Toyota Motor Corporation has successfully sold over 8 million units of its hybrid cars globally since 1997, with the last 1 million unit milestone covered in just 10 months. This implies a lot of significance to both the owner as well as the environment. As of July 31st, the company deduced that, as a result, the world has seen a total of 58 million tons reduced CO2 emissions, thanks to consumers picking up hybrid vehicles over similar gasoline-powered vehicles.
This has also culminated into a reduced consumption of approximately 22 million kiloliters of gasoline which otherwise other similar performance and space enhances gasoline-powered vehicle would have consumed. From the Indian perspective, a reduced 58 million tons of CO2 emission would mean about 3.55% of the total CO2 emissions in the country, which in turn translates to a total of 13.3% of India’s annual oil import, thus saving the country a lot of moolah as well as environmental hazard.
Toyota sells approximately 30 hybrid passenger car models and a plug-in hybrid model in over 90 countries, as of this month. The company plans to launch new hybrid models such as Corolla Hybrid RAV4 hybrid and Levin Hybrid (only for the China market). These newly added hybrid models will be sold along with other range of cars, to more markets that the company has ever touched before.
Toyota Kirloskar Motor created history in India in August 2013 by introducing the first ever locally manufactured hybrid vehicle, the Camry Hybrid. India being the ninth country/region in the world where the company manufactures hybrid vehicles, the Camry hybrid’s popularity touched new heights with the launch of all-new version in May 2015. The present Camry sale accounts for a large share of more than 80% of the total Camry sales in India, including the gasoline engine variants of the model, which bears a testimony to the success of the incorporation of hybrids in the auto market.
The Camry Hybrid houses a fusion of two power sources a 4-cylinder 2.5-litre petrol engine and an electric motor. Its Hybrid Synergy Drive feature makes it smart enough to sense the need to switch between the two power options available. The hybrid setup of Camry is very frugal and efficient that churns out an exceptionally high power output of 201bhp with a peak torque of 233Nm. The Camry Hybrid comes with Electronically Controlled Continuous Variable Transmission that ensures refined performance and smooth drive.
An array of safety and comfort features has been bestowed upon the Camry Hybrid. These include front driver and passenger SRS airbags, brake assist, ABS with EBBD, impact sensing fuel cut-off, smart key remind warning, speed sensing auto door-lock, seatbelt warning, and immobiliser with alarm and back monitor with corner sensors. Comfort features include ample head and shoulder room, start/stop button, rear AC vents, automatic dual zone climate control, rear armrest and ample storage places.
Recently, Maruti Suzuki revealed the hybrid version of Ciaz at the Indonesia Motor Show in 2015. This dictates a possibility of Maruti introducing the hybrid version of Ciaz in the country shortly. The increasing consciousness of the hybrid technology and its contribution towards the environment, as well as the owners themselves, can be attributed to the pioneer of hybrid vehicles-Toyota. With the Prius being introduced at the dawn of 21st Century, Toyota changed the face of automobile market, thus providing answers to an environment-conscious world.
The Prius gave a new direction to the auto future by setting enhanced benchmarks and shaping a revolution in terms of advanced design and powerful driving performance. By further introducing the all-new Camry Hybrid, Toyota Kirloskar Motor offered a new kind of luxury for a completely different stature. The revolutionary technology coupled with superlative comfort, dynamic exterior and uncompromising safety features make the new Camry a futuristic vehicle.