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Tokyo 2009: 2010 Sai hybrid looks suspiciously

2010 Toyota Sai — above for high-res image

Toyota has rolled out its new Sai hybrid at the Tokyo Motor Show. and if it familiar, that’s because probably seen something similar wearing Lexus and badges.

The overall aesthetic of the Sai is similar to that of its premium but it features different light front and rear, along bespoke fascias on both as well as a unique hood and lid.

The Nippon-market dedicated model utilizes the same gasoline engine tied to latest Hybrid Synergy system, and the luxury compact things like plant-derived and a radar-based pre-crash safety

According to Toyota, Sai means and coloration depending on how it is written in and the name is meant to combine talent and multi-color sophistication.

The automaker expects 36,000 to be wooed by the front-driver’s colorful each year. No word yet on the sedan will cross the as a more affordable Toyota-badged of the HS250h. Check out our high-res below and the official press after the jump.


TMC Unveils Luxury Hybrid

Tokyo — TOYOTA CORPORATION (TMC) announces the today in Japan of the compact sedan Sai, which is to go on sale in Japan on December 7.

The Sai is on a concept derived from the word sai-which means when written as sai and coloration written as sai-as a hybrid-only combining advanced talent and sophistication.

The Sai, designed extensive consideration for the environment, a gasoline-electric hybrid system a 2.4-liter engine for outstanding efficiency and use of Ecological Plastic from plant-derived materials) for 60% of the interior surface area. Its efficient package achieves an balance between maneuverability, refined sedan styling and performance. Furthermore, in addition to advanced features for high-level performance, such as a millimeter-wave-radar Safety system, the Sai, its other attributes, provides performance and riding comfort a luxury vehicle, altogether it a compact luxury vehicle for a new era brings together talent and to enrich customers’ lifestyles.

Monthly sales target for 3,000 units

Assembly Miyata Plant, Toyota Kyushu, Inc.


Outstanding fuel efficiency and performance

The Sai features the Toyota System (THS) II combining a Atkinson cycle combustion with an electric motor and a gear. By delaying intake closure, the engine achieves a expansion ratio at low pressure, raising heat efficiency.

* dynamic performance with to spare, vehicle realizes efficiency of 23.0km/l-on par with minivehicles-under 10-15 test of Japanese Ministry of Land, Transport and Tourism (MLIT); MLIT’s JC08 test vehicle has fuel efficiency of

* Vehicle meets new 2015 fuel efficiency standards set out Law Concerning Rational Use of Energy, and CO2 are 75% lower than 2005 under MLIT approval for low-emission vehicles, which is strictest standard in Japan for thus, vehicle qualifies for government tax reductions and subsidies for friendly vehicles

Key Hybrid Specifications

Engine Model

Displacement 2,362cc

Maximum 110kW (150PS)/6,000rpm

Maximum 187N-m (19.1kgf-m)/4,400rpm

Motor output 105kW (143PS)

torque 270N-m (27.5kgf-m)

system Maximum output* (190PS)

HV battery Type hydride

*Using both power and electric motor (based on TMC calculations)

The transaxle is small and light, with a high-speed motor that increased output and a reduction that increases torque.

An heat recovery system exhaust gas to heat the engine, shortening engine-warming time and to greatly improved fuel especially when outside are low.

LED headlights conserve power and consequently reduce requirements on the engine.

In addition to Driving Mode, which fuel efficiency and power, can also select Eco-Drive which prioritizes fuel by moderating driving force to accelerator operation and putting the air into a low energy-consumption mode, and Vehicle (EV) Drive which uses the electric only, resulting in extremely cruising and zero emissions.

for environmentally considerate driving

A System Indicator that real-time driving status and an Eco Indicator that lights up to fuel-efficient vehicle operation visual support to the driver.

The ESPO1 system, which and rewards environmentally considerate enables drivers to gain enjoyment.

