Toyota Prius is a midsize electric full hybrid hatchback, formerly a compact sedan developed and manufactured by the Toyota Motor Corporation. EPA and California Air Resources Board (CARB) rate of Prius as one of the cleanest cars sold in the U.S. based on emissions. In the first Prius went on sale in Japan in 1997, and was available in four Toyota dealerships Japan, becoming the first mass-produced hybrid vehicle. Subsequently introduced to the world in 2000. Prius is sold in about 80 countries and regions, with its largest markets are Japan and the United States. May 2008, a system of additional global Prius sales reached the milestone mark of 1 million vehicles, the stage is reached 2,000,000 in September 2010, and from October 2012, a total of 2.8 million Prii have been sold worldwide. Total sales of 1,000,000 Prii were achieved in the U.S. in early April 2011, and Japan reached the mark of 1 million in August 2011. Since its launch in 2009, the third generation Prius sold over 1 million units worldwide in September 2011.
In 2011, Toyota Prius extended family to include the Prius v, extended hatchback wagon, the Prius c, a hatchback subcompact. production version of the Prius plug-in hybrid was released in 2012. Families Prius reached global sales of 3.3 million additional units until October 2012, representing 71.5% of hybrid sales, Toyota Motor Company 4.6 million Lexus and Toyota units sold worldwide since 1997.
In 1995, Toyota debuted a prototype hybrid car at the Tokyo Motor Show, with testing following a year later. The first Prius, model NHW10, was released on December 10, 1997. It was available only in Japan, though it has been imported privately, at least in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. first generation Prius, at its launch, became the world’s first mass-produced, gasoline-electric hybrid car. Prius NHW10 style originated from California designers, who were selected through competing designs from other Toyota design studios.
In 2003 the Prius was completely redesigned as a mid-size liftback, sized between the Corolla and the Camry, with redistributed mechanical space and interior significantly increasing legroom in the back seat and cargo space. The new Prius is more environmentally friendly than the previous model, and is 6 inches longer than the previous version. development effort, led by chief engineer Shigeyuki Hori, led to 530 patents for the vehicle.
Third generation Toyota Prius (XW30, 2009-present)
Toyota debuted the new Prius in the month of January 2009 North American International Auto Show, and sales began in Japan on May 18, 2009. Toyota Prius price reduction of ¥ 2,050,000 ¥ 2.331 million to better compete with the Honda Insight, leading some to wonder whether increased sales of the Prius might come at the expense of sales of other vehicles with higher margins. The lowest price competition hybrids, like the Honda Insight, will also be difficult for Toyota to capitalize on the success of the Prius. This figure is disputed by General Motors which found the value for the model with 17 “wheels to be around 0.30 based on tests in GM, Ford and Chrysler wind tunnels lower rear fin helps stabilize the car at high speed.
Toyota Prius Safety
2010 Toyota Prius IIHS rated as good, except for the cage side impact safety, which was rated as acceptable. To test EuroNCAP, Prius personal acquired five five-star general, and was rated as 88 percent for adult resident defense, 82 percent for resident children, 68 percent for pedestrians, and 86 percent to help security.
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