7th February 2006.
Just a few weeks after the European
launch of its new Yaris
range, Toyota will unveil next month at the 76th Geneva
Motor Show a high performance concept of its best selling
B-segment model (supermini
Wearing the Yaris
T Sport badge, the hot
concept is powered by a 1.8-litre engine, the biggest ever
to be installed on this model.
The more aggressive look will be
handled by the new bumpers, radiator grille, alloy wheels
and modified suspension.
Cruiser concept: mini SUV
for city streets with European design.
Prius - The world’s best
selling hybrid car gets a makeover for the 2006 model
year. A fresh new look is complemented by additional
innovation, interior refinements and improved driving
The main highlight is the Intelligent
Park Assist (IPA) system, another European-first available
– is unique and simple to operate, allowing the driver
to select the target parking spot and then control the
speed, while the car steers itself.
Urban Cruiser - With the bold
new Urban Cruiser concept, the maker of the famous Land
Cruiser intends to show how
a mini SUV
can get down to city street. The identity is... European,
since it is a design exercise by ED2, Toyota’s
European design studio.
Fine-T concept for the 2006 Geneva auto
This concept car
draws on Toyota’s heritage in Sports Utility Vehicles,
such as the Land Cruiser and the smaller FJ Cruiser (newly
launched in the U.S. market, from $21,710), but on a more
urban scale, adding its own dynamic and rugged
originality. The Urban Cruiser also features a fresh
interior style inspired by trendy... furniture.
Then come the Fine-T and i-swing
duo. Both were shown in Tokyo last fall (the first was
shown as Fine-X - read
more about them), and both are still... rethinking
each in it own way.
the world’s best selling hybrid car gets
a makeover for 2006.
The two advanced concepts offer
glimpses of the future and reveal how Toyota can minimise
environmental impact while providing transport solutions.
The Fine-T is the next step in
fuel-cell hybrid vehicles and offers the cabin space of an Avensis
midsize car (upper medium,
D segment) within the approximate exterior dimensions of a
B-segment, supermini Yaris.
On top of that, the Fine-T
independent four-wheel large-angle steering system confers
an extremely tight turning radius, impossible to achieve
with any conventional car.
More details will be announced at the
76th Geneva Motor Show, which opens its doors to the
public from 2nd to 12th March 2006.