Toyota Aqua to Conquer Japan with Over 60000 Initial Booking Orders

December 29, 2011 / 1 Comment

Toyota always knew what people want and they certainly knew everything when it comes to hybrid cars. For the past 2-3 years,Toyota was tipping off their employees in designing a car that could conquer minds and would threaten both EVs and conventional gasoline cars. The outcome was the Aqua, a small successor to their revolutionary Prius, which has already proved to be one of the most popular commercial cars all over the world. Toyota has unveiled their new gasoline-electric compact hybrid vehicle, Aqua in Japan, which as expected has over 60,000 bookings now.

toyotaaqua Toyota Aqua to Conquer Japan with Over 60000 Initial Booking Orders

The Aqua is the home version of Prius C in theUSand powered by a 1.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine rated at 72 horsepower and an electric motor rated at 45 kW as well as fed by additional power from a nickel-metal-hydride battery pack.

The engine provides a combined output of 98 hp providing 0-60 acceleration in less than 10.7 seconds. The vehicle will be equipped with Toyota Hybrid System II (THS II) with reduction gear, which offers fuel efficiency of 35.4 km/l in the JC08 test cycle and 40.0 km/l in the MLIT 10-15 test cycle.

Aqua comes with a cooled Exhaust-Gas Recirculation (EGR) system which improves efficiency in the high-expansion-ratio Atkinson cycle engine. The hybrid transaxle, which includes the power control unit, the power-generation motor and drive motor, has also been designed to be small and light.

Toyotasaid that the vehicle will be available inJapanin three grades: L, S and G with the hybrid vehicle costing about $21,669.