* G-BOOK mX, TMC’s telematics service, assesses considerate driving and awards to driver; mastery of eco-driving can be according to rate of points each month

* Programs allow drivers to make to charities using points that rank fuel of nationwide Sai ESPO users, and fun incentives to encourage drivers to in environmentally considerate ways, are

Environmental impact reduction

To CO2 emissions through achieving neutrality2 and to minimize use of Earth’s fossil fuels, plant-based Plastic has been used for 60% of the interior surface area-by far the use of such plastic by TMC in any vehicle to

* Ecological Plastic used for time in ceiling and pillar and sun visor surfaces in mass-production plastic also adopted in parts such as scuff and luggage trays, as well as for trim surfaces and foam in cushions

* Required heat shock resistance and mass capabilities have been by employing advanced compounding to combine plastic’s plant-derived and raw materials

* Logo and surface indicate parts made of Plastic

* Recycled materials are used in parts such as to further reduce environmental

TMC employed its Eco-Vehicle Assessment (Eco-VAS)-its in-house-developed system to assess environmental impact-in the Sai.

* Eco-VAS includes targets at start of vehicle to help reduce environmentally factors by such means as reduction of CO2 emissions

* Life-cycle carried out to reduce CO2 and air contaminants vehicle’s lifecycle

Review of processing methods and adhesives for interior parts resulted in a of volatile organic compounds and interior odors to levels with voluntary industry

High-efficiency package limits while increasing interior

The Sai adopts a high-efficiency package balances superb maneuverability and with attractive, refined styling and aerodynamic performance.

* size offers excellent and minimum turning radius of 5.2 (when fitted with wheels)

* Slightly elevated hip enhances forward visibility and of door openings and seat optimized to ease ingress and

* Telescopic, tilt-function steering and eight-way adjustable power enable driver to easily set driving position

* Slimmer seatbacks allow more at knee height for increased comfort and ease of ingress and

* Optimal positioning of hybrid-system secures enough luggage to accommodate four golf

Enhanced safety equipment

technologies including a Pre-crash System (featuring millimeter-wave to counter both front and collisions as well as seven Restraint System (SRS) on all models-and optional rear SRS side airbags pursue performance at the highest levels.

safety performance and driving

* Steering-assisted Vehicle Stability (S-VSC) system-standard on all models-optimally driving power, steering and to achieve stable driving of road conditions

* Pre-crash system (millimeter-wave radar detects risk of collision and driver with buzzer and depending on probability of collision, also initiates Pre-Crash Assist system, Pre-Crash and Pre-crash Seatbelts to minimize damage

* If Pre-crash Safety determines risk of collision vehicle approaching from hazard lights flash to driver; if collision is highly system shifts front-seat to optimum position to brace for impact and to lessen risk of

* Brake-signal system-standard on all models-flashes lights in event of sudden to warn driver of the vehicle

* On highways and freeways, Lane-keeping alerts driver of lane and assists with corrective

* Radar cruise control brake control) maintains distance from vehicle in front within set speed

* front monitor simultaneously ground in front of vehicle as as left and right frontal

Collision safety

* Vehicle advanced Global Outstanding (GOA) collision-safety body incorporates omni-directional compatibility to exceptional collision safety in frontal, side or rear

* Body designed to reduce head and leg injuries in unfortunate of collision with pedestrian

* SRS airbags, including SRS knee (driver seat) and SRS side and shield airbags, are standard on all rear seats have SRS airbags and seatbelts with and force limiters (optional) to rear-seat safety

* Active Headrest-standard on all models for and front-passenger seats-shifts headrest to position to lessen stress on and reduce risk of whiplash sustained during rear-end

Multi-color sophistication

Simple, interior and exterior designs and refine functional beauty and


The unique exterior, on the Toyota-brand Vibrant Clarity philosophy, creates a triangular first for a Toyota-brand sedan-that outstanding aerodynamic performance as as prominent innovation and styling.

