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Toyota has used the unveiling of its new 86 sports coupe to declare its commitment to producing more 'fun-to-drive' cars.

Global president Akio Toyoda said cars must have an emotional presence that inspires drivers.

"Personally, I love the smell of petrol and the sound of an engine, so I hope that this type of vehicle never disappears," Mr Toyoda said.

"I hope that motor vehicles will continue to provide dreams and inspiration to people for all eras.

"I believe that if it is not fun, it is not a car."

Mr Toyoda said that, no matter how advanced cars become, it was important to retain the anticipation of buying a new car and the excitement of gripping the steering wheel and driving.

"Today it is said that young people have little interest in cars as there are much more interesting things.

"As an automobile maker, I find this quite frustrating.

"It is for this reason that we are committed to making cars that will evoke this feeling of 'fun to drive, again' in as many people as possible.

"This is Toyota's declaration."


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Toyota has taken the wraps off its newest sports car, announcing it will be called Toyota 86 or "hachi roku" in its home market, Japan.

Toyota president Akio Toyoda said the new rear-wheel drive sports car is all about "waku doki" - a car that creates excitement and gets your heart racing.

"I am very proud of this car," Mr Toyoda said.

"Thank you for the patience of car lovers. They are going to enjoy this car."

The 86 is a rear-wheel drive car with intuitive handling that embodies the essence of driving enjoyment.

It features the world's first horizontally opposed D-4S engine, combining "boxer" engine technology with Toyota's cutting-edge D-4S direct injection technology.

The engine is installed front mid-ship to create an ultra-low centre of gravity and low inertia. It is the world's only current horizontally opposed engine and rear-wheel drive package.

As a result, the 86 offers fun driving at a level unprecedented in earlier sports cars.

It carries on the spirit of the AE86 Corolla in its aim to be a car that evolves with its owner.

The lightweight and compact rear-wheel drive platform was designed to achieve superior handling and create the world's smallest mass-production four-passenger sports car (by volume).

The vehicle's newly developed engine delivers exceptional output and torque as well as superior response at low and medium speeds.

The D-4S, with separate twin injectors for both direct injection and port injection, boasts a high compression ratio of 12.5:1.

This provides high output and high torque over a wide range of engine speeds and contributes to improved environmental performance.

The engine's redline is 7500rpm with maximum output of 147kW.

Even so, the engine achieves fuel efficiency and environmental performance that rivals that of a standard two-litre sedan.

Customers will have the choice of a six-speed manual transmission or a special sports-driving six-speed automatic transmission.

The 86 has the lowest hip-point of any Toyota-brand production vehicle and creates a driving position suited for driving enjoyment.

The rear seatbacks fold down to the front to create a luggage space that can accommodate four sports wheels or two golf bags.

The exterior design features a predatory look at the front; the sides are a modern take on Toyota's sports-car heritage; and the rear view is wide and sturdy despite the compact cabin.

The interior design seeks the essence of sports cars by emphasising the form, placement and materials of each element.

The seatbacks and cushion surfaces are designed to provide support during acceleration g-forces from the front, the back and to the sides.

In addition, the shape of the front seats is designed to prevent elbows from interfering with gearshift operation.

The circular steering wheel has a diameter of 365mm, the smallest in a Toyota-brand vehicle.

The wheel's surface was optimised with exhaustive feedback from test drivers to enhance steering performance and grip.

A three-cluster meter built around the tachometer has been designed with particular attention paid to display placement, markings and typeface to enhance visibility and readability during sports driving.

Main Specifications of 86 (Production Prototype)


4,240 mm


1,775 mm


1,300 mm


2,570 mm



1,520 mm


1,540 mm

Seating capacity



Total displacement

1,998 cc


Horizontally opposed four-cylinder, direct-injection DOHC

Bore stroke

86 86

Maximum output

147 kW / 7,000 rpm

Maximum torque

205 Nm / 6,600 rpm


6-speed manual; six-speed automatic


Rear-wheel drive





Double wishbone



V disk


V disk






Fuel tank

50 litres


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Imagine changing the look of your car as easily as downloading a phone app or uploading an image to Facebook. Imagine a car that reflects how you feel and what you are doing every hour, every minute.

The Toyota Fun-Vii is just such a car. It is one of several concept cars being shown by Toyota at this week's Tokyo Motor Show under the theme of "Fun to Drive, Again".

The ultimate in personalisation, the Fun-Vii offers the ability to alter the content displayed on the interior and exterior with the same ease as downloading an app.

The whole vehicle body can be used as a display space, with the body colour and display content changeable at will.

This allows the entire vehicle to function as a terminal for displaying messages or other information.

Inside, there is more of the same with the interior adjustable to match the mood of the moment.

Navigation information is blended into the interior design through the use of augmented reality and the car's "navigation concierge" can provide the passengers with driving information and guidance through a vocal interface.

A network update function makes sure the software for the vehicle's drive, control and multimedia system are always up-to-date.

The Fun-Vii is also able to link with surrounding vehicles and infrastructure, allowing it to detect potential hazards in advance, or to connect with friends who are driving nearby.

