The race is on to launch hybrid cars in India. Earlier, Honda Motors has introduced its brand new Honda Civic Hybrid and now Toyota is preparing for the debut of its hybrid sedan ‘Prius’ in India.
Toyota Prius is currently being sold in over 40 countries and has been rated as the 3rd least carbon dioxide emitting vehicle in Britain. It has also been declared to be one of the most fuel-efficient mid-size sedans in the US.
Mr. Vikram Kirloskar, Toyota Kirloskar Motor Ltd., Vice-Chairman said, "We are preparing to bring Prius into the Indian market though we have not set any timeline yet. In the run-up, we have to develop skills to service it and make spare parts available across the country.”
He further said, “In the long-run, it is economical, with higher mileage and lower maintenance cost. We are confident of its acceptability in the Indian market as it runs both on electricity and fuel.”
This hybrid car will use an all-electric compressor for cooling and has been categorized as a super mega low-emission vehicle. It is environmental friendly and can be driven by both petrol and electric power.