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Monday, December 26, 2011

By Pranjal Gera

Toyota Prius C launched, the most fuel efficient hybrid car

The Japan based auto giant Toyota Motors today has introduced a new addition to the Toyota Prius family as it has launched its smallest and the most frugal hybrid car ‘Toyota Aqua’ in Japan. The compact car that will be known as ‘Toyota Prius C’ outside Japan will possess a top-class mileage of 35 km per liter. The petrol-electric car though is compact but offers a unique and aerodynamic exterior appearance in conjunction with spacious and comfortable interiors that is able to seat four individuals. The compact hatchback comes at a starting price of Japanese Yen 1.69 million and will wrestle with electric vehicles General Motors Chevrolet Volt, Honda Fit and Nissan Leaf.

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The stylish compact car is developed keeping in mind the younger car buyers demanding a fuel economical vehicle at an affordable price tag. The Toyota Aqua or Toyota Prius Aqua has surpassed the previous record of 32 km per liter that was created by earlier Prius. The hybrid hatchback that is based on Toyota Motors ‘Prius C Concept’ and was first unveiled at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show.

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The small hybrid car sports a 1.5L Toyota Hybrid System II (THS II) engine with reduction gear that carries sheer importance in the increased fuel economy of the car. Toyota Aqua has the ability to run solely on the electric motor just by selecting the electric-vehicle mode (EV Mode) placed on the instrument panel.

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The launch of this small and fuel economical hybrid car is also a result of Toyota feeling the heat from Honda Fit, a compact hybrid car. The small car from the Japanese counterpart had exceeded the sales of earlier Prius that was larger in size than the new Aqua, provoking Toyota Motors to launch a new mini hybrid vehicle.

Toyota Motors though do not offer any electric vehicle in its Indian portfolio, but has a vast line up in the offering such as sedans Toyota Etios, Toyota Camry, Toyota Corolla Altis and hatchback Toyota Etios Liva along with MPV Toyota Innova and best selling SUV Toyota Fortuner.

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