But not to worry, as planned, the new five-door subcompact edition of the popular hybrid will get a big rollout at the upcoming North American International Auto Show, in preparation for a spring U.S. launch. And that’s not all the company has planned for the big Detroit confab: Toyota also said it would premiere the NS4, “an advanced plug-in hybrid concept vehicle.”
No further details on this vehicle were given, but the company did tantalize followers with a view of a small portion of the vehicle’s front end. That’s it above. Of course, Toyota already has a plug-in hybrid well in the works, the Prius Plug-in Hybrid that’s set to hit the U.S. market in March 2012.
As for Aqua, Toyoto said it was launching it in Japan at a starting price of 1.69 million, which isn’t as bad as it might sound – that converts to around $21,500. The company said it’s aiming to sell about 12,000 Aquas a month in Japan.
According to a Bloomberg News report, Aqua fills a lower-priced niche that will help the company increase domestic sales after the company raised prices on the bigger Prius.