2016 Toyota Mirai Gets Production Boost | Edmunds

2016 Toyota Mirai Gets Production Boost

TOYOTA CITY, Japan Toyota will increase production of the 2016 Toyota Mirai fuel-cell sedan in response to customer interest, the automaker said on Thursday.

The new plan calls for production to increase from 700 units in 2015 to approximately 2,000 units in 2016 and approximately 3,000 units in 2017.

"Sales plans for Japan, the U.S. and Europe following production increases will be formulated taking into consideration each region's level of hydrogen infrastructure development, energy policies, car-purchasing subsidies, consumer demand, environmental regulations and other factors," Toyota said in a statement.

Mirai means "future" in Japan. Toyota said its fuel-cell vehicle, which is set to go on sale in California this year, can travel up to 300 miles on a single tank of hydrogen, refuel in less than five minutes and emits only water vapor.

Toyota said it has received about 1,500 orders for the Mirai in Japan in its first month of sales. The car will compete here against such offerings as the 2015 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell and the successor to the Honda FCX Clarity. The Honda FCV Concept, which previews the future Honda fuel-cell vehicle, is on display now at the 2015 Washington Auto Show.

The Mirai is priced at $58,325, including an $825 destination charge. It arrives at Toyota's California dealerships in the fall.

The five-passenger Mirai is also available for lease at $499 per month with $3,649 due at signing. The lease option runs for 36 months.

"With combined state and federal incentives of $13,000 available to many customers, the purchase price could potentially fall to under $45,000," said Toyota in a statement.

Edmunds says: Interest in the 2016 Toyota Mirai appears to be growing and Toyota responds with updated production plans that may get the fuel-cell sedan into your hands before too long.

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