2008 Toyota Prius – Affordable Midsize Car

Ft. Lauderdale, FL – AutoUSA, America’s best source for online customers, is pleased to announce that the brand new 2008 Toyota Prius is an affordable midsize car in the market today.

The brand new 2008 Toyota Prius is a favorite gas electric hybrid vehicle and remains at the top of its class for fuel economy and reliability. It’s a midsize hatchback sedan available in 3 body styles namely Standard, Base and Touring.

The 2008 Toyota Prius delivers exceptional fuel efficiency and has radically less environmental impact, all this without compromising on performance or comfort. Its hybrid synergy drive system is powered by a 76-horsepower, 1.5-liter, four-cylinder engine and two electric motors. The 2008 Toyota Prius produces 110 combined horsepower with its gas engine and electric motor.

All Toyota Prius models are equipped with standard exterior and interior features. For safety, there are seat-mounted side-impact air bags as well as side curtain air bags. Front seatbelts come with pretensioners and force limiters. The Prius also has front air bags and three-point seatbelts for all rear-seating positions. Anti-lock disc brakes with brake assist, traction control, and electronic brake-force distribution all combine to ensure safety to all passengers within the vehicle. Vehicle stability control is optional.


Toyota’s Winning Trio in Canadian Car of the Year Awards


Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) members pick Camry LE, Camry Hybrid and RAV4 as category winners for the 2007 Canadian Car of the Year. Toyota Trio were given the top honors. Toyota Camry LE won in the Best New Family Car, Toyota Camry Hybrid, in the Best New Family Car, and Toyota RAV4 V6 Sport in the Best New SUV/CUV category.

“Toyota is very happy to accept these awards and on behalf of everyone at Toyota in Canada, I’d like to thank AJAC’s members for these honors,” said Stephen Beatty, Managing Director at Toyota Canada Inc. “The Toyota Camry is North America’s most popular passenger car. The Toyota Camry Hybrid represents an important evolution of gasoline-electric hybrid technology in the second most popular market segment in Canada. And the redesigned Toyota RAV4 will be manufactured in Woodstock, Ontario when our new assembly plant, currently under construction, begins production in 2008.”

Toyota Camry, a midsize car built in Georgetown, Kentucky plant, is the best-selling car in the United States for 8 of the last 9 years starting in 1997. Now in its sixth generation, auto parts for Toyota Camry have been notably redesigned though the length of the car remained unchanged. Kentucky plant produces approximately 45,000 Camrys annually.

Toyota Camry OEM parts boast functionality and style. The new Camry is also being manufactured by Toyota Motor Corporation Australia. The new generation Camry in Australia went on sale last August. Its model range is composed of the Altise, Ateva, Sportivo and Grande.

This year, Toyota created a hybrid version of Camry. It was introduced alongside with the redesigned Camry. The car employs Hybrid Synergy Drive setup, which is identical to that of Prius, Highlander Hybrid and Lexus RX 400h. Camry Hybrid uses a 4-cylinder gasoline engine that is capable of producing 192 horsepower. Standard features of the Camry Hybrid include knee airbags, side torso airbags and side-curtain airbags, remote entry and start.

Toyota RAV4, on the other hand, is a compact crossover SUV which was significantly redesigned for the 2006 model year. For now, Toyota RAV4 auto parts are assembled in the automaker’s Tahara, Aichi, Japan assembly plant. However, the assembly is expected to be transferred in Woodstock, Ontario, Canada assembly plant when the latter comes online.

“These three vehicles are extremely important to Toyota’s vision of the future of personal transportation in Canada,” Mr. Beatty continued. “Therefore, we’re pleased that they have been selected by AJAC’s members as the best in their respective categories.”

AJAC is an association composed of professional journalists, writers and photographers who are responsible for the coverage in Canada’s auto industry.


Stars Shine Down On Toyota ‘green Cars’

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Toyota, the second largest automaker around the globe, is proud to be the presenting sponsor of the recently held Environmental Media Awards. The latter is a prestigious event aimed at promoting awareness of environment issues. The gala event displayed a powerhouse of stars and celebrities from film, music and television.

Previous honorees of Environmental Awards include Daryl Hannah, Cameron Diaz, Edward Norton, and programs like The Simpsons, Grey’s Anatomy, and Lilo & Stitch. “Entertainment is a potent vehicle for raising awareness of environmental issues,” said Dian Ogilvie, senior vice president and chief environmental officer of Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. “The creative teams who are honored with an Environmental Media Award are inspiring people to think and act in ways that benefit our planet.”

