|The new Belta|
Toyota has launched its new compact sedan, Belta, in Japan. The Belta is now Toyota’s smallest sedan.
The Belta delivers fuel efficiency under the Japanese test cycle of 4.6 l/100km (51 mpg US) with a 1.0-liter engine or 5.1 l/100km (46 mpg US) with a 1.3-liter engine, both gasoline-fueled.
Both engines use Toyota’s VVT-i (Variable Valve Timing-intelligent) system, and are coupled with Toyota’s Super CVT-i (Continuously Variable Transmission-intelligent) in the front-wheel drive models.
Toyota is also offering a four-wheel-drive version.
All front-wheel-drive vehicles in the series achieve emission levels 75% lower than the 2005 standards under the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport’s Approval System for Low-emission Vehicles.
The fuel consumption levels exceed by 5% the Japanese 2010 fuel efficiency standards, thus qualifying for incentives under the Japanese government’s Green Taxation System.
Toyota applied its Eco-VAS (Eco-Vehicle Assessment System)—Toyota’s original comprehensive environmental impact assessment system—to the Belta to reduce overall environmental impact, from initial development to disposal, throughout the entire lifecycle of the vehicle.
The company has set a monthly sales target of 3,000 units for the Belta, and is considering exporting as well to meet a growing demand for fuel-efficient cars.