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Toyota to launch its hybrid sedan, Toyota Prius in India

Toyota has now confirmed that they are most certainly going to launch their Prius model in the Indian market in the coming years, making it the second hybrid car in India, first being the Honda Civic hybrid.

Toyota Kirloskar:

We are preparing to bring Prius into the Indian market though we have not set any timeline yet. In the run-up, we have to develop skills to service it and make spare parts available across the country. In the long-run, it is economical, with higher mileage and lower maintenance cost. We are confident of its acceptability in the Indian market as it runs both on electricity and fuel.

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the 2008 Prius is the most fuel efficient car sold in the U.S. and according to the UK Department for Transport, the Prius is tied as the third least CO2-emitting vehicle on sale in the UK, and there are eight cars which are more fuel-efficient than it for the combined use cycle.

The Toyota Prius

The Prius is completely redesigned into a mid-size liftback which is between the Corolla and the Camry in size. The new Hybrid Synergy Drive (HSD) uses an all-electric compressor for cooling. Air conditioning is operated independently of the gasoline engine, an industry first. The Prius is the most fuel efficient car that Consumer Reports has tested giving a real-world fuel consumption of 5.35 L/100 km. The Prius

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they were suppose to launch it in 2007 , but delayed it after the civic hybrid , than delayed it again after seeing the poor responce of the civic hybrid before the price cut

 

it will be interesting to see if they bring it in an a CBU or knocked-down kit

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they can barebone it if they bring it down as an knockdown kit , if it is an CBU then it will hve all features , eg captiva , which has all features as in the UK captiva as it is an CBU

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I think they will barebones the Prius and sell it to us for 10 lakh smiley35.gif

 

Even a barebones Prius at Rs. 10 lakhs is good value in my opinion!  Especially when you consider that a bare bones Carolla sells for the same price!
piyush1232009-05-11 11:42:24

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Well I don't think Toyota is going to launch it at all in next 2 years .It has no intrest in Indian market and got the Fortuner after 3years struggle and make an "Ahesaan!" by launching it this september and saying for just 5000 units a year we are assembling the car in India. I don't think there is a use of this thread.

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Its got a huge price tag. With Toyota's brand image going down due to the recall, lets see who buys one. More than that, who would put Rs 26 lakh on a Prius knowing that it would not fetch any resale value (over a period of 5 years, battery needs replacement) nor would the service costs be low. As far as I can see, it doesnt give you a so called image as well. A diesel Laura or Superb will be the better bet. Finally, where ever you go, you will have to bear the onlookers mumbling how you spent Rs 26 lakhs on a Prius!

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Toyota Kirloskar Motor has received 54 orders for their hybrid vehicle Prius, which was launched at the Auto Expo last month. The Toyota Prius is available for an ex-showroom price of Rs 26.55 lakh and Rs 27.86 lakh rupees. Toyota had requested a consignment of 200 vehicles which it hopes to sell before the end of this year. Deliveries of the Prius begin in March.

Source : IAB

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There couldn't have been worse timing for Prius launch in India. Toyota is struggling with recalls & plummeting sales, prius is in the middle of storm.

Hope Indian consumers realize this & are aware of the happenings, usually things are otherwise here!

Toyota is not paying heed to any of Fortuners complaints regarding its poor brakes but still consumers are making a beeline. Don't know when will the Indian consumer wake up!

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