Toyota iRoad Concept (7)

Η Toyota παρουσιάζει στη Γενεύη το i-Road Concept αλλά και τα RAV4 Premium και RAV4 Adventure. To τρίτροχο αμιγώς ηλεκτρικό αυτοκίνητο πόλης, μπορεί να μεταφέρει δύο άτομα. Έχει 1+1 διάταξη θέσεων και η Toyota το περιγράφει ως ένα συμπαγές, διασκεδαστικό, μηδενικών εκπομπών αυτοκίνητο πόλης που προσφέρει γρήγορες και αποτελεσματικές αστικές μετακινήσεις.

Έχει μήκος 2.350 mm, ύψος 1.445 mm και μεταξόνιο 1.700 mm. Ζυγίζει 300 κιλά και μηχανικά φορά δύο ηλεκτροκινητήρες 2 kW τοποθετημένοι στους μπροστά τροχούς. Τροφοδοτούνται από μια μπαταρία ιόντων-λιθίου και έχει αυτονομία 48,2 χλμ με τελική ταχύτητα 45 χλμ. Η μπαταρία φορτίζει πλήρως μέσα σε 3 ώρες.

RAV4 Premium (1)

To RAV4 Premium είναι βαμμένο σε σκούρο χάλκινο χρώμα και διαθέτει νέο προφυλακτήρα, νέες απολήξεις εξατμίσεων και βουρτισμένα αλουμινένια διακοσμητικά. Πατά πάνω σε ζάντες 20″ και φορά αλουμινένιες ράγες στην οροφή. Στο εσωτερικό υπάρχουν δερμάτινες επενδύσεις και μαύρα διακοσμητικά.

Toyota RAV4 Adventure Concept (9)

To RAV4 Adventure είναι βαμμένο σε κόκκινο χρώμα,έχει φουσκωμένα φτερά από μαύρο πλαστικό,ζάντες 20″, νέους προφυλακτήρες και διπλές απολήξεις εξατμίσεων. Οι αλλαγές ολοκληρώνονται με τις μαύρες ράγες στην οροφή και τα φιμέ παράθυρα.

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WORLD PREMIERE FOR TOYOTA I-ROAD AT GENEVA MOTOR SHOW

  • Toyota i-ROAD, a new form of transport, making its debut at Geneva
  • Compact, all-electric, three-wheeled personal mobility vehicle (PMV) with a comfortable, enclosed two-seater cabin
  • New Toyota ‘Active Lean’ technology automatically balances the vehicle when cornering or travelling over stepped surfaces
  • 850mm width is no greater than a conventional two-wheeler, making i-ROAD as easy to manoeuvre as a scooter or motorcycle through urban traffic.
  • Zero emissions, near-silent EV powertrain gives a range of up to 30 miles, with recharging from a conventional power supply taking just three hours

Toyota’s new i-ROAD personal mobility vehicle (PMV) makes its world debut at the Geneva motor show, a new, flexible form of transport designed for city streets.

Seating two in tandem and under cover, i-ROAD is an electric vehicle with a range of up to 30 miles (50km) on a single charge. Using ‘Active Lean’ technology, it is safe, intuitive and enjoyable to drive, with no need for driver or passenger to wear a helmet.

It’s the latest concept to emerge from Toyota’s 40 years of research and development of vehicles that use less energy, place less of a burden on the environment and are practical in meeting people’s everyday transport needs. i-ROAD takes the company closer to its goal of creating the ultimate range of eco cars.

Toyota is paving the way for several types of eco car to co-exist in the future, by adapting its Hybrid Synergy Drive technology for use in plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), electric vehicles (EVs) and fuel cell vehicles (FCVs). While hybrids, plug-in hybrids and FCVs are ideal for mainstream use over medium to long distances, Toyota believes in the feasibility of EVs to serve as a main mode of transport for short urban journeys, and has 10 years’ experience in the research and development of PMVs.

People using this kind of vehicle want something that is more comfortable, offers better weather protection and is safer than a two-wheeler such as a scooter or motorcycle, but has similar benefits of low running costs, easy parking and around-town manoeuvrability.

The ultra-compact, three-wheel i-ROAD measures 2,350mm long and 1,445mm high and has a 1,700mm wheelbase. It’s most significant dimension, though, is its width: at only 850mm, it is no wider than a conventional two-wheeler. Not only does this make for easy manoeuvring through congested traffic, it also means four can be parked in a single parking bay.

The zero-emissions, all-electric powertrain uses a lithium-ion battery to power two 2kW motors mounted in the front wheels, giving brisk acceleration and near-silent running. Driving range is around 30 miles, after which the battery can be fully recharged from a conventional domestic power supply in three hours.

