This would be Toyota’s own interpretation to be introduced into the compact sedan hybrid market and it might just prove significant for them. The first glance at this car will trace you back to the H250h Lexus and while in terms of looks it is pretty much the same, they both do not share the same front and rear fixtures as well as the bonnet and boot covers.

Toyota got this name through the Japanese word ‘Sai’ which means either ‘talent’ or ‘coloration’ attributed on how the word is written. Therefore to avoid any sort of confusion, Toyota decided to embraced both its definition by calling it Sai where it integrates both ‘talent’ and ‘coloration’ and simply put it is an ‘advance talent and multi-colour sophistication’ vehicle. Genius.

When revealed at the Tokyo show, they reported that they are planning to roll out some 36,000 units of the Sai every year which computes to 3,000 units per month. That is quite an ambitious shot although not doable .with tax exemptions and incentives for hybrid vehicles, the Sai will surely command a good rapport in Japan itself. Whether or not it gets to other countries remains to be seen. Prior to its launch on 7 December, Toyota has reported that the response have been overwhelming, so much so that they have exceeded their monthly 3000 unit target and so far, some 14,000 bookings have been received.

Assembled in the Miyata Plant, Toyota Motor Kyushu, Inc, the Sai comes with a 2.4 liter engine in it gasoline-electric hybrid system which uses Ecological Plastic material. For those of you who have no idea what that is, it imeans that they are made from plant-derived materials. This is applied into about 60% of the interior’s surface areas. The engine gets you up to 150 horses and 138 lb-ft of torque while the electric motor is capable of producing 140 horsepower and a maximum of 199lb-ft of torque.

 

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