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Noah G (hybrid model with options). Click to enlarge.

In Japan, Toyota Motor Corporation launched the completely redesigned Voxy minivan through Netz dealers, and the completely redesigned Noah minivan through Toyota Corolla dealers; hybrid models are scheduled for release on 14 February. Monthly sales targets for Japan are 4,600 units for Voxy and 3,400 units for Noah.

For the hybrid variants, a 2ZR-FXE 1.8-liter Atkinson cycle combustion engine, evolved and matured from the third-generation Prius, together with a class-first full hybrid system (THS II with reduction gear) achieves fuel economy of 23.8 km/L (56 mpgUS, 4.2 l/100 km) and CO2 emissions of 98 g/km under the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism’s (MLIT) JC08 test cycle.

The NiMH hybrid battery is located below the front seat, creating a comfortable riding space and large cargo space.

Voxy and Noah hybrid minivan specifications
Engine model 2ZR-FXE
Displacement 1,797 cc
Maximum engine output 73 kW [98 hp] @ 5200 rpm
Maximum engine torque 142 N·m [105 lb-ft] @ 4000 rom
Motor model 5JM
Maximum motor output 60 kW [80 hp]
Maximum motor torque 207 N·m [153 lb-ft]
Complete system output 100 kW [134 hp]

In the on-hybrid models, the 2.0-liter 3ZR-FAE engine model uses an improved Valvematic engine with the new Super CVT-i and other features, which enables it to achieve class-leading environmental performance for gasoline engine models, with fuel efficiency of 16.0 km/L (38 mpgUS, 6.25 l/100km) and CO2 emissions of 145 g/km under the MLIT JC08 test cycle for two-wheel drive models with idling-stop).

The new Super CVT-i contributes to improved fuel efficiency through a class-leading gear-ratio range with a two-port oil pump system optimizing energy consumption to the driving conditions and an electric oil pump linked with the idling-stop.

Both the 1.8-liter hybrid system model and the 2.0-liter engine model (two-wheel and four-wheel drive models with idling-stop) exceed MLIT’s 2015 fuel economy standards by 20 percent. Being certified as having emissions that are 75% lower than the 2005 standards under the MLIT’s Approval System for Low-emission Vehicles makes these models eligible for reduced taxes under the Japanese government's tax system for environment-friendly vehicles.

Pricing for both the Voxy and the Noah starts at ¥2,210,000 (US$21,229), with the hybrid variants starting at ¥2,850,000 (US$27,376).


A.C. R.

A 56 MPG minivan!

That's real good value for money. Hydrogen FCVS and plugin hybrid buses would have serious trouble beating that value/$.


That is excellent performance for a brick like van. Shouldn't a more aerodynamic lighter vehicle do much better?

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