Five concept cars that Toyota is dubbing as next-generation vehicles will be on display at the Japanese carmaker\'s pavilion at the Tokyo Motor Show later this month.
Leading the pack is the FCV Concept, a fuel-cell vehicle that Toyota claims has a range of 500km and can be refueled in as fast as three minutes. Toyota hopes to launch it in 2015.
Another concept vehicle is the FV2, which is operated by having the driver shift his/her body \"to intuitively move the vehicle forward and back, left and right.\" It is also equipped with an intelligent transport system technology that enables it to connect with other vehicles in the area and traffic infrastructure, providing the driver with a wide variety of safety and traffic information.
The other three concept cars in Toyota\'s Tokyo Motor Show lineup look more realistic and closer to production, starting with the JPN Taxi Concept. Powered by a new and economical LPG hybrid system, the JPN Taxi Concept has large electrically operated doors and a low, flat floor to let passengers board and exit in comfort, particularly children and seniors.
The last two concept vehicles that Toyota will show off at the Tokyo Motor Show are actually scheduled to go into production in 2014. These are the 2.0-liter gasoline-powered Voxy Concept and the 1.8-liter hybrid Noah Concept. Both are minivans.
Designed to seat seven occupants, both concept vehicles are designed to have a new, low-floor package for a roomy interior with outstanding ingress and egress, and will feature ultra-long sliding captain seats for the second row, \"a first for its class, providing a diverse range of seating arrangements.\"