Toyota Prius launched the first mass-produced hybrid car models

Toyota Prius Hybrid (PRIUS), Japan’s Toyota Motor launched the first mass-produced hybrid car models in 1997, then sold to more than 40 countries and regions worldwide in 2001, its largest markets being Japan and North America.

The United States is the largest market for Prius. As of early 2009, Toyota sold more than 600,000 vehicles.

Basic information TOYOTA PRIUS

  • manufacturer a Toyota
  • Source Domestic
  • Fuel standard No. 93
  • Euro of issue IV
  • Warranty policy 2 years / 50,000 kilometers
  • Maintenance period 5000 kilometers

Today, the new generation of PRIUS has become a model of hybrid vehicles that leads the trend of the new era. According to statistics: Prius has sold more than 400,000 vehicles worldwide. It won the Car of the Year in North America in 2004.

Subsequently, PRIUS won the “2005 European Car of the Year” with an absolute lead based on the theme of science and technology and environmental protection, and won the “2005 Beijing-Ulaanbaatar Auto Rally Fuel Economy Challenge Award” in one fell swoop.

According to data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Prius is the most fuel-efficient vehicle sold in the United States in 2007. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board ranked the Prius as the cleanest vehicle in the United States based on carbon dioxide emissions. The UK Department for Transport announced that the Prius is the second lowest carbon dioxide emission among vehicles sold in the UK.

The Prius went on sale in late October 1997. It was the world’s first hybrid car to achieve mass production. Today, as people are increasingly concerned about protecting the environment, the Prius has been highly praised by the world for its historical significance and its breakthrough in reducing vehicle fuel consumption and exhaust emissions.

The new Prius, which was officially launched in China on December 15, 2005, is the second-generation Prius. It is equipped with a new generation of Toyota’s THS II hybrid power system. It is based on Toyota’s previous generation THS hybrid power system. The “Hybrid Synergy Drive” with environmental and energy performance was developed as a concept. THS II increases the engine power to 1.5 times the original by increasing the voltage of the power supply system and solves a number of technical problems by improving the control system, so that the synergy of engine power and motor power can be fully exploited.

Prius has “smooth, strong power performance” and “the world’s best environmental performance” unique to the new generation Toyota THS II hybrid system, but also features cutting-edge styling, comfortable control performance and electronic wet shifting. Outstanding features and advanced equipment such as electric variable frequency automatic air conditioning sensor.

General description of the model

The main advantages: elegant and individual appearance, defined general lines; simple interior, good materials and workmanship; spacious and comfortable space; flexible control; good fuel economy.

The biggest disadvantage: slow speed; most internet users report that after-sales maintenance is inconvenient, the price is high and the overall cost performance is average.

Appearance: The Prius has a sleek, avant-garde personality, smooth lines and a crisp front end. Internet users said that “appearance is the key to choosing a car – alternative, stylish and technological.

Interior: The interior is simple, equipped with a touch screen, easy to operate and practical; the navigation system and the reverse image are easy to use, the interior materials are more environmentally friendly and the overall workmanship is relatively good.

Space: The overall space is spacious and comfortable. Especially when the rear seats are folded, there is more space. Internet users said: “The appearance doesn’t look big, the actual space is bigger than expected and the trunk is big enough.

Handling: The overall control is agile, equipped with a continuous CVT transmission, smooth shifting, good steering feel and responsive braking; the suspension setting is more comfortable, the chassis is high and the ride is good, but due to the lightweight bodywork, the high speed is seriously affected by the crosswind.

Energy: adopt a set of hybrid energy, novel technology, good power output, suitable for urban domestic transport. Internet users report that the speed is slower and the accelerator needs a period of time to adapt. Internet users said: “After a period of adaptation, I feel that the Prius is already very fast, starting and basically, you can overtake as you wish”.

Fuel consumption: According to most Internet users, the Prius has good fuel economy, with fuel consumption of approximately 5 liters per 100 kilometers.

Design concept

TOYOTA-PRIUS hybrid electric vehicle

Before the energy crisis and environmental problems became apparent, TOYOTA proactively incorporated hybrid energy research and development into its long-term plan; after more than 40 years of TOYOTA efforts, PRIUS took the lead in implementing the cutting-edge design concept to perfection with the exquisite craftsmanship of the future, and even ahead of the times. The floor is equipped with a series of highly intelligent technologies. As the world’s first mass-produced hybrid car, PRIUS has achieved global sales of 500,000 vehicles, which has attracted the attention of the entire automotive and fashion industry. It is more worthy of being a technological pioneer and launching the future today.

Focus on environmental protection

PRIUS is making its own contribution to reducing the environmental burden with practical actions. TOYOTA’s hybrid power system makes coordinated driving of the engine and the electric motor an age-old improvement. While it has a solid, smooth and quiet driving experience, it has achieved world-class fuel economy and exhaust emissions.

PRIUS does not pollute the environment when powered by electric motors only; it can also recover energy for reuse when decelerating, braking and descending; especially when stopped by a red light, the engine will automatically stop running. No fuel consumption! Therefore, fuel consumption and exhaust emissions have been effectively improved. In addition, the excellent aerodynamics, the world’s first electric inverter air conditioner and the lightweight design of various body parts also help to achieve lower fuel consumption.

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