Toyota Corolla Axio and Corolla Fielder hybrids launched in Japan

Toyota Corolla Axio Hybrid / Corolla Fielder Hybrid (JDM-spec) 06.8.2013
Toyota Corolla Axio Hybrid / Corolla Fielder Hybrid (JDM-spec) 06.8.2013

Feature a hybridized 1.5-liter engine

Toyota has launched the Corolla Axio and Corolla Fielder hybrids in Japan.

On the styling front, the eco-friendly models are distinguished by a new grille, "Synergy Blue" emblems and an available Light Blue Metallic paint job.

Interior changes are more extensive and include special seat upholstery, a faux leather dashboard and a blue-accented leather shift knob. There's also a 4.2-inch multi-information display and a "nanoe" ionizer that removes pollen by releasing "particle ions embedded in minute water droplets."

Both models are powered by a 1.5-liter Atkinson-cycle engine that develops 74 HP (54 kW) and 111 Nm (81 lb-ft) of torque. It is backed up by an electric motor that has a maximum output of 61 HP (45 kW) and 169 Nm (124 lb-ft) of torque. This enables the model to have a combined output of 100 HP (73 kW) and a fuel economy rating of 3.0 L/100km (77.6 mpg US / 93.2 mpg UK) in the JC08 test cycle.

To compensate for the weight of the hybrid's battery system, engineers retuned the suspension and shock absorbers to deliver "outstanding levels of ride comfort and handling stability." The cars have also been equipped with a noise-reducing windshield and additional sound deadening material.

Pricing starts at ¥1,925,000 and Toyota expects to sell 1,000 Axio hybrids and 1,500 Fielder hybrids in Japan each month.

Source: Toyota

TMC Launches Corolla Hybrids in Japan

Toyota City, Japan, August 6, 2013—Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) announces the launch of hybrid versions of the "Corolla Axio" sedan and "Corolla Fielder" station wagon in Japan. In addition, there will be a special Corolla Fielder "Hybrid G Aerotourer·WxB" grade. The vehicles will be sold across Japan through "Toyota Corolla" dealers starting today.

The Hybrid G Aerotourer·WxB special edition Corolla Fielder features a stylish black interior with white highlights that has proven popular among consumers. The hybrid Corolla Axio and Corolla Fielder will also be available as "Welcab" specially equipped vehicles with factory-installed features for physically disabled individuals and the elderly.

The vehicles are equipped with a compact, lightweight, highly efficient 1.5-liter hybrid system (Toyota Hybrid System II
(THS II) with reduction gear) that achieves a fuel efficiency of 33.0 km/L under the JC08 test cycle of the Japanese Ministry
of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), representing top level performance in their displacement class. The
vehicles also exceed the MLIT fuel efficiency standard for 20151
by 20 percent and achieve emissions levels 75 percent lower
than the 2005 standards under the MLIT's Approval System for Low-Emission Vehicles, making them eligible for tax
reductions under the Japanese government's tax incentive program for environment-friendly vehicles.
The vehicles feature the fuel-efficient Atkinson-cycle engine, as well as a cooled Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) system to
further improve engine efficiency.
The water pump is driven by an electric motor, thus eliminating the need for a drive belt. Not only is friction loss reduced,
coolant flow rate can be very precisely controlled, contributing to improved fuel economy.

Special Hybrid Design and Optimized Vehicle Package
The hybrid models feature an exclusive front grille, front and rear Synergy Blue emblems, an exclusive Light Blue Metallic
body color, and other distinctive elements.
The interior conveys a futuristic image with blue-highlighted instrument gauges. The 4.2-inch Thin Film Transistor (TFT)
color multi-information display makes it easy to check the Eco-Drive status at a glance, with a range of indicators and other
useful hybrid-system information. Hybrid models also feature special seat fabric and an exclusive interior panel design
(center console / shift lever housing), artificial-leather ornamented instrument panel and upper door trim, and a shift stick
knob with blue-accented leather cover2
The hybrid battery is placed under the rear seat for more efficient use of interior space. Rear seat knee space is 640 mm,
achieving comfort on par with gasoline-engine vehicles. Luggage space is also comparable to gasoline-engine vehicles, with
the Corolla Axio possessing 461 liters3
and the Corolla Fielder possessing 407 liters3
when carrying five passengers and 872
when carrying two passengers.
Distinctive Hybrid Performance and Equipment
Suspension and shock absorber settings were adjusted to accommodate the increased weight and lower center of gravity of
the hybrid system to realize outstanding levels of ride comfort and handling stability.
The use of additional sound insulation material and noise-reducing windshield glass2
further enhances cabin quietness.
Two drive modes come standard: the Eco-Drive Mode that gives highest priority to fuel economy and the EV Drive Mode for
using only the electric motor.

Also standard is a Vehicle Proximity Notification System designed to warn pedestrians—and other people in the immediate
vicinity of the vehicle—of the approach of a quiet hybrid car, and the Hill-start Assist Control function that is designed to
prevent the vehicle from rolling backwards, thereby providing peace of mind when starting up the vehicle on a steep hill.
Other Safety and Comfort Features Inherited from Gasoline-engine Models
The HID View Assist Package combines multiple features such as automatic high beams, automatic anti-glare rearview
mirrors, and projector-type discharge headlights, to improve nighttime visibility and reduce the burden on the driver.
The nanoe4
ionizer (with pollen removal function) comes standard on all grades and disperses particle ions embedded in
minute water droplets from the vent on the driver's side throughout the vehicle interior.

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Comments (3)

Dawm, can they still sell this? It looks so dull, the Aurus looks much better.
Aug 6th, 2013 9:40pm
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Aygo Aygo
I assume that the Corolla Fielder sits below the aforementioned model. As such, if one was looking for cost-effective, durable, transport that's practical and fuel-friendly, then why not. I'd be interested if this was imported into the UK, providing it was priced below the Auris.
Aug 6th, 2013 11:46pm
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pzxpjy pzxpjy
@Aygo is right. This generation of JDM Corolla Axio/Fielder are very unique and cannot be compared to Corolla/Auris international versions. They got a significantly downsized dimension to meet a Japan's tax regulation, carrying 1.3 or 1.5 liter engine. These cars are actually competing in B segment.
Aug 18th, 2013 7:13am
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