Toyota’s new and entirely intuitive Active Lean technology is the key to i-ROAD’s high levels of stability, safety, comfort and fun-to-drive character. The system uses a lean actuator and gearing mounted above the front suspension member, linked via a yoke to the left and right front wheels. An ECU calculates the required degree of lean based on steering angle, gyro-sensor and vehicle speed information, with the system automatically moving the wheels up and down in opposite directions, applying lean angle to counteract the centrifugal force of cornering.

The system also operates when the PMV is being driven in a straight line over stepped surfaces, the actuator automatically compensating for changes in the road to keep the body level. The minimum turning circle is just three metres.

No special skills are needed to pilot i-ROAD; the Active Lean system offers a unique driving experience with the enjoyment of riding a two-wheeler, but with no need for the driver to stabilise the vehicle when manoeuvring at low speed, or when stationary.

As the driver doesn’t have to put his or her feet on the road surface at any time, i-ROAD can be fitted with a safer, weatherproof, closed body and so can be driven without wearing a helmet. This design also allows for a more car-like environment on board, with the potential for features such as lighting, heating, audio and Bluetooth to be provided.

Toyota envisages its i-ROAD concept has the potential to play a significant role in reducing urban traffic congestion and air pollution. Commuters can use public transport or conventional private vehicles to travel to urban perimeter transportation hubs where they will transfer to the Toyota i-ROAD to complete their journeys into the city centre.

The new Toyota PMV’s compact size, manoeuvrability, easy parking, rapid charging and choice of an open or closed cabin make it an ideal urban vehicle, designed to reduce congestion and CO2, NOx and particulate emissions without compromising individual freedom of mobility.

TOYOTA DESIGN STUDIES TAKE THE SPOTLIGHT AT GENEVA

  • Toyota presents three new design studies at Geneva motor show
  • Auris Touring Sports Black
  • RAV4 Premium
  • RAV4 Adventure

Toyota’s Geneva motor show presentation includes three new design studies based on its new Auris Touring Sports and RAV4 models, each created to amplify different aspects of the cars’ styling and capabilities.

Auris Touring Sports Black, with a striking black and red colour theme inside and out, has been developed to show how Toyota’s new compact estate car goes beyond functionality to offer striking looks and desirable quality.

Where the new, fourth generation RAV4 is concerned, the Premium and Adventure design concepts emphasise respectively, the compact SUV’s high quality and rugged off-road character.

Auris Touring Sports Black

The new, British-built Auris Touring Sports is an attention-grabbing newcomer to the compact estate car market with its class-leading functionality and segment-unique option of full hybrid power. Its dynamic, contemporary Toyota design, load capacity of up to 1,658 litres and CO2 emissions from a tax-busting 85g/km it sets standards for ease of use and ownership costs.

Heralding the new model’s arrival this spring, Toyota has created the Auris Touring Sports Black design study, enhancing the car’s appearance inside and out and demonstrating how an estate/wagon body style can be much more than simply functional.

The exterior design is highlighted by a new Night Sky black metallic paint finish. This contrasts with red 19-inch alloy wheels, red inserts on the front and rear bumpers and an eye-catching red trim on the front grille. The car’s ‘Sports’ element is expressed in twin chrome exhaust pipes and dark tinted rear LED lights. Piano black roof rails and privacy glass add extra premium quality.

The signature colour scheme carries through to the cabin where black leather and double red stitching feature on the steering wheel, door panels, dashboard, sports seats, gear shift lever and handbrake. Red is the feature colour for the instrument panel illumination and the finish on the air vents and cup holders. The cabin also gains high quality carpeting and exclusive sports seats upholstered in black leather and perforated red Alcantara. Alcantara is also used to cover the interior pillars and for the roof lining.

RAV4 Premium

The RAV4 Premium design study has been developed to give the new model added sophistication. Both the bodywork and bumpers are finished in Deep Bronze to increase the sense of harmony in the design. At the front a central grille displays horizontal lines and air intakes, while the LED lights are underscored by a stylish chrome-finished spoiler. At the rear the redesigned bumper gains chrome inserts, brushed aluminium skid plates and an integrated tailpipe design. The 20-inch alloys are matched to the aluminium roof rails to add coherency to the look.

Toyota’s Kansei design department, part of its R&D operation in Brussels, was responsible for the luxurious leather upholstery in the cabin. New black piping and a V-shaped outline reinforce the design of the seats, and the use of two-tone double stitching in several areas expresses both robustness and premium quality. Grey and black leather are also used for the instrument and door panels.

RAV4 Adventure

The design thinking behind the RAV4 Adventure is to accentuate the car’s look to reinforce its off-road capabilities.

A striking dark red paint brings out the strong, athletic qualities of the third generation RAV4’s exterior, its muscular appearance heightened by the addition of extended wheel arches that accommodate larger 20-inch alloy wheels.

The front and rear bumpers have been redesigned and finished with matt paint. At the front the bumper integrates with a new under-run, while at the rear the redesign allows for fully integrated twin exhaust pipes and a reworked skid place.

Machined roof rails and dark-tinted privacy glass complete the Adventure look.