Hybrids are fast becoming popular solution, and the most awaited talked about in this market is the GM products that have taken so many years to get into production state. The first platform being the Chevrolet Volt, with Vauxhall have a re-badged version Ampera. The key difference is unlike most hybrids where the electric motor is the secondary power source, the Volt/Ampera run purely on the electric motor, and the petrol engine does not power the car, but charges the battery. Hence the car is actually marketed as an Electric car as opposed to an Hybrid. (Checkout – http://www.gm.com/vehicles/hybrids-and-electric/electric/)
However this car is planned for release in 2011, and possibly we might also see similar implementations from other vendors but considering the challenges GM faced in getting this implemented, its not going to happen soon.
So back to earth, what are the options that we have in the Japanese market since the Sri Lankan industry is driven by used cars coming out from that market. The other new option that is starting to get popular is the new generation products from Hyundai/Kia.
|MODEL||TYPE||PRODUCTION YEAR||JAPAN CHASSIS CODE||PETROL CC||NOTES|
|TOYOTA HARRIER HYBRID||SUV||2005 – current||DAA-MHU38 (4WD)
|3310||Sold in the US as the RX400H|
|Toyota SAI||Sedan||2009 – current||DAA-AZK10||2362||LEXUS HS250 with Toyota badging|
|Toyota PRIUS 3rd generation||Hatchback||2009 – current||DAA-ZVW30||1797|
|Toyota PRIUS 2nd generation||Hatchback||2003 – 2009 / current||DAA-NHW20||1496||Seems the production of this continues parallel to the newer model|
|TOYOTA ALPHARD HYBRID 4WD||Minivan||2003 – 2008||DAA-ATH10W||2362|
|HONDA INSIGHT 2nd generation||Hatchback||2009 – current||DAA-ZE2||1,339|
|Honda CRZ||3dr Hatchback||2010 – current||DAA-ZF1||1,496|
|HONDA CIVIC HYBRID||Sedan||2005 – current||DAA-FD3||1339|
|Honda FIT HYBRID||Hatchback||2010 – current||DAA-GP1||1339||Honda GE6 hybrid version|