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Toyota will be heading to this year’s Auto China Beijing show with a new concept car, releasing two teaser images prior to its debut.
The popular blue shade that Toyota normally associates to its hybrid vehicles hints that the upcoming concept will either be a hybrid or electric vehicle. In fact, it’s believed to be a hybrid created in China specifically for the Chinese market.
Style wise, the front end draws inspiration from the NS4 Plug-in Hybrid Concept that debuted earlier this year at the Detroit Auto Show, with sleek, sharp lines.
Recently, Toyota announced its new framework called Toyota New Global Architecture in hopes to develop multiple models simultaneously to boost the quantity of common parts used across its vehicles. The NS4 plug-in was our first hint at the Japanese automaker’s hopes on a new design and it’s clear that Toyota believes it in with another concept sharing a similar look.
The other teaser image points to a compact or even a sub-compact (perhaps Yaris-sized) concept.
The Japanese automaker also showed off a FT-Bh Concept at the Geneva Motor Show back in March.
GALLERY: Toyota Beijing Motor Show Concept Teasers
Toyota unveiled today their Fun-Vii concept car ahead of its official debut at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show. The concept, dubbed as a “smartphone on wheels” by Toyota President Akio Toyoda, allows drivers to customize the skin of the car to display anything from stock quotes to advertising to pictures downloaded from their phones.
Seating three, the Fun-Vii’s ultimate goal is to add a fourth dimension to the driving experience. That is, interconnectivity will join driving, turning and stopping. Toyota of course has no realistic release date for such a concept (if it even goes into production in any form), but has envisioned it to have other features such as auto-pilot and an onboard 3D hologram avatar for a year 20XX release. That’s right, 20XX – Toyota is pretty confident something like this will be manufactured in this century.