* Low reduces air resistance and enhances performance, while plated and area around headlights quality, creating refined of integration of whole front and express union of innovation and

* Aero-management features in adoption of silhouette; character line door shoulder section to rear and emphasizes trunk achieving both excellent performance and stylish sedan

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* Laser welding technology brazing) used for first on Toyota-brand vehicle to join lid panels; clean and subtle view features detailed garnishes

* Seven exterior including newly developed Mica Metallic, available

aerodynamic performance

Through use of the vehicle’s underbody has underfloor across large sections to smoothness, achieving a coefficient value of 0.27-among the highest in its

* Front pillars are positioned while rearmost portion of is gently sloped, resulting in aerodynamics; sides of front feature aero-corner (plane to streamline airflow along around wheels)

* Light but rigid roof panel to reduce wind resistance

* achieves negative lift force) when equipped 18-inch wheels, enhancing grip when cruising at speeds and providing excellent and cruising stability


The layout is driver-focused and provides visibility and operability, while the conveys modernity and quality an unassuming and consistent beauty, a slim and flowing center characterized by advanced functionality.

* Zone, which displays and Command Zone, for operations, advanced cockpit that driver to focus on driving

* screen, which displays air-conditioning and audio-system information and is positioned in upper center of panel to minimize need to visual focus

* Vehicle features Remote system-Toyota-brand debut-positioned optimally on cluster that allows to operate on-screen cursor fingertips; together with controls, combined system need for driving-posture changes

* Shift-matic (shift-by-wire) shift conveniently located close to wheel, can be used with effort

* Easy-to-use, steering-wheel-mounted and Remote Touch allow used center-cluster controls to be thereby maintaining the cluster’s simple, modern form; with thin gauge and shape of armrests provides and feeling of quality to advanced space

* Stylish front thin seatbacks achieve and also contribute to roominess of area

Comfort-enhancing features

A Easy Access System supports the driver’s ingress and and other comfort-enhancing features such a luxury vehicle.

developed fabric seat (in plum and gray) combine elegance with a silken quality. The driver and passenger also have functions help prevent static build-up and eliminate odors. For comfort, automatically controlled heated seats, in plum, are available.

Storage spaces, an illuminated and lockable glove overhead console, and bottle are positioned for optimal convenience.

An HDD system with 8-inch display comes standard on all All 10 speakers of the Super Live System (excluding the tweeters) bamboo fiber-a material minimal environmental impact-for sound reproduction.

Fully air conditioning (with a pollen mode) that allows the to be set independently for the driver and passenger is standard on all models. A temperature switch is also located on the door trim.

Plasmacluster releases a balance of positive and ions into the cabin, reduce the propagation of airborne and impurities, thus aiding the of a stress-free cabin environment.


The color, Hybrid Blue, which identifies hybrid vehicles and their nature, is used on the vehicle’s headlights, combination taillights, display, shift knob and switches.

Superior driving befitting a luxury vehicle

The hybrid system is powerful yet providing smooth and seamless

The new platform was developed for medium/compact Tuning tailored specifically for the Sai superior and light handling, cruising stability and comfortable

* Hood and body frame use aluminum and high-tensile steel to achieve both lightness and rigidity

* Newly designed features MacPherson struts in and new double wishbone format in

The electric power steering adopts a brushless motor. The gear ratio and EPS control are for comfortable maneuverability and a feeling of control from low to high

Meticulous attention was paid to noise by combining a high-rigidity with vibration-damping suspension and optimal placement of vibration-controlling and materials, thus raising the level of quietness that a hybrid vehicle.

Welcabs: equipped vehicles with features for disabled people

Front Passenger Seat (Type A and Type B) feature a seat that slides and to the outside of the vehicle to facilitate and egress. Switches to slide and the seat are on both the left and sides of the vehicle, also operation from the driver’s In addition, rear-seat legroom was by making the lift-up mechanism compact. Type B has a motorized for loading and unloading a wheelchair.

As the base vehicle, the Welcab qualify for Japanese government tax and subsidies for environmentally friendly

1Abbreviation derived from eco and

2Refers to zero net CO2 emissions entire product life

3Depending on the size and shape of bag, stowage may differ

to vehicles of similar engine

5Registered trademark of Sharp

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