Known internally as the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), this flexible structure and component family will eventually provide the underpinnings for millions of Toyotas across the globe.
The company has yet to reveal the range of models that the TNGA will provide a core for, but it’s likely to stretch from the Yaris to the US-market Camry saloon. Four-wheel-drive models such as the RAV4 will also be included, as well as some Lexus models.
Hybrids will also be catered for, including the next-generation Toyota Prius, which is due in 2015 and is expected to be the first model to benefit from the new platform. The successor to the Lexus CT200h is also likely to use this hardware.
The benefits of the scaleable architecture are primarily economic, offering the chance to spread tooling costs and research and development budgets across more models. It will also allow electronic sub-systems to be shared across more cars and enable options such as radar-assisted brakes to be introduced lower down the range.