Toyota launched its brand-new gasoline-electric compact hybrid car, dubbed the "Aqua," on Monday, Dec. 26 in Japan. The global car manufacturer expects to sell 12,000 models every month in Japan.
The vehicle is billed as achieving a â€śworld-leading fuel efficiency of 35.4 km/Lâ€ť under a new test cycle administered by the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, according to an official press announcement. That number equates to roughly 83 miles per gallon.
In Japan, the Aqua will sell for approximately 1.69 million yen, or approximately $21,000 USD.
The car features a 1.5-liter hybrid system, battery-powered water pump, friction-reducing beltless design and coolant-water-flow volume control. All of this, plus a cooled exhaust-gas recirculation system, promises to improve efficiency.