26 Dec '11, 8am

Toyota launches world's most fuel-efficient hybrid car

Toyota launches world's most fuel-efficient hybrid car

Japan's auto giant Toyota Motor unveils the new compact hybrid car Aqua, equipped with a 1.5-litre petrol engine and an electric motor to drive the five-seater body in Tokyo on Dec 26, 2011. -- PHOTO: AFP TOKYO (REUTERS) - Toyota Motor on Monday launched the world's most fuel-efficient hybrid car, as the company looks to fight off competition from pure electric vehicles. The compact car, dubbed Aqua in Japan and the Prius C overseas, has a listed fuel efficiency of 35.4kml, beating the current top Prius, which gets 32kml. Rivals Nissan Motor and General Motors are seeking to share the green limelight with their Leaf and Chevrolet Volt electric cars, though sales volumes are expected to stay relatively low until the high price of batteries comes down significantly. Toyota is aiming for monthly Aqua sales in Japan of 12,000 units, with a starting price of 1.69 million yen (S...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/Motoring/Story/STIStory_74883...

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