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119581Re: [toyota-prius] New Toyota compact hybrid

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  • Walter Lee
    Oct 1, 2011
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      The Reuters listed the Japanese rating of the 2010 Toyota Prius at 76 mpg which is about 50% higher
      than the USA EPA rating of 50 mpg.  Thus the Aqua's Japanese rating of 94 mpg  would extrapolated
      to be 50% lower in the USA - which would put the Aqua in the EPA rating of about 64 mpg
      - still good especially if it can be sold for less than a 2010 Toyota Prius and  if it could be achieve
      without hypermiling.  64 mpg $22k hybrid  would have a comparable  fuel cost ( at today's energy
      cost levels) but at lower entry cost as some of the more expensive PHEVs and BEVs.  The most
      significant challenge to the Prius' dominance will likely come from Li-Polymer hybrids by Hyundai \
      who have plans to eventually introduce a hybrid version of their low cost entry Accent.
      From: Michael Welch <michael_welch@...>
      To: toyota-prius@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Thursday, September 29, 2011 1:34 PM
      Subject: [toyota-prius] New Toyota compact hybrid



      A 94 MPG hybrid? Toyota has announced plans to launch a compact hybrid in Japan in January that the company says would get the equivalent of 94 MPG U.S. (40 km on a liter of gasoline). The Aqua will have the same power train as the Prius but "will reflect actual driving patterns more closely than the Prius," <http://www.hybridownersofamerica.org/clicktr.cfm?url=http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/09/28/us-toyota-hybrid-idUSTRE78R01620110928>according to Reuters. The Aqua would also sell for less than the Prius, at the equivalent of $22,000 U.S. (1.7 million yen). There is no word on whether we'll see this MPG powerhouse in the U.S.

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