TOYOTA “Future Power Plants”

TOYOTA

“Future Power Plants”

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This month Toyota has ready a series of new generation vehicles featuring new power plants. The first is a four cylinder, two liter turbocharged petrol engine which will make its debut the 20th of November 2013 at Tokyo’s motor show. Although details and specifications of the engine itself are still not declared, what is certain is that will feature Toyota’s high range vehicles like the Lexus LS FX on sale from next year, and the rest of the luxury brand’s range. This particular one will be codenamed as “LS200t” underlining the forced induction with the “t” letter. In terms of market the vehicle is positioned to target the compact SUV market, giving a prestige alternative within the competition. The styling of the bodywork is arguable because although includes still modern and crisp flame surfaces, their very complex arrangement result in awkward reflections. For example along the rocker panel and the rather intricate front wing fender crown with four light lines which fade out where the front headlight cutout is made. Also discussed could be the aesthetics of the wheel arches flat lip. Not only the surfaces thickness which recall the one adopted on the “Juke” but also the fact that from below the metalwork starts a second plastic wheel arch. Giving the impression of two wheel arches sitting on top of one another. Considerations could be about the “off road functionality” of the vehicle or to improve the overall stance of the vehicle and the relative height. Finally the much squashed DLO seems to belong to another market sector and the belt line starting below extrudes with a shoulder which point downwards. Adding visual weight to the overall volume of the car.

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The Toyota FV2 will be also presented this month, a future vision for next generations which interacts with similar vehicles, propose new routes, reacts to driver’s expression and include a mobile application for further controls. The FV2 can also change its color in relation with the surroundings. For the driving position the vehicle itself draw inspiration from horse chariots. By displacing the driver in the middle, standing up to control and balance with his own weight, creates an involvement in the driving experience. Similarly in the already known i-Road the “fun aspect” or new philosophy of the marque is conceive new ways of transportation that involve bending from side to side in order to drive through a series of corners. The main front screen lifts up to leave enough clearance allowing the driver to climb on the vehicle, than acts also as a protective shield and finally includes a head up display. Detailed specifications will be given through the development of the new product but is confirmed that will be propelled by fuel cells.

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But the show stealer will be the “FCV” concept. Planned to be placed on the market by 2015 this car could potentially be the first production fuel cell.  Priced at 50.000$ the vehicle should have a range of 312.5 miles and a refueling time of three minutes. Like the Prius hybrid the length measure 4.78 meters, is 2.78 meters wide and appears to have received the same aerodynamic attentions as the hybrid predecessor. To get the best range the bodywork has been clearly been smoothed to further improve airflow, as at the rear a very subtle diffuser serves both graphically and functionally in order to accelerate the airflow underneath the chassis. The front bumper has two enlarged side grilles to cool the power plant. Underneath the floor pan two tanks for a total of 70MPa are installed. Also by increasing the boost controller voltage, has been possible to reduce volume and mass of both fuel cell and electric engine, to a very compact size. But, for me once this technology will reach mass production standards and will become affordable, one of the main selling points of this vehicle will be the capacity to work as an electric current generator. With a full tank of Hydrogen the vehicle can provide electricity for more than a week to medium size house with a consumption of 10Kwh.

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As last, probably because is the least innovative of the group, although will be presented to the public this month like the others, is the Aqua G Sports Concept which is based on the Prius C but is advertised as a Sporty Hybrid. The vehicle is modified by Gazoo and includes a lowered chassis, black five double-spoke alloys and bodykit to appeal to a younger audience.

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Edoardo Pandolfini Barberi 8/11/2013

Reference:

Car Body Design (2013) “Toyota FV2 Concept” Car Body Design [Online] available from:

<http://www.carbodydesign.com/2013/11/toyota-fv2-concept/>

[5th November, 2013]

Darren Moss (2013) “Toyota FV2 concept planned for Tokyo” Autocar [Online] available from:

<http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/motor-shows/toyota-fv2-concept-planned-tokyo>

[5th November, 2013]

Matt Bird (2013) “Toyota’s turbo future” Pistonheads [Online] available from:

<http://www.pistonheads.com/news/default.asp?storyId=28797>

[5th November, 2013]

4-Traders (2013) “Toyota Motor Corporation: Toyota to showcase future mobility at Tokyo motor show” 4-Trades [Online] available from:

