Toyota Sai

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Toyota Sai (AZK10)
2009 Toyota SAI 01.jpg
Overview
ManufacturerToyota Motor Corporation
Kanto Auto Works
Production2009–2017[1]
AssemblyJapan: Miyawaka, Fukuoka (Miyata plant)[1]
Body and chassis
ClassMid-size car
Body style4-door sedan
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel-drive
PlatformToyota New MC platform
Related
Powertrain
Engine2.4 L 2AZ-FXE I4 (petrol hybrid)
Electric motor105 kW (141 hp; 143 PS) 2JM AC synchronous
Power output
  • 110 kW (148 hp; 150 PS) (petrol engine)
  • 140 kW (188 hp; 190 PS) (combined system output)
TransmissioneCVT
BatteryNickel metal hydride
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,700 mm (106.3 in)
Length4,695 mm (184.8 in)
Width1,770 mm (69.7 in)
Height1,485 mm (58.5 in)
Curb weight1,570–1,590 kg (3,461–3,505 lb)
Chronology
PredecessorToyota Brevis/Toyota Progrès (Japan)
SuccessorLexus ES 300h (AXZH10)

The Toyota Sai is a hybrid electric car sharing the same platform and hybrid drivetrain as the Lexus HS. It was launched in Japan on October 20, 2009,[2] following the launch of the Lexus HS in January of the same year.[3] Toyota received about 14,000 orders in one month after its introduction, and the Sai is available at all Toyota Japanese dealership sales channels.[4]

On June 25, 2010, Lexus (Toyota) recalled 17,801 2010 model year HS250h and Sai models for failing to comply with US FMVSS 301, "Fuel System Integrity", due to excessive fuel leakage in the event of a rear-end collision. A recall of these Sai and HS models for reprogramming the brake software in February 2010 also led some buyers to question the model, with word of the issue possibly scaring away potential buyers.

In early 2010, based on units sold, the HS was considered one of the less popular Lexus sedans in the US, despite its success in Japan. In late 2011, Ward's AutoWorld reported that Lexus was discontinuing sales of the HS 250h in the US due to many complaints from customers.[citation needed]

On November 15, 2017, the Sai was discontinued and replaced by the Lexus ES 300h, which was released in Japan on October 24, 2018.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Affiliates (Toyota wholly-owned subsidiaries)-Toyota Motor Kyushu, Inc". Toyota Motor Corporation. 2012. Retrieved 2014-02-14.
  2. ^ Greimel, Hans (September 30, 2009). "Toyota is adding another hybrid sedan--the Sai--for the Japanese market". Autoweek. Retrieved February 7, 2014.
  3. ^ Hardigree, Matt (January 11, 2009). "Lexus HS 250h: A Prius For The Country Club". Jalopnik. Retrieved June 22, 2012.
  4. ^ "Toyota Receives About 14,000 Orders for the Sai in One Month". Green Car Congress. November 24, 2009. Retrieved February 7, 2014.

External links[edit]

Official website (in Japanese)