DSF9911

Εκτός από το Auris facelift, η Toyota είχε στο περίπτερο της στην έκθεση της Γενεύης τόσο το επίσης ανανεωμένο Avensis όσο και το υδρογονοκίνητο Mirai.


Το νέο Avensis, σχεδιάστηκε στη Γαλλία, στο Design Studio ED2,εξελίχθηκε στο Βέλγιο, και θα κατασκευάζεται στην Αγγλία. Όσον αφορά στο design, βλέπουμε ότι η Ιαπωνική εταιρία προσπαθεί με τα LED εμπρός και πίσω φωτιστικά σώματα και τις χρωμιωμένες λεπτομέρειες να κάνει το οικογενειακό της μοντέλο πιο upscale. Νέες είναι και οι ζάντες ελαφρού κράματος σε διάφορα σχέδια και σε διάσταση 17’’ και 18’’ ενώ αξίζει να σημειώσουμε ότι το συνολικό μήκος του αυτοκινήτου, έχει μεγαλώσει κατά 40 χιλιοστά.

Στο ίδιο μήκος κύματος κυμαίνονται και οι αλλαγές στην καμπίνα. Το τιμόνι, ο λεβιές των ταχυτήτων αλλά και ο πίνακας οργάνων είναι νέα. Στην κεντρική κονσόλα έχει τοποθετηθεί μία TFT οθόνη 4.2 ιντσών και η Toyota μας λέει ότι τα επίπεδα NVH έχουν μειωθεί χάρη στην χρήση παχύτερων υλικών για καλύτερη ηχομόνωση.

DSF9916

Το νέο Avensis, προσφέρεται με πληθώρα κινητήρων μεταξύ των οποίων βρίσκεται ένας 1600άρης D-4D που αποδίδει 110 άλογα και 270 Nm ροπής. Με αυτόν τον κινητήρα, το Ιαπωνικό μοντέλο ολοκληρώνει το sprint έως τα 100 km/h σε 11.4 δευτερόλεπτα με την τελική του να είναι 180 km/h. Ο κινητήρας, πληροί τις Euro6 προδιαγραφές και καταναλώνει κατά μέσο όρο 4.1 λίτρα πετρελαίου ανά 100 χιλιόμετρα, εκπέμποντας 108 γραμμάρια CO2 ανά χιλιόμετρο. Επιπλέον, διαθέσιμος είναι και ένας ολοκαίνουριος, δίλιτρος D-4D που αποδίδει 141 ίππους και 320 Nm ροπής. Σε αυτή την περίπτωση, το 0-100 γίνεται σε 9.5 δευτερόλεπτα και η τελική είναι 200 km/h. Τέλος, η κατανάλωση του, είναι 4.5 λίτρα ανά 100 χιλιόμετρα και οι εκπομπές 119 γραμμάρια ανά χιλιόμετρο. Να αναφέρουμε επίσης, ότι η Toyota έχει ανανεώσει ελαφρώς και την γκάμα των βενζινοκινητήρων που αποτελείται από έναν 1600άρη με 130 ίππους, έναν 1800άρη με 145 ίππους και έναν δίλιτρο με 150 ίππους.

DSF9922

Η Toyota, παρουσίασε επίσης για πρώτη φορά επί Ευρωπαϊκού εδάφους, το υδρογονοκίνητο Mirai. Το αυτοκίνητο έχει αυτονομία 483 χιλιομέτρων με τον ανεφοδιασμό του ντεπόζιτου με υδρογόνο, να διαρκεί κάτι λιγότερο από 5 λεπτά. Ο κινητήρας αποδίδει 155 άλογα με αποτέλεσμα τα 96 km/h από στάση να έρχονται σε 9 δευτερόλεπτα και το 50-80 να ολοκληρώνεται σε 3.6.

