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Toyota launches Pixis Epoch minivehicle in Japan; 70 mpg US for <$10K
14 May 2012
Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) launched the Pixis Epoch—the second passenger minivehicle to be sold under the Toyota brand—in Japan. For a starting price of ¥795,000 (US$9,370), the gasoline-fueled Pixis Epoch offers fuel economy of 30.0 km/L (70.6 mpg US) under the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) JC08 test cycle. CO2 emissions are 77 g/km.
|Pixis Epoch G (Front-wheel drive model). Click to enlarge.|
The Pixis Epoch represents the fourth vehicle supplied by Daihatsu Motor Co., Ltd. to TMC under a minivehicle OEM agreement reached in September 2010.
All models are equipped with the eco-IDLE system—an idling-stop function that shuts off the engine as the vehicle comes to a stop (approximately 7 km/h or less)—and other fuel-saving features.
All models exceed the MLIT 2015 fuel efficiency standards by 20%, and in combination with certification for emissions levels 75% lower than the 2005 standards of the MLIT approval system for low-emission vehicles, the Pixis Epoch is eligible for tax reductions under the Japanese government's tax incentive program for environment-friendly vehicles.
The compact body (length of 3,395 mm, width of 1,475 mm and height of 1,500 mm) enables the Pixis Epoch to park in low-clearance parking areas, while the interior allows space for four adults. With a minimum turning radius of 4.4 m, the Pixis Epoch comfortably navigates sharp corners on narrow roads, minimizes fuss when parking and provides excellent maneuverability in everyday driving.
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