Kenshiki Forum, which is organized by Toyota and stands out as the new generation automobile fair, was held for the third time at the Brussels Expo in Belgium.
At the Kenshiki Forum, Toyota clearly laid out its vision for the near future and the future, while sharing its business strategy in Europe, the company's vision, new products and technological developments. Toyota, which held the European premiere of its battery electric vehicle bZ4X, the European premiere of the sports car GR 86 and the European premiere of the Corolla Cross, at the forum. zamAt the same time, Yaris GR Sport introduced the GR Yaris Hydrogen models.
At this year's Kenshiki Forum, Toyota focused on its carbon neutral goals, accelerating electrification plans and its active role in creating the hydrogen economy.
Bozkurt; “Toyota is a brand focused on people and society”
Toyota Turkey Marketing and Sales Inc. CEO Ali Haydar Bozkurt stated that Toyota has made serious investments in producing technologies for the benefit of people and society, as revealed at the Kenshiki Forum, “Toyota is committed to every aspect of technologies that will touch human life as well as automotive. zamis a brand that sees the future and carries out forward-looking R&D studies. Today, when the whole world, especially Europe, takes serious decisions about nature-friendly cars; Toyota saw this 50 years ago and planned its strategy in this way. In this journey, which started with the first hybrid model in mass production in 1997, the product range, which now includes a hybrid version of each passenger model, is the biggest indicator of the importance given to this issue.” said.
“Hybrid experience will be transferred to electric”
Bozkurt stated that Toyota will carry its 50 years of hybrid experience to fully electric cars and said; “Toyota allocates significant resources to the electrification process, which it started with hybrids. Our brand will invest approximately $2030 billion by 13.6 to develop batteries that will be needed more in electric vehicles. Based on our philosophy of mobility for all, we will continue to deliver electrification strategies that will contribute to further reducing CO2 emissions throughout the entire life cycle of vehicles.
In this context; As Toyota, we are ready for electric vehicles. Every country, including our country, will make investments in electric cars within the framework of their own dynamics. ZamAlso, electric cars will take a larger place in the vehicle park and will become more accessible as they are developed.”
“We should not only look at exhaust emissions”
Emphasizing that it is not necessary to focus only on the emissions from the exhaust in terms of protecting the environment, Bozkurt said, “For this, the carbon footprint formed in the process from the production of the vehicle to its use and recycling of the vehicle should also be taken into account. Even though there is zero emission from the exhaust, today's electric car is produced in an environmentally friendly way and used to be completely environmentally friendly. zamAt the same time, especially batteries should be disposed of without harming the environment. In line with its decision to reduce the emission rate by 2030 percent in the EU by 55 and to have zero emissions of new vehicles from 2035; Toyota; "Hybrids will continue to act with the vision that they all have a role, including hybrids that can be charged with cables, hydrogen fuel cells and battery electric vehicles."
The road to carbon neutral
Toyota shortest to carbon neutral at Kenshiki Forum zamHe explained the company's strategy to reach the current moment and how to reduce carbon emissions on the way to carbon neutrality. Toyota aims to minimize carbon emissions by accelerating electrification. zamwill continue to offer CO2 efficient and different power unit solutions.
Toyota will offer an increasing number of practical and achievable zero-emissions vehicles in the coming years, starting with the newly introduced bZ4X. By 2030, the zero-emission vehicle sales rate is planned to increase to a minimum of 50 percent within the brand in Western Europe. Toyota will plan to increase its capacity further as customer demands increase. Toyota also announced that it is ready for a 2035 percent CO100 reduction in new vehicle sales in Western Europe by 2.
Record growth in Europe with electric motor product range
Toyota Europe announced at the Kenshiki Forum that it expects to deliver 2021 million vehicles in 6.3 with a market share of approximately 1.07 percent. With an increase of 2020 thousand units compared to 80, a new record will be achieved. In 2022, Toyota Europe plans to sell around 6.5 million vehicles with a 1.3% market share, which will be another record.
The power behind the strong growth of 2021 between 2022 and 230 is the wide range of models using the TNGA platform and the highest 70 percent electrification rate. This growth will also be supported by the arrival of the new bZ4X, Aygo X, GR 86 and Corolla Cross models.
Offering electric motor models for different needs, including hybrid, plug-in hybrid, battery-electric and fuel cell vehicles, Toyota zamAt the same time, it announced that it would invest 11.5 billion euros globally in the development of batteries.