Δελτίο Τύπου

With its style, new engines and innovative technology, the new Avensis aims to make it easy for its customer. Regardless of version or grade, it is designed to be a prestigious, trustworthy, safe and comfortable companion.
Designed, engineered and built in Europe, more than 1,711,800 Avensis cars spanning three generations have appeared on European roads since its launch at the end of 1997.
Quality, Durability and Reliability has always been one of the Avensis’ strongest suits. The current model is consistently highly rated in the D-segment for QDR, and in 2014 received the highest score in Germany’s J.D.Power Vehicle Ownership Satisfaction Survey.
Though the Avensis has traditionally appealed to both private buyers and the fleet market, it is the latter which represents easily the largest sales base.
Responding, then, to both private buyers’ demands for greater prestige, luxury and elegance and user-choosers’ desires for increased sportiness, dynamism and chic, the new, 2015 Avensis has been designed to offer all its customers significant improvements in five key areas:
Styling –a new, more prestigious and dynamic exterior design with LED lamp technology.
Sensory Quality and Comfort– an all-new, more elegant and refined interior design prioritising significantly improved sensory quality, comfort, trim, finishes and colour schemes, and NVH.
Safety – a comprehensive upgrading of safety systems designed to achieve a 5-Star Euro NCAP rating. A focus on active safety technology introduces the new Toyota Safety Sense system, fitted as standard across the model range.
Equipment and Value for Money – a new, more clearly differentiated grade structure with class-leading standard equipment levels and advanced technology such as the Toyota Touch 2 system and an 8″ multimedia screen.
Driving Pleasure and Running Costs – two new diesel engines, lower CO2 emissions across the entire range, larger service intervals and lower service costs, and chassis enhancements for improved ride and handling.
Toyota anticipates that these comprehensive enhancements will not only promote greater loyalty within the model’s existing customer base, but also appeal to new customers who are attracted by the generous offer that the new Avensis represents.
STYLING
Both the sedan and Touring Sports versions of the new Avensis have been designed to give them a more distinctive and dynamic appearance.
Extending overall vehicle length by 40mm, the front is a bold, prestigious interpretation of Toyota’sUnder Priority and Keen Look design language.
The Toyota logo is more prominently set within a smaller, more aggressively styled upper grille. The grille features a chrome trim bar which anchors new LED headlamp clusters. The headlamps incorporate LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL), giving the new Avensis a unique frontal signature.
Encompassing a gloss black-painted bumper centre, the lower grille has been significantly enlarged. Pushing the foglamp housings to the very extremities of the front bumper, this makes the vehicle visually broader.
To the side, a new rocker garnish places a more horizontal emphasis on the vehicle profile to visually lower its centre of gravity. This more elegant profile is further enhanced by a choice of new 17″ and 18″ alloy wheel designs.
The rear of the vehicle has also been designed to add further emphasis to its broad road stance. The rear lamp clusters incorporate LED light guide technology, giving the new Avensis a high-tech light signature.
SENSORY QUALITY AND COMFORT
One of the aims of the new Avensis, was to guarantee comfort and convenience across the range. The elegant and refined interior is an important contributor towards this goal. Sensory quality and NVH levels are lifted to the next level, and the cabin is further enhanced by new trim, finishes and colour schemes.
The instrument panel is divided into two volumes. The sleek, full-width upper element showcases an instrument binnacle incorporating tubed tachometer and speedometer dials either side of a large 4.2″ colour TFT multi-information screen (as of Mid grade).
The lower volume houses a centre console that is separated from the transmission tunnel and dominated by an 8” full colour touch screen interface. A carefully designed steering wheel and gear lever complete the cockpit.
The feel and operation of all switchgear has been improved, and sensory quality is further heightened by the careful harmonisation of text and symbols, and more consistent back-lit illumination.
Satin chrome highlighting to the instrument binnacle, steering wheel and centre console switchgear, air vents, and gear lever have a crisper, higher quality appearance.
Fully described in the ‘Equipment and Value for Money’ chapter, a new range of more appealing interior finishes includes fabric and Alcantara seat upholstery, and a new, Dual Ambient colour scheme which gives customers a choice of Terracotta or Light Grey interior finishes.
The new Avensis’ more elegant and luxurious, premium quality cabin is further improved by a new front seat design, ideally suited to long distance driving.
The size of the upper backrest has been increased and the backrest bolsters redesigned, combining additional shoulder support with improved lateral holding performance. The seat suspension mat has been redesigned to improve pressure distribution and reduce long-haul fatigue. The cushion angle has been increased to offer better thigh support, and the cushion side bolsters reshaped to improve lateral hold.
NVH
Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH) has been significantly reduced, ensuring that the increase in the new Avensis’ interior quality and comfort is matched by a perceptible decrease in cabin noise.
New and thicker materials provide additional sound absorption and insulation, and seal quantity, thickness and width have been increased throughout the bodyshell.
The hood insulator thickness and density, and engine under-cover insulator thickness and size have been increased, and an underbody damping sheet is added for diesel variants. A polyurethane foam overmoulding has been incorporated within the fender protector.
Air-conditioning noise has been reduced through heater air duct seal lip integration. Versions equipped with a Skyview panoramic sunroof feature a roof-lining damping sheet, and a dynamic damper within the rear door has been added to Touring Sports variants.
 
