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Toyota launches output of 2 conventional hybrid cars in China

Toyota Motor Corp. launched its first two locally produced conventional hybrid cars, hybrid versions of the Toyota Corolla and Levin, in China last week.

The two vehicles have the same starting price of 139,800 yuan ($21,800), according to the websites of Toyota's joint ventures with China FAW Group Corp. and Guangzhou Automobile Co.

The joint ventures each offer a warranty of eight years or 200,000 km for the batteries on the two cars.

Toyota has started taking orders for the two vehicles, which are due to arrive at dealerships in December.

The hybrid Corolla is built by FAW Toyota, while the hybrid Levin is assembled by GAC-Toyota.

The vehicles' key powertrain components, which include nickel hydrogen batteries, electric motors, power control units and 1.8-liter gasoline engines, are built at Toyota's powertrain plant in the east China city of Changshu.

Local production will enable Toyota to avoid paying a 25-percent tariff on imported hybrid vehicles.

Toyota currently sells eight imported hybrid cars in China -- the Toyota Prius, the hybrid version of the Toyota Camry and six hybrid Lexus models.

The Japanese automaker did not disclose sales of its imported hybrids.

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