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The full-hybrid version of the all-new Yaris was shown for the first time in production-ready form, before it went on sale in June 2012. Powered by a re-engineered Hybrid Synergy Drive, Yaris Hybrid is Europe’s first full-hybrid supermini and delivers quiet, smooth performance with the lowest emissions in its class. Of course, it retains all the cleverness of the third generation Yaris that launched in the UK in 2011 and helped ensure Toyota remained the leader in hybrid car sales in 2012.
As mentioned above, the GT86 sports car arrived at a European motor show for the first time. And it did so on a wave of enthusiasm from the media and public alike. It reached the road in time for summer 2012, rediscovering the pure passion and excitement of sports car driving, at an affordable price. Read more about how the brilliant GT86 has wowed driving enthusiasts, including Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson.
This is a Toyota you wouldn’t have heard much about before the motor show. In fact, as Geneva marked the world debut of the FT-Bh, only share a few teaser photos were released beforehand. The FT-Bh concept is an ultra-lightweight, full hybrid city car study. The concept is designed to achieve low emissions within an economically viable production framework. The team that produced FT-Bh purposely avoided expensive materials and complex manufacturing processes, working instead only with those that are already commonplace in the auto industry. Check out the full facts of the FT-Bh here…
NS4 and FCV-R concepts
Speaking of vehicles of the future, Toyota’s NS4 and FCV-R concepts were also shown in Europe for the first time. NS4 (shown above) is a next-generation plug-in hybrid vehicle, designed to address customer demand for added value from hybrid motoring, together with advanced design and a more involving drive. FCV-R represents Toyota’s next step towards mass production of hydrogen-powered vehicles, paving the way for the launch of a saloon-type fuel cell vehicle by 2015.
The Toyota diji concept – previously shown at 2011’s Tokyo motor show as the Fun-Vii (pictured above) – is all about personalisation. The entire body, inside and out, serves as a display, with the driver being able to change colour and content at will. The process of displaying images or information is as simple as downloading an app. The car can also link to nearby vehicles and infrastructure to create an even more connected driving experience.
Update 22/02/12: New details about the FT-Bh concept have now been announced – click here to find out more and to watch our official preview video!