Commercial production of the first bi-polar NiMh battery, which has twice the density and lower cost of the standard NiMh battery, as well as using less precious minerals, has also begun.
In addition, Toyota aims to reduce battery costs by 2020 percent per vehicle in the second half of the 50s, without sacrificing wear, with improvements to be made in lithium-ion batteries and vehicle energy consumption. In this way, battery electric vehicles will be more affordable and accessible.
Making evaluations about the highly anticipated solid-state batteries, Toyota plans to use it in hybrid vehicles before using it in battery electric vehicles, which will provide extensive and larger capacity, longer range and shorter charging times, after prototypes started last year.
All-electric bZ4X SUV shown in Europe
At the Kenshiki Forum 2021, Toyota also made the European launch for the all-new bZ4X, its first vehicle designed from the ground up to be battery-electric. The vehicle, shown as a production version, will go on sale in Europe in 2022. zamAt the moment, it will be the first model of the new bZ (beyond zero) zero emission product family.
Standing out as a further development of the deep-rooted electrification technology of the Toyota brand, the bZ4X zamAt the same time, it reveals its innovative approach in safety, driver assistants and multimedia connection technologies.
With the new battery electric vehicle, a completely new approach to vehicle purchasing is also being introduced. With the new leasing contract, it is aimed to meet all needs such as vehicle maintenance, supply of wall-mounted chargers and access to Europe's largest charging networks. In this way, users will be able to solve all their needs from a single point.
High performance and high efficiency with bZ4X
Thanks to Toyota's 25 years of battery technology experience in electric vehicles, the bZ4X model manages to stand out in terms of performance and efficiency. The bZ4X was the first Toyota to be built on the e-TNGA platform, which was made specifically for battery electric vehicles. With the new platform, the battery is integrated as an integral part of the chassis. same zamThanks to its positioning under the floor at the same time, it has a low center of gravity, ideal front/rear weight distribution, high body rigidity for perfect safety, driving and handling.
At the top of the bZ4X's product range is the all-wheel drive version producing 217.5 PS of power and 336 Nm of torque. The 0-100 km/h performance of this vehicle draws attention as 7.7 seconds. The entry-level version of the new electric SUV model, on the other hand, will be the front-wheel drive model that produces 150 PS and 204 Nm of torque, powered by a 265 kW electric motor. The maximum speed of both versions was determined as 160 km / h. The single pedal operation feature increases the energy regeneration of the brake, allowing the driver to accelerate and decelerate using only the accelerator pedal.
Performance guaranteed battery from Toyota
Toyota's extensive experience in electric vehicles has ensured that the new lithium-ion battery in the bZ4X has world-leading quality, durability and reliability. Relying on its technology, Toyota reflects this with its comprehensive maintenance program that guarantees that it will deliver 10 percent of its capacity after 1 years of use or 70 million kilometers of driving, together with annual checks at the workshops. In order to offer this guarantee, Toyota has developed to offer 10 percent of the battery capacity after 240 years/90 thousand kilometers of driving.
The high-density battery has a capacity of 71.4 kWh and can cover more than 450 kilometers on a single charge. The battery can be charged quickly without sacrificing safety. With the 150 kW fast charging system, 80 percent capacity can be reached in 30 minutes.
However, the driving range of the bZ4X can be maximized with the optional solar panel. These panels charge the vehicle's battery by generating electricity from solar energy with zero emissions and zero cost. Toyota estimates that solar panels can store energy to provide an annual driving range of 1800 km. Solar panels can store energy while driving or parked.
The electric bZ4X is equipped with the new generation Toyota T-Mate system with active safety and driver assistants, without compromising on safety. With new and improved features, it can prevent accidents by reducing many risks. The detection range of the millimeter wave radar and camera used in the vehicle has been expanded, increasing the performance of each function. In addition, remote software updates can be made for the vehicle with the new multimedia system.
Toyota to offer more options in the SUV segment with Corolla Cross
Launched in Europe at the Kenshiki Forum 2021, the all-new Toyota Corolla Cross combines the spaciousness and practicality of a C-segment SUV with the powerful design of the world's best-selling model. While the new model expands the Corolla's product line consisting of sedans, hatchbacks and Touring Sports, the same zamIt will now complete Toyota's SUV range. Thus, customers in Europe will be offered the widest variety of products. The Corolla Cross is scheduled to hit the roads in Europe in 2022.
Built on Toyota's TNGA architecture, the Corolla Cross uses the latest GA-C platform. Thus, the style, layout, technology and driving dynamics of the vehicle have also been made more assertive.
