Re: [toyota-prius] New Toyota compact hybrid
- 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@...>
Sent: Thursday, September 29, 2011 1:34 PM
Subject: [toyota-prius] New Toyota compact hybrid
94 MPG FROM NEW TOYOTA?
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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