<http://www.4-traders.com/TOYOTA-MOTOR-CORPORATION-6492484/news/TOYOTA-MOTOR-CORPORATION–Toyota-to-Showcase-Future-Mobility-at-Tokyo-Motor-Show-17429867/>

[5th November, 2013]

Damon Lowney (2013) “Toyota reveals Tokyo Motor Show concepts” Autoblog [Online] available from:

<http://www.autoblog.com/2013/11/04/toyota-tokyo-motor-show-concepts-official/>

[4th November 2013]

Jez Spinks (2013) “Lexus LS XF to Debut Company’s new 2.0-litre engine” Car Advice [Online] available from:

<http://www.caradvice.com.au/258353/lexus-lf-nx-debut-brands-new-2-0-litre-turbo-engine/>

[4th November 2013]

Rufus Thompson (2013) “Toyota to premiere five concepts in Tokyo” Car Design News [Online] available from:

<http://www.caradvice.com.au/258353/lexus-lf-nx-debut-brands-new-2-0-litre-turbo-engine/>

[7th November 2013]

Jamie G. Gooch (2013) “Streamlining the Prius” Desktop Engineering [Online] available from:

<http://www.deskeng.com/articles/aabdpa.htm>

[1st January 2012]

Pictures:

Picture #1 [Online] Lexus Enthusiast, available from:

<http://lexusenthusiast.com/2013/09/04/photo-gallery-lexus-lf-nx-compact-crossover-concept/>

Picture #2 [Online] Car Design News live, available from:

<http://cdnlive.cardesignnews.com/frankfurt2013/index.php/2013/lexus-lf-nx-concept/>

Picture #3 [Online] Car Design News live, available from:

<http://cdnlive.cardesignnews.com/frankfurt2013/index.php/2013/lexus-lf-nx-concept/>

Picture #4 [Online] Car Advice, available from:

<http://www.caradvice.com.au/258353/lexus-lf-nx-debut-brands-new-2-0-litre-turbo-engine/>

Picture #5 [Online] Car Body Design, available from:

<http://www.carbodydesign.com/2013/11/toyota-fv2-concept/>

Picture #6 [Online] Car Body Design, available from:

<http://www.carbodydesign.com/2013/11/toyota-fv2-concept/>

Picture #7 [Online] Car Body Design, available from:

<http://www.carbodydesign.com/2013/11/toyota-fv2-concept/>

Picture #8 [Online] Car Body Design, available from:

<http://www.carbodydesign.com/2013/11/toyota-fv2-concept/>

Picture #9 [Online] Quattroruote, available from:

<http://www.quattroruote.it/notizie/concept/toyota-sette-prototipi-per-il-salone-di-tokyo-2013>

Picture #10 [Online] Quattroruote, available from:

<http://www.quattroruote.it/notizie/concept/toyota-sette-prototipi-per-il-salone-di-tokyo-2013>

Picture #11 [Online] Quattroruote, available from:

<http://www.quattroruote.it/notizie/concept/toyota-sette-prototipi-per-il-salone-di-tokyo-2013>

Picture #12 [Online] Quattroruote, available from:

<http://www.quattroruote.it/notizie/concept/toyota-sette-prototipi-per-il-salone-di-tokyo-2013>

Picture #13 [Online] Desktop Engineering, available from:

<http://www.deskeng.com/articles/aabdpa.htm>

Picture #14 [Online] Car and driver, available from:

<http://blogs.automotive.com/toyota-unveils-hydrogen-car-concept-fun-to-drive-again-concepts-for-tokyo-motor-show-155333.html/tms-toyota-aqua-g-sports-prius/>

Picture #15 [Online] Quattroruote, available from:

<http://www.quattroruote.it/notizie/concept/toyota-sette-prototipi-per-il-salone-di-tokyo-2013>

About Toyota

Very passionate to Automotive Design and very keen to work within car industry based context. Strongly motivated and responsible person with a strong team ethic. Proficient creative-innovative with good aesthetic sensibility. Keen interest in automotive technology and product development. Available to work abroad and determined to develop a project through research and analysis. Strongly interested in styling, keen to learn, hard working, with good time management skills. Would be really interested to contribute in any kind of vehicle or industrial design project, from conceptualization to production. Professional secrecy and confidentiality guaranteed.

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