According to pickuptrucks.com, Toyota has opted to put its A-BAT concept on hold for now. The unibody concept featured a hybrid powertrain, solar panels at the top of the instrument panel, and a sliding roof to accommodate tall cargo.
The A-BAT concept was developed by the TMS Advanced Product Strategy group and Calty, Toyota's North American-based, research and design center located in Newport Beach, California. Together, they identified a buyer group whose unique combination of lifestyle activities and vehicle needs requires a vehicle that as of now isn't available in the marketplace; in a word, they want a carlike anti-pickup. The team created a new genre of compact vehicle with good fuel economy, advanced functionality, maneuverability, unique styling within its segment, and a durable package suitable for an active lifestyle. Advanced styling also is key in making the A-BAT appropriate for today's market.
The A-BAT rides on a unibody platform for carlike handling when navigating city streets and crowded parking lots and smooth ride quality for commuting highway trips. In addition, its lightweight package coupled with Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive technology delivers excellent fuel economy. Of note, translucent solar panels in the top surface of the instrument panel capture sunlight and convert it into energy, showcasing the vehicle's green character. Smaller than the Toyota Tacoma, the A-BAT integrates trucklike features with a car platform for an efficient and modern package. - Mark Williams
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