EQUIPMENT AND VALUE FOR MONEY
Designed not only to appeal to private buyers but also fulfil every requirement of exacting fleet customers, the new Avensis features a clearly differentiated grade structure.
New Entry, Mid, Mid+ and High grades combine higher standard equipment levels with improved refinement and sensory quality, and advanced technology such as the Toyota Touch 2 range of multimedia systems.
In addition to class-leading standard equipment levels, all Mid grades further offer the segment-unique appeal of Alcantara upholstery fitted as standard, and a new, Dual Ambient colour scheme which gives customers a choice of Terracotta or Light Grey interior finishes.
Further bolstered by the availability of several equipment-enhancing option packs and a new Toyota Safety Sense system fitted as standard across the range, the new Avensis offers key equipment for fleet customers, outstanding value for money and no compromise on safety at every level of the new grade structure.
Entry grademodels feature a black and grey interior finish. They are equipped, as standard, with manual air-conditioning, cruise control with speed limiter, LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL), a radio/CD player with Bluetooth and USB connectivity, and the Toyota Safety Sense system.
Mid grade showcases the Avensis’ new, Dual Ambient interior colour scheme: a choice of Terracotta or Light Grey finishes. It builds on the Entry grade specification with automatic air-conditioning, a 4.2-inch colour TFT multi-information screen, Automatic High Beam (AHB) headlamps, rain and dusk sensors, 17-inch alloy wheels, foglamps, fabric and Alcantara seat upholstery, an enhanced version of the Toyota Safety Sense system, and the Toyota Touch 2 multimedia system incorporating a rear view camera.
Specifically tailored to the requirements of fleet customers, Mid+ grade enhances this core, business-user specification with the addition of LED headlamps and LED DRL lightguides with a unique signature, cornering foglamps, rear privacy glass, leather and Alcantara upholstery and 17-inch, machine-faced alloy wheels.
High grade offers customers the most comprehensive standard equipment. It builds on the Mid+grade with smart entry, rear privacy glass, full leather upholstery and Toyota Touch 2 with Go Plus, incorporating a full map navigation system.
The High grade specification may be further upgraded with a Premium Pack, which features newly-designed 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlamps incorporating an Adaptive Front Lighting system (AFS), power-operated front seats with a memory function and a Skyview panoramic sunroof.
DRIVING PLEASURE AND RUNNING COSTS
The new Avensis powertrain line-up has been comprehensively revised, building on the durability and reliability for which it is already renowned to offer customers reductions in fuel consumption, emissions and cost of ownership.
In addition, chassis enhancements offer ride comfort and handling improvements across the model range.
Diesel Engines
The five-strong engine range features two diesels, both new: a 112 hp/82 kW 1.6 litre D-4D and -making its first appearance in a Toyota- a 143 hp/ 105 kW 2.0 litre D-4D unit.
The 1.6 D-4D generates CO2 emissions of just 108 g/km*, 11 g/km less than the 2.0 litre unit it replaces, whilst the 119 g/km* of the new 2.0 litre engine represents a significant, 24 g/km reduction over the emissions of the outgoing 2.2 litre unit.
Diesel running costs have also been lowered by an increase in service intervals for both units to 20,000 km, and by a reduction in 90,000 km/3 year service costs of approx 20% for both units.
New 1.6 D-4D
Reflecting the current downsizing of powerplants to achieve better fuel economy, lower emissions and improved driving dynamics, a new 1.6 D-4D engine replaces the existing 2.0 D-4D.
Mated to a 6-speed gearbox and 20 kg lighter than its 2.0 litre predecessor, this Euro 6 compliant engine develops 112 DIN hp/82 kW at 4,000rpm and 270 Nm of torque from 1,750 to 2,250 rpm. It accelerates the Avensis from 0-100 km/h in 11.4 seconds, and on to a top speed of 180 km/h.
