We’re at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show and, this year, we are looking into the future (both distant and not so distant) as well as today. And for the now, we have something really fun to show the world. Click through the break to read more.
Updated: 03/03/14 23:30 CET
Our big world premiere this year is the all-new Toyota AYGO. The new model is fun, customisable and connect-able. We can’t give away too many details just yet, but we think you’ll really like our new compact city car. All will be unveiled at our press conference at 08:30 CET. Don’t forget to follow us on this blog or on Twitter for all the latest updates.
Looking a bit down the line into the future, we are also showcasing our new hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle concept. Using hydrogen to produce electricity to power the electric motors, the fuel cell vehicle emits just water vapour. Toyota is well on track to keep to the 2015 commercialisation date we set ourselves a few years back. We’ve got some really cool content coming tomorrow when the car is unveiled in Europe for the first time.
Glancing further into the crystal ball, we are also showing the Toyota FV2 concept in Europe for the first time. No other vehicle comes this close to being so customer-centric. Using cutting-edge technologies, we’re making driving more intense and less remote to drivers. This intuitively controlled vehicle will react and mirror the driver’s intentions. It can even pick up your habits and preferences to anticipate your needs.
For now, everything is still under covers and we’ll have just one more sleep before we see the AYGO in the flesh. If you really can’t wait, why not have a look at the AYGO teaser we released two weeks ago:
If this is still not enough… Well, we have a small surprise. Some weeks back, we sent a film crew to film the brand new TOYOTA Racing TS040 HYBRID at its first test at Circuit Paul Ricard. The bare-carbon fibre car will soon be stickered up and ready for the proper launch at the same circuit at the end of this month. Although the teaser was only intended to be shown on the Toyota Stand in Geneva, we managed to get the green light to put it online for those who can’t make it to Switzerland (and you get to see it before it goes on the screens in Geneva). Here it is:
Updated: 04/03/14 23:15 CET
Today was an early start as our big press conference was scheduled to start at 08:30 CET. We can finally show you what was hidden under the covers yesterday. I’ll let you discover Toyota at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show yourself with our latest videos and photos from today.
We tried something different this year and attached a GoPro to film the AYGO driving out onto the stage from inside the car. It’s an interesting angle to see a world premiere that only the lucky few can experience (i.e. the driver). So take to the drivers seat and enjoy the limelight in front of the world’s press. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bVHCy5RKfQ ↑ Back to top
The covers were taken off our fun new AYGO yesterday in Geneva and it was clear that our new car is not just an evolution but a playful revolution. Building on the success of the original and much-loved AYGO with its engaging design, compact proportions and driving enjoyment, the new car injects a huge shot of playfulness and fun into its design. Brought to life by David Terai, Chief Engineer of the AYGO, the aim behind the project was to create a car that people would fall in love with and that captures their imagination. A source of inspiration came from contemporary Japanese youth culture and its strong and outspoken shapes and forms. This led to the design theme called ‘J-Playful,’ and these striking elements hit you the moment you see new AYGO head-on.
You cannot mistake it for any other car, with its expressive frontal design: the X appears to burst through the hard body shell, and the resulting cracks that form the bold design continue their flow along the sides of new AYGO. There is no doubt that the boldness of new AYGO’s design will be one that splits opinion and that is exactly what David Terai intended. New AYGO wants to stand out, and stand out it does, as our new city car has been conceived to let you express your personality through a series of customisation choices, inside and out. A range of affordable interchangeable parts that include front x-grille, rear bumper inserts, alloy wheels, interior centre console, air vents and gear lever surrounds means you can create your very own bespoke AYGO. Those of you that want to give your new AYGO that little something extra, but simply can’t decide which parts you want to add, will be able to opt for one of our exterior and interior packs that may help with any indecision!
Formed around a simple grade structure, the new AYGO range has been designed to avoid complication and confusion. Based on a platform of generous standard equipment that includes AM/FM audio system with USB and AUX connections, LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL), Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Hill Start Assist, the model range consists of three grades (x, x-play, x-wave) and three special editions (x-cite, x-clusiv, x-pure). Those of you that crave technology, will not be disappointed. The new x-touch multimedia system integrated within AYGO’s instrument panel offers an unprecedented combination of on-board multimedia features and smartphone connectivity. Utilising a 7” full-colour touch screen, it’s the first system in the segment to have a rear view camera fitted as standard.
With access to the x-touch main menu you will be able to navigate with ease through five functions that include: Audio Source which includes AM/FM radio selection as well as Bluetooth music streaming, Phone function so you can make and receive phone calls and send text messages and Connect, which when a compatible smart phone is connected replicates your phone screen on the x-touch display using MirrorLink. If this isn’t enough, the 3-cylinder 1.0 litre VVT-I engine from the current AYGO has been improved further. Made even lighter (it was already the lightest engine of its type) and with class-leading fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions, the new AYGO’s engine is at the heart of its fun driving experience. As the first lucky owners will be able to get behind the wheel of our fun-loving new AYGO this summer, chief engineer David Terai said: “When I look at the car now, it makes me smile and fall in love, so I feel I have succeeded.”
Updated: 05/03/14 18:45 CET
Discover Toyota’s hydrogen fuel cell technology, commercialising in 2015, in this FCV concept video.
Updated: 06/03/14 08:30 CET
We just released our new Toyota AYGO report from our stand in Geneva. Find out more about our playful new product.
Updated: 06/03/14 09:45 CET
New Toyota Stand gallery is now available.
Updated: 06/03/14 20:15 CET
If you can’t visit the 2014 Geneva Motor Show to check out our little AYGO for yourself, don’t worry. We’ve put together an interactive video so you can explore this playful new car virtually.
Updated: 07/03/14 17:30 CET
We’ve just uploaded two new videos to showcase our future vision. One of them, the Toyota FCV, is just over the horizon with commercialisation on schedule for 2015, and the FV2 concept which is unlike any other vehicle.
Updated: 07/03/14 18:30 CET
The full Toyota Stand video report is now available. Don’t worry if you miss the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, you can discover everything from Toyota with our video series.