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Toyota at the Tokyo Motor Show

  1. TOYOTA LEADS MOTORING WORLD TO SEVENTH HEAVEN
  2. TOYOTA TO REVEAL SPORTS CAR CONCEPT
  3. TOYOTA DEFINES FUTURE OF MOBILITY
  4. TOYOTA LAUNCHES TWO FUEL-CELL CONCEPTS

TOYOTA LEADS MOTORING WORLD TO SEVENTH HEAVEN


**Visions for a sports car, premium sedan and off-roader**
**Advances in fuel-cell, hybrid and electric power**
**Automated driving to provide mobility for everyone**


Seven Toyota concept cars unveiled today reveal a dynamic future of desirable vehicles offering mobility for everyone, including cars that will drive themselves and alternative powertrains that rely on renewable energy.

The seven concepts confirm that future Toyota owners will be offered stylish vehicles including a sports car, a premium performance sedan, a flexible off-roader and innovative vehicles that can be operated regardless of a person's driving ability.

Toyota's show cars present a significant step towards sustainable mobility with fuel-cell and battery-electric powertrains as well as advances in Toyota's existing hybrid and conventional engine technologies.

The concepts build on Toyota's commitment, as worldwide partner of The Olympic Games and The Paralympic Games, to create an opportunity for people to challenge the impossible and defy their limitations.

The seven vehicles are:
GR HV Sports Concept: A sports car with a racing-inspired hybrid powertrain.
Fine-Comfort Ride sedan and Sora concept bus: Fuel-cell vehicles.
Concept-i (four-seat sedan), Concept-i RIDE (two-seat city car) and Concept-i WALK (for pedestrian areas): Battery-electric vehicles.
Tj CRUISER: A new type of off-roader combining an SUV and a van with petrol and hybrid options.

Future motorists looking for a fun open-top sports car with performance derived from Toyota's latest motorsport-developed hybrid technologies will be tempted by Toyota's GR HV Sports Concept.

High-performance motoring is also central to the Fine-Comfort Ride concept sedan which is designed for a 220km/h top speed, a sprint to 100km/h in just 5.4 seconds and a 1,000km range on a single fill of hydrogen sourced from renewable energy.

This premium sedan and the Concept-i series of electric cars apply artificial intelligence to recognise emotions and estimate driver preferences, combined with automated driving technology for maximum safety.

In addition to the ground-breaking four-seat Concept-i, Toyota has revealed the two-seat Concept-i RIDE that can accommodate anyone including wheelchair users and the elderly, plus the Concept-i WALK for use in areas frequented by pedestrians.

Toyota displays show it has not forgotten its off-road heritage with the breakthrough Tj CRUISER that combines the flexibility of an SUV with the storage capacity of a van, powered by advanced hybrid or petrol engines.

The final concept is another fuel-cell vehicle, the Sora concept bus. A production version will go on sale next year with more than 100 to be introduced ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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For more information, please contact:

Aleks Krajcer
Manager Public Affairs
Tel: (02) 9710 3994
Mob: (0433) 385 996
aleks.krajcer@toyota.com.au

Orlando Rodriguez
Senior Product Public Relations Project Lead
Tel: (02) 9710 3312
Mob: (0413) 250 507
orlando.rodriguez@toyota.com.au

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TOYOTA TO REVEAL SPORTS CAR CONCEPT


**Honours Toyota's motorsport and legendary sports cars**
**Second show car for people who love work and play**
**World premieres at Tokyo Motor Show**


Toyota is set to unveil a dramatic open-top sports-car concept inspired by the company's involvement in endurance racing and its legendary Supra and Toyota Sports 800.

The world premiere of the aggressive matte-black GR HV Sports Concept will be a highlight of the Tokyo Motor Show late this month.

It will share the Tokyo stage with the breakthrough Toyota Tj CRUISER that showcases a new vehicle genre by combining the flexibility of an SUV with the storage capacity of a van.

The GR HV Sports Concept is designed to promote the fun of driving by combining the thrill of a sports car, a wind-in-the-hair "targa top" opening and Toyota's latest motorsport-developed hybrid technologies.

Its swoopy design and racing-inspired hybrid powertrain are reminiscent of the Toyota GAZOO Racing TS050 Hybrid that competes in the World Endurance Championship (WEC).

The LED headlights, five-bolt wheels and rear diffuser evoke the components used on the hybrid-powered WEC racer.