The engine delivers an 8% improvement in fuel efficiency over the outgoing 2.0 D-4D unit, equating to fuel consumption of 4.1 l/100 km* in the combined homologation cycle. Simultaneously, CO2emissions have reduced from 119 to only 108 g/km*.
The engine has been tuned to deliver a fast throttle response throughout the rev range. It generates good initial response at low rpm, and then, as turbo boost develops, provides a linear torque build-up. The availability of torque has also been stretched, so the engine will rev freely beyond 3,000 rpm without running out of breath.
New 2.0 D-4D
The new, Euro 6 compliant 2.0 litre D-4D engine shares the low fuel consumption and emissions efficiency of its 1.6 litre sister unit, but has been tuned to offer drivers a stronger focus on performance.
Developing a maximum 143 DIN hp/105 kW at 4000 rpm and a generous 320 Nm of torque from 1,750 to 2,500 rpm, the new 2.0 litre engine’s linear torque build-up and willingness to rev gives the new Avensis particularly strong in-gear responsiveness and acceleration. It will accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 9.5 secondsand has a top speed of 200 km/h.
Numerous developments such as a new timing chain ensure the engine runs particularly quietly at all speeds, whilst Toyota’s Stop and Start technology coupled with a tall 6th gear for motorway cruising enable the new 2.0 D-4D to return an average fuel consumption of just 4.5 l/100 km* and generate CO2 emissions of only 119 g/km*.
Petrol Engines
Fuel economy and CO2-enhancing improvements have also been made to the existing 132 hp/97 kW 1.6, 147 hp/108 kW 1.8 and 152 hp/112 kW 2.0 litre petrol engine line-up.
Reductions in fuel consumption have been achieved through higher compression ratios, the optimisation of injection angles and timing, the adoption of Teflon and resin coatings, the use of low friction materials and auto-tensioning of the accessory belt.
A further 4% reduction in fuel consumption has been achieved through extensive revisions to the 1.8 and 2.0 litre petrol engines’ CVT transmissions, which feature a newly developed torque converter, continuously variable unit, oil pump, reduction and differential gears, hydraulic control unit, and CVT fluid and fluid warmer.
The CVT control logic has also been revised to reduce engine revving at medium throttle settings, more closely matching engine speed to throttle inputs in the manner of a conventional automatic transmission.
These improvements lower fuel consumption across the petrol engine range. Average fuel consumption for the 1.6, 1.8 and 2.0 litre units falls by 6.5 l/100 km to 6.1 l/100 km*, 6.5 l/100 km to 6.0 l/100 km* and 6.9 l/100 km to 6.1 l/100 km* respectively.
CO2 emissions have simultaneously been reduced across the petrol engine range. 1.6 litre unit emissions fall by 8 /g/km to 142 g/km*, those of the 1.8 litre engine have been reduced by 14 g/km to 139 g/km*, and those of the 2.0 litre unit by 19 g/km to 142 g/km*.
Improved Driving Dynamics
The new, 2015 Avensis retains the same, proven, front McPherson strut and rear double wishbone suspension layout of its predecessor.However, both front and rear suspension systems feature significant improvements to enhance both ride comfort and handling performance.
The front suspension benefits from a new strut bearing and upper support, a spring rate reduction, a spring side-load compensation increase, damper force tuning and, in the case of diesel engined models, spring set load tuning.
The rear suspension also features a spring rate reduction, damper force reduction and spring set load tuning for diesel variants, whilst a new piston valve design offers a perceptible increase in ride comfort.
Steering feel and responsiveness has been improved by the adoption of a new intermediate shaft, a stabiliser bar diameter change, and an increase in bodyshell rigidity through the use of a high-strength urethane to bond the windscreen.
 