Toyota Fun-Vii Main Specifications

Length 4,020mm
Width 1,745mm
Height 1,415mm
Wheelbase 2,750mm
Seating 3


For more information, please contact:
Mike Breen
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Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) is participating in the "Smart Mobility City 2011" exhibit organised by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association Inc for the 42nd Tokyo Motor Show.

TMC's booth, with the overall theme - "A not-too-distant future where society and transportation are linked" - showcases state-of-the-art technologies in three themed zones:
1) Mobility diversification and next-generation charging
2) Vehicle-home energy management
3) Next-generation ITS (vehicle-infrastructure cooperative systems, safety equipment, and automated driving).

1) Mobility Diversification and Next-generation Charging

Toyota Smart Mobility Park
The Toyota Smart Mobility Park, a next-generation charging station based on a vision for a near-future society, is equipped with chargers and batteries fuelled by solar and wind power for use in various ways of charging next-generation environment-friendly vehicles, such as plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHVs) and electric vehicles (EVs), as well as other electric-powered means of mobility.

Through collaboration with the Toyota Smart Centre energy management system, Toyota Smart Mobility Park addresses the needs brought on by mobility diversification and functions as a hub that manages energy used for transportation and supports future car-sharing systems.

Communications-linked Scooters and Cycles
The display includes communications-linked concept electric scooters and electric-assisted bicycles created through collaboration with Yamaha Motor Co Ltd.

These next-generation scooters and cycles use wireless communications such as smart phones and Wi-Fi to link with the Toyota Smart Centre to exchange information such as charging-stand information (location, availability and charging status), sharing-service information and status-information uploaded from the scooters or cycles.

2) Vehicle-Home Energy Management (PHV/EV Home Energy Management)

H2V Manager
The H2V ("home to vehicle") Manager is a tool for effective and economic control of household power supplies to charge PHVs and EVs.

Users can connect to the H2V Manager (wired or wireless) from a home PC, television or smart phone to set or adjust their PHV or EV charging start time, as well as check the total amount of household electric power consumption.

The system can also halt charging to prevent circuit breakers from activating during increased electrical usage when multiple home appliances are being used simultaneously, and also resume charging during periods of excess power supply.

Sales are scheduled to begin in January 2012 through Toyota Housing Corporation.

3) Next-Generation ITS (Vehicle-Infrastructure Cooperative Systems, Safety Equipment and Automated Driving)

TMC is presenting information concerning its initiatives in the field of Vehicle-Infrastructure Cooperative Systems that support safe and environment-friendly driving by linking vehicles on the road with each other and with the traffic infrastructure itself.

TMC also presents advanced safety features such as the Pre-collision Safety System.

Automated driving will be demonstrated by TMC with rear-seat test rides of the Toyota Automatic Vehicle Operating System, a self-driving version of the Prius.

The vehicle can drive to the owner when summoned, avoid obstacles and can park.

Also on display are samples of green walls and green parking areas developed by TMC to reduce CO2 levels and temperatures in urban areas and help in the creation of low-carbon societies.

Furthermore, an area equipped with Microsoft Kinect* units, which are motion-sensing game controllers, enable visitors to experience TMC's vision of a near-future society through a game-like interface.


* A game console controller from Microsoft Corporation that employs full-body motion control

For more information, please contact:
Mike Breen
Manager Public Relations
Tel: (02) 9710-3341
Mob: (0418) 447 064

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Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) and Yamaha Motor Co Ltd (Yamaha Motor) are collaborating in the development of communications-linked next-gen vehicles with the aim of building a new mobility society of the future.

A part of this collaboration is their joint exhibition of a communications-linked electric commuter concept and an "electrically power-assisted bicycle" concept at the 42nd Tokyo Motor Show 2011.

The vehicles are on display in the TMC booth at the Smart Mobility City 2011 exhibit.

The objectives of this collaboration between TMC and Yamaha Motor are threefold.

The first is to build a comprehensive information infrastructure in which vehicles made by both TMC and Yamaha Motor can share the same charging infrastructure and integration with the Toyota Smart Centre*.

The second objective is to establish new transportation systems, including those to aid vehicle sharing system.

The third is to reduce development costs for IT services.

The two companies plan to start verification tests soon, with an eye toward commercialisation of communications-linked products and IT services.

Vehicle navigation and telematics services that use smart phones and Wi-Fi communications will be made available to certain Yamaha Motor-produced vehicles.

They will provide information such as charging-station location, charging-station availability and charging-completion notification.

The two companies will also work toward expanding charging infrastructure - such as the "G-Station" charging station to be provided by Toyota Media Service Corporation for use with electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles - that can be shared by both two-wheeled vehicles and automobiles.

In addition, various types of communications-linked services will be offered, including distribution of vehicle-sharing information (reservations, charging status/authentication, and payment) and uploading of diagnostic information to be used for vehicle maintenance.

Since the joint-development of the Toyota "2000GT" launched in 1967, TMC and Yamaha Motor have built a strong collaborative working relationship in a wide range of fields, such as the development and production of high-performance engines and automotive components.