GR are the initials of Toyota's motorsport arm GAZOO Racing while HV stands for hybrid vehicle with the concept using a racing version of hybrid technology refined by the TS050.

To enhance dynamic performance, the concept has a front-engine, rear-drive layout with the hybrid battery placed centrally for optimal front-rear balance and a low centre of gravity.

Embodying the functionality of a genuine sports car, the concept features a push-button ignition on the centrally located automatic gear lever.

Six-speed manual operation is available at the press of a button, using a compact H-pattern gearshift.

Toyota has previously revealed a motorsport-inspired hybrid sports-car concept, the FT-HS (Future Toyota Hybrid Sports) that was a star of the 2008 Melbourne International Motor Show.

It also envisaged a front-engine, rear-drive set-up with revolutionary hybrid acceleration and optimal performance with a projected 0-100km/h dash in the four-second range.

Initial specifications

VehicleLength (mm)Width (mm)Height (mm)DrivelineSeats
GR HV Sports Concept4,3951,8051,280Front engine, rear-wheel-drive2


The Tj CRUISER was named and designed for lifestyles where both "work" and "play" are enjoyed. The "T" in Tj CRUISER stands for "Toolbox" while the "j" refers to the joy of visiting various places accessible with its part-time all-wheel-drive system.

Its bold front, square-shaped cabin, sturdy suspension and 20-inch wheels complement a next-generation Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform powered by "2.0-litre class" petrol and hybrid powertrains.

Tj CRUISER is all about utility. On the inside, it is able to store surfboards and other items up to 3m long due to its fold-flat front and rear passenger seats.

The backs of the seats and deck boards include numerous lashing points to enable easy anchoring of items from small parcels to longer objects. The wide-opening back door makes for easy loading and unloading of large items such as bikes.

The seat cushion on the passenger seat directly behind the driver can be flipped up towards the front to create a unique space for storing shopping bags.

The large openings of the sliding doors enable loading and unloading of large items from the sides and easy entry and exit for occupants.

Tj CRUISER's bonnet, roof and fenders use "care-free" materials with a special coating that resists scratches and dirt.

Initial specifications:

VehicleLength (mm)Width (mm)Height (mm)Wheelbase (mm)DrivelineSeats
Tj CRUISER4,3001,7751,6202,750Front/rear-wheel-drive4


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For more information, please contact:

Aleks Krajcer
Manager Public Affairs
Tel: (02) 9710 3994
Mob: (0433) 385 996
aleks.krajcer@toyota.com.au

Orlando Rodriguez
Senior Product Public Relations Project Lead
Tel: (02) 9710 3312
Mob: (0413) 250 507
orlando.rodriguez@toyota.com.au

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TOYOTA DEFINES FUTURE OF MOBILITY


**Electric cars that understand and learn from people**
**Mobility for all, including wheelchair users and the elderly**
**Artificial intelligence recognises emotions and estimates driver preferences**
**Automated driving leads the driver to safety**


Toyota has outlined its vision for a future where cars and humans will work together as partners to deliver the freedom and pleasure of mobility to as many people as possible.

A family of three concept cars envisages a world where cars understand people, applying artificial intelligence (AI) to recognise emotions and estimate driver preferences combined with automated driving technology for maximum safety.

The three vehicles - all with electric drivetrains - will be displayed at next week's Tokyo Motor Show.

They expand on the ideas presented with the ground-breaking four-seat Concept-i. Revealed at the International Consumer Electronics Show in January, it was developed with a focus on building an immersive user experience.

Toyota has now added the Concept-i RIDE, a two-seat vehicle designed so that anyone can have freedom of mobility, including wheelchair users and the elderly.

Additionally, the Concept-i WALK - a vehicle designed for using in areas used by pedestrians - has been added to the series to enable free movement on footpaths and other walking areas.

All three concept cars feature the AI Agent - the name given to the function that has the ability to understand people.

It provides appropriate responses and actions to a driver's questions or requests using voice recognition; anticipates the driver's needs by seamlessly monitoring and protecting the driver; and actively initiates communication and offers advice to the driver.

Toyota Concept-i is able to determine a driver's emotion and level of alertness by reading expressions, actions and tone of voice.

It estimates the driver's preferences by comparing general information such as news on the web with information on individuals such as social media activity, GPS information, and conversation history in the car.

