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The Toyota FT-Bh concept has been unveiled at the Geneva motor show, giving us an insight into Japanese brand’s next-generation hybrid design philosophy and powertrain technology.

The FT-Bh concept (short for ‘Future Toyota B-segment hybrid’) is a lightweight, petrol-hybrid that previews the manufacturer’s vision for motoring in the second half of this decade.

The FT-Bh’s combination of an ultra-lightweight body, piercing aerodynamic design and a super-frugal powertrain means it uses just 2.1 litres of fuel per 100km and emits 49g/km CO2.

That makes it about three times more efficient than most small cars, and almost twice as eco-friendly as the Toyota Prius. Toyota has also envisioned a plug-in hybrid version of the of the FT-Bh concept, and believes that car would produce just 19g/km CO2 – equivalent to fuel consumption of 0.8L/100km.

The front-wheel-drive Toyota FT-Bh concept is powered by a 1.0-litre two-cylinder petrol engine, an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery.

At 3985mm long, 1695mm wide, 1400mm tall and with a 2570mm wheelbase, the four-seat FT-Bh surprisingly has similar dimensions to the Toyota Yaris, despite appearing much longer.

The widespread use of high-tensile-strength steel means expensive materials like carbon fibre are not required, while high-expansion foam improves interior thermal management, meaning many components can be made lighter than normal.

The end result is a total weight of 786kg – more than 200kg lighter than the Yaris.

The FT-Bh concept inherits elements of Toyota’s next-generation “keen look” design language; the dominant themes being three-dimensionality, a prominent badge, and an inverted ‘U’ shaped open bumper. The vertical headlights integrate into the wheel arches creating a streamlined appearance that continues along the bullet-shaped body, tapering away to the prominent rear and unique squiggle taillights.

The interior embraces the “tensional force” theme with tautly stretched materials and surfaces. The dashboard features a centre display located deep in the dashboard that shows rear views from three cameras, while the rear-view mirror displays smart information about nearby vehicles, road signs and other objects.




  • Oosh

    Front-end looks like something you’d find at the bottom of the ocean.

  • James

    Is this the new Stavic???

    • Des KSA

       This makes the Stavic look handsome.

  • MINI_CS

    Ok WTF! how could that ugly thing have got past management?

  • Greenie

    I would burn down a rainforest to never see that car
    again! Why does having to be ecologically correct mean having to look like a
    pill?

  • AndyGF

    “the widespread use of high-tensile-strength steel means expensive materials like carbon fibre are not required”
    -maybe thats why their over budget F1 team was such a success? J/K

    Yet again, the rest of the world are doing it wrong, its just amazing how when toyota does something, doing anything ‘high tech’ is ACTUALLY not required…
    BMW, Audi, Ferrari, Lambo, McLaren, etc, throw away your autoclaves, toyota is in town and they have ‘high-tensile steel’. Mmmmmm…

    You know who used to say things like that; IBM in their heydays. And all the kiddies say, daddy, whats IBM? And I rest my case…

    • Kass

      if you know anything about engineering, you’d know there is no inexpensive way to mass produce carbon fiber composite plastics…

      carbon fiber panels are usually made of carbon fiber, resin matrix and the sandwich material, which can consists of kevlar honeycomb or some other type, maybe aluminum honey comb.

      Now with that said, resin injection to a die with carbon fiber layers then applying sandwich material in between and doing so in complex shapes is still primarily hand made…. machines that can do that are aeons away….

      Steel in the other hand, can be injected, die casted as melted form to create panels…

      why dont you stick to brochure reading and parade your european cars down the esplanade and stop posting hatred anything Toyota or japanese.

      • Kass

        with that said, the concept car above is indeed shocking… but thats the point, people react to it.

        Its ugly to a lot of people Im sure, but when creating concept you go for extreme shapes and styling… as it is indeed a concept.

