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Toyota Motor Corp. said Monday it has begun marketing what it calls an active-lifestyle luxury sedan and hopes to sell 2,500 units.

The new sedan, called Brevis, boasts the spaciousness of a large vehicle in a convenient, midsize package, the nation’s biggest automaker said.

Available with either 3.0- or 2.5-liter direct fuel-injection VVT-I (Variable Valve Timing-intelligent) engines, the Brevis clears fuel-consumption standards due to go into effect in 2010 and reduces hydrocarbon and nitrogen oxide emissions to at least 25 percent below 2000 regulation levels.

The Brevis has various intelligent transport system features, such as a radar cruise control that detects the traffic lane and vehicles in front to maintain safe following distances and an optional electronic toll collection unit.

While Toyota offers three models in the Brevis series, the standard Ai250 model with a 2.5-liter engine carries a price tag of 3.37 million yen.

The Brevis name was derived from the word “brave,” Toyota said.

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