Toyota Stuns at Shanghai Auto Show

by Nate Torvik on April 29, 2013

Automotive companies from around the world gathered to show off their latest wares at the recent Shanghai Auto Show, the last big auto show of the season. The world’s largest automaker, Toyota Motor Corporation, knows how important the Chinese market is to global automotive impact, and unveiled two new concept vehicles that it hoped would garner the attention of the people. Both the FT-HT Yuejia concept and the Yundong Shuangqing are “green” hybrid vehicles targeted at the Chinese market, and boy did they make a splash.

The FT-HT concept is the more bizarre of the two, with an extremely unconventional seating for six. Three rows of two bucket seats make the hybrid a family-friendly vehicle, but it doesn’t stop there. The doors open in a scissor-like motion on hinges to reveal an interior with no central pillar. It is definitely an odd-looking concept, but Toyota is known for coming up with out-of-the-box designs, and its fans appreciate every one of them.

The Yundong Shuangqing concept is far less exotic, but features a sleek, smooth exterior design, one that generally appeals to the Chinese marketplace. Both Toyota concepts will use a new hybrid powertrain that is being developed in China. Hybrids are becoming increasingly important to the Chinese market due to years of heavy pollution in the country. China is also one of the largest markets in the world, so pushing the limits of the hybrid market should greatly benefit Toyota sales.

Toyota is always leading the way into the next generation of automotive design and research. What do you think of the newest concept vehicles from Toyota?

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