The Prius c’s drivetrain for Japan. [fimg=right]http://www.cleanmpg.com/photos/data/501/2014_Toyota_Corolla_Axio.jpg[/fimg]Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - August 6, 2013 2014 Toyota Corolla Hybrid Sedan and Wagon - $19,671 USD to start in Japan while sporting a 77.6 mpgUS rating on the JC08. This is .9 mpgUS higher than the Liftback on the same and “could” arrive with a 50 mpgUS combined rating here too? Toyota this morning announced it has launched the "Corolla Axio" sedan and "Corolla Fielder" station wagon in Japan. In addition, there will be a special Corolla Fielder "Hybrid G Aerotourer WxB" grade. The vehicles will be sold across Japan through "Toyota Corolla" dealers starting today. While the JC08 is a ludicrous P&G test cycle, what was revealing is the new Corolla Hybrid is using a 1.5L HSD-II similar to that used in the current Prius c. Toyota Hybrids - JC08 comparisons Prius c: 83.3 mpgUS Corolla Hybrid: 77.6 mpgUS Prius liftback: 76.7 mpgUS The Hybrid G Aerotourer Corolla Fielder features a black interior with white highlights proven popular among Japanese consumers. The hybrid Corolla Axio and Corolla Fielder will also be available as "Welcab" specially equipped vehicles with factory-installed features for physically disabled individuals and the elderly. Drivetrain The vehicles are equipped with the 1.5L Toyota Hybrid System II (THS II) with reduction gear. The vehicles also exceed the MLIT fuel efficiency standard for 2015 making them eligible for reduced tax burdens under the Japanese government's tax incentive program for environment-friendly vehicles. Like the 1.5L Gen II Prius from which it is derived, the engine is an Atkinson-cycle I4 while using the latest cooled Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) to improve engine efficiency. An electric water pump eliminates the need for a drive belt while allowing coolant flow rates to be controlled very precisely. Toyota is predicting the Corolla Hybrid Sedan and Wagon to reach 1,000 and 1,500 vehicles per month respectively. MSRPs (all prices in $USD Including Japanese consumption tax) Column1Column2Corolla Axio Hybrid Sedan$19,670Corolla Axio Hybrid Sedan with seat heaters $19,833Corolla Axio Hybrid Sedan G$21,204Corolla Axio Hybrid Sedan G with seat heaters$21,365Corolla Axio Hybrid Sedan G Aerotourer$23,095Corolla Fielder Hybrid G Aerotourer WxB$23,912 Vehicle Specifications Engine: Model 1NZ-FXE Displacement: 1,496 cc Maximum output: 73 hp@4,800 rpm Maximum torque: 82 lb-ft. from 3,600-4,400 rpm Traction Motor (MG2) Maximum output: 60 hp Maximum torque: 125 lb-ft Combined System Output: 99 hp Battery: NiMH Wheelbase: 102.4 inch Length: 171.4 inch Height: 57.5 inch Width: 66.7 inch The hybrid models feature an exclusive softer appearing front grille, front and rear Synergy Blue emblems, an exclusive Light Blue Metallic body color, and other distinctive elements. The interior includes a 4.2-inch Thin Film Transistor (TFT) color multi-information display. The hybrids includes a special seat fabric and an exclusive interior panel design (center console / shift lever housing), artificial-leather instrument panel and upper door trim, and a shift stick knob with blue-accented leather cover. Like the c, the NiMH traction battery is placed under the rear seat allowing a full trunk. Suspension tuning was adjusted to accommodate the increased weight and lower center of gravity of the hybrid system. Additional sound insulation material and noise-reducing windshield glass reduces exterior noise intrusion. Also standard is a Vehicle Proximity Notification System designed to warn pedestrians of the approach of a hybrid car, and the Hill-start Assist Control function that is designed to prevent the vehicle from rolling backwards, thereby providing peace of mind when starting up the vehicle on a steep hill. Along with Toyota’s STAR safety system, the Corolla Hybrid can be equipped with automatic high beams, automatic anti-glare rearview mirrors, and projector-type headlights. Will we receive one? Eventually and if so, it would surely arrive with the base 1.8L equipped in the standard Prius liftback. Given the higher Cd, it will also have a lower fuel economy rating of maybe 48 mpgUS combined. Like all Prius’, that will be easy to achieve as well.