Toyota’s “Car-Shaped Music Player” on Sale in Japan
27 December 2005
|The new bB|
Toyota has put its completely redesigned bB on sale in Japan. The car, cousin of the Scion xB and shown as a concept at the 2005 Tokyo Motor Show, is, according to Toyota, a “Car-shaped Music Player.”
This boom box on wheels, which incorporates an advanced audio system, interior lighting that flashes in rhythm to the music, and newly-developed super-reclining front seats (to “create a sense of privacy”), uses either a 1.5-liter or a 1.3-liter VVT-i engine and delivers between 36 to 39 mpg US in a combined Japanese cycle, depending upon the configuration.
The 1.5-liter and 1.3-liter VVT-i engines are also applied in the new Vitz/Yaris (earlier post), although the bB does not offer the continuously variable transmissions, instead using a four-speed automatic.
|Displacement||1,279 cc||1,495 cc|
|Power||68 kW (92 hp)||80 kW (107 hp)|
|Torque||123 Nm||141 Nm|
|Fuel consumption||6.1 l/100km||6.58 l/100km||6.25 l/100km|
|Fuel economy||38.6 mpg US||35.8 mpg US||37.6 mpg US|
|CO2||141.6 g/km||152.7 g/km||145.1 g/km|
The 2006 Scion xB, fitted with a 1.5-liter engine, is rated by the EPA at 31 mpg US combined (with approximately 207 g/km CO2 equivalent emissions.)
All new bB vehicles achieve emission levels 75% lower than the 2005 standards under the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport’s Approval System for Low-emission Vehicles, with 0.013 g/km of NOx and NMHC, and 1.15 g/km of CO. Front-wheel-drive vehicles also meet the Japanese 2010 fuel efficiency standards, qualifying for incentives under the Japanese government's Green Taxation System.
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