Tuesday catch-up: Toyota FT-Bh

February 14, 2012 § Leave a comment

This is Toyota’s take on an affordable hybrid city car – its structure, at least. The FT-Bh itself will be revealed at the Geneva Motor Show next month; it’s described as “an ultra-lightweight full hybrid city car study, designed to achieve low emissions within an economically viable production framework” – cheap to make in a simple manufacturing process. Toyota will also be showing the production-ready Yaris Hybrid, the NS4 plug-in hybrid and FCV-R hydrogen concept, as well as the GT-86 sports coupe and the personally-configurable, “smartphone on wheels” djii concept (formerly known as the Fun-Vii).

  • Images – of a sort – have emerged of the Infiniti Emerg-e extended-range EV concept, to be revealed in Geneva next month. Full gallery at Edmunds Inside Line, amongst other places.
  • So: it’s got trick concept-car doors. Is my verdict on the Tesla Model X so far. I find it hard to get excited about such a rarefied vehicle, irrelevant to the majority of motorists, but do accept that what with all the column-inches and cyberspace it has generated, it’s a good flag-waver for the EV cause. Good-looking, too. More interesting: the Gen 3 mass-market car Tesla’s working on, now said to be scheduled for early 2015.
  • Mitsubishi has confirmed launch of an Outlander EV: next spring, in addition to the plug-in hybrid already announced (see previous post).
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