Toyota Alphard Hybrid Autonet ca

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Toyota Alphard Electric Cars

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The major takeaway from last week’s Toyota Hybrid World Tour is that the company is committed to putting ever-more vehicles with the cleaner and lower-emitting powertrains on the world’s roads.

What stood out for me, though, was the sheer number of models that they already have in production. There are 23 currently (with more 15 new ones in the pipe) available in foreign markets, and some of the ones we don’t get here in North America are the ones I really want.

Putting the gas/electric Hybrid Synergy Drive system into Corolla and Yaris always seemed like a natural move to me; and I was just naïve enough to imagine that the company hadn’t done so but of course they have; you just can’t buy one here.

I’ll tell you what else you can’t buy here: the World’s Coolest Family Van.

Dubbed the Alphard, the imposing people hauler brings an array of features and function that focus as much on the denizens of the rear seats as the driver.

The driver doesn’t fare too badly, of course, with a fully adjustable seat well padded for a long drive, and a state-of-the-art technology suite and user interface (which, of course, I could not use; as the system was all displayed and marked in Japanese, but I got the gist of it).

Something I haven’t seen before was a strange, alien-looking mirror mounted on an arm over the hood on the passenger side. It’s for viewing objects and curbs in front of the steeply descending front end — kind of a low-tech replacement of a bumper-mounted sensor system.

The Alphard will seat up to seven people, depending on how it is configured, or haul a lot of cargo with the rearmost seats in the one I drove flipped up. It is the second-row passengers that get the best of the van, though, with (presumably optional) fully reclining seats that are not only heated and ventilated, but include a massage function as well.

Heck, if I owned one of these I’d make someone else drive it just so I could sit in the back all day. It’s like a business-class seat on a high-end airline.

The interesting thing is the Asian-market Alphard is not extremely expensive. The hybrid runs between four and six million yen (which, as we all know, is approximately 42K to 63K dollars).

Toyota Alphard Electric Cars

You can’t get one here, but check out the interesting take on family van technology at http://www.alphard.com.hk/index_en.html

Fact fil e

2013 Toyota Alphard


Trim level: 7-seat, AWD

Price as tested (approx): $52,000

Configuration: front engine/ all-wheel drive

Engine/transmission: 2.4L 4-cyl with electric motor/ CVT automatic

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