Now, the two companies are planning to strengthen their cooperation in this field of communications-linked next-generation vehicles.


*TMC's advanced energy management system that enables integrated control of energy consumption and links homes, vehicles, power companies and users

For more information, please contact:
Mike Breen
Manager Public Relations
Tel: (02) 9710-3341
Mob: (0418) 447 064

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Toyota has displayed five world premieres at the Tokyo Motor Show, including the prototype of its new compact sports car.

The unveiling of the stunning coupe is joined by global debuts of the Prius C compact city car and three ground-breaking concepts - a next-generation hydrogen fuel-cell sedan, an ultra-compact electric car and a quirky vehicle known as the Fun-Vii.

The much-anticipated rear-wheel drive sports car is the culmination of the FT-86 series of concepts that have featured at motor shows around the world, including Australia.

The car is destined to add appeal and excitement to the Toyota brand by reaffirming the joy of driving.

Toyota's return to the sports-car market is in response to an edict by global president Akio Toyoda for the company to re-connect with younger buyers by producing fun-to-drive models.

The spiritual successor to Toyota's illustrious sports-car heritage that includes names such as Supra and MR2, the new coupe is due in Australian showrooms around the middle of next year.

Prius C (world premiere)
Ahead of the Tokyo Motor Show, Toyota has released the first official details of the Prius C, a compact city car that will be launched in Australia next year.

Prius C combines the features of a Yaris-sized car with a hybrid vehicle to deliver a fun-to-drive compact vehicle with excellent fuel economy.

The Australian launch of Prius C in the first quarter of 2012 is destined to bring the benefits of hybrid ownership to a much wider audience.

The body, less than four metres long, promises nimble handling while its stylish proportions and low height are designed to enhance aerodynamics.

Prius C features a compact and lightweight hybrid system - a 1.5-litre petrol engine with a high-output motor - that achieves 35-40 kilometres per litre on the official Japanese test cycles.

Engine and hybrid components are arranged to deliver a low centre of gravity that contributes to spirited driving while the interior offers high levels of comfort and ample luggage space.

Prius C is due to be launched late next month in Japan, where it will be called Aqua.

Key dimensions are: length 3995mm, width 1695mm, height 1445mm, wheelbase 2550mm, seating 5.

FCV-R (world premiere)
This concept model is a highly practical fuel-cell vehicle (FCV) that is planned for launch in about 2015.

It is fuelled by hydrogen, a promising source of CO2 emission-free energy that can be produced from a variety of sources and is easy to store and transport.

With the fuel-cell unit under the specially designed body, the vehicle can accommodate up to four passengers and boasts impressive luggage space.

Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) says the fuel cell stack, consisting of a 70MPa high-pressure hydrogen tank, has been improved to provide a cruising distance of approximately 700km under test conditions.

Key dimensions of the FCV-R are: length 4745mm, width 1790mm, height 1510mm, wheelbase 2700mm, seating 4.

FT-EV III (world premiere)
The latest in a series of electric concept cars, the FT-EV III is an ultra-compact and lightweight package suitable for short-distance trips.

Equipped with a lithium-ion battery, the FT-EV III achieves an estimated cruising range of 105km on a fully charged battery.

Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) is developing electric vehicles with the aim of launching a car next year that is suitable for short-distance travel.

Toyota says electric vehicles with zero CO2 emissions are important eco-cars of the future that have the potential to replace cars fuelled by petrol.

Key dimensions of the FT-EV III are: length 3110mm, width 1680mm, height 1500mm, wheelbase 2000mm, seating 4.

Toyota Fun-Vii (world premiere)
This quirky concept vehicle heralds a future where people, cars and society are linked.

It is a key exhibit for the 42nd Tokyo Motor Show, which is being staged under the theme "Mobility can change the world".

Prius Plug-in Hybrid (Japan premiere)
The Prius Plug-in Hybrid, an environment-friendly vehicle that combines features from both pure-electric and petrol-electric hybrid vehicles, is equipped with a new, high-capacity lithium-ion battery that can be charged from a household outlet.

Able to operate as an electric vehicle on short trips and as a petrol-electric hybrid vehicle on medium to long trips, the Prius Plug-in Hybrid can be used regardless of battery charge status or the availability of charging infrastructure.

With this vehicle, TMC aims to address environmental issues such as the reduction of fossil fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and atmospheric pollution.

A production model is planned for launch by TMC in early 2012 with an EV cruising range on fully charged battery of 23.4km, positioning the plug-in hybrid as a leading next-generation eco-car coming after petrol-electric hybrid vehicles.

The plug-in hybrid vehicle represents the technology TMC considers best suited for widespread use to meet CO2 emissions restrictions and the diversification of energy.

Other activities
Separately from the motor show, at nearby Mega Web, TMC will hold hands-on events that will allow visitors the opportunity to test-drive some of the display vehicles and experience future technologies.

TMC will also create a Tokyo Motor Show portal site ( to stream information from the show along with virtual events introduced on the GAZOO Metapolis site (


For more information, please contact:
Mike Breen
Manager Public Relations
Tel: (02) 9710-3341
Mob: (0418) 447 064

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