Toyota is starting its year 2012 with a 'bang'! The all-new Toyota Avanza (above) is launching this week, expect it to be a hot selling model from Toyota again, thanks to its affordable price. A 1.3litre engine with 91bhp and a 1.5litre engine with 103bhp will be offered to customers to choose from. The price starts from RM63,864 for the entry-line 1.3E to RM78,864 for the high-end 1.5S.
It is a surprise that UMW Toyota decided to bring the Prius C, which is a hatchback, to Malaysia. Estimated price for the Prius C is RM103,990, priced slightly higher than Malaysia's current cheapest hybrid, which is the Honda Insight. However, the list of equipment and safety are impressive. A push-start button, 3.5inch full colour multi-information display, cruise control, steering wheel with tilt and telescoping adjustment, automatic air-cond, seven airbags (with knee airbag) and Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) as standard!
The Prius C uses a 1NZ-FXE 1.5litre Atkinson cycle engine, which produces 73bhp at 4,800 rpm and 111Nm at 3,600-4,400 rpm together with an electric motor of 61bhp and 169Nm, combining them are capable of producing 101bhp output. The powerplant is mated to an E-CVT gearbox and have fuel efficiency of 40km/l!
Lastly will be the facelifted Prius. The price of it, unfortunately, has bumped up to RM143,000 from RM139,000. But the price bump doesn't come without reason. The facelifted Toyota Prius spotted with a sportier looking front bumper integrated with LED running light, and also new rear light clusters. An additional RM 5,000 at RM148,000 you can get the Prius Luxury, which gives you leather seats, auto-dimming rear view mirror and LED projector headlamps.
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