STCBL launches new mod­els of Toy­ota ve­hi­cles

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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

Clean Air

Hy­brid ve­hi­cles can dra­mat­i­cally re­duce the con­sump­tion of gaso­line by us­ing elec­tric­ity from their high power bat­ter­ies as en­ergy to drive.

Fuel Ef­fi­ciency

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.

Ac­cel­er­a­tion

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.

Quiet­ness

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.

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