Toyota Hybrid Sports Concept Makes Aussie Debut

Toyota CS&S hybrid-electric sports car makes appearance on Australian auto show circuit.

Published: 24-Jan-2005

dical Toyota sports car featuring hybrid petrol-electric drive-train and a host of innovative interior features will make its Australian debut at the Brisbane International Motor Show on February 4.

The CS&S (Compact Sports & Specialty) concept was designed to demonstrate the sporting potential of Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive technology, as featured in the second-generation Prius production car.

In the CS&S a mid-mounted 1.5 litre petrol engine drives the rear wheels while the electric motor drives the front wheels.

The arrangement gives the CS&S the extra traction of four wheel drive combined with vigorous acceleration thanks to the high torque characteristics of the electric motor.

Toyota says the CS&S will accelerate to 100 km/h in 8.6 seconds. Despite the quick performance, the concept car’s Hybrid Synergy Drive uses less fuel and has lower tailpipe emissions than an equivalent conventionally-engined sports car.

The CS&S’s innovations extend to the interior which features a revolutionary human-machine interface called Toyota Space Touch (TST).

The TST system uses a series of holographic projections which the driver “touches” to control functions such as air conditioning, audio, satellite navigation and email.

The car’s seating system is flexible, allowing the CS&S to be converted from a two-seater to a 2+2 by the removal of canopies behind the two front seats.

In addition, the front passenger seat has been designed in such a way that it can be rotated to cover the entire cockpit area like a hard tonneau cover, thereby boosting anti-theft security.

The CS&S will be accompanied on Toyota’s Brisbane International Motor Show stand by a cutaway display of a Toyota Prius which demonstrates the operating principles of Hybrid Synergy Drive.


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