Toyota at the Paris Motor Show
The Paris Motor Show has always been a place where automotive companies display their new models and showcase the new technologies they have developed. This year’s edition is no exception and all car manufacturers presented what they hope to be the silver bullet to the consumer’s heart. So let’s have a look at what Toyota introduced.
Toyota Yaris WRC
Toyota introduced a Yaris specially made for the WRC series, making a comeback after 17 long years of absence from the championship. The car will be equipped with a tiny 1.6-liter turbocharged engine, capable of producing 300 horsepower. With Tommi Mäkinen in the test team, we at Carista can’t wait to see where Toyota will rank in next year’s series.
As Akio Toyoda (President & CEO of Toyota Corporation) puts it, “…from racing to robotics…”, a car focused at bringing the full joy from driving, while at the same time not making any compromises with harmful emissions (you guessed right – a hybrid). But unlike the Prius, it will be a car that stands out in the crowd, with its diamond looking design. The cutting-edge technology gathered under the hood promises not to disappoint in terms of entertainment to the passengers. But in case you buy it and you don’t like a certain feature, you can always use Carista to modify the settings that annoy you.
Toyota FCV Plus
A motor show is not a motor show if there are no crazy alien-looking concepts. So what is interesting with this one? As a start, it has power sharing capabilities, so you can share your car’s electric energy with your friends at the International UFO Congress. It also uses hydrogen to generate electricity which then powers the car’s electric motors (and clean water comes out of the tailpipe). This concept is not that new and several automakers have such cars in production (Toyota Mirai, Honda FCX Clarity, Hyundai Tucson FC), however, there is one thing that limits the potential of these cars entering the market at scale. There are almost no hydrogen fuel stations (31 in United States and not many more in Europe). We at Carista will monitor the development of this market and will notify you if there is a change in this chicken and egg situation.