STCBL launches new models of Toyota vehicles
State Trading Corproation of Bhutan (STCB) has launched 3 models of Hybdrid and 3 models of Etios family vehicles in the country on the Eve of December 17h cooincinding with the National Day of Bhutan. The event was graced by His Excellency, Minister of Finance, Lyonpo Namgay Dorji, as the Chief Guest. Besides dignitaries and business people from Bhutan, Executives from Japan, India and Bangladesh also attended the event.
The new models of Toyota’s “Hybrid Synergy Drive” are a breakthrough in green technology.
Features of Hybrid Vehicles
Hybrid vehicles can dramatically reduce the consumption of gasoline by using electricity from their high power batteries as energy to drive.
A hybrid vehicles with revolutionary measures to minimize fuel consumption can drive nearly 1.7 times as far on one tank when compared with a gasoline engine vehicle on the same class. Its superior fuel efficiency can also significantly reduce running cost.
The combination of two powerful sources - the electric motor and gasoline engine realises a dynamic and smooth acceleration. Fuel con- sumption can be reduced since the electric motor delivers power.
Hybrid vehicles can run only on the quiet electric motor when starting and in the low speed range. The quiet operation not only benefits the driver and passenger but also its surroundings.
Much of the success of Etios can be attributed to five main factors: 1. Engine performance – a major purchase driver for Etios is its engine size. Boasting a 16-valve DOHC 1.5-litre engine, all models come standard with a five-speed manual transmission. An excellent power to weight ratio also contributes to its sparkling performance. 2. Fuel consumption – despite the bigger capacity power plant and the impressive performance, the Etios still returns a laudable average consumption of just 6.0L/100km. 3. Space – the rear seat can be classified as a true 3-seater due to its expanded flat design which maximizes space, and improves ease of entry and exit for 3 adults. The rear floor is also flat, maximizing the space for the passenger in the middle seat. 4. Peace of Mind – it’s a Toyota and that means that Quality, Durability and Reliability (QDR) are a given. Backing this up is a full complement of safety kit including ABS, EBD, dual front airbags and an immobilizer. 5. Affordable price – the Etios is still one of the most competitively priced vehicle ranges. During the event, STCBL and Toyota Tsusho Corporation, donated one of the star cars of the night, a new ‘Prius’ hybrid to the Ministry of Finance.