Concept-i constantly monitors the driver's condition and the car, enabling it to switch to automated driving if the driver is overcome by a dangerous or high-stress situation.

It will stimulate the senses to rouse drivers into an alert state when they feel drowsy, and help them feel more relaxed at times of higher stress.

Its AI Agent technology engages in conversation based on the emotions and preferences of the driver. The car suggests topics of interest based on the mood of the driver, achieving a completely new style of two-way conversation.

It also creates an "emotion map" by periodically plotting the driver's emotion and GPS data. By collecting data on individual emotions and using this information as big data, the Toyota Concept-i series can deliver fresh experiences by suggesting new, enjoyable routes as slight detours.

The vehicle design projects a futuristic silhouette and a simple and open interior with the Agent located at the centre of the instrument panel. It also provides a new user experience through intuitive interaction with the Agent using a 3D head-up display.

Toyota plans to conduct road tests of vehicles equipped with some of the Concept-i functions in Japan by around 2020. It has a range of about 300km.

Toyota Concept-i RIDE features gull-wing doors, an electric universal sliding seat and a joystick to achieve user-friendly operation with a range of 100-150km.

Opening and closing of the gull-wing door supports loading and unloading of a wheelchair while an electric seat slides to the entrance for easy transfer between a wheelchair and the car. The wheelchair can be easily stored in the rear section.

A joystick eliminates steering wheel, accelerator and brake pedals, making the vehicle easy to use by almost anyone. The compact vehicle size enables wheelchair users to park in regular single-vehicle spaces.

The AI Agent actively provides information that supports and enhances outings, such as the location of barrier-free facilities.

The driver's seat is positioned at the centre when one person is driving. Toyota also envisions this vehicle participating in ride-sharing services.

Toyota Concept-i WALK is compact with a cruising range of 10-20km, offering short-distance movement such as between sightseeing spots.

Three wheels, a wheelbase variable mechanism and a steering function make it possible to operate easily. It can rotate on the spot and its low floor enables people to get on and off easily.

Conversation with the Agent and data obtained from sensors in the handles. If the vehicle senses danger while moving, it will warn the driver and take avoidance measures.

MAIN SPECIFICATIONS

Concept-i Concept-i RIDEConcept-i WALK
Length (mm) 4,5102,500500-700
Width (mm)1,8301,300400
Height (mm)1,4751,5001,130 (140)
Wheelbase (mm)2,7001,800-
Occupancy421
PowertrainEVEVEV
Approx. range (km)300100-15010-20


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For more information, please contact:

Aleks Krajcer
Manager Public Affairs
Tel: (02) 9710 3994
Mob: (0433) 385 996
aleks.krajcer@toyota.com.au

Orlando Rodriguez
Senior Product Public Relations Project Lead
Tel: (02) 9710 3312
Mob: (0413) 250 507
orlando.rodriguez@toyota.com.au

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TOYOTA LAUNCHES TWO FUEL-CELL CONCEPTS


**Concept sedan demonstrates further possibilities for fuel-cell vehicles**
**New fuel-cell bus to go on sale in Japan next year**


Toyota has unveiled two fuel-cell concept vehicles - a premium six-seat sedan and a 79-seat bus - both of which use hydrogen as the primary energy source.

The Fine-Comfort Ride concept sedan envisages high performance motoring with a 310kW motor delivering a top speed of 220km/h, a 0-100km/h acceleration time of 5.4 seconds and a range of approximately 1,000km on a single fill.

The Sora concept bus is closer to a production version with Toyota planning to start sales next year and introduce more than 100 of these buses ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Fine-Comfort Ride

Toyota envisages the Fine-Comfort Ride operating in a low-carbon society with advanced use of hydrogen and renewable energy.

Its exterior design adopts a diamond-shaped cabin that narrows towards the rear, offering maximum space for occupants while achieving excellent aerodynamic performance.

The flexible layout is made possible by adopting an in-wheel motor, positioning the wheels at the very corners of the vehicle, and utilising a body underside cover for the ride stability and quietness expected in a premium car.

The fuel-cell stack is located at the front of the vehicle while the hydrogen tank is under the floor.

The Fine-Comfort Ride delivers quiet, smooth running and makes full use of the large amount of electricity provided by hydrogen as its energy source.

It incorporates artificial intelligence and automated driving based on the company's Mobility Teammate Concept in which the car watches over the driver as needed and assists the driver as needed.

