lithium-ion battery under the rear seat, giving the concept a low center of gravity.
Cars with a low center of gravity often boast of an improved driving performance. Toyota also made sure that the FT-Bh is provided with an aerodynamic architecture that exudes performance.
It features a bullet-shaped body with sleek proportions. The concept’s tapered rear body and slightly curved rear-end further reduce air resistance.
The concept’s long roof is merged seamlessly with the windshield, while allowing the narrow pillars to maintain high visibility. The FT-Bh benefits from the elements of Toyota's next-generation "Keen Look" styling, which features vertical lamps integrated into fenders and a large lower grille.
Toyota also displayed two alternative concepts at the Geneva Motor Show -- a compressed natural gas (CNG) hybrid variant with cabons dioxide emissions of 38 g/km; and a plug-in hybrid version with CO2 emissions of just 19 g/km.