Auto Shanghai 2013 Live – Toyota FT-HT Yuejia & Yungdong Shauangqing II
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Toyota created buzz at the floor of the Auto Shanghai 2013 by unveiling two of its hybrid concept cars – Toyota FT-HT Yuejia and Yungdong Shauangqing II.
The FT-HT Yuejia is a 6-seater concept which is elegant and futuristic in styling cues. The dramatic pillar-less scissor door design is admirable and the cabin signifies state-of-the-art refinement. Three rows of seating with two individual seats is attractive. It has a hybrid driveline which is under development. It is essentially a concept, but Toyota alludes the fact the it will be sold exclusively in China once entering the assembly line.
The Yungdong Shauangqing II, though not the most pronounceable model name (that not our problem isn’t it??), is the second developmental version of the concept, the first one made its world premiere at the Beijing Motor Show last year. This is a hybrid vehicle and again a China-only concept. It is equipped with a hybrid powertrain which was developed at the company’s research and development plant in Changshu, China.
Though the names are not that comforting for us to spell, it is interesting to note their etymology. “Yundong” means ‘movement upon clouds’, the company’s corporate slogan in China. It signifies an idea of innovation, dynamism and eco-friendliness. “Shauangqing” denotes “dual support” referring to the two power sources of the petrol-electric hybrid system of the car.
Toyota also featured two other concepts, the important one being the Corolla-based electric saloon called Ranz. Stay tuned to Indian Autos Blog for more updates.