China has a simply incredible amount of pollution and Toyota’s looking to help curb that problem. The Japanese automaker announced plans to introduce more plug-in hybrid cars to China’s market at the Beijing auto show. Some of the brand’s most popular cars will be going green(er) and Toyota will introduce them to the market in 2018.
The ever-popular Toyota Corolla will see a hybrid model added to its line for the Chinese market. Another model unfamiliar to the United States, the Levin, will make its way into the green line as well. Toyota’s plug-in hybrid cars have an extended range compared to standard hybrids, which don’t have a rechargeable battery.
“Our decision to launch plug-in hybrid versions of the Corolla and the Levin reflects the depth of our resolve and commitment to the Chinese market,” said Hiroji Onishi, head of Toyota’s China operations.
The plug-in hybrids designed for China would run for 30 miles on electricity alone when fully charged. China’s government is looking to help fuel sales of green cars as well.
Chinese buyers are able to take advantage of purchase incentives by buying fuel efficient hybrids and all-electric cars. To qualify for those generous incentives, the cars must meet certain conditions involving fuel economy and emissions standards.
We here at Bill Walsh Toyota are happy to see more eco-friendly cars hitting markets around the globe!