The best selling and most popular hybrid car in the world right now is once again the Toyota Prius. When the Prius was released back in 1997 it pioneered the trend towards hybrid vehicles. Initially, the Prius didn’t sell very well at all, however, sales start to increase as more models were introduced. In 2003 Toyota came out with their second generation hybrid vehicle making it car of the year according to Motor Trend.
Rapidly soaring gas prices are another reason why people are looking for alternatives, therefore environmental and health concerns are not the sole reasons hybrids are purchased. Although there are many hybrid cars an individual can choose from, the Prius is the number one choice due to its simplicity and price.
The Toyota Prius’ second generation has improved upon the first one in many important ways. The first generation Toyota Prius was fuel efficient but it only had the additional option of air-conditioning. Compared to the original, the enhanced version was roomier, faster and flashier. It’s the first midsize hatchback sedan on the market which has won many awards.
The Synergy hybrid system is used in all Toyota hybrid models. It possesses a 1.5 liter 4 cylinder engine with intelligent valve timing and permanent magnet Ac synchronous motor. It has 110 horsepower (gas and electric power combined) and it gets 46 miles for each gallon of gas. (city and highway mileage combined, as rated by EPA).
Some features are an electronically controlled continuous variable transmission, as well as an anti-lock system and regenerative breaking. It has 89 % fewer emissions and grants the owner a tax credit upon purchase.
Power windows, cloth seats, micron filter air-conditioners, cruise control, door locks, and keyless remote entry are included as standard features in the secoind generation Toyota Prius. Switches can be found on the steering wheel that controls the climate, audio and cruise control.
Navigational systems with Bluetooth is one of the options customers have when buying the vehicle. The ignition is tuned on by a power button instead of suing the key which make it different than any other hybrid on the market. On the dashboard is an energy motor that monitors the power that flows through the battery pack, engine and electric motor.
The second generation Toyota Prius may not look as stylish as other hybrid cars on the market but its fuel efficiency, eco friendly features and an affordable price make it stand out from the rest. The practical alternative choice is the pioneer.
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Hybrids are one of the fastest-growing segments of the car market today. The benefits of buying a hybrid car are so extraordinary that every car manufacturer wants to get in on this particular segment of the car market. There are two particular manufacturers who stand out as leading the way: Honda and Toyota. This article is going to explain why you should look into buying a Toyota Prius.
Toyota has done an amazing job of developing this car. Listen to some of the different awards which have been given for this hybrid: Motor Trends Car of the Year for 2004, 2004 International Engine of the Year, and 2004 North American Car of the Year. That is quite the prestigious list of awards given to Toyota. With recognition such as this, it is no surprise that the Toyota Prius stands as one of the top hybrids within this growing and competitive segment of the market. With such attention and publicity given to it, a very long waiting list has developed.
Some of the developments include stripping away the need for the car to plug in so that the electric battery can recharge. Originally with most hybrid cars, this was the case. Within the Prius, there are two electric motor generators and engineers built the engine so that they receive their power from the gas engine. This allows the electric motors to be recharging while the engine is in use. Also, when someone brakes the vehicle, there’s a certain amount of kinetic energy which is created due to friction. This kinetic energy is transformed into electric energy and this helps recharge the electric batteries as well. Toyota continues to remain on the leading edge of hybrid technology with the developments it has made on the Prius. This history of development has continued towards their other cars as the next paragraph will talk about.
Toyota did a good job of rebuilding the engine but also much care was taken to build in more creature comforts for the car. The Prius has been made wider and taller so that more people would be able to buy the car and have better view of the road. Toyota has enjoyed a great deal of success with this vehicle so did expand its lineup to include both its Camry along with Lexus. If you do not want to buy a Prius, look into the other options which Toyota has to offer. Given its track record with the Prius, you can have a good idea that the other cars in the hybrid car segment will be built with the same precision and care shown in building the Prius.