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Toyota, Hino, Daihatsu to Highlight Environmental Technologies, Universal Mobility and Logistics Systems at Tokyo Motor Show

Oct. 11, 2002

Tokyo—TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION (TMC), HINO MOTORS, LTD. (Hino), and DAIHATSU MOTOR CO., LTD. (Daihatsu) announced today that they will focus on environmentally friendly automotive technologies, mobility equality and Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) at their joint booth at the 36th Tokyo Motor Show—Commercial Vehicles (2002)*.

TMC, Hino and Daihatsu—whose combined range of commercial vehicles spans from minivehicles to large trucks and buses—see the automobile as a vital link in 21st century transport, which requires a modal mix of movement by road, rail, sea and air for the systematic flow of people, commodities and information. As such, they are developing automotive and automobile-related technologies that take into account various aspects of logistics and people, including individual and corporate demand, small- and large-scale delivery and short- and long-distance transport.

Through 23 concepts, 28 production vehicles and various technology-related displays at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show, the three companies intend to provide a close-up look at their efforts to help ensure that the automobile fulfill its key role in this and the coming age.

The TMC, Hino and Daihatsu booth will feature clean- or zero-emissions vehicles such as both conventional and fuel cell-powered hybrid vehicles, vehicles with advanced diesel technology and those that run on alternative fuels such as compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). It will also present buses and concept cars that employ universal designs for ease of use, as well as buses and nursing-care support vehicles that enhance the mobility of passengers in wheelchairs. A truck with ASV (advanced safety vehicle) technologies and exhibits on ITS-facilitated operating and control systems and other technologies will provide another glimpse at what is in store for automotive transport.

*In Makuhari, Chiba; Oct. 29-Nov. 3; Press Day Oct. 29

Details of the TMC, Hino and Daihatsu Booth

TMC, Hino and Daihatsu will have both joint and individual exhibits at the 36th Tokyo Motor Show—Commercial Vehicles (2002). The joint exhibits will focus on the three companies’ multifaceted initiatives in environmentally friendly automotive technologies, mobility equality and ITS. In the individual exhibits, each company will present, among others, additional unique concept vehicles, technology-related displays and production vehicles.


Environment and Welfare

Five concept vehicles and three technology-related displays will represent advanced technologies that contribute to environmental preservation and improvement of the urban environment. The focus will be on energy conservation, cleaner emissions, noise reduction and people-friendly universal design for ease of use in all aspects.



The FCHV-BUS2, jointly developed by TMC and Hino, is a fuel cell hybrid, low-floor, easy-access commuter bus powered by hydrogen gas stored in high-pressure tanks. While the vehicle is in use, it is extremely quiet and emits no carbon dioxide (CO2), nitrogen oxide (NOx) and particulate matter (PM). Since the unveiling of the FCHV-BUS1 in 2001, various modifications have been made and the new improved FCHV-BUS2 is designed to use two fuel cell stacks instead of one for heightened performance. The FCHV-BUS2 has received governmental approval for conducting public road tests from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, and the assessments are scheduled to start shortly. It has adopted universal design concepts, including the use of pictorial symbol displays and interior colors using differences in brightness and a complementary scheme to enhance visibility and recognition.


The Flappo, by TMC, is a small, ultra-low-floor hybrid bus that combines a gasoline engine, electric motor and a Super CVT (continuously variable transmission) to realize high fuel efficiency, low emissions and quiet performance. Its ultra-low, non-step, wide full-flat floor provides easy entry and exit, making it ideal for community use.


The DURO Hybrid TOWN DELIVERY, by Hino, is a smartly styled, small refrigeration truck that features advanced systems, such as a newly developed diesel engine (combined with a diesel particulate filter, or DPF)—with a new high-pressure common-rail fuel injection system, electronically controlled cool-type exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) and other features—and an electric motor to achieve cleaner emissions and better fuel efficiency. Its electric freezing system allows temperature control even when the vehicle is in idling-stop mode (in which the engine turns off while the vehicle is at rest in traffic).


The HIJET CARGO Hybrid, by Daihatsu, combines a 660cc gasoline engine with an electric motor for an approximately 30% increase in fuel efficiency (compared to its gasoline-only counterpart) and uses Daihatsu’s proprietary high-performance catalytic converter to achieve Japan-Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (J-ULEV) level* emissions. Public road tests have begun in the first practical application of such a system in a mini-commercial vehicle.

*Equivalent to emissions 75% lower than Japan’s year 2000 standards, under the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport’s certification system for low-emissions vehicles.


The DYNA, by TMC and Hino, features an advanced diesel engine—featuring a new high-pressure common-rail fuel injection system and electronically controlled cool-type EGR—and the DPNR*1-incorporating D-CAT*2, which simultaneously reduces NOx and PM emissions.
*1 Diesel Particulate–NOx Reduction System; *2 Diesel-Clean Advanced Technology System



The Daihatsu Mild Hybrid System, or DMHS, is what powers Daihatsu’s HIJET CARGO Hybrid. This display will explain this single-motor hybrid drive system.


