Tokyo 2011: Toyota FCV-R Concept Channels 'Avatar' in Japan


The Toyota FCV-R is a practical fuel-cell vehicle that runs on ‘unobtainium.’ Ok, maybe not quite…

If you had the chance to see James Cameron's 3D visual feast-for-the-eyes movie 'Avatar' from 2009, then you surely remember the scene where the Avatar and his obvious-to-everyone-except-the-characters soon-to-be girlfriend are in the jungle and the plants and trees begin to light up. Well, Toyota has tried to create a budget version of that particular scene with the reveal video of their FCV-R concept vehicle at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show.

The FCV-R concept is a pre-production concept version of a new model that will reach the market by 2015. Described as a 'practical' fuel-cell vehicle, it features a next-generation 70MPa hydrogen tank allowing the vehicle to travel a range of roughly 435 miles in between fill-ups. In terms of styling, it features LED daytime running headlights, aerodynamic bumpers and a curved roofline for the exterior. The interior features leather and Alcantara, metallic trim and four futuristic single seats. A high-tech instrument panel and dashboard were also added for the necessary 'futuristic look' that concept cars apparently must have.

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Check out the photos and video of Toyota's latest concept car, the FCV-R, as it is currently on display now at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show.

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