Toyota said yesterday that it has received about 14,000 orders for its new SAI hybrid that will go on sale in Japan on Dec. 7. The amount is roughly five times the monthly sales target of 3,000 units that Toyota set for the hybrid sedan.
The Toyota SAI, priced at 3,380,000 yen ($37,270 USD) for the entry level S version, was unveiled at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show. The model is a rebadged version of the Lexus HS 250h that is sold in the United States. Power comes from a 2.4L engine making 150-hp and 138 lb-ft of torque. It is mated to an electric motor that produces 140-hp and a peak torque of 199 lb-ft. The system uses both sources in the most efficient way, allowing for an available 187-hp. Fuel-economy is estimated at 35 mpg.
According to Reuters, hybrid cars have been enjoying strong sales in Japan thanks to government subsidies and exemption from certain taxes.
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– By: Kap Shah