New Year, new start – it’s the perfect time to see what exciting new updates Toyota has in store for 2015.
2014 has been a great year for Toyota – it was announced that sales of Toyota hybrids have reached a massive seven million and more recently that 80 per cent of Toyotas sold in the last twenty years are still on the road.
2015 is shaping up to be another exciting one for Toyota with the highly anticipated Toyota Mirai – a hydrogen fuelled vehicle – set for release.
Take a look below as we profile some of the highlights to come in 2015 from this most famous of Japanese car makers.
The world’s first mass produced Fuel Cell vehicle represents a watershed moment in automotive history – Toyota have built a machine that offers the key to a future that is both safer and greener for everybody.
With a cruising rate to match any conventional saloon – the Mirai can be fully refuelled in under five minutes and emits only harmless water vapour.
Akio Toyoda proclaimed that, “This is a car that lets you have it all with no compromises.”
Adding, “Our fuel cell vehicle runs on hydrogen that can be made from virtually anything, even garbage! It has a fuel cell that creates enough electricity to power a house for about a week”.
Toyota’s Fuel Cell Sedan is a development on the FCV Concept which was first unveiled back in 2013 at the Tokyo Motor Show.
Whilst Toyota has kept similar styling to the concept model, several detail changes have been made, including adjustments to the radiator grille, headlights, rear light and aerial, plus the roof and fuel filler cap.
In order to save room and lower the vehicle’s centre of gravity, the fuel cell, battery and fuel tanks have been fitted under the floor.
Meanwhile, compartment located in the front of the car contains the electric motor, electronic control system and boost converter.
Pricing for the Mirai is expected to come in at around £43,450 with availability at first limited to the regions in which hydrogen refuelling stations are available.
On sale in Japan by April of 2015, Toyota aims to have the Sedan ready for European and US markets by the end of next year, with prices to be announced closer to the time.