Geneva show – Toyota shows next step in hybrid story

Geneva show – Toyota shows next step in hybrid storyToyota’s latest advances in hybrid technology debut at Geneva in the form of the FT-Bh concept.

The car is described as super-efficient but affordable using technology and manufacturing methods that do not break the bank.

The FT-Bh measures up longer than Toyota’s Yaris supermini, yet it is 25 per cent lighter – tipping the scales at just 800 kilos – thanks to comprehensive weight-saving throughout its design.

The hybrid powertrain weighs in at almost 90 kilos lighter than that in the current Prius.

It is also very effective aerodynamically, boasting a drag coefficient of just 0.235.

These measures are matched to a hybrid powertrain using a two-cylinder 1.0-litre petrol engine to produce some impressive efficiency figures.

The car’s designers say it will average134.5mpg and put out just 49g/km of CO2 emissions – raising the bar for those brands pursuing hybrid technology.

Toyota adds that the Hybrid Synergy Drive is so flexible that it could be matched with future compressed natural gas engines or produced in plug-in versions to drop the CO2 figure even further.

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