Daihatsu—owned more than 51% by Toyota—will unveil the HVS, a new lightweight hybrid concept sportscar, at this week’s Frankfurt IAA.
The HVS combines a 1.5-liter gasoline engine and a 4WD hybrid system. The company suggests that the performance will be reminiscent of a 2-liter engine, but with fuel economy exceeding that of a 1-liter engine.
The rear electric motor transmits power via a drive-control mechanism that drives the left and right wheels separately for increased stability during high-speed cornering.
Daihatsu recently introduced its HiJet hybrid minivan into the Japanese market. (Earlier post.)
Daihatsu is also introducing a compact 1.5-liter SUV at the IAA.
More details to come.