Toyota debuts flourishing in France

The 2016 Paris Motor Show is now in full flow, and the Toyota stand is proving to be a hub of innovation and excitement. The Japanese marque is making the most of the global stage, unveiling the production-ready C-HR crossover, the all-new Prius Plug-in Hybrid and the Toyota FCV Plus to Europe.

The C-HR crossover will go on sale at Lancaster Toyota before the end of 2016, so Paris is serving as the perfect platform to showcase this striking new model. It features a radical, diamond-themed design, seamlessly blends style and quality and is available with turbo petrol and full hybrid powertrains. Arrange your very own test drive with the team at Lancaster Toyota.

If hybrid power is what interests you, the all-new Prius Plug-in Hybrid has made its European debut in Paris and its credentials are setting the automotive world alight. This second-generation Prius Plug-in Hybrid has been hugely enhanced and can go double the distance of its predecessor before the hybrid engine kicks in – it’s able to travel around 30 miles on zero-emissions electric power, meaning that this new and improved Prius is certainly one to watch. If you can’t wait until the second-generation is launched, explore the first-generation with Lancaster.

Highlighting another aspect of the brand’s future offering, the Toyota FCV Plus is also being showcased, expected to reach production in 15 years. It was designed to show ‘how future hydrogen cars can make a positive contribution to society’ – that’s because it’s not simply a hydrogen fuel cell car, as the brand is looking forward using this technology to make clean hydrogen-sourced power more widely available.

The FCV Plus previews Toyota's vision of the future of the car, using compressed hydrogen as its fuel source – a hydrogen tank sits between the back wheels and the fuel cell stack sits between the front wheels, with a motor powering each wheel. When the car isn't being used as a car, it can instead be used to generate electricity for the driver's home; as an alternative, it can also be used to put energy back into the grid.

Sitting between the Yaris and AYGO size-wise, the four-seater FCV Plus is a futuristic-looking vehicle featuring a blue glass upper and white lower bodywork. The cabin is equally as advanced, with a honeycomb-design structure and no dashboard; the steering wheel sits on a tall stalk in minimalistic fashion.

For those motorsport enthusiasts amongst you, the Paris Motor Show is also showcasing the activities of Toyota Gazoo Racing, with the team preparing for the start of its World Rally Championship campaign in 2017 and embracing its new partnership with Microsoft.

To get in on the Toyota action, think Lancaster.