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  • NEWApr. 21, 2003

Toyota, Daihatsu Display 14 Vehicles at Auto Shanghai 2003

Apr. 21, 2003

Tokyo—Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) and Daihatsu Motor Co., Ltd. (Daihatsu) began displaying today a total of 14 vehicles, including both production and concept vehicles, at Auto Shanghai 2003*1 (the Shanghai Motor Show), which is currently being held at the Shanghai New International Expo Center.

Under the theme "Driving Excitement and Environmental Performance," Toyota and Daihatsu exhibits at the Shanghai Motor Show include the new hybrid passenger car HV-1*2, which features an advanced hybrid drive train, and the next-generation sports concept Fine-S (Fuel Cell Innovative Emotion-Sport), which uses the advantages of a fuel cell to achieve its unique design. Central to the companies' world-class display lineup are the Corolla, Land Cruiser and Land Cruiser Prado, due to begin production in China from the end of this year or the following spring.

Daihatsu will also launch its Chinese-market-only brand DARIO*3 and display under it the Terios compact SUV scheduled to enter the market from the end of this year.

*1 Press day April 20; public days: April 21-27
*2 Unveiled on April 17 at the New York Motor Show as the next-generation Prius
*3 Taken from the Spanish word "diario," meaning "daily" (trademark registration pending)

Driving Excitement and Environmental Performance


The HV-1 is a complete renewal of the first-generation Prius, which debuted in 1997 as the world's first mass-produced hybrid passenger car. It is powered by a more-efficient, new-generation hybrid system aimed not only at achieving the world's best fuel efficiency and lowest emissions, but also at raising driving appeal. The vehicle displays its status as a leading hybrid passenger car through its new packaging and design and through operational controls featuring the latest in electronic-control technology, all reflecting the HV-1's emphasis on universal design.

HV-1 specifications

Length (mm) 4,445
Width (mm) 1,725
Height (mm) 1,490
Wheelbase (mm) 2,700
Hybrid system Constant
Engine kW(Ps)/rpm 57(78)/5,000
Motor 50(68)/1,200 - 1,540
System* kW(Ps)/vehicle speed km/h 82(113)/85 or greater
Engine N-m(kg-m)/rpm 115(11.7)/4,200
Motor 400(40.8)/0 - 1,200
System* N-m(kg-m)/vehicle speed km/h 478(48.7)/22 or lesser
Battery Nickel-metal hydride

*Maximum combined engine and hybrid battery output and torque constantly available within a specified vehicle speed range


The Fine-S, which features Toyota's proprietary fuel cell and hybrid technologies and an evolutionary design that goes beyond that of conventional cars, represents a new Toyota vision for automobiles. Its low center of gravity—realized by mounting the fuel-cell power unit and related components below the floor—and the exceptional drivability of independent four-wheel control contribute to creating a next-generation vehicle that achieves a sporty profile, while offering a highly efficient package able to accommodate four adults.

Fine-S specifications

Length (mm) 4,410
Width (mm) 1,870
Height (mm) 1,250
Wheelbase (mm) 3,000


Toyota TF 103 Formula One racecar (replica)

In 2003—dubbed the "Year of Challenge", the Panasonic Toyota Racing team is competing in its second year in FIA Formula One World Championship (F1) racing as a full-constructor team. The vastly aerodynamically improved Toyota TF103 F1 racecar features a new seven-speed gearbox and the advanced RVX-03 engine. Behind the wheel are new drivers Olivier Panis (France) and Cristiano da Matta (Brazil). A replica of the Toyota TF103 is on display.

Expanded China Operations

China FAW Group Corporation and TMC agreed on April 9 this year to jointly produce four different Toyota-brand vehicle models in China: the Crown, Corolla, Land Cruiser and Land Cruiser Prado. Also, earlier this year, on Jan. 24, Tianjin FAW Xiali and Daihatsu agreed on the licensed production in China of the Terios.


The Corolla is a vehicle that embodies the concept of "New Century Value". Sold in more than 140 countries around the world, the Corolla was designed to meet the needs of the times, and, as a leading passenger vehicle in the 21st century, it enjoys considerable popular support.


The Corolla is a vehicle that embodies the concept of "New Century Value". Sold in more than 140 countries around the world, the Corolla was designed to meet the needs of the times, and, as a leading passenger vehicle in the 21st century, it enjoys considerable popular support.

Corolla specifications

Length (mm) 4,530
Width (mm) 1,705
Height (mm) 1,480
Wheelbase (mm) 2,600
Engine In-line 4-cylinder 1.8 liter (gasoline)

Land Cruiser Prado

The Land Cruiser Prado represents a new tradition by adding riding comfort to the Land Cruiser's reputation for superior performance and reliability even under the most severe conditions. It is designed to ensure excellent maneuverability and driving safety, while achieving the quietness of a luxury-class sedan.

Land Cruiser Prado specifications

Length (mm) 4,850
Width (mm) 1,875
Height (mm) 1,890
Wheelbase (mm) 2,790
Engine V6 4.0-liter (gasoline)

DARIO Terios (Chinese name: Dalu Terui)

The new brand DARIO is based on the concept of "a vehicle offering style, enjoyment and originality," and has been created specifically for the Chinese market. The new-generation compact SUV Terios is the first vehicle in the DARIO family and achieves a perfect balance between SUV off-road fun and city-driving functionality.

DARIO Terios specifications

Length (mm) 3,845
Width (mm) 1,555
Height (mm) 1,760
Wheelbase (mm) 2,420
Engine In-line 4-cylinder 1.3 liter (gasoline)

A world-class lineup of production vehicles

New RX 300

The first-generation RX 300 (known as the Harrier in Japan) debuted as a "luxury SUV equipped with the basic performance of a high-class sedan". Its successor takes the effort one step further by being a new-generation SUV that features handling and safety performance "aimed at topping that of a luxury sedan". The new RX 300 offers better control on winding roads, a more comfortable ride and greater stability at high speeds on straightaways. Furthermore, the RX 300 uses world-first technologies to offer advanced driving support and Toyota’s innovative Pre-crash Safety system, which integrates preventive and collision safety.

RX 330 specifications

Length (mm) 4,740
Width (mm) 1,845
Height (mm) 1,675
Wheelbase (mm) 2,715
Engine V6 3.0-liter (gasoline)

Other production vehicles

Toyota will display six additional vehicles for a total of 14 Toyota and Daihatsu vehicles at the show.

Additional production vehicles* on display

  Brand Vehicle model
Made in China Toyota
(produced by Tianjin Toyota)
VIOS (2 vehicles) compact sedan
(produced by Sichuan Toyota)
Coaster bus
Imported Lexus LS 430 luxury sedan
SC430 luxury sedan
Toyota Camry midsize sedan

*Available in the Chinese market, except for the SC430