Toyota showcases sustainability concept vehicles - the Hybrid X and i-REAL - at the 2008 Canadian International Auto Show



    TORONTO, Feb. 13 /CNW/ - Auto enthusiasts in the Greater Toronto Area
will get their first look at the future as Toyota Canada Inc. (TCI) unveils
the Toyota Hybrid X and Toyota i-REAL concept vehicles at the 2008 Canadian
International Auto Show.
    "As a forward-thinking auto-maker, Toyota has always been keen to explore
the future of personal transportation, and Toyota Canada is pleased to be able
to present two concepts that will help us define the automobile's evolution in
the years to come," explained Stephen Beatty, Managing Director of TCI. "From
environmental technologies to new ways of thinking that address urban
transportation issues, Toyota invests more than $1 million per hour, globally,
in research and development activities to make things better for our
customers, our communities and the planet."
    The Toyota Hybrid X is a concept for a future in which vehicles produce
zero smog-forming emissions. This four-door, four-seat vehicle is the product
of ED(2), Toyota's European styling centre. It features an open concept
interior, a steeply raked windshield with wings covering the headlights to
deliver maximum aerodynamic performance, and a roof made almost entirely of
glass supported by unique U-shaped A and C pillars that gives the appearance
of an X. The affect is a blur of the boundaries between "inside" and
"outside". Rear doors are hinged at the back to create a welcoming entrance,
while the independent rear seats swivel to encourage intimate conversation.
    More than this, the Hybrid X is conceived as a multi-sensory experience,
with LED interior lighting that can be varied to create different moods, an
interactive navigation system, driving information system, comfort control...
even a scent diffuser.
    The result is the ultimate environmentally-enhanced, sensory-rich driving
experience.
    The Toyota i-REAL is a single-person concept vehicle that explores the
possibilities of personal mobility. This three-wheeled vehicle easily adapts
to pedestrian or vehicular traffic, shortening its wheelbase and running
upright to minimize its footprint on the sidewalk, then leaning back and
stretching its legs for stability in traffic. Joysticks positioned on either
side of the i-REAL allow the driver to easily manoeuvre, accelerate or apply
braking.
    The i-REAL features soft materials and driver awareness systems to make
it safe around people, as well as technologies that alert other vehicles and
pedestrians to its presence. As the latest in a series of Personal Mobility
designs that are helping Toyota create a city commuter vehicle that addresses
many of the challenges facing those living in urban environments, the Toyota
i-REAL will be featured as part of the auto show's "Unlock the Gridlock: GTA
in Motion" exhibit.
    The Canadian International Auto Show takes place February 15-24 at the
Metro Toronto Convention Centre and Rogers Centre in downtown Toronto. The
Toyota and Lexus booths are located in the North building.





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For further information: please email media@toyota.ca or contact:
Kathryn Ruhland, Public Relations Manager, Toyota Canada Inc., (416) 431-8333


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