Detroit Auto Show: Toyota Reveals New Honda Ridgeline, Calls it the A-BAT…

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Toyota A-BAT

Detroit Auto Show: Reveals New Honda Ridgeline, it the A-BAT Concept Hybrid

This is it — whatever it is. Actually it is newest concept they’ll be to the Detroit Auto Show in two the A-BAT Concept Pickup And A-BAT is more than a winged rat, it’s as we’re told by our friends at . an acronym for Advanced Breakthrough Truck. That’s a name has us kinda scratching our heads. How did name a concept vehicle a when it looks like the child of some sort of involving the Honda Ridgeline, the Avalanche and the Toyota Prius. you heard us — the Toyota Prius — you for that tint of green. But what appears to our eyes as the Ridgeline-esque styling, Toyota the look of this unibody-platformed truck is unique — based on the silhouette from the side of the Toyota Prius. But don’t for a moment this concept is all car and no The A-BAT’s able to shed the crew-cab-like set-up with a four-foot bed and transform itself a two-seat El Camino configuration a full eight-foot bed. The accomplished by dropping both the and the midgate ( that sound you is Chevrolet’s legal team up their briefcases in unison) on end of the mini-bed.

But wait, there’s more — as we to earlier, this concept’s got green going on under the by way of a hybrid synergy drive. So if ever builds this El Cam, you can head to Home to buy lumber for the deck of your McMansion and make a statement saving the environment all at once. But we do Toyota some credit for going after a market targeted. Full press after the jump.

NOTE: story was embargoed until but because of the nice guys at Edmunds getting an early of Automobile magazine with the story in it — causing them to go with their story with the side-by-side of the Dodge and the Toyota A-BAT — we’re live with our own story.

Our friends at have video of the A-BAT which included below the jump.


DETROIT — Jan. 13, — Toyota Motor (TMS), U.S.A. Inc. to its compact pickup truck with its latest concept A-BAT.

The environmentally advanced provides modern versatility, and style in a compact pickup The A-BAT made its debut in at the 2008 North American Auto Show today.

Driving from beyond the to the city is a way of life for many said Kevin Hunter, Calty Design Research, We’ve taken Toyota’s heritage to a different level by a vehicle capable of maneuvering the as well as dirt roads. compact truck is as comfortable for commutes as it is for road trips. It can outdoor toys and home supplies. Plus, customers from the hybrid powertrain’s low and fuel economy.

The A-BAT was developed by the TMS Advanced Product group and Calty, Toyota’s American-based, research and design located in Newport Beach, Together, they identified a group whose unique of lifestyle activities and vehicle required a vehicle that as of now is not in the market place. The team a new genre of compact vehicle good fuel economy, functionality, maneuverability, unique within its segment, and a durable suitable for an active lifestyle. styling was also key in making the appropriate for today’s market.

The concept rides on a unibody for car-like handling when city streets and crowded lots, and smooth ride for highway trips and the everyday In addition, its lightweight package with Toyota’s Hybrid Drive® technology is designed to excellent fuel economy. solar panels in the top surface of the panel capture sunlight and it into energy, showcasing the green character. Positioned the Toyota Tacoma, A-BAT truck features with car for an efficient and modern package.

The A-BAT’s unique aerodynamic was crafted by Calty Project Designer Ian Cartabiano and Creative Matt Sperling. They Toyota’s design philosophy, Clarity into the exterior by the design forward-looking, crisp and

The concept’s unique look is a of the large body surfaces, tight surface planes, lines and the trapezoidal profile. The 19-inch wheels sit at the vehicle’s creating a tough and ready

We studied the ‘trapezoid’ silhouette the side profile of the Toyota and applied it to create an entirely new image, said Sperling. He enhanced the trapezoidal profile by the cab forward, and using fast A- and C-pillars, shortened overhangs, and a front window.

The bold showcases Toyota’s reverse and T-face theme in a new way, Cartabiano. The bed is defined by the C-pillar and is separated from the cab to allow it to out from the rest of the profile.

The of a NATO all-terrain military inspired us to keep the occupants as far as possible to maximize rear bed in this compact package, Sperling.

The A-BAT features a four-foot but has more flexibility than the pickup truck. A translucent panel slides open to for tall cargo in the cab. the pass-through midgate is folded into the cab the bed lengthens an additional two An open tailgate provides an two-foot of bed length. The A-BAT customers the versatility of hauling a 4×8 sheet of plywood one then taking a family on a trip to the lake the next.

The bed has perfect for work and play. include tailgate lighting for the load in the bed, a first aid kit and integrated into the tailgate, tie downs, and an AC power outlet. such as sports and leisure can be stored in the lockable drawers in the bed

The concept also has additional that is accessible through doors conveniently placed in and of the truck bed. For even storage capacity the A-BAT with a large sliding beneath the bed, accessible opening the tailgate.

Toyota A-BAT

Although the is rugged and has a spirited exterior, the team worked to create a look for the interior.

We balanced and fabrics that were bright and vibrant, but also an urban-rugged feel with energetic and geometric qualities, Alan Schneider, Project Designer.

The inspiration behind the structure on the interior was drawn high-end mountain bike added Daryl Harris, Creative Designer. We applied construction materials, such as fiber and aluminum, to the instrument console and seats for increased rigidity while reducing

The rigid, yet sculptured alloy console runs between the two seats and houses a portable pack. The battery pack both AC and DC for a wide variety of including powering tools, gear while camping, a computer, small appliances or a vehicle jump start.

The trim, shoulder, armrest and panel pads and seat are made of a tough, lightweight and material that can be selected for In addition the colors are coordinated to the sleek interior environment. The console and door pockets carbon fiber components to the durable and modern look.

The A-BAT offers numerous and storage configurations. In addition to the seats folding down the midgate to extend the cargo bed the rear seat cushions can beneath the cargo bed to increase cab cargo flexibility. A removable tray beneath the rear offers tie downs and organizing to secure loose cargo.

the A-BAT has a retractable portable unit with a seven-inch screen and Wi-Fi internet. advanced features include a for portable device assistant and a hard drive for digital

Both the driver and front have a large multi-information screens on the IP to view the status of high tech gadgets and and audio settings.

The solar on the dash recapture energy the sun to assist in the charging of the navigation portable power pack and information displays.

This is the next evolution of the compact said Hunter.

We were to create a compact truck utilitarian, has an original profile to other pickup trucks, has a but tough’ character and is economical to The A-BAT is a fun-to-drive, practical that reflects Toyota’s sustainability message.

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