SAFETY
In anticipation of a 5-star rating from the Euro NCAP crash test programme, the new Avensis takes active safety and driver assistance to new levels with the Toyota Safety Sense system (fully described in the Toyota Safety Sense chapter), fitted as standard across the entire model range.
Processing information provided by a compact, windscreen head-mounted unit housing both a laser and a camera, Toyota Safety Sense offers customers a Pre-collision Safety system incorporating a Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking, a Lane Departure Alert system, Auto High Beam and Road Sign Assist.
Brussels, Belgium – While sales1 have already started in Japan since last December, the new Toyota Mirai will be launched in Europe by the end of the summer. The Geneva motor show is its first public display in Europe.

The Mirai2 signals the start of a new age of vehicles. Using hydrogen – an important future energy source – as fuel to generate electricity, the Mirai achieves superior environmental performance with the convenience and driving pleasure expected of any car.
The Mirai uses the Toyota Fuel Cell System (TFCS), which features both fuel cell technology and hybrid technology, and includes Toyota’s new proprietary FC Stack and high-pressure hydrogen tanks. The TFCS is more energy efficient than internal combustion engines and emits no CO2 or pollutants when driven. Drivers can also expect the same level of convenience as offered by gasoline engine vehicles, with a generous cruising range and a hydrogen refuelling time of about three minutes3.
The Mirai delivers everything expected of a next-generation car: an immediately recognizable design; driving exhilaration stemming from superior handling stability achieved by a low centre of gravity; and quiet but powerful acceleration provided by the electric motor.
Hydrogen can be generated using a wide range of natural resources and man-made by-products such as sewage sludge. It can also be created from water using natural renewable energy sources like solar and wind power. When compressed, it has a higher energy density than batteries, and is relatively easy to store and transport, therefore it also carries expectations for potential future use in power generation and a wide range of other applications. FCVs are able to generate their own electricity from hydrogen, meaning they can help make a future hydrogen-based society a reality, and are therefore expected to further contribute to accelerating energy diversification.
Sales Outline Europe
Launch: September 2015
Markets: UK, D, DK for 2015, more markets to be added for 2017
Annual volume: 50 – 100 cars/year in 2015 and 2016
Price: 66,000 € + VAT (Germany)
Production Plant
Motomachi Plant, Toyota Motor Corporation
TFCS provides superior environmental performance and convenience
The Mirai features the TFCS, a fusion of fuel cell technology with hybrid technology.
The system provides better energy efficiency than internal combustion engines, superior environmental performance with no emissions of CO2 or pollutants when driving, and the same level of convenience and autonomy as gasoline engine vehicles, and a hydrogen refuelling time of about three minutes3.
The system uses Toyota-developed components including the Toyota FC Stack, FC boost converter, and high-pressure hydrogen tanks.
Toyota FC Stack
The new Toyota FC Stack achieves a maximum output of 114 kW (155 DIN hp). Electricity generation efficiency has been enhanced through the use of 3D fine mesh flow channels4 (a world first5), which ensure uniform generation of electricity on cell surfaces, providing compact size and a high level of performance, and a world-leading5 power output density of 3.1 kW/L (2.2 times higher than that of the previous Toyota FCHV-adv limited-lease model).
The amount of water on fuel cell electrolyte membranes has a substantial influence on electricity generation efficiency. Control of the amount of water is carried out using an internal circulation system for circulating the water created when generating electricity, meaning the Toyota FC Stack is a world-leading5 system that, unlike systems used in all other previous Toyota fuel cell vehicles, does not require the use of a humidifier.
FC Boost Converter
A new compact, high-efficiency, high-capacity converter has been developed to boost power generated in the Toyota FC Stack to 650 volts. Increasing the voltage has made it possible to reduce the size of the electric motor and the number of Toyota FC Stack fuel cells, leading to a smaller, higher-performance Toyota Fuel Cell System, thereby reducing system costs.
High-pressure Hydrogen Tanks
Tanks with a three-layer structure made of carbon fiber-reinforced plastic and other materials are used to store hydrogen at a very high pressure of 70 MPa (70 megapascals, or approximately 700 bar). Compared to the high pressure hydrogen tanks used in the Toyota FCHV-adv model, tank storage has been increased by approximately 20 per cent while both weight and size have been reduced to achieve a world-leading5 5.7 wt%6.
Key Toyota Fuel Cell System (TFCS) Specifications
FC stack
Name
Toyota FC Stack
Type
Polymer electrolyte fuel cell
Volume power density
3.1 kW/L
Maximum output
114 kW (155 DIN hp)
Humidification system
Internal circulation (humidifier-less)
High-pressure hydrogen tank
Number of tanks
2
Nominal working pressure
70 MPa (approx. 700 bar)
Tank storage density
5.7 wt%
Tank internal volume
122.4 litres (front tank: 60.0 litres; rear tank: 62.4 litres)
Motor
Type
AC synchronous electric generator
Maximum output
113 kW (154 DIN hp)
Maximum torque
335 Nm
Battery
Type
Nickel-metal hydride
 
