Prius will not be the only hybrid model in Toyota’s line-up for very long. The company will use its petrol-electric hybrid system into a series a new model in an attempt to have a hybrid in every range by 2020. Considering the Toyota Prius was one of the first and one of the most popular hybrids to come out, we hope that Toyota will leave behind the ridiculous lie-ridden foul play they have been accompanied with lately to make some excellent hybrids.

The hybrid system to accompany this onslaught of vehicles includes a new 1.8-liter Atkinson-cycle, four-cylinder engine that delivers 98 hp and a peak torque of 105 lbs-ft. The new system allows it to run on engine alone, battery alone, or a combination of both.

Gerald Killman said in an interview with AutoCar: "Our hybrid technology is adaptable. There is flexibility in the application of our hybrid system; we don’t want to develop a new one when we can give ours more character."

The future plans also include a sporty hybrid that will compete with the Honda CR-Z. And this future model was previewed by the FT-CH concept unveiled at the Detroit show in January. The concept was a preview of Toyota’s stated strategy to offer a wider variety of conventional hybrid choices to its customers, as it begins to introduce plug-in hybrids (PHVs) and battery electrics (BEVs) in model year 2012, and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (FCHVs) in 2015 in global markets.


Source: Autocar

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  (830) posted on 05.5.2011

I hope Toyota would be careful on the new models that they are releasing because they have certain issues on the quality of some of their previous models. Their reputation might be on danger again. Wishing that there’ll be positive reponses in the future.

  (228) posted on 03.16.2011

@Ping_Guererro: i don’t think that its effective to combine the hybrid technology into sportscar. I think the output power is still limited and I bet it wouldn’t reached my expected output!

  (939) posted on 07.12.2010

If electric motors can give you instant peak power, what are you guys problems with hybrids. The new sport cars will start to combine hybrid technology.

  (806) posted on 07.11.2010

huh, another sports hybrid car? they haven’t release the 86 yet. grrr... sorry toyota, but you have already beaten by Honda and Nissan.

  (858) posted on 07.8.2010

That’s like putting carbon fiber ceramic compost Brembo brakes on a Chrysler Minivan

  (518) posted on 07.8.2010

huh another new model? but they haven’t released the FT-86 yet and now they are planning to built another one?

  (868) posted on 07.7.2010

This is stupid; hybrid powertrains are not suitable for performance cars. If Toyota really wants to move forward in this market, these new vehicles need to be 100% electric, which, judging by their recent partnership with Tesla, shouldn’t be too difficult to produce.

And a "sporty hybrid" to compete with the CR-Z? Toyota already has one, and it’s called the Prius, which not only out-excels the CR-Z in fuel economy but also out-performs it in both 0-60 as well as on a skidpad.

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