Kyodo. Toyota Motor Corp. has received about 14,000 orders for its new Sai hybrid-only luxury compact sedan, one month after its introduction. (Earlier post.) The monthly sales target for Japan is 3,000 units.
The Sai, based on the platform also used for the Lexus HS 250h (earlier post), is planned to go on sale in Japan on 7 December. The new platform was developed for medium/compact vehicles.
The Sai features a 2.4 liter Atkinson cycle four-cylinder engine (2AZ-FXE) with Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i), coupled with a 105 kW motor and reduction gear. By delaying intake valve closure, the engine achieves a high expansion ratio at low pressure, thus raising heat efficiency.
The Sai offers fuel efficiency of 23.0 km/L (54 mpg US, 4.4 L/100km) under the 10-15 cycle—on par with 660 cc minivehicles. Under the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism’s JC08 test cycle, the Sai has fuel efficiency of 19.8 km/L (46.6 mpg US, 5.1 L/100km).