With work well underway on the facelifted new Prius, Toyota will be exploring new avenues of green machines at this month's upcoming Tokyo Motor Show. Among them will be this: the 'environmentally-considerate' 1/X Concept.
Pronounced 1/Xth and meant to indicate its lightweight attributes through its name, the 1/X highlights the car's somewhat apparent weight-saving design enhancements by expressing its name as a fraction of the weight of its potential class-mates.
Toyota compare their latest hybrid concept with that of the million unit-selling Prius and while a facelifted new model of the best-selling hybrid in history won't get a 1/X facial transplant, the next-generation Prius and a new model slotting beneath the present-day hybrid could - with its lightweight technologies likely to feature in some shape or form on future models.
A baby Prius is rumoured for a 2010 entry in part of Toyota's strategy to meet annual sales targets of 1,000,000 hybrid units worldwide.