Toyota announces next-generation taxi for Japan

Article by Andrew Christian, on October 30, 2015

Toyota is currently hard at work in developing the successor to the first JPN Taxi Concept. This concept will make its debut at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show, like its predecessor that debuted in the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show.

Toyota plans to unveil the concept before April 2018. Toyota’s goal with this new taxi concept is to make it a common fixture in the streets of every city in Japan and perhaps the world. This goal is comparable to how the company’s Crown Comfort has become a common choice for taxis in Japan today.

As current trends tend to focus on environmentally-friendlier vehicles, Toyota will of course design the new JPN Taxi Concept to feature excellent environmental performance. It will also be designed with a rapidly aging population in mind. The new JPN Taxi Concept will feature the same hatchback design as its predecessor.

The flooring on this one will be low. It also has sliding doors that open a bit wider than most. All of these mean that the updated concept will be more convenient for both drivers and passengers.

It was also designed to accommodate passengers who are disabled and require wheelchairs. Toyota has also made it a point to design the JPN Taxi Concept with an eye for meeting local needs to comply with the desire of the Japanese government. In addition, the JPN Taxi Concept will carry a highly economical propulsion system that is fed with liquefied petroleum gas.

The engine’s economical fuel consumption makes it ideal both for taxi driving and for long-distance travels. The Tokyo Motor Show is currently ongoing and will last through November 8. It is held at the Tokyo Big Sight venue. Visit the Tokyo Motor Show website for more information.

Press Release

Toyota Developing a Next-generation Taxi for the Japan Market

Toyota plans to launch a new taxi for the Japanese market before April 2018, and is currently working on developing an updated version of its JPN Taxi Concept, which made its global debut at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show. The updated model will be shown at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show through a promotional video.

Toyota hopes that the vehicle, created to embody the spirit of Japanese hospitality, will become a common sight on city streets―much the way the Toyota Crown Comfort is considered the archetypal taxi throughout the country today. In keeping with recent trends both in and outside Japan, the taxi will achieve excellent environmental performance while also catering to societal changes such as a rapidly aging population.

Just like the concept exhibited at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, the next-generation taxi features a hatchback-type package. With its low floor and wide-opening sliding door, the vehicle will provide outstanding ease of ingress and egress, and its spacious interior will even allow passengers to board in a wheelchair. The chassis of this taxi will ensure excellent maneuverability in urban environments and offer a pleasant ride for driver and passenger alike. Furthermore, this vehicle aims to conform to the Japanese government's goal of providing buses and taxis that are barrier-free and tailored specifically to local needs.

The taxi will feature a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) hybrid system―currently under development―which is highly economical and offers excellent environmental performance optimized for taxi driving conditions. In addition, Toyota is focusing on making this vehicle durable enough to withstand long-distance usage.

The 2015 Tokyo Motor Show will be held at Tokyo Big Sight from October 28 through November 8, with press days on October 28―29, a preview day on October 29, and public days from October 30 through November 8. To find out more, visit http://www.tokyo-motorshow.com/en/.

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