The Toyota Prius c (c stands for “city”), also called the Toyota Aqua in Japan, is a full hybrid gasoline-electric subcompact hatchback produced by Toyota Motor Corporation. The Toyota Prius c is the third member of the Prius family, and includes the features of the Yaris-sized car with a hybrid power-train. The Toyota Prius c is lower priced than the conventional Prius and has a higher fuel economy in the city of driving under the United States Environmental Protection Agency test cycles. The Toyota Prius c is ranked by Epa since 2012 most fuel efficient compact car when installed plug-in electric vehicles.
The production version of Aqua unveiled at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show. Builders Prius c introduced in U.S. at January 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The Toyota Aqua was launched in Japan in December 2011 at a price of ¥ 1.69 million (U.S. $ 21,700). Sales several Asian markets began in January 2012 released Prius c in the U.S. Canada in March 2012 Sales in Australia and New Zealand began in April 2012.
The Toyota Aqua is considered to be the most successful nameplate launch in Japan over the past 20 years. As of December 2013, the Aqua / Toyota Prius c is the second hybrid to be sold Toyota Motor Corporation after the regular Prius, with 633,600 units sold worldwide. The leader of the market is Japan with units sold 528,935, while Aqua ranked as the top selling car in 2013, including the Kei car sales.
Toyota Prius c Concept
The Toyota Prius c car concept was unveiled in January 2011 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Toyota explained that the ‘c’ in ‘Prius c’ stands for “city” car-centric as it is smaller than the normal Prius and is aimed at younger buyers without families who do not need the space. And the introduction of the production version of the Toyota Aqua at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show, the car-maker and shows some of the Aqua two concepts, the version of Aqua Kiriri and Aqua Piriri.
On the Yaris platform, the Toyota Prius c features of the Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive with a 1.5-liter DOHC 4-cylinder, 16-valve with VVT-i petrol engine with a high-output motors. Hybrid system includes a new inverter, motor and battery. The Prius c hybrid powertrain weighs around 88 LB (40 kg) less than that of the standard Prius Liftback. Engine 1NZ-FXE produces 54 kW (73 hp) and resignations motor is rated at 45 kW (60 hp). Total output is rated at 74 kW (99 hp). Body Toyota Prius c is smaller than the traditional Prius, with a wheelbase of 2,550 mm (100.4 in) is 150 mm (5.9 in) shorter between the axles, and with a length of 4,000 mm (157.3 in) the Prius c is 490 mm (19.1 in ) shorter over all than the standard Prius Liftback.
Toyota Prius c Fuel Economy
Toyota estimates fuel economy of 35 km / L (82 mpg-US) (2.86 L / 100 km) on the official JC08 Japanese test cycles and 40 km / L (94 mpg-US) (2.5 L / 100 km) under 10 -15 test cycle. Under, United States Environmental Protection Agency test cycles, the Prius c is rated at 53 mpg-US (4.4 L / 100 km; 64 mpg-imp) city and 46 mpg-US (5.1 L / 100 km; 55 mpg-imp) highway, for combined fuel economy of 50 mpg-US (4.7 L / 100 km; 60 mpg-imp), the same as the normal Prius but the best for city driving. The Toyota Prius c certification is a SULEV emission. The Toyota Prius c is ranked by Epa as the 2012 model year most fuel efficient car compact excluding plug-in electric vehicles. When electric-powered vehicles are the Chevrolet volt includes over the compact car category, followed by the Toyota Prius c.
Toyota Prius c Production
The Toyota Prius c is assembled at the Iwate Plant of Toyota Motor East Japan, Inc., a subsidiary fully owned of Toyota Motor Corporation, in Kanegasaki, Iwate Prefecture in northern Japan. Initial production target Toyota was 12,000 units per month, with a production capacity of maximum 30,000 units a month. Because initial demand for the Japanese market, the Aqua / Prius c is expected to be in short supply until Toyota expands production capacity. Decision making at Toyota Motor East Japan (former Kanto Auto Works) was motivated by the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake Tsunami and Toyota offered an economic asset to the region in providing jobs and development related to production.
Toyota Prius c Markets and Sales
During 2012 the total number of units 313,437 of sold worldwide, led by Japan with 266,567 quasi sold, representing 85% of the global sales model. The Toyota Prius c is not available in Europe, rather, Toyota is selling Hybrid Toyota Yaris since June 2012 Yaris Hybrid shares the same powertrain Toyota Prius c. Global of the Aqua / Prius c and passed the milestone of 500,000 in August 2013 As of December 2013, the Aqua / Prius c is the second largest hybrid sold by Toyota Motor Corporation after the regular Prius, with 633,600 units sold worldwide. The leader of the market is Japan with 528,935 units sold, followed by the U.S. with 77,712. The Aqua was the top selling new car in Japan in 2013, including Kei car sales. The Aqua is considered to be the most successful nameplate launch in Japan over the past 20 years.
Toyota Prius c Recognition
The Toyota Prius c was five finalists for the 2013 Green Car of the Year awarded by Green Car Journal at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show. In November 2012, Consumer Reports ranked the Prius c as the most reliable 2012 car model year in the United States. The magazine based on reliability data obtained auto its annual survey covers 1.2 million vehicles owned or leased by subscribers to Consumer Reports. The magazine has already given a negative review to the Toyota Prius c.