What’s Up at the Tokyo Motor Show?

An inside look at TMC’s offerings at this week’s Tokyo Motor Show

October 23, 2019
When the Tokyo Motor Show opens on Thursday, Toyota Motor Corporation will be showing off its most forward-thinking vision of mobility ever. Here’s a sample, with links in case you want more info.
 
'People of the Future' Booth to Welcome Visitors at Mobility Theme Park
 
Toyota plans to stage a “mobility theme park” for experiencing the future at its auto show booth.
 
Envisioning a future mobility society centered on people, Toyota’s booth will take on a new form as an entertainment-filled theme park where visitors will see, touch and enjoy what the future holds in store. Click here for more info.
 

Production-Ready Ultra-Compact BEV
 
Toyota’s new, production-ready ultra-compact BEV (battery electric vehicle) makes its debut, with the commercial launch planned in Japan in 2020.
 
This two-seater BEV is specifically designed to meet the daily mobility needs of customers who make regular, short-distance trips such as the elderly, newly licensed drivers or business people visiting local customers. It can go approximately 100 km on a single charge, reach a maximum speed of 60 km/h, and features an extremely short turning radius.
 
This launch aligns with a new business model that aims to promote the wider adoption of battery electric vehicles. Click here for more information.

New LQ Strives for Emotional Bond

The new Toyota LQ is already capturing hearts, minds and headlines by leveraging advanced technoloy to build an emotional bond between car and driver. 

The next generation of the Concept-I, which debuted at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show, LQ is equipped witih automated driving capabilities and Yui, a powerful artificial intelligence interactive agent powered designed to learn from the driver and deliver a personlized mobility experience. Click here for more information. 
 
New Yaris Makes World Premiere
 
The new model Yaris is being introduced to the world, months before the mid-February 2020 sales kickoff in Japan. This new-generation compact car adopts the Toyota New Global Architecture(TNGA) platform, on which Toyota will base its compact cars for developed countries in the future, and features components built entirely from the ground up, including the engine, hybrid system, transmission and suspension. Read more here.
 
 

New Model ‘Granace’ is Japan’s Full-Size Wagon  

A full-size wagon, the new Granace commands outstanding presence with two types of seating arrangements available: the six-seater with seats in three rows of two, and the eight-seater with seats in four rows of two. The Granace features high-quality performance, delivering sophisticated riding comfort, superior control stability and a spacious interior. TMC says the model’s name is taken from the word “gran,” which means “big or great” in Spanish and “ace,” which means “top or excellent person” in English. For more info, click here.

 
 
‘Tokyo 2020 Version’ e-Palette to Provide Automated Mobility to Athletes
 
Toyota will supply up to 20 specially designed "Tokyo 2020 Version" e-Palette vehicles to support athlete mobility at the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, where it will provide automated, loop-line transportation in the Olympic and Paralympic villages for athletes and related staff.
 
e-Palette will offer low-speed SAE Level 4 automated transportation throughout the Olympic and Paralympic villages. The battery-electric, automated vehicles have been adapted specifically for use during the Games based in part on feedback from athletes about their mobility needs in the past games.
 
Know what to do if you want more info? Yep, you guessed it. Click here.
 
Mirai Part II
 
The Mirai Concept, a final-stage development model of the second-generation Mirai will be on display. The totally redesigned Mirai reflects a major step forward for FCEVs and the potential of a hydrogen society.
 
Scheduled for launch starting in late 2020, initially in Japan, North America and Europe, the second-generation Mirai is much more than an eco-car, marking a new stage for FCEV technology. Improvements in fuel cell system performance and increased hydrogen storage capacity mean the new Mirai will target a 30 percent increase in driving range.
 
The vehicle has also been totally redesigned based on Toyota's premium rear-wheel drive TNGA platform to combine greater agility and driving performance with a sleek and elegant exterior design.
 

Lexus’ World Premiere of the LF-30 Electrified Concept
 
Lexus unveiled its Lexus Electrified vision for an upcoming generation of electrified vehicles. Headlining this moment was the debut of the Lexus LF-30 Electrified Concept (above), which made its world premiere at the show. The LF-30 Electrified new concept embodies the vision of Lexus' electrification. Its futuristic exterior foreshadows the Lexus Electrified vehicles toward 2030.
 
President Akio Toyoda’s Remarks at Press Conference
 
To hear TMC President Akio Toyoda’s remarks at the Toyota’s press conference, click here.

 
By Karen Nielsen

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