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RSS Official: Toyota launches new Pixis Epoch kei car in Japan


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<p>Filed under: <a href=&quot;http://www.autoblog.com/category/economy/" rel="tag">Budget</a>, <a href=&quot;http://www.autoblog.com/category/japan/" rel="tag">Japan</a>, <a href=&quot;http://www.autoblog.com/category/hatchbacks/" rel="tag">Hatchback</a>, <a href=&quot;http://www.autoblog.com/category/toyota/" rel="tag">Toyota</a>, <a href=&quot;http://www.autoblog.com/category/daihatsu/" rel="tag">Daihatsu</a></p><a href=&quot;http://www.autoblog.com/photos/toyota-pixis-epoch/"><img alt="Toyota Pixis Epoch" src=&quot;http://www.blogcdn.com/www.autoblog.com/media/2012/05/pixis-epochweb.jpg" style="margin-top: 4px; margin-bottom: 4px; width: 628px; height: 383px; " /></a><br /><br />Kei cars may be small in size, but they're big business in Japan. The latest arrival to the category is the little hatch you see above, the <a href=&quot;http://www.autoblog.com/toyota">Toyota</a> Pixis Epoch.<br /><br />It's the fourth vehicle produced by the <a href=&quot;http://www.autoblog.com/category/daihatsu">Daihatsu</a> division but sold under the Toyota brand. As with other keis, power comes from a 660cc engine. It's mated to a continuously variable transmission driving either just the front wheels or all four. In both configurations, the Pixis Epoch features a stop-start system that helps its emissions and fuel efficiency figures come in well below even the Japanese government's stringent standards.<br /><br />The whole package measures just 3,395 mm (133 inches) long, 1,475 mm (58 inches) wide and 1,500 mm (59 inches) tall, but offers a relatively spacious and utile interior, plus a tight turning radius of just 4.4 meters. Pricing ranges from 795,000 to 1.2 million yen - that's less than $10,000 (and no more than $15k). Further details in the press release after the jump.<p><a href=&quot;http://www.autoblog.com/2012/05/12/toyota-launches-new-pixis-epoch-mini-vehicle-in-japan/" rel="bookmark">Continue reading <em>Toyota launches new Pixis Epoch kei car in Japan</em></a></p><p style="padding:5px;background:#ddd;border:1px solid #ccc;clear:both;"><a href=&quot;http://www.autoblog.com/2012/05/12/toyota-launches-new-pixis-epoch-mini-vehicle-in-japan/">Toyota launches new Pixis Epoch kei car in Japan</a> originally appeared on <a href=&quot;http://www.autoblog.com">Autoblog</a> on Sat, 12 May 2012 16:03:00 EST. Please see our <a href=&quot;http://www.weblogsinc.com/feed-terms/">terms for use of feeds</a>.</p><h6 style="clear: both; padding: 8px 0 0 0; height: 2px; font-size: 1px; border: 0; margin: 0; padding: 0;"></h6><a href=&quot;http://www.autoblog.com/2012/05/12/toyota-launches-new-pixis-epoch-mini-vehicle-in-japan/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to this entry">Permalink</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href=&quot;http://www.autoblog.com/forward/20235603/" title="Send this entry to a friend via email">Email this</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href=&quot;http://www.autoblog.com/2012/05/12/toyota-launches-new-pixis-epoch-mini-vehicle-in-japan/#comments" title="View reader comments on this entry">Comments</a>

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Kei cars may be small in size, but they're big business in Japan. The latest arrival to the category is the little hatch you see above, the Toyota Pixis Epoch.

It's the fourth vehicle produced by the Daihatsu division but sold under the Toyota brand. As with other keis, power comes from a 660cc engine. It's mated to a continuously variable transmission driving either just the front wheels or all four. In both configurations, the Pixis Epoch features a stop-start system that helps its emissions and fuel efficiency figures come in well below even the Japanese government's stringent standards.

The whole package measures just 3,395 mm (133 inches) long, 1,475 mm (58 inches) wide and 1,500 mm (59 inches) tall, but offers a relatively spacious and utile interior, plus a tight turning radius of just 4.4 meters. Pricing ranges from 795,000 to 1.2 million yen – that's less than $10,000 (and no more than $15k). Further details in the press release after the jump.

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