The powerful style of the new Toyota SUV has been specially adapted for the European market. The dynamic design of the headlights and taillight group, wide front grilles are brought together. The Corolla Cross has a length of 4460 mm, a width of 1825 mm, a height of 1620 mm and a wheelbase of 2640 mm. It will be positioned between the C-HR and RAV4 in the C-SUV segment, where competition is very high in Europe. It will offer comfort, practicality and the versatility needed for active families with young children.
The cabin of the vehicle is designed to provide high visibility for all passengers. The vehicle, which offers wide legroom at the front and rear, provides a spacious atmosphere with its panoramic sunroof as well as its large rear doors.
5th generation hybrid system in Corolla Cross
The Corolla Cross is the first Toyota model to use the fifth-generation hybrid system globally. Toyota's self-charging 5th generation full hybrid system can be preferred as front-wheel drive or smart all-wheel drive AWD-i. It provides more torque, more electric power, higher efficiency and higher driving satisfaction than previous generation systems. Thanks to the improvements made in lithium-ion batteries, the new battery pack has been made more powerful and 40 percent lighter. The power of the electric and gasoline engine has been improved, thus increasing the overall power output by 8 percent.
The engine options of the Corolla Cross will be 122 PS 1.8-liter hybrid and 197 PS 2.0-liter hybrid. The front-wheel drive 2.0-liter hybrid power unit produces 197 PS and completes 0-100 km/h acceleration in 8.1 seconds. The AWD-i version, on the other hand, provides better traction in difficult conditions with the electric motor on the rear axle producing 30,6 kW of power. With this equipment, the AWD-i Corolla Cross shares the acceleration performance of the front-wheel drive version.
It comes with advanced technology and security features
The new Corolla Cross is offered with numerous technological enhancements. Coming with the latest multimedia technology, Corolla Cross has a European-specific cabin layout. The 12.3-inch digital driver display and the 10.5-inch central display make it both stylish and easy to use. It has a high resolution 10.5 touch screen, intuitive operation, and smartphone integrations such as wireless Apple CarPlay, wired Android Auto.
The all-new Corolla Cross is equipped with T-Mate, which combines the latest generation Toyota Safety Sense package with other active driving and parking assists. These features make driving easier and safer, and help prevent accidents in many different scenarios.
Corolla, which has sold more than 1966 million units worldwide since its introduction in 50, will further strengthen its position in the C segment with the Corolla Cross model. Thus, it will support Toyota's target of 2025 thousand sales and 400 percent market share in the category with the highest competition in Europe by 9.
Toyota's extraordinary sports car: GR86
Toyota also exhibited the sports car GR86, which belongs to the GR product range, for the first time in Europe. The new GR86 continues to reflect the fun driving characteristics of the GT2012, which was first introduced in 200 and achieved sales of over 86 units. The front-engined and rear-wheel drive GR86 was developed using the technical expertise of TOYOTA GAZOO Racing. Thus, the GR 86 becomes the third global GR model alongside the GR Supra and GR Yaris. The GR86 will go on sale in the European market in 2022. Production for Europe will be limited to two years, making the GR86 a much more special model.
Designed with the philosophy of "analog car for the digital age", the GR86 focuses entirely on pure driving pleasure. The vehicle, which is the new entry point of Toyota's GR product range, aims to reach wider audiences with sports-oriented handling and performance. The high-revving four-cylinder boxer engine, which emphasizes driving fun, continues, and its volume is increased for more power and torque. With the technical updates made in the engine and transmission, smooth and powerful acceleration is achieved throughout the entire rev band.
The displacement of the new lightweight four-cylinder engine in the GR 86 has been increased to 2,387 cc, thus increasing its performance compared to its predecessor. With the same high compression ratio of 12.5:1, the engine produces much more power. Maximum power increased by 17 percent to 7000 PS at 243 rpm. Acceleration from 0-100 km/h decreased to 6 seconds (6.3 seconds in automatic) with 6.9-speed manual transmission, while maximum speed was 226 km/h (6 km/h in 216-speed automatic transmission). However, the torque value has also increased with performance updates. While the peak torque value is increased to 250 Nm, this torque can be reached much earlier at 3700 rpm. In this way, acceleration is much smoother, while a more rewarding performance is offered, especially at cornering exits.
