42 Facts About Toyota Prius


Toyota Prius is a car built by Toyota which has a hybrid drivetrain, combining an internal combustion engine with an electric motor.

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The 2018 model year Toyota Prius Eco ranked as the second-most-fuel-efficient gasoline-powered car without plug-in capability available in the US that year, following the Hyundai Ioniq Blue hybrid.

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In 2011, Toyota expanded the Prius family to include the Prius v, an extended hatchback, and the Prius c, a subcompact hatchback.

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In February 2011, Toyota USA asked the US public to decide on what the most proper plural form of Prius should be, with choices including Prien, Prii, Prium, Prius, or Priuses.

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In 1995, Toyota Prius debuted a hybrid concept car at the Tokyo Motor Show, with testing following a year later.

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The first-generation Toyota Prius was available only in Japan, though it has been imported privately to at least the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand.

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NHW11 Toyota Prius became more powerful partly to satisfy the higher speeds and longer distances that Americans drive.

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The Toyota Prius was offered in the US in three trim packages: Standard, Base, and Touring.

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Toyota Prius owners were eligible for up to a federal tax deduction from their gross income.

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The second-generation Toyota Prius is more environmentally friendly than the previous model, and is 6 inches longer than the previous version.

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Production commenced in August 2003 at the Tsutsumi plant in Toyota Prius, Aichi, supplemented in October 2004 with the Fujimatsu plant at Kariya, Aichi.

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From 2005 to 2009, the second-generation Prius had been built by FAW-Toyota in the city of Changchun for the Chinese market.

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In early March 2008, Toyota cut the price of Prius by up to eight percent or to .

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Toyota Prius uses a range of plant-derived ecological bioplastics, using wood or grass-derived cellulose instead of petroleum.

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Toyota Prius said this was a timely breakthrough for plant-based eco-plastics because 2009 was the United Nations' International Year of Natural Fibres, which spotlights kenaf and ramie among others.

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Fourth-generation Toyota Prius was first shown during September 2015 in Las Vegas, and was released for retail customers in Japan on 9 December 2015.

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In late November 2018, for the 2019 model year, the U S market Prius lineup introduced an all-wheel drive model featuring Toyota's E-Four system.

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Also, the Toyota Prius received a facelift with redesigned headlights and taillights, which was released in Japan on 17 December 2018.

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Only the Toyota Prius Eco has a higher EPA-rated fuel economy rating in hybrid mode.

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Up until the 2020 model year, the Prime only had four seats as Toyota Prius couldn't meet efficiency targets when seating a fifth person.

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At the January 2011 North American International Auto Show, Toyota revealed the 2012 model year Prius v, an extended hatchback wagon, which is derived from the third-generation Prius and features over 50 per cent more interior cargo space than the original Prius design.

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In May 2011 Toyota introduced the Prius a in Japan, which is available in a five-seat, two-row model and a seven-seat, three-row model, the latter's third row enabled by a space-saving lithium-ion drive battery in the center console.

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The Alpha is the basis for the five-seat Toyota Prius v launched in North America in October 2011 with a nickel-metal hydride battery pack similar to the 2010 model year Toyota Prius, and with two rows of seats to accommodate five passengers.

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The Toyota Prius c has a lower list price and is smaller than the previous Toyota Prius hatchback.

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The Toyota Prius c was released in the US and Canada in March 2012, and in April 2012 in Australia and New Zealand.

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When sales of these two Prius models are broken down, the Toyota Aqua ranked as the top selling model in Japan, including kei cars, with the Aqua leading monthly sales since February through December 2012.

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Nevertheless, when sales of the two Prius models are broken down, the Toyota Aqua ranked as the top selling model in Japan in 2012, including kei cars, leading sales since February through December 2012.

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Global Toyota Prius sales peaked in 2010 with over 500 thousand units sold, and since 2011 sales of the liftback version have declined in most markets through December 2015, and in the US and Canada since 2013.

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US Toyota Prius sales have declined every year since their peak in 2012, due to more competition from other manufacturers.

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Toyota Prius is a power-split or series-parallel hybrid, sometimes referred to as a combined hybrid, a vehicle that can be propelled by gasoline or electric power or both.

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The traction battery of the first generation Toyota Prius update was a sealed 38-module nickel metal hydride battery pack with a capacity of 1.

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Therefore, Toyota Prius specifies that a polyolester oil is required for repairs.

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Since its introduction, the Toyota Prius has been among the best fuel economy vehicles available in the United States, and for the model year 2012, the Prius family has three models among the 10 most fuel-efficient cars sold in the country as rated by US Environmental Protection Agency .

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Toyota Prius uses electric motors in the hybrid propulsion systems, powered by a high voltage battery in the rear of the car.

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Wall Street Journal reported in February 2007 on concerns that quiet cars like the Toyota Prius may pose a safety risk to those who rely on engine noise to sense the presence or location of moving vehicles.

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In July 2007, a spokesman for Toyota Prius said the company is aware of the issue and is studying options.

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In 2010, Toyota released a device for the third-generation Prius meant to alert pedestrians of its proximity.

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Large number of Toyota Prius-owning progressive celebrities in 2002 prompted The Washington Post to dub hybrids "Hollywood's latest politically correct status symbol".

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Conservatives called "Toyota Prius Patriots" drive the cars because they want to contribute to reducing US dependence on foreign oil.

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Shortly afterwards Washington Post columnist Robert Samuelson coined the term "Toyota Prius politics" to describe a situation where the driver's desire to "show off" is a stronger motivator than the desire to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

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Driverless version of the Toyota Prius was one of six cars to finish the 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge.

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In June 2015, the Toyota Prius started use as a general purpose patrol car of the National Police of Ukraine.

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