Toyota FT-Bh Hybrid Concept

Toyota loves dropping new, futuristic models at auto shows. Lucky for them one of the biggest, 2012's Geneva Motor Show, gave them an opportunity to introduce one of several concepts that take a page from the look of Toyota Prius models available from Motorcars Toyota.

Toyota's FT-Bh Hybrid Concept is a small hatchback, with odd sloping rear section and a face only a mother (or auto maker) could love.

The brand claims a new powertrain produces fuel-economy of 2.1 liters per 100 kilometers, roughly 112 mpg.

FT-Bh (Future Toyota B-segment Hybrid, no points for originality) "embodies a holistic, total system approach to engineering and design. Toyota cites five key tenets: powertrain efficiency, mass reduction, thermal-energy management, electrical efficiency, and optimized aerodynamics."1

FT-Bh's engine is a 1.0-liter two-cylinder Atkinson-cycle with lithium-ion battery half the size of Prius's Hybrid Synergy Drive system. It makes this concept roughly 200 pounds lighter than Prius. An internal cooling system will keep engine and battery from overheating on long commutes.

Toyota feels the concept's look is more a practice in style, not intended to be a final design. However, lighter and more fuel efficient hybrid engines are something the auto maker will implement on board future vehicles, and will undoubtedly attract eco-travelers to dealer lots.

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