Toyota Hybrid X
unveiled its newest concept car, a hybrid automobile known as
the Hybrid X. Upon its arrival at the 2007 Geneva Motor Show,
the Hybrid X gave a clear indication of the direction in which
its new hybrid vehicles would be heading. With its low emissions
and sleek design, the Toyota Hybrid X is looking to blaze a new
trail in the hybrid car market.
next generation hybrids are looking to set new standards and trends
within the hybrid car industry. While most hybrids have focused
on their energy saving and exterior design, Toyota has shifted
its focus onto the interior design and overall look of the car.
X is the embodiment of "Vibrant Clarity" that sits nicely
on twenty-inch wheels. When Toyota released information on this
vehicle, they neglected to give much information about the power
train of the car, opting instead to focus on the other features.
What is known is that this hybrid takes another step in the race
to make a zero emission car, which may indicate plug-in capabilities
at least in the future.
Hybrid X uses some of the latest drive-by-wire technology available
and the driver is able to look upon to screen on the steering wheel
to determine vital functions such as energy flow through the vehicle,
gear position and fuel consumption. On a separate touch-screen the
driver can control entertainment features such as audio and lighting.
The Hybrid X is also Bluetooth enabled for hands-free communications.
Some of the
features that Toyota is especially proud of include a four-seat
design that allows for much more air circulation and comfort. The
rear seats have the ability to swivel and can do so a full twelve
degrees. This added emphasis on passenger comfort is something that
Toyota is looking to go forward with in their future hybrid vehicles.
They seem to have gotten the point that even the environmentally
conscious car owner wants to ride in comfort.
With the Hybrid
X, Toyota has continued the use of the Hybrid Synergy Drive system,
which has helped drive innovation in this industry for the past
few years. While this concept car is admittedly not a complete car,
it does represent Toyota's ongoing strategy for the future. They
hope not only to establish a pattern of environmental friendliness,
but also a reputation of putting quality on the roadways.
Much of Toyota's
design strategy can be linked to two ideas. J-Factor and Vibrant
Clarity are the two building blocks with which the Hybrid X has
been built. J-Factor refers to the company's commitment to staying
true to its original Japanese roots and having potential buyers
and the market accept that. In each of its future designs including
the Hybrid X, Toyota hopes to maintain this.
is the language that the company uses in order to get across this
message. They seem to have achieved with in one regard with the
Hybrid X. The car has its own special identity, separate from other
models within Toyota and other hybrids on the market.
X seems to be Toyota's attempt to take control of the hybrid car
market and push it one-step further. With its intelligent design
aimed at pleasing the passenger, it takes some simple steps to
making the hybrid a more desirable option for the common car owner.
With more innovations on the way and increased engineering capability,
Toyota will use this concept car as a foundation for future endeavors.