Beijing 2016: Toyota Launches China-only, Plug-In Hybrid Variants of Corolla Altis

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Beijing 2016: Toyota Launches China-only, Plug-In Hybrid Variants of Corolla Altis

Toyota has announced today that it will be launching two plug-in hybrid variants of the Corolla Altis for the Chinese market in 2018.

The car that we all know as the Toyota Corolla Altis is sold in China under two nameplates – Corolla and Levin. They are both the same car with minor styling differences, each sold under a different Toyota joint venture company in China.

Like many car makers, Toyota has two local joint ventures. FAW-Toyota sells the Corolla while GAC-Toyota sells the Levin. Regular Corolla and Levin models are powered by either a 1.6-litre Dual VVT-I or 1.8-litre Dual VVT-i engine, both are paired to a CVT-type automatic transmission.

Last year, a 1.8-litre petrol-electric hybrid engine borrowed from the Prius was added to the list of engine options, for the Corolla Hybrid and Levin Hybrid (both are pictured here).

By 2018, a plug-in hybrid powertrain partially developed in China by Toyota Motor (Changshu) Auto Parts Co., Ltd. and Sinogy Toyota Automotive Energy System Co., Ltd. will join the line-up.

Toyota did not reveal any specifications for the upcoming Corolla and Levin Plug-in Hybrid but it’s very likely to be similar to the recently launched in the US Toyota Prius Prime, whose 1.8-litre petrol engine is complemented by an 8.8 kWh lithium-ion battery, giving it an electric-only driving range of slightly more than 50 km.



As someone who appreciates cars not just for their horsepower value but also for their cultural significance, he is interested in the art of manufacturing and selling cars just as much as driving them. Prior to swapping spread sheets for a word processor, he spent his previous life in product planning and market research.


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