D-CAT represents TMC’s latest advances toward the reduction and purification of diesel exhaust emissions. This display will outline D-CAT’s concept and chief components.


The 1NZ-FE, by TMC, is a 1.5-liter in-line four-cylinder gasoline engine that is used in TMC’s Probox and SUCCEED production vehicles. This extremely clean engine achieves J-ULEV emission levels.


TMC, Hino and Daihatsu have long worked together in the development of vehicular transport management systems. Examples (described below) at the show will focus on easy-to-use, reasonable-cost systems that operate via the Internet using application service providers to allow the management of transport vehicles.


TIME*@NAVI, by TMC, covers basic tasks such as schedule management, vehicle position and movement management and daily report compilation. This flexible system, which is accessible by cellular phone, is applicable to various industries.

*Toyota Intelligent Mobility Enhancement

Hino Digital Tachograph System

The Hino Digital Tachograph System, by Hino, uses vehicle information, such as that related to fuel consumption and brake operation, to assist in the evaluation of both economy-minded and safety-minded driving habits.

Business Support i

Business Support i, by Daihatsu, is a simple, easy-to-use vehicular transport management system, highly suited for mini-commercial vehicles.





Based on the passenger version of the Probox, the Probox SNOW BOARDER is a customized RV with snowboarder specifications. It represents a proposal for stylish and fun uses.

SUCCEED Bio Florist

Based on the SUCCEED, the SUCCEED Bio Florist is a customized business vehicle suggestive of dream-filled business scenes and intended for use as a mobile florist shop.


The ALSV, short for “Active-Life Support Vehicle”, is meant for easy use by anyone and features a passenger-side “panoramic open door” (featuring a front swing-open door, a rear sliding door and a door-integrated Center-pillar) for easy entry and exit. Both sides have an electrically operated sliding door, and the driver’s and all passenger seats swivel. Driving pleasure is enhanced by a new Friendmatic* with a sporty feel, made possible by integrating acceleration and braking controls into the steering wheel. This concept car uses a universal design, symbolic of a new relationship between people and automobiles. The ALSV places high priority on safety and the environment by way of advanced pedestrian safety features, J-ULEV emission levels, the use of bio-plastics and enhanced recyclability.

*A special power steering system that reduces the required steering force and enables persons with lower limb impairments to drive using their hands alone.


The WISH is a new-generation vehicle with sporty styling and performance and featuring third-row seats.



The actual LAND CRUISER 100 that won the 2002 Paris-Dakar Rally will be on display.


Probox Cut-away Body

A cut-away body of the Probox will provide an uncovered view of the GOA (Global Outstanding Assessment) collision-safety body—evolved to incorporate the concept of compatibility, which considers the fate of both vehicles in situations in which two vehicles of differing weights collide. The Probox’s ultra-low emissions system and innovations for an improved ride will also be highlighted.


1. Probox
2. SUCCEED more (Modellista spec model)
5. ist (Welcab Lift-up Front Passenger Seat model)
6. ALPHARD (Welcab Side Lift-up Seat model)
7. CALDINA (Welcab Rotating and Sliding Passenger’s Seat model)
8. DYNA with low-temperature refrigeration unit
9. DYNA car transporter
10. DYNA Wing Roof
11. TOYOACE Aluminum Van
12. TOYOACE cleaner dump truck
13. TOYOACE crane truck




The PROFIA Tractor ASV is a driver’s cab-only heavy-duty truck that incorporates advanced safety technologies meant to prevent accidents from happening, pointing to a new dimension in safety for commercial vehicles, which are often used for long-distance hauls and at night. Features include systems to enhance both nighttime vision range and visibility and warning systems intended to prevent accidents.

SCANIA Tractor

Trucks by Sweden’s Scania have been used for more than 100 years around the world—in Europe, South America the Middle East, Africa and elsewhere—for transporting goods. Hino will display the SCANIA Tractor, a low-floor driver’s-cab-only truck, as a first step toward full-scale sales in Japan.


The PROFIA SUPER COMFORT features a flat cabin floor and roof high, providing for a sense of comfort and freedom in more than two meters of headroom. All-wheel air suspension contributes to transport-cost reduction by ensuring transport quality, limiting the need for packing materials, etc.


The BLUE RIBBON CITY INTELLIGENT PUBLIC MOBILITY is a large, non-step route bus that boasts the world’s first boarding/exiting support system that allows individual passengers to obtain bus stop and fare information and to make stop requests by cellular phone. Visitors to the show will be able to try out the system, which was developed jointly by KDDI, Ericsson Japan and Hino.


The PONCHO is a compact, non-step community bus with welcoming and pleasant styling. At less than six meters in length, the PONCHO offers hassle-free operation on narrow and crowded streets. And its low boarding height and flat floor provide for easy and worry-free entry and exit.


