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Toyota say they are a step closer to zero emissions with the Hybrid X Concept

Toyota is presenting a world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show with the revealing of Hybrid X.

The company says it is a step closer to ‘Toyota’s vision of the ultimate environmental driving technology’ and its design will influence the entire Toyota brand and its hybrid models in the future. However the car’s expected fuel economy and emission figures have not yet been published.

Hybrid X is designed as a four-door, four-seat ‘open-space’ concept with the dimensions of a conventional family car. Why Hybrid X? When viewed from above, the glass area and pillars give the impression of a large X.

Why is this a step forward for green cars? Toyota say the U-shaped pillars, the smooth surface lines and integrated rear spoiler create much improved aerodynamics. Even the space saving seats are formed using injected foam techniques, which reduces weight.

Will it be better to drive than the Prius? Toyota say that the 20-inch alloy wheels with ultra-low profile 225/40 R20 tyres provide ‘dynamic hints of driving performance’.

The dashboard, as well as providing information to the driver, even communicates safety information to pedestrians or other drivers, such as safety distances, acceleration and braking, through the car’s ‘intelligent’ LED headlamps which display graphic forms through animation and, being integrated into the dashboard, will be part of the car’s interior.

Watch out for updates about the likely economy potential of this car soon.