2012 Geneva: Toyota FT-Bh Concept looks at future of an affordable hybrid

Toyota has unveiled its FT-Bh Concept – a vehicle that it is based around the idea of an affordable hybrid with reduced weight and somethings that does ‘not require exotic, expensive materials or complex manufacturing procedures, but used instead only those that are already commonly available in the motor industry.’

Why even make this? Basically, Toyota feels there’s a need for market for cheaper hybrid that offer outstanding fuel-ecnonomy at the expense of high-end materially and tech features on the inside. The Toyota FT-Bh Concept shows us how the Japanese automaker could go about it.

The Toyota FT-Bh Concept features a full hybrid drive system that has been downsized along with weight coming in less than 1,760 pounds. The system consists of a 1.0 liter Atkinsion 2-cylinder engine and an electric-motor powered by lithium-ion batteries, the FT-Bh achieves an average fuel consumption of 134.5mpg (112 mpg in U.S. terms) and CO2 emissions of just 49g/km.

Any word on a production version? Not yet. Toyota is just testing out the possibility of producing one and will probably due so based on feedback from auto show attendees.

2012 Geneva Motor Show

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