EV-Motoring

2009 Tokyo Motor Show – Toyota Sai

Superior driving performance befitting a luxury vehicle

The 2.4-liter hybrid system is powerful yet refined, providing smooth and seamless acceleration.

The new platform was developed for medium/compact vehicles. Tuning tailored specifically for the Sai provides superior and light handling, excellent
cruising stability and comfortable ride.

The electric power steering (EPS) adopts a brushless motor. The steering gear ratio and EPS control are optimized for comfortable maneuverability
and a feeling of direct control from low to high speeds.

Meticulous attention was paid to reducing noise by combining a high-rigidity body with vibration-damping suspension members and optimal placement
of vibration-controlling and soundproofing materials, thus raising the high level of quietness that typifies a hybrid vehicle.


Welcabs: Specially equipped vehicles with factory-installed features for disabled people

Lift-up Front Passenger Seat models (Type A and Type B) feature a front-passenger seat that slides down and to the outside of the vehicle to facilitate
ingress and egress. Switches to slide and recline the seat are on both the left and right sides of the vehicle, also enabling operation from the driver’s
seat. In addition, rear-seat legroom was maintained by making the lift-up mechanism more compact. “Type B” has a motorized device for loading and
unloading a wheelchair.

As with the base vehicle, the Welcab models qualify for Japanese government tax reductions and subsidies for environmentally friendly vehicles.

Monthly sales target for Japan: 3,000 units
Assembly Plant: Miyata Plant, Toyota Motor Kyushu, Inc.

(4) Compared to vehicles of similar engine displacement

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