Toyota is selling a hybrid version of the Corolla compact sedan in Japan starting today.
Buyers are able to choose the hybrid system in both the Axio and Fielder versions of the car, which are the sedan and station wagon respectively. Toyota says the cars are able to travel 33 kilometers (20.5 miles) per liter on the Japanese test cycle compared to 21.2 for the station wagon and 21.4 with the sedan.
While those numbers don’t translate directly into EPA ratings, they suggest the car is traveling roughly 77.5 miles per gallon. The Prius is rated by the U.S. government at 50 mpg combined between city and highway driving.
This is part of Toyota’s move to market 17 hybrid models by the end of 2015. In the U.S., Toyota currently sells seven hybrids including the various members in the Prius family. The company also sells an electric version of its RAV4 crossover.
Toyota expects to sell about 2,500 of its hybrid Corollas between the two models.
[Source: Detroit News]
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