        You rather see the current Prius shape with that technology?
        People will react like “WTH, its so boring, whats the difference…”

      • Kass

        Carbon Fiber Epoxy Resin panels without sandwich materials can be used for the side panels, but that would require 4-5 layers of carbon fiber layers, from my understanding a 20m x 1m roll of carbon fiber layer, specifically the high yield modulus type is very expensive, cost ratio to steel is approximately 5:1 from last time i did a research to it and ordered some for a project.

      • AndyGF

        “machines that can do that are aeons away” -ROFL!

        Kass, if you know anything about engineering (or mass production or even had a sleight inkling about human progress & history) you’d know you were VERY WRONG…

        Without insulting you further, let me just say Google/Youtube “BMW CFRP Manufacturing Plant and Process”.

        • AndyGF

          Atop of that I dont hate anyone or any company, In fact I used to be a huge fan of the japanese manufacturers…

          But after years of drowning in a pool of mediocre cars, with seriously OVER-rated reliability, quality and performance, I realized that toyota/honda/subaru/etc had become the very thing I found contemptible in not only business practices and automotive design, but most importantly they reflected no ‘qualities’ I found/find within myself. And being true to myself; I tested my old misconceptions and found low and behold, the opposite of what I originally believed (was led to believe) is true…

        • UniversityOfGoogle

           lmfao AndyGF just got owned

          • AndyGF

            I’m sorry I missed it… Maybe you were ‘quote’ aeons away ‘unquote’ with kass when you didn’t see todays manufacturers mass producing carbon fibre body panels and designing mass produced CFRP monocoques for their new i3 and i8 mass produced cars for 2013, not 2313…

            Otherwise im glad you were ‘educated’ from kass’s post, considering your alma mata…

  • Peanut

    This is a prime example why we must ensure we keep making cars in Australia, wtf is with that look.

  • 440 R/T Charger

    That thing……is outstanding in terms of uglyness…

  • Matthew Werner

    Thats ugly enough to make children cry

  • Paul

    Clearly function over form – or downing some magic shrooms while they were sketching….

  • Ben

    I think the replies here have the wrong focus. 

    Yes it is ugly. I am sure Toyota knows it is ugly. But it stands out, so job done for the look. Production would be way different, if it ever came.Yes, the use of high tensile steel would seem low tech. So, what. Look at the weight target achieved. All without exotic expensive materials. That’s about the weight of an early model VW Beetle. That is very light by today’s standards. 

    Anyway, good job Toyota. Please don’t ever make it look like this though… just in case you really did think someone might like it. ;-)

  • Jerrycan

    I am usually fairly pragmatic about car looks but even I admit this is exceptionally bad!
    If you ignore the ‘face’ and the more extreme exterior design features, the basic bodyshell offers an excellent aerodynamic profile with seemingly reasonable internal passenger accommodation.

    We have to assume that the use of high strength steel is achieving  5 star safety and reduced car weight we have not seen for years, and that has got to be good.
    The Americans govt made a billion dollar loan available to an American based (Russian owned) steel maker for the development of high strength steels in cars for this very reason.

    I wonder if the 2.1 ltr/100 is to the easier Japanese or more rigorous Euro standard. Either way like other Hybrid claims it is likely to be difficult to achieve in real life, but even if 50% worse (3 ltr/100) it would still be exceptional. Then again you can claim anything you like for a concept car. 

  • AUSDAVIDZ

    sd

    • DAVIDZ

      $14,999 DRIVEAWAY and i am in

  • nick

    Even though I usually hate Toyota designs, this one is so out there and unconventional that I actually quite like it.  Whether or not I would have one is another thing.  Its fiddly and fussy, but in a complete way that makes it look totally intentional.  Ballsy, TOyota!

  • JHP

    just remember toyota, no matter how well it drives and what functions it has, as long as it has dreadful look, it will never sell properly, i mean just look at nissan tiida and every ssangyong ranges  (except for newest korando)