Hybrid versions of the Toyota Corolla and Levin (pictured) sedans are being planned for China next year, according to Reuters. Toyota is considering making and selling them there, fitting them with locally-made parts, in its first bid to entirely produce hybrids outside Japan.
Executive VP Yasumori Ihara told Reuters that next year, the Corolla and Levin hybrids will use batteries, hybrid transaxles and inverters that are made in China. He added that Toyota will introduce 15 new models in the country by end-2017, in a quest to double China sales to around two million vehicles a year.
According to Reuters, Toyota sold 917,000 vehicles in China last year. That’s nine percent more than the year before, recovering from a dip due to the diplomatic row between Japan and China. Of that number, 20,400 were hybrids, up from just 7,900 the year before.
Toyota will sell two versions of the current-gen Corolla in China – the FAW-Toyota Corolla, which is similar in appearance to our Altis, and the new Guangqi-Toyota Levin, which our hardworking ground team in Beijing uncovered yesterday in a set of pics. Follow our Auto China 2014 coverage as it happens.