Jan. 13, 2012

'GRMN', 'G's' Concepts Debut at Tokyo Auto Salon 2012

'GRMN iQ Supercharger' to be Launched Summer 2012

Toyota City, Japan, January 13, 2012—Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) is displaying a total of 15 vehicles, including five concept vehicles from "GAZOO Racing tuned by MN" (GRMN) and "G Sports"1 (G's), plus production vehicles, at the Tokyo Auto Salon 2012 with NAPAC2.  The Tokyo Auto Salon, the world's largest customized car exhibition, is being held at Makuhari Messe in Chiba City from today through January 153.

'GRMN iQ Supercharger' Prototype

TMC views the Tokyo Auto Salon as a place where peoples' dreams about automobiles convene, and as such has actively exhibited there.  Building on last year's show, TMC hopes to spark an even wider range of people's interest in the joy of owning, driving and discussing automobiles developed through GAZOO Racing4 activities.

The main concept vehicle on display is the "GRMN iQ Supercharger" prototype, a second-generation GRMN supercharged ultra compact scheduled for a limited 100-unit launch5 this summer.  Based on the "iQ 130G MT→"6, the GRMN iQ Supercharger features enhanced driving performance and seeks a feeling of integration between vehicle and driver.  Also on display from the GRMN series are the "GRMN Sports Hybrid Concept II" and the "GRMN Vitz Turbo Concept", as well as the G's series' "Mark X G Sports Concept II" and "Vellfire G Sports Concept" sports-conversion models.

Part of TMC's exhibition space is an area devoted to custom versions of the compact, rear-wheel-drive sports car "86" ("hachi-roku"), a vehicle extremely popular at the Tokyo Motor Show 2011.  On display are two custom models and also the "GAZOO Racing Toyota FT-86" that competed in the 2011 Nürburgring endurance race.  (TMC plans to compete again this year with an 86 from GAZOO Racing.) The display will also feature aerodynamic parts, wheels and other accessories to give consumers a clear idea of the 86's expansive customization possibilities.

During the exhibition, TMC is holding virtual events on GAZOO Metapolis7, a Japanese-language website featuring a virtual city (http://metapolis.toyota.co.jp).  Also, the GAZOO website (in Japanese) has a special, exhibition-focused section (http://gazoo.com/racing/event/autosalon2012).  Videos from the venue will be posted on Ustream and information will be available on web-based social-media sites such as Facebook and Twitter to enhance the dialogue between car enthusiasts both inside and outside the exhibition.

To further expand its GAZOO activities, TMC established a full-time GAZOO department this January to create more opportunities for people to easily experience the joy of automobiles.  The department will continue to actively conduct various grass-roots motorsports events such as the GAZOO Racing "Waku Doki" circuit events8 and the Toyota GAZOO Racing Festival (TGRF)9.

TMC Vehicles on Display at the Tokyo Auto Salon 2012
Organization Model Type
GAZOO Racing tuned by MN GRMN iQ Supercharger (prototype model)
(Scheduled for Summer 2012 launch)
GRMN Sports Hybrid Concept II
GRMN Vitz Turbo Concept
GAZOO Racing Toyota FT-86 (Entered in the 2011 Nürburgring endurance race) Race vehicle
GAZOO Racing Lexus LFA (Entered in the 2011 24 hours Nürburgring endurance race)
G Sports Mark X G Sports Concept II Concept
Vellfire G Sports Concept
Lexus IS F CCS-R*1
TMC customizing & accessories FJ Cruiser × style Cb
TRD 86 TRD Performance Line
Modellista 86 Modellista version
Aqua Modellista version Production vehicle
TOM'S Prius α TOM'S version
Toyota Auto Fan Club*2 2000GT Solar EV Concept
Toyota Engineering Society*3 TES-ERA EV
*1Circuit club sports racer; *2A club for car-loving engineers from TMC, parts suppliers, dealers, etc.; active since 2011; *3"TES" for short, a voluntary organization for TMC employees created in 1947 to enhance the technical skills and talents of its members while promoting camaraderie.

Key Specifications of GRMN iQ Supercharger (Prototype Model)
Base vehicle IQ 130G MT→ (arrow pronounced "go")
Length/width/height 3,140 mm/1,705 mm/1,470 mm
Wheelbase 2,000 mm
Weight 990 kg
Seating 4
Driveline Front-wheel drive
Engine   1NR-FE + supercharger
  Displacement 1,329 cc
  Maximum output 95 kW (130 PS)/5,200 rpm
  Maximum torque 180 N-m (18.3 kgf-m)/4,400 rpm
Transmission Six-speed manual transmission (close ratio)
Tires 195/55R16
Main features Performance - Specially-tuned suspension
- Exclusive brake pads & rotors
- Specially-tuned mufflers (dual)
- Lower gear reduction ratio
Exterior - Blister fenders
- Exclusive bumpers (front & rear)
- Exclusive rear spoiler
- Aluminum wheels (by Enkei)
Interior - Exclusive sport seats
- Exclusive gauges (200 km/h scale)

1Name based on the "G" associated with classic Toyota sports models such as the Toyota "2000GT" and the "Celica GT-Four".
2Nippon Auto Parts Aftermarket Committee
3January 13: Open to industry and press invitees; January 14 and 15: Open to the general public.
4Operates GAZOO.com, a customer-participation automobile portal site created in 1998, as well as the Gazoo mura driving experience and the virtual community GAZOO Metapolis.
5Orders will be accepted on a special-purpose website on a first-come-first-served basis.
6Arrow mark pronounced as "go".
7A tool for exchanging information with consumers that provides a virtual, fun, dreamlike world of the future, in which people, cars and nature co-exist.
8Since the first at the Sports Land Sugo circuit in October 2010, each event has featured guest Super GT drivers and special programs that enable absolute beginners to comfortably get circuit-driving experience.  Events at major circuits nationwide are scheduled for 2012.
9Name changed from "Toyota Motorsports Festival" in November 2011.  In addition to expressing appreciation to motorsports fans, the festival features even more activities appealing to car fans and auto enthusiasts.  The next festival is scheduled for autumn 2012.