The interior design concept is about being wrapped in comfort with the advance autonomous functions and the touch display arranged around the driver and passenger seats.

Seats allow for flexible adjustment according to posture, and the displays provide free access to information by the driver and passengers.

The seat layout is also flexible; for example, drivers can take their hands off the steering wheel and turn their seat around to converse with passengers.

Fine stands for "Future IN Electrified Vehicle" and Comfort Ride embodies the concept of a comfortable space for transportation, suitable for a next-generation premium car.

It is a continuation of the Fine-S fuel-cell concept vehicle unveiled at the Detroit auto show in 2003.

Toyota pursued further possibilities of FCVs through the development of the Fine-Comfort Ride. It offers excellent environmental performance by discharging no CO2 or substances of concern (SoC) while in operation, together with the convenience of a generous cruising range with a hydrogen refuelling time of about three minutes.

Sora concept bus

Toyota developed the Sora concept bus to make best use of the characteristics of the fuel-cell unit and to enhance the comfort of passengers travelling on bus routes.

Toyota's fuel-cell system developed for the Mirai, has been adopted to deliver superior environmental performance with no CO2 emissions or substances of concern emitted when in operation.

The Sora uses two 114kW fuel-cell stacks and two 113kW, 335Nm electric motors with 10 high-pressure hydrogen tanks offering 600 litres of hydrogen capacity.

It is equipped with a high-capacity external power supply system, providing high maximum output of 9kW and 235 kWh supply.

This enables the bus to be used as an emergency power source. For example, it can power evacuation sites such as school gymnasiums and community centres for about five days with lights on for six hours per day (50 kWh per day).

Toyota paid close attention to convenience, safety and peace of mind. Eight high-definition cameras fitted inside and outside the vehicle detect pedestrians and bicycles around the bus, providing a peripheral monitoring function that warns the driver with sound and images to improve safety.

For the safety of standing passengers, an acceleration control function enables gentle acceleration from stops. There is no lurching due to the lack of a need for gear shifting. Seats automatically fold up when not in use to provide space for strollers or wheelchairs.

The concept bus also envisages futuristic features that will not be available on the production model released next year - ITS (Intelligent Transport System) Connect and automatic arrival control. Toyota aims to introduce these features as the infrastructure is able to facilitate them.

ITS Connect boosts bus transportation capability, speed, punctuality and convenience. The system utilises vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications to support safe driving, together with systems that support bus convoys and that provide priority at traffic signals.

Automatic arrival control improves boarding and exiting by detecting the guidance line on the road surface and using automatic steering and deceleration to stop the bus. It ensures approximately 3 to 6 cm of clearance from the bus stop, and stopping within 10 cm ahead of or behind the bus stop position.

Sora is an acronym for Sky, Ocean, River, Air - representing the earth's water cycle.

MAIN SPECIFICATIONS - FINE-COMFORT RIDE

Fine-Comfort Ride

Mirai

Length

4,830mm

4,890mm

Width

1,950mm

1,815mm

Height

1,650mm

1,535mm

Wheelbase

3,450mm

2,780mm

Occupants

Six

Four

Acceleration (0-100km/h)

5.4 seconds (310kW motor)

Not disclosed

Maximum speed

220km/h

175km/h

Cruising range (Japanese test cycle)

1000km

Approx. 700km

Coefficient of drag

0.27

Not disclosed



MAIN SPECIFICATIONS - SORA

Dimensions

Length

10,525mm

Width

2,490mm

Height

3,340mm

Seating capacity

Total (including driver)

79

Seated passengers

22

Standing passengers

56

FC Stack

Name

Toyota FC

Type

Solid polymer electrolyte

Maximum output

114kW x 2 units

Motor

Type

AC synchronous

Maximum power

113kW x 2 units

Maximum torque

335Nm x 2 units

High-pressure hydrogen tank

Number of tanks

10

Nominal working pressure

70 MPa

Tank internal volume

600 litres

Drive battery

Type

Nickel-metal hydride

External power supply system

Maximum output

9kW

Power supply amount

235 kWh




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For more information, please contact:

Aleks Krajcer
Manager Public Affairs
Tel: (02) 9710 3994
Mob: (0433) 385 996
aleks.krajcer@toyota.com.au

Orlando Rodriguez
Senior Product Public Relations Project Lead
Tel: (02) 9710 3312
Mob: (0413) 250 507
orlando.rodriguez@toyota.com.au

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