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Toyota FT-Bh Concept Preview: Geneva Auto Show

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  • Toyota released an abstract sketch of the FT-Bh.
  • Many other details are unknown.
  • The model may serve as the basis for a production car.

Toyota will bring an all-new hybrid concept city car to this year's Geneva Auto Show. The automaker recently previewed the fuel-efficient new FT-Bh concept car on paper ahead of the show, releasing an abstract sketch that reveals its basic design.

Although the sketch doesn't provide many details about the concept car's exterior styling, it does display the model's aerodynamic appearance and shows muscular, sculpted lines on either door. And while Toyota was mum on the FT-Bh's seating capacity and its overall size, the automaker conceded the concept car will offer a full hybrid engine.

In addition to confirming its powertrain, Toyota announced the FT-Bh will utilize ultra-light construction that avoids the use of complicated or expensive materials. Although the concept is unlikely to see production, the use of such materials ensures the model could be manufactured in high volumes for city-dwelling consumers on a budget. Toyota even calls the FT-Bh an "economically viable production framework," meaning it could provide the basis for a car that's built later.

The FT-Bh is the latest in a series of concept cars that Toyota plans to show in Geneva. One, dubbed the NS4, debuted at the Detroit Auto Show and hints at the future of fun-to-drive economical cars, while another - the FCV-R - was first shown in Tokyo and previews the automaker's efforts to launch a fuel cell vehicle by 2015. Toyota will also use the Geneva Auto Show to display the diji concept, which is a slightly revised version of the bizarre Fun-Vii that debuted at last year's Tokyo Auto Show.

This year's Geneva Auto Show will also serve as the launching pad for Toyota's newest hybrid. Expected to be dubbed the Yaris Hybrid when it goes on sale in Europe and many other markets, the hatchback will be nearly identical to the US market Toyota Prius c, which arrives in North American dealers next month.

What it means to you: We don't yet know enough about the FT-Bh to understand its potential impact on the industry - but we like the sleek design in the automaker's sketch.

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