Evolving the design of the GT86, the GR 86 continues to be inspired by the 2000GT and AE86 Corolla. The GR 86, which is close to the GT86 in general dimensions, has a 10 mm lower (1,310 mm) and 5 mm longer wheelbase (2,575 mm). According to GT86, the new vehicle, whose body stiffness has been increased by around 50 percent, will have sharper handling and better steering ability.
The GR 86 is aimed to have the best handling and balance in its class, together with functional aerodynamic parts such as front air ducts and side panels in the vehicle developed by benefiting from TOYOTA GAZOO Racing's motorsports experience.
Yaris joins GR SPORT family in Europe
Toyota also introduced the new Toyota Yaris GR SPORT at the Kenshiki Forum 2021. This new version joins the Yaris family, which won the 2021 Car of the Year award in Europe.
The new Toyota Yaris GR SPORT is inspired by the GR Yaris, another high-performance and highly acclaimed award-winning model. The Yaris GR SPORT will be available in bi-colour, with a more striking Dynamic Gray color and a bi-tone version with black details. The Yaris GR SPORT will be available in Europe from the second quarter of 2022.
The vehicle, offered with new 18-inch wheels with red lines, also underlines the GAZOO Racing connection. The grille, however, has a completely new mesh design with striking letter "G" motifs. The T-shaped diffuser also gives the Yaris GR SPORT a more confident look.
The GAZOO Racing theme continues inside the steering wheel, headrests, start button and instrument display. While there are red stitching on the vehicle-specific seat upholstery, the new Ultrasuede seats are heated as an option. Red stitching also carries over to the steering wheel and gear lever.
Yaris GR SPORT can be preferred with a 1.5-liter hybrid or 1.5-liter Intelligent Manual Transmission (iMT) gasoline engine. This new transmission automatically increases engine speed during downshifts for smoother gear changes. The iMT system is the same zamIt also works in upshifting, providing a smooth ride. It also contributes to a smooth ride from the very beginning by reducing the risk of the vehicle 'stopping' on the first take off.
On the Yaris GR SPORT, the front and rear suspensions have been updated for higher performance. Offering better steering response and driving comfort at lower speeds, Yaris GR SPORT offers a more fun ride. With the additional supports under the body, the body rigidity, road holding and balance of the vehicle have been improved.
Hydrogen powers the GR Yaris
Toyota has done an extraordinary work with the GR Yaris, which has won many different awards. The hydrogen fuel, fuel tank and filling process of the GR Yaris, which was built for trial purposes, is the same as the fuel cell vehicle Mirai sold by Toyota.
However, while Mirai uses the chemical reaction in fuel cells to generate energy, the specially developed GR Yaris has an internal combustion engine that uses hydrogen as fuel.
Although hydrogen internal combustion engine technology is in its early stages, which began work in 2017 and is still in development for commercial release, Toyota is starting to engage in motorsport challenges with the hydrogen-powered Corolla Sport in Japan.
Using the races to develop new technologies, Toyota uses the same in-line three-cylinder 1.6-liter turbocharged engine in the hydrogen-fueled internal combustion engine GR Yaris and Corolla Sport. The fuel supply and injection systems of vehicles using hydrogen as fuel were modified accordingly.
The hydrogen burns faster than gasoline, resulting in an engine that is more responsive in terms of driving fun as well as great environmental performance. In addition to being extremely clean, it also ensures that the acoustic and sensory entertainment that characterizes combustion engines is part of the driving experience.
Toyota starts European production of 2nd generation fuel cell module
Toyota continues to develop different electrification technologies in line with its carbon neutral society goals. One of the key points in CO2 reduction is hydrogen technology. Toyota's hydrogen goal, on the other hand, is to go beyond passenger cars and enable it to be used in much more areas.
In order to support the use of hydrogen technology in many sectors from automobiles to different fields, the fuel cell system of Toyota Mirai was rearranged and turned into a compact fuel cell module. From January 2022, Toyota will begin production of 2nd Generation modules based on more advanced 2nd generation fuel cell systems. The new system is more compact and lighter, with greater power density. The modules, which will be offered as flat and cubes, also make it much easier to adapt to different applications.
Production of the second generation fuel cell modules will also take place at Toyota's R&D facility in Brussels. Detecting an increase in demand in this area in Europe, Toyota realized the same production here. zamIt will also provide engineering support to customers who want it to adapt hydrogen technology at the same time. Toyota hydrogen technology, which has already been adapted to automobile, bus, truck, train, maritime sector and stationary applications, will increase its usage area with 2nd generation modules.