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PHOTOS: Toyota Finally Reveals Its NS4 Plug-in Hybrid Concept at the Detroit Auto Show
by Laura K. Cowan, 01/10/12
filed under: automotive, Detroit Auto Show, Electric Cars, Gallery, Green Transportation, Innovation
Toyota has been hinting for weeks about its hot new NS4 plug-in hybrid concept, and we finally have photos for you of its reveal at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The NS4 is a 4-door sports sedan with a solar panel roof, ultra thin A-pillars on either side of the windshield, camera-style side mirrors, and a cloud-powered smartphone interface that learns a driver's preferences as they use the system and drive the car. Toyota has been tightly guarding the details of this car, releasing only closely cropped teaser photos leading up to the show this week, but now we have a full gallery of photos to show you.
Toyota‘s goal with the NS4 was to create a simple and intuitive interior that brought the driver information more quickly than ever. Unique features include adaptive headlights that aim away from pedestrians and oncoming vehicles to reduce glare while offering visibility near high-beam illumination as well as a precollision crash prevention system that uses radar and cameras to help avoid a crash day or night. Finally, Toyota said that its goal is to make its next-generation hybrids lighter, with better fuel economy, range, charging time, and performance, so we’re looking forward to the details as this car is developed into a production model over the next few years.
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