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Toyota hints at future hybrid, hydrogen vehicles

The Toyota NS4 plug-in hybrid concept debuts at

The Toyota NS4 plug-in hybrid concept debuts at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit (Jan. 10, 2012). Photo Credit: AP Photo

Toyota will unveil a slew of hybrid and hybrid concepts next month at the 2012 Geneva International Motor Show. The models include a production-ready Toyota Yaris Hybrid — which isn't coming to the U.S. — and models already seen here, like the NS4 Plug-in Hybrid Concept.

A new concept at the show will be the FT-bh sedan. The model hints at a future four-door compact dedicated hybrid hatchback ... maybe even the next-generation Toyota Prius? An initial sketch of the concept (shown above) shows an extreme wedge look and separated hood and front fender housings. The hood and grille seem to come to a point, and the headlights lay prostrated on top of the wheel housings. It looks like something straight out of "Tron: Evolution."

Toyota says the model is 30% more aerodynamic and spews 50% less carbon dioxide than other subcompact vehicles on the road today.

Another new release for Geneva will be the FCV-R hydrogen concept. The vehicle, which looks pretty much like the NS4 concept, can accommodate four passengers and features Toyota's latest generation of fuel-cell technology.

Despite the recent surge of interest in electric vehicles, Toyota is committed to a hydrogen future. It plans to have a practical and production-ready hydrogen vehicle for sale by 2015.

Both vehicles will be shown off to the public on March 6.


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