Toyota Reveals Yaris Hybrid-R Concept Prior To Frankfurt Show

Toyota has released an image and some primary details about its gas- and fuel-cell powered Yaris Hybrid-R concept ahead of its full reveal at the 2013 Frankfurt auto show next month.

The car has “intelligent all-wheel drive capability” and makes use of a 1.6-liter Global Race Engine from Toyota Motorsport in addition to two electric motors.

Without divulging much about the energy storage technology, Toyota says it will soon enough reveal how its fuel-cell hybrid drivetrain works with an eye toward market launch in 2015.

The powertrain borrows technology from Toyota’s TS030 Hybrid race car and is being shown not insignificantly at the same show that the Prius was once shown at in 1997.

“Toyota will bring together its past achievements and future plans for hybrid power in a Frankfurt presentation devoted entirely to its industry-leading technology,” said Toyota on Sunday. “Toyota considers the energy and emissions benefits make this the best technology yet to deliver the ultimate zero-emission car, with hydrogen as an ideal, ultra-clean energy source.”

Look for more details at the Frankfurt show which runs Sept 10-22.