Toyota AQUA, a compact-class hybrid vehicle that aims to provide the joys of hybrid vehicle ownership -such as superior fuel efficiency, user friendliness and fun- at an affordable price.



Mileage close to 40 kilometers per litre of petrol, performance and comforts at par with the celebrated hybrid Prius—all comes packed under the name The Toyota Prius c (Aqua in Japan) at a price of US$21,700 (INR 11 lakhs). One month’s sales has crossed 10 months’ target: 120,000 orders, and the pace of booking is getting more frenzied. For 17 hours a day, in every 75 seconds, one car rolls out of the assembly line. Currently available in Japan,US and Canada, the Aqua has stolen hearts in various auto shows across the world, and auto markets yearn for her. When does the Aqua come to India?

The world’s number one car maker Toyota Motor Corp launched compact hybrid car in Japan with listed mileage of just under 40 km/litre, giving it the best fuel economy among gasoline-electric cars, according to media reports.

The new 2012 Toyota Aqua (Prius C hybrid) during a press preview at the North American International Auto Show at the COBO Center January 10, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan.
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The vehicle, called the Aqua, will use the same powertrain as Toyota's Prius, the reports mentioned. The Prius gets 32 km/litre in Japan. The reports also stated that the car is likely to sell for around 1.7 million yen ($22,000) in Japan, about 300,000 yen less than the Prius, and will target younger drivers and women.

According to the reports, Toyota which dominates the hybrid field, has said it would launch about 10 more gasoline-electric models by 2015 and offer a fuel-sipping option across its entire line-up by around 2020.


The AQUA combines the features of a 5-seater compact car with hybrid drive to offer groundbreaking fuel efficiency of approximately 35 km/L (under the Japanese JC08 test cycle; 40 km/L under the 10-15 test cycle).


At the Detroit auto show, Toyota unveiled the latest addition to its growing fleet of hybrid cars, the Prius c city car (launched as the Aqua in Japan)


Toyota Aqua, the world's cheapest and most fuel-efficient conventional hybrid car, is seen at final stage of inspection at a factory of the automaker's subsidiary, Kanto Auto Works, in Kanegasaki, Iwate prefecture, north of Japan, March 9, 2012. At this 19-year-old Toyota factory in Kanegasaki, 500 km (300 miles) north of Tokyo, one shiny Aqua hybrid car rolls off the assembly line every 75 seconds, 17 hours a day. With 120,000 orders to fill from just the first month of sales since late December -- equivalent to 10 months' worth of targeted sales in Japan -- the frantic pace will only quicken in the coming months. REUTERS/Chang-Ran Kim

Toyota Aqua, the world's cheapest and most fuel-efficient conventional hybrid car, is seen at final stage of inspection at a factory of the automaker's subsidiary, Kanto Auto Works, in Kanegasaki, Iwate prefecture, north of Japan, March 9, 2012. At this 19-year-old Toyota factory in Kanegasaki, 500 km (300 miles) north of Tokyo, one shiny Aqua hybrid car rolls off the assembly line every 75 seconds, 17 hours a day. With 120,000 orders to fill from just the first month of sales since late December -- equivalent to 10 months' worth of targeted sales in Japan -- the frantic pace will only quicken in the coming months. REUTERS/Chang-Ran Kim
 An assembly line worker attaches the bumper onto the body of a Toyota Aqua, the world's cheapest and most fuel-efficient conventional hybrid car, at a factory of the automaker's subsidiary, Kanto Auto Works, in Kanegasaki, Iwate prefecture, north of Japan March 9, 2012. At this 19-year-old Toyota factory in Kanegasaki, 500 km (300 miles) north of Tokyo, one shiny Aqua hybrid car rolls off the assembly line every 75 seconds, 17 hours a day. With 120,000 orders to fill from just the first month of sales since late December -- equivalent to 10 months' worth of targeted sales in Japan -- the frantic pace will only quicken in the coming months. REUTERS/Chang-Ran Kim
 An assembly line worker mounts an engine onto the body of a Toyota Aqua, the world's cheapest and most fuel-efficient conventional hybrid car, at a factory of the automaker's subsidiary, Kanto Auto Works, in Kanegasaki, Iwate prefecture, north of Japan, March 9, 2012. At this 19-year-old Toyota factory in Kanegasaki, 500 km (300 miles) north of Tokyo, one shiny Aqua hybrid car rolls off the assembly line every 75 seconds, 17 hours a day. With 120,000 orders to fill from just the first month of sales since late December -- equivalent to 10 months' worth of targeted sales in Japan -- the frantic pace will only quicken in the coming months. REUTERS/Chang-Ran Kim


An assembly line worker works on the body of a Toyota Aqua, the world's cheapest and most fuel-efficient conventional hybrid car, at a factory of the automaker's subsidiary, Kanto Auto Works, in Kanegasaki, Iwate prefecture, north of Japan, March 9, 2012. At this 19-year-old Toyota factory in Kanegasaki, 500 km (300 miles) north of Tokyo, one shiny Aqua hybrid car rolls off the assembly line every 75 seconds, 17 hours a day. With 120,000 orders to fill from just the first month of sales since late December -- equivalent to 10 months' worth of targeted sales in Japan -- the frantic pace will only quicken in the coming months. REUTERS/Chang-Ran Kim

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