TOYOTA: News Releases

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A Creative Interior, Equipped to Enhance the Joy of Music

With an emphasis on sound, illumination and relaxation, the new bB nurtures an unprecedented feeling of relaxation and establishes a creative interior space for the enjoyment of music.

The instrument panel employs a large and smooth, stadium-like shape with a subwoofer in the center console and tweeters on both sides, forming a space akin to an enclosed DJ booth.


Nine speakers are optimally located around the interior#8212;a subwoofer in the center console, and speakers and tweeters in the left and right front doors, instrument panel and front pillars#8212;creating powerful bass tones and the feeling of being surrounded 360 degrees by music in a high-quality sound space.

Four different audio modes, using surround DSP (digital signal processing) technology, accommodate listener preferences and the situation at hand.

An input jack facilitates a direct connection with portable music players to input music from a variety of sources.


Illumination is installed in 11 locations, including around the speakers, and in the cup holders and door trim, and it flashes in rhythm to the music, creating an atmosphere akin to a nightclub or live music concert.

Three kinds of illumination modes are available to choose from, to accommodate one’s personal preferences and the surrounding environment.


The newly developed Mattari-mode seats (laid-back mode seats) in the front not only recline, they sink about 80mm to create a couch-like feeling. This delivers an unprecedented feeling of relaxation and privacy.

Individualistic Styling that Appeals to Youthful Sensibilities

Based on the Toyota-brand design philosophy Vibrant Clarity, an all-new, three-dimensional structure and surface expression are adopted to craft an individualistic form.

The door profile and front and rear of the vehicle feature contours that create distinctive shadows. The high character lines that form an arc from the front to the rear express a sensually edgy attitude. The unique hatchback creates a wild atmosphere with a strong sense of presence to express the identity of the bB.

Although the overall length has been shortened, the wheelbase is extended to create an interior space like that of the previous bB, and there are numerous, highly functional storage spaces.

Brisk Driving and Comfortable Ride

Brisk and comfortable driving performance and fuel economy are achieved through the use of a newly developed 1.5-liter VVT-i (Variable Valve Timing-intelligent) engine or an improved-output 1.3-liter VVT-i engine and a smooth and responsive, super-intelligent, four-speed automatic transmission, or Super ECT.

Despite a longer wheelbase, wider wheel tread and wide tires, the minimum turning radius is just 4.9 meters (0.6 meters less than the previous model), greatly improving maneuverability.

Body rigidity has been increased and vibration-controlling and sound-blocking materials have been optimally installed in various parts of the body to reduce engine noise while driving and vibration while idling.

Outstanding Safety *1 and Environmental Performance

The GOA (Global Outstanding Assessment) construction has been further evolved to create a body structure that effectively absorbs collision impact. During collision tests, the speed was increased to 55km/h from the previous 50km/h, with collision energy also increased approximately 20%, and the vehicle was subjected to omni-directional, vehicle-to-vehicle collision tests under stricter-than-normal collision standards. Through the use of a body structure that effectively absorbs collision impact, Toyota satisfied all independent targets for survival space and crash dummy injury.

The pedestrian-injury-lessening body structure has been evolved to further reduce pedestrian head injuries in an effort to achieve one of the highest levels of protection in its class.

In the event of a rear-end collision, the WIL (Whiplash-injury Lessening) concept has been adopted for the front seats, with added backrest give and the head and back supported to reduce stress on the neck.

By using Toyota’s original comprehensive environmental impact assessment system known as Eco-VAS (Eco-Vehicle Assessment System), environmental targets were set in the development stage and a life cycle assessment was conducted to allow the reduction of CO 2 emissions throughout all stages of the vehicle’s life from production and use to disposal.

In addition to using materials with superior recycling properties, additional attention has been paid to the environment by, among other means, restricting the emission of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) and reducing the use of substances of environmental concern such as lead, mercury, cadmium and others.

All vehicles in the series achieve emission levels 75% lower than the 2005 standards under the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport’s Approval System for Low-emission Vehicles. Front-wheel-drive vehicles also efficiently meet the Japanese 2010 fuel efficiency standards *2. qualifying for incentives under the Japanese government’s Green Taxation System.

* 1 In comparison with vehicles of similar engine displacement

* 2 Specified by the Japanese Law Concerning the Rational Use of Energy

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