Toyota reveals exterior design of production-ready Fuel Cell Sedan

Concept Cars 26 Jun 2014
Toyota reveals exterior design of production-ready Fuel Cell Sedan

Toyota has revealed the finalized exterior design of its upcoming Fuel Cell Sedan, a model based on the 2013 FCV Concept and set to go on sale globally in Spring-Summer 2015.


Following the car’s appearance in concept form at last year’s Tokyo motor show., Toyota has revealed the exterior design and Japanese market guide pricing of its hydrogen-powered Fuel Cell Sedan.

Toyota Fuel Cell Sedan design

The four-door saloon will be introduced first in Japan, before next April. Preparations are in hand for launches in the US and European markets in the summer of 2015.

Toyota FCV Concept - front end Toyota Fuel Cell Sedan design

Above and below: the FCV Concept (left) and the production sedan (right)

Toyota FCV Concept - rear end Toyota Fuel Cell Sedan design

In Japan the Fuel Cell Sedan will be sold at Toyota and Toyopet dealerships, priced at approximately seven million yen (about £40,450).

Initially sales will be limited to those parts of the country where a hydrogen refuelling infrastructure is under development. Prices for Europe and the USA have not yet been decided. Detailed information such as final prices, specifications and sales expectations will also be announced later.

Toyota and Fuel Cell technology

According to Toyota, “Hydrogen has great potential as an alternative fuel. It can be produced from a wide variety of primary energy sources, including solar and wind power; it is easy to store and transport; and when compressed, it has a higher energy density than batteries. It could also be used in a much wider range of applications beyond automotive and domestic use, including large-scale power generation.”

Toyota has been developing fuel cell vehicles in-house for more than 20 years. Its system includes a proprietary FC Stack, which generates electricity from the chemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen, and high-pressure hydrogen tanks.

The technology was featured in the Toyota FCHV (fuel cell hybrid vehicle), an SUV which was leased to customers on a limited basis in Japan and the USA from 2002.

Since then, Toyota has significantly improved its FC system. The Fuel Cell Sedan revealed today, for example, delivers performance and a cruising range similar to that of a petrol-engined vehicle, and refuelling takes roughly three minutes. When driven, the car’s only tailpipe emission is water vapour, produced by the chemical reaction between the hydrogen and oxygen.

(Source: Toyota)

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  1. aflo
    26/6/2014

    A long career as a professional automotive designer demands that I speak out on this monstrosity. It is a catastrophe of awful elements forced together on a proportionally terrible package.
    …One of the worst designs of the DECADE. I give it the “Wildebeest Award”
    Congratulations, Toyota! You have set the environmental movement back many years with this turkey.

    • sumont
      27/6/2014

      Absolutely agree Aflo….terrible design. It’s especially reprehensible when you consider the car’s technological advancement and the consequential opportunity for innovative exterior design. Frankly, I’m genuinely curious how this has managed to get signed off!? There is not one redeeming aspect!

  2. 27/6/2014

    Seriously though, does it have to be this ugly. :/

  3. rubenharis
    28/6/2014

    Dear Toyota, please stop trying to be the trendsetter…

  4. RAL
    30/6/2014

    There are no words to describe such a mess. When was the last time Toyota designed a nice car?

  5. olele
    3/7/2014

    Its so confusing to such a things to see the light of the day, this probably is the worst most ugliest product in series of extremely ugly products promoted by Toyota ! Its a shame that such a large company develop such a cheap looking, ugly and disproportional item. Very disappointing but what can you expect from Toyota ? manufacturer of cheap ugly looking mass selling cars, with outdated mechanics and untested features

  6. HiTM4N16
    4/7/2014

    have to agree … utterly utterly ugly….
    looks like something from 2nd term design student…who will regrett what he had done 2 terms later…

    @RAL the LFA and GT86 were the last toyotas with a pretty decent design imo

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