Safe and secure vehicle design with comprehensive range of safety features
The Mirai was designed with safety as a top priority, based on the basic approach of ensuring that hydrogen does not leak, and in the unlikely event that any leaks do occur, ensuring immediate detection and stoppage of hydrogen flow and preventing accumulation of hydrogen within the car body.
• Development of high pressure hydrogen tanks with excellent hydrogen permeation prevention performance, strength, and durability
• Hydrogen sensors provide warnings and can shut off tank main stop valves
• Hydrogen tanks and other hydrogen-related parts are located outside the cabin to ensure that if hydrogen leaks, it will dissipate easily
Use of features such as a structure that efficiently disperses and absorbs impact energy across multiple parts ensures a high impact safety performance that protects the Toyota FC Stack and high-pressure hydrogen tanks during frontal, side or rear impacts.
The Toyota FC Stack frame is constructed from a newly-developed thermoplastic carbon fiber-reinforced plastic, which is light, strong, and easily mass-produced. This protects the Toyota FC Stack by absorbing impact shocks from road bumps and other road interference.
 
Regarding driving safety itself, Mirai comes with a full range of advanced safety equipment appropriate for next-generation vehicles:
• A Pre-collision System (with millimetre-wave radar) helps prevent collisions or reduce collision damage through alerts and brake control if a high likelihood of collision is detected.
• A Lane Departure Alert system uses a camera to detect white or yellow lane markings and alerts the driver when the vehicle is about to deviate from its lane.
• Drive-start Control limits sudden starts or sudden acceleration during gear-shift operation.
• A Blind Spot Monitor uses radar to detect vehicles in adjacent lanes and helps rear view confirmation when changing lanes.
Mirai’s immediately recognizable design
A new technique has been employed in the front face design to emphasize the left and right grilles that draw in air for the oxygen supply and for FC system cooling. The novel front face underscores the vehicle’s individuality.
The elegant side profile evokes the flowing shape of a droplet of water to express the vehicle’s characteristic of drawing in air and emitting water. The roof-side rails and hood appear to pop out of the body to create the impression of a low-to-the-ground vehicle while communicating a futuristic feeling.
The rear of the vehicle presents a bold profile with a trapezoidal shape extending from the license plate garnish to the bottom of the bumper corners and out toward the wheels, while the top of the bumper emphasizes width and expresses a powerfully stable stance. It also creates an agile and clean impression of air passing through and under the bumper.
The headlights exhibit high-tech and sophisticated luxury through a novel design that presents an ultra-thin profile with an inline arrangement of four LED lights plus visible heat sinks and other optical equipment. The front turn signals and clearance lights are separate from the headlights, contributing to an ultra-thin headlight profile at the same time as merging with the side grilles. This creates an advanced clean design with aerodynamics that improve airflow.
The Mirai comes with 17-inch aluminum wheels that have been made lighter using an engraving process7, and six body colors are available.
A futuristic lay-out for the interior
The Mirai’s profile connects the front and rear in a seamlessly pleasant expression of space. It creates a sophisticated cabin space with soft padding on door trims and other interior surfaces, and a high-luminance silver finish throughout.
The front seats provide superior body fit and hold through an integrated cover/seat foaming production process8. Eight-way adjustable power seats for achieving the optimal seat position and a motorized lumbar support function are installed as standard on the driver’s and passenger’s seats.
The center meter cluster located in the central top level of the instrument panel includes a speedometer and multi-information display using a 4.2-inch high-definition TFT liquid crystal display with a design that appears to pop out. The driver is able to change the display using steering-wheel-mounted controls.
Seat heater switches and other controls are operated via an electrostatic air conditioning control panel by lightly touching the flat panel display.
Functions that provide a comfortable interior space come as standard, such as a steering wheel heater and seat heaters (two temperature settings on all seats) that provide instant heat while greatly reducing power consumption, fully automatic left and right independent temperature control air conditioning with eco mode switches, and “Nanoe”9 air purification technology to fill the cabin with fresh air. Three interior colours are available, including Warm White.
Superior handling stability and outstanding quietness enhances driving pleasure
The high output Toyota FC Stack and optimal battery power control drive the electric motor and ensure powerful responsiveness at all vehicle speeds. This provides an immediate increase in torque at the first press of the accelerator, and powerful and smooth acceleration thereafter.
Handling stability and ride comfort are both improved through the location of major parts such as the Toyota FC Stack and high pressure hydrogen tanks centrally under the floor to achieve a low center of gravity and superior front-and-rear weight distribution, as well as the use of a high-rigidity body, which features enhanced rigidity around the rear suspension.
The full under-floor cover and aerodynamically designed clearance lights reduce wind resistance and contribute to improved fuel efficiency and handling stability. Aero fins employed at the side of the rear combination lamps also improve straight-driving stability.
Outstanding quietness is achieved by electric motor drive at all speeds and reduced wind noise, plus full sealing of all body parts, and the use of sound-absorbing and sound-blocking materials optimally arranged around the cabin, including the use of noise-reducing glass for the windshield and all door windows.
The “Bs” (brake support) mode makes efficient use of regenerative braking and improves braking performance when the driver wishes to greatly reduce vehicle speed such as when negotiating long downhill sections of road.
Mirai Main Vehicle Specifications
Length
4,890 mm
Width
1,815 mm
Height
1,535 mm
Wheel-base
2,780 mm
Track (front/rear)
1,535/1,545 mm
Minimum ground clearance
130 mm
Interior length
2,040 mm
Interior width
1,465 mm
Interior height
1,185 mm
Curb weight
1,850 kg
Seating
4
 
