that Toyota has the Prius, Camry Hybrid, and Highlander Hybrid under
its belt (along with a few hybrids from its upscale Lexus division),
the company is looking to put its hybrid system into a vehicle
smaller than the Prius. Toyota plans to tackle
the compact sector with the FT-CH concept.
Prius, which is classified as a midsize vehicle, is 22 inches longer
than Toyota's new FT-CH. Not many details are available on the new
hybrid other than the fact that it will be priced below the Prius.
It's more than likely that this concept will make it to production,
but Toyota is keeping mum for now.
century after the invention of the automobile, we must re-invent it
with powertrains that significantly reduce or eliminate the use of
conventional petroleum fuels," said Toyota Motor Sales President
Jim Lentz. "One of many alternatives is through what is commonly
called the electrification of the automobile. By far, the single most
successful example of this has been the gas-electric hybrid."
new hybrid making news today is the Honda CR-Z hybrid. The vehicle
been profiled numerous times on DailyTech, but Honda today
production specifications for the vehicle. The nearly 2,700-pound
vehicle makes use of a 122 hp / 128 lb-ft gasoline engine paired with
Honda's Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) hybrid system. The vehicle will
be rated at 31/37 mpg with a manual transmission and 36/38 mpg with
an continuously variable transmission (CVT).
admirable that Honda wants to appeal to enthusiasts with a 6-speed
manual on the CR-Z, but it's a crying shame that choosing to row
your own gears results in such a dramatic cut to city mileage.
comparison, the larger Honda Insight is rated at 41
mpg combined, while the even larger Prius is rated at 50 mpg
the CR-Z will go on sale this August.