Toyota FT-Bh Concept may enter production

Article by Christian A., on March 8, 2012

Toyota’s ultra-frugal FT-Bh small hybrid car may enter production “beyond 2015 and before 2020,” according to project manager Koji Makino, in an interview with Automotive News Europe. This concept has the same size as the Yaris subcompact but its CO2 emissions figure of 49 grams per kilometer is just half of the emissions of a Yaris equipped with a 1.0-liter gasoline engine.

It is powered by a recently developed two-cylinder, 1.0-liter gasoline engine that has a 60kg-weight and is mated to an electric motor. This concept makes use of 2 liters of fuel per 100km (134.5 UK mpg).

Toyota said that the weight of the concept has been reduced to 786kg, which is lighter than the 1,030kg kerb weight of the 1.0-liter Yaris. The car is built using a combination of high-tensile steel, aluminum and magnesium. Toyota designed this car to be aerodynamic. It has a drag coefficient figure of 0.235cD while the sector average is at 0.29cD.

Toyota said that these innovations can be carried over to the production version. According to Didier Leroy, the CEO of Toyota Motor Europe, the fuel economy was attained at a cost-level that is suitable to a high-volume subcompact.

Leroy said that a year ago, its engineers and designers were tasked to create an affordable small super-efficient car. Leroy explained that this car is the result of efforts to ensure that all aspects of the car are designed to cut emissions.

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