Notes
1Sales will begin in areas where hydrogen stations are in place and in surrounding areas.
2Japanese for future
3As measured by Toyota when refuelling at a hydrogen station supplying hydrogen at a pressure of 70 MPa under the SAEe J2601 Standard conditions (ambient temperature: 20°C, hydrogen tank pressure when fuelled: 10 MPa). Time will vary depending on hydrogen fuelling pressure and ambient temperature.
4Channels arranged in a fine three-dimensional lattice structure. Enhances the dispersion of air (oxygen) thereby enabling uniform generation of electricity on cell surfaces.
5As of November 2014, according to TMC research.
6Hydrogen storage mass per tank weight
7Manufacturing process used to reduce the weight of aluminium wheels. Metal is shaved from the intersecting line between the disk and rim to reduce the weight of each aluminium wheel by approximately 500 grams.
8In the previous process, seat pads were  moulded  separately and then covered. In the foaming process, the seat covers are placed into moulds  and urethane material is directly inserted into them.
9A trademark of Panasonic Electric Works Co. Ltd.
Toyota Opens Its Fuel Cell Vehicle Patents for Free Use As part of efforts to popularize fuel cell vehicles (FCVs), Toyota Motor Corporation will allow royalty-free use of approximately 5,680 of the FCV-related patent licenses, including pending applications, it holds globally on an unconsolidated basis.Toyota believes it is important to give priority to spurring more widespread use of FCVs at the initial introduction stage, and therefore believes concerted initiatives with energy companies that are looking to expand hydrogen station infrastructure, and automobile manufacturers that are looking to move forward with FCV development and market introduction, will be vital.Toyota will allow royalty-free use of its FCV patent licenses by those manufacturing and selling FCVs through the initial market introduction period, which is anticipated to continue until about 2020. This initiative will include patents that are critical to the development and production of FCVs, such as those relating to fuel cell stacks (approx. 1,970 patent licenses), high-pressure hydrogen tanks (approx. 290 patent licenses), and fuel cell system control technology (approx. 3,350 patent licenses).

To facilitate more rapid expansion of hydrogen station networks, Toyota will also provide royalty-free use of approximately 70 hydrogen-station-related patent licenses indefinitely for those installing and operating hydrogen stations.

Toyota plans to make the royalty-free patent licenses available for use to companies and organizations that conclude contracts with Toyota based on negotiations with the company concerning specific usage plans, in line with standard patent license usage procedures.

Toyota has always had an open policy regarding use of its intellectual property, allowing licensing of patents by third parties that pay appropriate usage fees. By allowing royalty-free use of FCV-related patent licenses, Toyota is going one step further as it aims to promote the widespread use of FCVs and actively contribute to the realization of a hydrogen-based society.