Hino Conventional Bus, BH 15

In the 1950s, the Hino Conventional Bus, BH 15 replaced the so-called trailer-type buses of the day as a predecessor to the modern bus. Hino brought the BH 15 back to life by building one to commemorate the company’s 60th anniversary and will display it at the show.


Hino’s RANGER trucks prove their unrivaled power and durability every year in the grueling Paris-Dakar Rally, which spans the African continent. In 2002, Team Sugawara drove a RANGER FT to win the Camion Class 1 for the seventh year in a row. The actual truck used in the race will be on display.


J Series diesel engines achieve ultra-low PM emissions in terms of Japanese emission regulations scheduled to go into effect in 2003. On display will be DPF-equipped four-, five- and six-cylinder engines for medium-duty trucks.


1. RANGER-PRO FD HIGHWAY TRANSPORTER (medium-duty refrigeration truck)
2. RANGER-PRO FC CITY TRANSPORTER Type LE (medium-duty refrigeration truck)
3. DUTRO CNG (light-duty low pollution refrigeration truck)
4. DUTRO LOBOX Type LE (light-duty aluminum van truck)



UF mini-s

The UF mini-s, short for “Ultra Fit mini-sedan”, brings together a stylish form and roomy interior in a business-minded minivehicle featuring doors that open 90 degrees, an advanced IT system and a hands-free cellular phone function.

UF mini-v

The UF mini-v, short for “Ultra Fit mini-van”, is meant to be a business van that surpasses all others in functionality and performance.

FV mini Selfmatic

The FV mini Selfmatic, short for “Friendship Vehicle mini Selfmatic”, is a four-seat universal-mobility vehicle featuring an automatic boarding system that enables a wheelchair user to get directly into the driver’s position and drive the vehicle.

Takuhai Pro

The Takuhai Pro, based on the HIJET, makes full use of its 1,980mm height to create a large cargo area. It has dual sliding doors, an “L-shape” rear door and cabin and cargo-area lighting. It also has a collapsible cart storage-space separate from the cargo area that is accessible from the outside of the vehicle. These and other features, including Daihatsu’s Business Support i mini-commercial vehicular transport management system, make it highly suited for supporting home-delivery work.

HIJET Hook Roll

The HIJET Hook Roll has a PTO (Power Take Off)-operated arm that can easily load and unload a variety of containers for efficient delivery and collection. Because it can do the jobs of several different trucks, it can contribute to reducing overall vehicle costs.

HIJET Fresh Shop

The HIJET Fresh Shop is traveling shop that features a showcase with a forced refrigeration system for mobile sales of foods, including fresh seafood and meats.



The TOPAZ* DI is a 660cc in-line direct-injection three-cylinder gasoline engine that realizes J-ULEV-level emissions and a minivehicle top-level fuel efficiency of 28km/liter (in the 10-15 Japanese test cycle in in-house tests).

* TOP from A to Z; aiming for the top in all aspects of performance—power, ecology, reliability, etc.


The TOPAZ U-LEV combines a 660cc in-line three-cylinder gasoline engine with Daihatsu’s Intelligent Catalytic Converter, whose precious metals undergo self-regeneration to achieve J-ULEV-level emissions. Daihatsu was the first in the world to develop such a catalytic converter.


The TOPAZ 2CDDI is a next-generation 660cc in-line direct-injection two-cylinder two-cycle diesel engine installable in minivehicles. It achieves emissions performance equivalent to that needed to meet Japan’s long-term emission regulations scheduled to go into effect in 2005.


DOSS, short for the “Daihatsu Operation Support System”, combines Daihatsu’s small-car expertise with cutting-edge ITS technologies to increase the efficiency of transport management businesses and raise customer satisfaction. Various function combinations makes available Daihatsu’s Business Support i mini-commercial vehicle transport management system and Daihatsu’s Friendship i shared-use universal-mobility vehicle management system.


1. HIJET CARGO Special Clean
2. HIJET CARGO CNG (with 65-liter fuel tank)
3. HIJET Deck Van LPG
4. MOVE Sloper
5. ATRAI Sloper (with universal-mobility taxi specifications)
6. ATRAI Wagon (with rear seat lift)
7, HIJET warming/refrigeration truck
8. HIJET Jumbo
9. HIJET fire vehicle
10. HIJET truck

Press information

Press briefing
TMC, Hino and Daihatsu will hold a press briefing at their joint booth from 11:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 29.

For more information please contact:
TMC Public Affairs at (03) 3817-9161/71 (Tokyo)
Hino Public Relations at (03) 5419-9320 (Tokyo)
Daihatsu Public Relations at (03) 3279-0815 (Tokyo); (0727) 54-3047 (Osaka)

For general information on the show, please refer to the following:

Event The 36th Tokyo Motor Show—Commercial Vehicles (2002)
Dates Press Day: Oct. 29; Public Days: Oct. 30-Nov. 3
Venue The Nippon Convention Center (Makuhari Messe), Chiba, Chiba Prefecture
Website http://www.motorshow.or.jp/eng/