Despite displaying three concept vehicles at the 2012 Beijing Auto Show, Toyota’s stand was relatively subdued compared to other automakers. Two of the three Toyota concepts came in a four-door sedan and a five-door hatch version, and have been called "Dear Qin."
We’re not entirely sure what the name means and Toyota didn’t elaborate on it either, but what we do know is that the pair of Dear Qin concepts are actually preview models of vehicles that Toyota will be launching in the Chinese market in a year’s time.
According to Toyota, the Dear Qin project cars and the Yundong Shuangqing Concept have been designed to showcase the company’s new design language for some of their future models with the intention of "attracting more people to the user base." They are also developing new vehicles that will not only come with improved styling and handling, but more importantly, will appeal to a broad market like China.
Toyota’s Beijing Auto Show contingent involves a number of concepts with some odd names, one of which is called the Yundong Shuangqing Concept.
The name notwithstanding, the Yundong Shuangquing Concept is the Japanese automaker’s study on what could potentially be a futuristic four-door sedan that comes powered with a newly developed hybrid system. As it stands, the Yundong Shuangqing Concept is still in its developmental phase and Toyota has not divulged a whole lot of information about the car.
Nevertheless, the car looks every bit like a concept vehicle, particularly the front end, which has a distinctive headlight configuration that extends all the way to the center grille. There also looks to be a visible light running the entire length of the car, just below the pillars.
According to Toyota President Akio Toyoda, the Yundong Shuangqing Concept is a car that represents the company’s offering to the Chinese market. “We would like to put smiles on the faces of our Chinese customers with hybrid technology," Toyoda said.
"I want the people of China to be able to experience the beauty of hybrid technology through a hybrid car born in China."
For a long time we have been screaming from the hilltops that Toyota has been wasting its No. 1 slot in the hybrid market by releasing boring hybrids, like the Prius. Well, Toyota is about to release yet another hybrid concept and we can only hope that it is not more of the same stuff we have seen for the past decade.
The details are a little sketchy on this new hybrid concept, but Toyota did release a pair of teaser images, which look pretty neat from what we can see. The front headlights appear to be normal old headlights on the outside, then as they work toward the center of the car, the lights turn a shade of light blue. Not only is the ambient lighting sweet, but from the silhouette this thing looks nothing like the Prius.
In a way, it has styling similar to the NS4 concept that Toyota revealed at Geneva, which Toyota made clear was not coming into production. Rather, the NS4 was being used to test different features that would make their way into showrooms. This may be one of the cars featuring those NS4-like cues that are heading to showroom floors.
There are rumors circulating that the reason this car is only being revealed in Beijing is because the car will be available in China only. We don’t quite see a point of releasing a hybrid in the Chinese market yet, as it is still a developing market. The likely reason for a Beijing release and not a New York release is so it didn’t steal the new Avalon’s thunder.
The Beijing auto show opens up to the press today and we are sure that Toyota won’t wait long after that to unveil this new gas-electric machine. We will keep you updated as much as we can on this soon-to-be-unveiled hybrid, as we obtain more information.