The annual Geneva Motor Show is known for showcasing some of the sleekest, most unique vehicles in the world. This year, Japanese automaker Toyota really brought its "A" game with an extremely interesting new concept: the super-lightweight Toyota FT-Bh concept. The main idea of the FT-Bh concept (which stands for "Future Toyota B-Segment Hybrid") is to be as efficient as possible, will maximizing the power of a hybrid drivetrain. The concept is a future-focused vehicle and is the newest addition to the company's Hybrid Synergy Drive-powered concept line; however, it also evolves this technology to reach new heights with a lighter curb weight and a smaller engine.
The FT-Bh concept looks a good bit like a more advanced, smaller version of the 2012 Toyota Prius and features several unique energy-saving characteristics, such as:, matte white paint to protect the concept from heating up inside during warm seasons, glazed windows to keep heat or cold inside, construction using super lightweight materials like aluminum, steel, and magnesium and air-conditioning and heating systems that require less power. Electricity consumption has decreased by 50 percent when compared with typical vehicles.
The FT-Bh concept features an electric motor powered by an electrically variable transmission and a 1.0-liter 2-cylinder engine. The two-cylinder currently runs on standard gasoline, but it could be adapted to run on compressed natural gas or as a plug-in. The concept also features air-stream alloy wheels, cameras in place of door mirrors, and a padoga-style roof featuring a slanting rear section.
West Herr Toyota Scion of Williamsville, located at 8129 Main Street Williamsville, NY 14221, hopes to see this new concept hit production lines soon, so stay tuned with us for updates as they become available. While you're waiting, feel free to browse our current 2012 Toyota lineup.