Fuel-Efficient Vitz Tops Japanese Sales
10 May 2005
Toyota’s redesigned Vitz compact car was Japan’s best-selling vehicle model in April.
Toyota had set a goal of 10,000 units per month at the launch of the new version.
The new Vitz models offer 1.0-liter, 1.3-liter and 1.5-liter engines with VVT-i (Variable Valve Timing–intelligent) and continuously variable transmissions to provide higher performance while maintaining low fuel consumption.
Toyota is also implementing its stop-start system—Intelligent Idling Stop System—in the redesigned Vitz.
Using a Li-Ion battery/starter system implemented with the CVT, the stop-start system helps lower the Vitz fuel consumption to 25.5 kilometers/liter (3.92 liter/100km, or 60 mpg) in the 1.0-liter version. This is an 8.5% improvement over the previous version of the Vitz with IISS (released in 2003), and, according to Toyota, is the best gasoline fuel consumption in Japan, excluding minivehicles and hybrid vehicles.
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