Toyota Prius Prime

Toyota Prius Prime

On the occasion of 2016 Beijing International Automobile Exhibition (or Auto China), Toyota announced two new plug-in hybrids for China, the Levin PHEV and more importantly the Corolla PHEV.

Conventional hybrid versions of both models were introduced in 2015, while the plug-in hybrids will go on sale in 2018.

Could the plug-in Corolla come to Europe and North America in the future at the same time?  Toyota won't say, but we certainly hope to see the Corolla plug-in to make its debut in the Fall autoshow to foreshadow just that!

Specs on the Corolla PHV? All-electric range?   Still, no word yet...but as soon as the numbers are released we will pass it along!

The Japanese company has already established local production of hybrids in China, and has tallied roughly 40,000 cumulative orders.

The plug-in hybrid Prius found total 75,000 sales in Japan, the U.S., and Europe (since January 2012 through March 2016), and awaits new generation later this year.

"More than 10 years of hybrid production and R&D in China

In 2005, based on long-term plans to encourage the widespread use of environmentally-friendly vehicles in the country, Toyota selected China as the first location for production of its hybrid flagship, the Prius, outside of Japan.

Later, the establishment of Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (China) Co., Ltd. in 2010 created a hub for localized research and development of hybrid technologies. Following this major commitment, Toyota established two local manufacturers of hybrid powertrain components, Toyota Motor (Changshu) Auto Parts Co., Ltd. and Sinogy Toyota Automotive Energy System Co., Ltd., in 2012 and 2013, respectively.

These efforts culminated in last year's launch of the Corolla Hybrid and Levin Hybrid―both of which feature locally developed hybrid units―in the Chinese market. Cumulative total orders for both vehicles now stand at approximately 40,000 units. To continue promoting the widespread use of alternative energy vehicles in the future, Toyota is also proceeding with localization of plug-in hybrid vehicle development ahead of the launch of plug-in versions of these two models in 2018.

Global sales of the Toyota Prius PHV began in January 2012, and by the end of March 2016, a cumulative total of 75,000 units had been sold in Japan, the U.S., and Europe, with the latest generation Prius PHV set to go on sale in these markets from this fall. With plug-in hybrids representing the new benchmark for environmentally-friendly vehicles in China, the mass-market Corolla and Levin plug-in hybrid models will be launched in 2018."

Hat tip to Doug S, sven!