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Toyota Launches Hybrid Keeps It In Japan

Longtime Factor readers are probably aware of our deep respect for and of gratitude towards Asia-based, automotive correspondents whose insights and opinions have a number of our stories. Chief them are freelance journalist Lyon, Automotive News’ editor Hans Greimel and editor-in-chief of The Truth About Bertel Schmitt . whose and insightful report on the Japanese market launch of the Toyota Axio Hybrid sedan and Fielder Hybrid wagon we are pleased and privileged to bring

Today, Toyota launched its version of the Corolla in Tokyo. It was in the trademark frugal style of JDM car launches: A sparse meeting in the building that houses auto manufacturer association a PowerPoint projector, a small of water per reporter, that was it. No no dancing girls, the cars had to be outside in the driveway. If you are used to the of American car launches, you would been shocked. If you are part of the press corps, you don’t it any other way. TMC’s profits have a few reasons, and out of muda . elimination of the dreaded is one of them.

Toyota’s 11th generation was launched onto the Japanese in May 2012. with a spiffier and U.S. model following a few ago (this time with aplomb). Much to the chagrin of of the media. no hybrid versions of the were offered. Today, as little fanfare as possible, was changed. At least as far as the Japanese is concerned.

When the new Corolla was in 2012, the thinking at TMC went 21.4 km/liter for the Axio with idling stop was frugal enough. The Japanese however, had a different opinion, and a hybrid powertrain, Toyota’s chief engineer Hiroshi tells me on this hot and muggy morning. Toyota went on a program. In a record one year and two the Corolla had a hybrid powertrain, and the Japanese customer sees its fulfilled.

Equipped with Toyota’s 1.5-liter THS II hybrid system reduction gear, both the sedan version and the Fielder variant of the Corolla achieve a efficiency of 33.0 km/liter Japan’s (notoriously optimistic, we you the EPA conversions) JC08 test The results come very to the Prius c (sold in Japan as the which sports a 35.4 rating.


TMC’s engineers shrunk the bulky hybrid system to a compact package that fits into a compact car taking up precious space, interior room and trunk unimpeded by the hybrid system. battery and fuel tank are away under the rear The tank lost only 6 (1.6 gallons) versus the model, and it wasn’t much of a The theoretical range of the hybrid is 1,188 km (738 miles) on a tank, 289 km (179 miles) than the all-gasoline model.

Toyota Corolla Axio

The of the hybrid system has come but it still comes at a premium. the regular Axio went on last year, it started at yen. The hybrid version upwards from 1,925,000 remaining below the psychologically 2 million yen (US$20,000) barrier. The G Aerotourer WxB special edition Fielder with a stylish interior and a faux carbon dash costs 2,340,000

It may have taken Toyota a year and two months to react to the forces, but they have evident for a while. Toyota’s has been on top of Japan’s sales since 2009. It recently has toppled by its Aqua sibling, is sold in the U,.S. as the Prius c . In the seven months of the year, the sold 160,993 units in followed by the Prius with units. Taken together, the and the Aqua, a.k.a. Prius c . three times more the 3rd-placed Nissan Note in In the much larger U.S. all Prii together sold units January through that’s less than of the Japanese volume. The market of all hybrid cars wallows in the 3 range in the U.S.

This may be the reason why the hybrid should remain a Japanese until further notice. spokesfolk said today there are no plans to sell a Corolla outside of the country, and the Prius is seen as carrying the flag for a while. As the example of the shows, these opinions can with the market, and with price premiums of the hybrid

The hybrid Corolla will be in Toyota’s Miyagi plant, assembles hybrid cars for the time. 2,500 units of the run rate of 8,000 JDM Corollas are to sell with the hybrid The car can use a little lift in Japan. The bestseller is an also-ran at home in On the January through July sales chart, the Corolla in rank 8.

Article and all photos by Bertel

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