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Toyota Bringing Trio of Eco-Friendly Concepts to Tokyo

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On: Tue, Nov 29, 2011 at 1:45PM | By: Chris Weiss

Toyota Bringing Trio of Eco-Friendly Concepts to Tokyo

While Honda plans to use the Tokyo Motor Show to show us the sporty side of green vehicles, Toyota will let its GT-86 handle the sporty end while a trio of concept cars showcases the practicality of green design. Toyota will debut fuel cell, electric and commercial vehicle concepts at the show.

Perhaps the most interesting of the three concepts is the FCV-R or "Fuel Cell Vehicle--Reality and Revolution." While the full name sounds about as overdramatic and conceptual as we've seen, Toyota is hoping to bring an actual fuel cell vehicle to market within the next four years, and the FCV-R is its latest step. The small sedan features a high-pressure hydrogen tank that delivers up to 430 miles of fuel-cell-powered driving.

A little less intriguing but closer to reality is the FT-EV III, an all-electric city car concept. The FT-EV III is essentially an electric version of the iQ that Toyota hopes to begin building next year. The automaker didn't detail any changes in this latest iteration, but a prototype shown earlier this year in Geneva offered 65 miles of range from its lithium-ion battery.

The last concept that Toyota previewed is the Fun-Vii. More of a commercial vehicle, the Fun-Vii is designed to be an advertising vessel. Toyota hasn't gotten specific yet, but said in a release that the car "heralds Toyota’s vision of a future where people, cars, and society are linked." Based on the picture, it appears that the car is designed to bring the traditional idea of a rolling billboard into the 21st century by melding it with Web technology. Perhaps onlookers can take a snapshot or scan of the car and automatically connect to the website where they can learn more about the business.

In addition to the GT-86 and three concepts, Toyota will introduce the production Aqua, the Japanese market version of the Prius C subcompact hybrid based on the Yaris. So it'll be a big show for Toyota.

We should get some more details on these concepts once Tokyo gets underway this week.

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Stephy21 | 9:22AM (Wed, Nov 30, 2011)

I really like this car i am glad they are thinking of ways to improve green cars look so they dont look weird.

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