Toyota launches new LPG hybrid taxi


On 23 October, Toyota Motor Corporation has launched the “JPN Taxi,” a new Autogas hybrid vehicle, which is now available for order at Toyota dealers all over Japan. The JPN Taxi, assembled at Toyota’s Higashi-Fuji Plant in Japan, features a newly developed LPG hybrid system (THS II), combining an LPG engine with an electric motor. It offers a 19.4 km/L fuel economy and sharply reduced CO2 emissions. Enhancements were made to safety equipment, including adding the Toyota Safety Sense C package and six SRS airbags as standard features.

The new model showcases a people-friendly, universal design that provides usability and comfort to a wide range of people through continual innovations and improvements, from grab handles to the overall vehicle structure. Design features include a low, flat floor, making it easy for customers to ingress and egress from the taxi, a wide-opening, power rear sliding door (left side only) and space to accommodate wheelchair users.

Toyota expects to sell about 1,000 units of the JPN Taxi monthly in Japan. The manufacturer will exhibit the new vehicle at the 45th Tokyo Motor Show 2017, and also plans to use the taxi to greet visitors from around the world in 2020, when Tokyo hosts the Olympic and Paralympic Games. If you want to know more, please check this link.