TOKYO — Toyota Motor Corp. launches its new Estima 4-wheel-drive hybrid minivan in June, with seating for eight, featuring independent front and rear power systems. The vehicle achieves L/100 km (42 mpg) in city driving, according to Japan's 10-15 test cycle. Unlike the compact Prius, Toyota's first hybrid car, the gas-electric Estima employs a pair of electric motors, one each in the front and rear of the vehicle. The front motor, which transmits power to the front wheels, complements a ...

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