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Toyota to Introduce A-BAT Hybrid Compact Pickup Truck Concept at Detroit Show

The A-BAT.

Toyota Motor Sales (TMS) will introduce a hybrid compact pickup truck concept—the A-BAT—at the 2008 North American International Auto Show which opens in Detroit 14 January.

Positioned below the Toyota Tacoma, the A-BAT concept rides on a unibody platform and combines a four-cylinder gasoline engine with Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive. Translucent solar panels in the top surface of the instrument panel generate power to assist in the charging of the navigation unit, portable power pack and backlit information displays.

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, Calif.

We’ve taken Toyota’s truck heritage to a different level by envisioning a vehicle capable of maneuvering the suburbs as well as dirt roads. This compact truck is as comfortable for long commutes as it is for road trips. It can accommodate outdoor toys and home improvement supplies. Plus, customers benefit from the hybrid powertrain’s low emissions and fuel economy.

—Kevin Hunter, president, Calty Design Research, Inc.

The A-BAT features a four-foot bed, but has more flexibility than the standard pickup truck. A translucent roof panel slides open to allow for tall cargo in the cab. When the pass-through midgate is folded down into the cab the bed lengthens an additional two feet. An open tailgate provides an additional two-foot of bed length.

A rigid center console houses a portable power pack that offers both AC and DC for a wide variety of applications including powering tools, electrical gear while camping, a laptop computer, small appliances or assisting a vehicle jump start.

Inside the A-BAT has a retractable portable navigation unit with a seven-inch diagonal screen and Wi-Fi internet. Other advanced features include a port for portable device assistant synchronization and a hard drive for digital music.



Toyota is taking A BAT to Detroit Show? Sounds like a war. *grabs pop corn*


Yes USBseawolf2000...and if A BAT doesn't cut it, perhaps next year they will bring A GUN.

Who comes up with these names anyhow??? Heaven forbid a car can have just a name anymore. The automakers just adore these letter and number monikers. Still waiting for someone to bring out the XYZ PDQ!



there is a certain sector of society that is acronym-addicted... do you have your decoder ring?


I'm wondering why they bother paying money to people to come up with really cool vehicles that real-world people want, yet never intend to sell...what's the point? ...other than the obvious PR BS...buzzword...goinig forward, value-added, deliverable, paradigm, cr@p-it...we're all scr3w3d warming:1 humans:0

Sam Plug-in

Yep, not a pickup nor a car!! The Honda pickup not in the fields being loaded with baled hay. The Subaru pickup is useless!!

Now the BAT lol

What we need is a good cheap plug-in, maybe the Chevie Vold will be the answer!!


As long as it can tow 2000 pounds I would buy it. I'll be in the market for something like this for my next vehicle. I was initially hoping Honda would have a hybrid version of it's Ridgeline but I would prefer something a little smaller like this.


Way to go TOYOTA! Looks like your getting your "better ideals" from GM now, and following in the "big three" gas guzzler marketing plan.

Look, we need good reliable vehicles that don't cost more than $15,000.00 - $20,000.00, run for 15 to 30 years with low maintenance cost, and can provide over 300,000 miles of transportation, with fuel economy performance of 35 mpg plus, with assisted grid plug in/recharge ranges of 75 to 100 miles, and can tow a load of 2000 to 5000 lbs.

As for the looks, how about this. Bring back the original 4Runner body built on a slightly modified TACOMA or TUNDRA frame and body with removable roof, cover the top and the hood in solar cells to provide charging on the go or while parked, make the interior functional with removable seats that can go anywhere front, rear, third row, that can provide 5-9 passenger seating depending on 2 or 4 door model. Two slightly over sized front seat doors for 2 doors. Use a 3 cylinder diesel motor that can switch to bio-diesel.

If you were real creative you would provide a wind mill option for less than $2000.00 -$3000.00 that owners could erect at home that would recharge the vehicle for free, and could double as a basketball goal post holder if properly setup, and installed. It could also be an alternative home power source, when not charging the vehicle.

TOYOTA you use to make good, economical, and long lasting vehicles that anyone could afford. Today, you have just fallen in with the "rest of the crowed" and have become an over-sized corporation that is unable to think out side of the box.

Corporations, and specifically automobile corporations have got to change and change quickly. We have environmental, global and economical issues that will damage more than just one corporations bottom line, but someone (Corporation) has got to lead the way. One day one will, but it won't be TOYOTA with the A-BAT! Back to the drawing board TOYOTA. Wake up BIG THREE it should be one of you leading the way here in AMERICA!

Harvey D


Do we really need all that in the same vehicle? I'll be happy with 4 places, zero towing, PHEV-30 or 40, 100+ mpg average, 140 Km/h and up to $30K.


Just be grateful that "A-BAT" isn't going to stand for "Another Big Ass Truck" like the bloated Tundra.

It's encouraging to see something being downsized. They already ruined the Tacoma in 2005 by boosting its size instead of its efficiency. People were happy for decades with true compact trucks, which were more nimble off-road as well.

In general, Americans need to understand that limits exist on a finite planet.

fred schumacher

Toyota already has a better truck, the diesel Hilux, favorite vehicle of mercenaries all over the globe. This vehicle looks next to useless as a truck. My old minivan can haul and tow more. The problem is that people would buy this truck for its utility, which it doesn't have much of, and then drive it every day as a daily commuter, which would be a bad idea.


I think this is a great vehicle with a good utilitarian design. "Any" step towards smaller size and better fuel efficiency is a step in the right direction. I live in Canada and a vehicle such as the A-bat with it's possibilty of different uses and better fuel efficiency is a better option than the %80 percent of full size pickups that we see on the road today. The perfect solution is never realized overnight......and to the guy who thinks that toyota has lost its a domestic and drive it for a year and then compare!!!!

HouseBuilder P

Booo to the A-BAT. I heard in a recent conversation with a fellow builder that Toyota was finally going to rescue us with an efficient pickup. But this is more of a silly suv (4 foot bed!?!) with an open roof in the back.

As one of the rare people who actually use pickups for work only, I would like a "truck" with a short, low, and tough front cab with a 1.8 litre or smaller engine. And an 8 or 10-foot bed, and a fold-down 12+ foot roof rack for longer items. 40 MPG fuel efficiency yet with more bulky item capacity than today's ridiculous F-350 pickups.

Hilux fan

Diesel with heavy duty off road capalities would be a big plus for A-BAT


Toyota please bring the Hilux with the diesel to the US.

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