Toyota is the world’s leader in hybrid technology. It has unleashed several hybrid cars to help reduce air pollution. Toyota and its other division called Lexus, offered five hybrids in the United States. These hybrids are for the SUV, midsized sedan, and sports car segments. To sum it up, Toyota hybrid vehicles contribute in saving more than 150 gallons of gas in the United States. Moreover, it has avoided over 3 million pounds of greenhouse gas emissions.

Toyota hybrid sales are led by Prius, which has a total of 500,000 worldwide sales in April. For 2006, Toyota is expected to sell more than 100,000 Prius in the U.S. Toyota Prius accessories amp performance parts are now enhanced to boost its new feature dubbed as Hybrid Synergy Drive.

Hybrid Synergy Drive is also integrated in the hybrid version for Toyota Highlander OEM parts. The crossover SUV hybrid with said feature was first introduced at the North American International Show in 2004.

The third hybrid in Toyota’s lineup is Camry Hybrid. The hybrid version for the automaker’s sedan was introduced for the model year 2007 in May 2006. Auto parts for Toyota Camry hybrid uses 4-cylinder gasoline engine woth electric motors to generate a peak of 187 horsepower. Camry Hybrid is also equipped with Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive.

The Highlander and Camry hybrids are 70 percent cleaner for smog-forming emissions compared to other average new vehicles of today. “Worldwide, Toyota plans to offer hybrid engines in many of our products and we’ve set a goal of one million hybrids by 2010,” said Dian Ogilvie. “We’ve made a very big commitment to this technology because it gives people a way to drive what they want, but produce fewer emissions and get higher fuel mileage at the same time.”


Polo Beats Prius’ Green Factor

A diesel car has beaten the world’s hot-selling hybrid – Toyota Prius – to the top spot in a new government guide to greener motoring, reported Alastair Dalton, a transport correspondent at Scotsman.

The new Volkswagen Polo, which will be rolled out in Britain this October, emits just 99 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer, five grams fewer than the petrol-electric hybrid, Prius. The Prius has become synonymous with environmentally minded celebrities, such as Jennifer Aniston and Leonardo DiCaprio. But the new Polo Blue Motion could prove even greener.

The Prius, the first hybrid to be mass-produced, has won a number of awards including the Year Japan from 1997 to 1998, the North American Car of the Year in 2004, and the European Car of the Year in 2005. EPA has rated the hybrid at 48 mpg in city driving and 45 mpg on the highway. By far, it is the most economical car sold in the United States.

The Toyota Motor Corp.’s third generation Hybrid Synergy Drive is expected to slash costs and weight. Additionally, a plug-in version of the hybrid will be engineered to tout increased gas mileage with larger engine. It has also been suggested that a range of different sized models are planned, rather than a single model. The first of these new models is set to be introduced in 2009. This new Prius may carry the Lexus brand.

Diesel cars top the government’s new ‘Act on’ list, with officials advising motorists who drive predominantly outside towns and cities to choose them over gasoline cars. The number of diesel cars on Britain’s roads has nearly tripled over the last ten years to 6.1 million in 2006. Now they account for 22 percent of cars.

“The Polo Blue Motion 1.4 TDI 80PS, which includes a diesel particulate filter system, is among the first conventional-engine cars to be exempt from road tax because of its low emissions,” Dalton reported. “The Prius is joint runner-up in the tables with the diesel Mini Cooper D hatchback, which also has a particulate filter and will be available next month.” There must be something about the Volkswagen Radiator Hose? Or is it the package?

The government rankings, compiled with What Car? magazine, feature the ten lowest emission vehicles in 14 categories – from superminis to luxury cars. The rankings use the government’s Vehicle Certification Agency’s emissions data. The agency is responsible for conducting the official tests to determine the emissions from cars.

Stuart Hay, the head of policy at Friends of the Earth Scotland, said: “Unfortunately, no account is taken of other local air pollutants that come from diesel cars, so the public might not necessarily be buying the most environmentally friendly car overall.”

“If most of your driving is in cities, diesel cars might not be as good for the environment as you might think. Particulates and NOX increase lung cancer and cardiac diseases, and make existing conditions, like asthma, worse,” said Ed Dearnley, a policy officer with the National Society for Clean Air and Environmental Protection.

Jim Fitzpatrick, a UK transport minister who is due to launch the list today, said: “By choosing the car with the most fuel-efficient engine in its class, drivers could reduce their engine emissions by 24 per cent and potentially save a quarter on fuel costs. The car you choose can help reduce your impact on the environment, and save money.”

Steve Fowler, editor of What Car?, has this to say: “These rankings are exactly what consumers need to make an informed choice about the car to buy to minimize fuel consumption, save money and help tackle climate change.”

By: Anthony Fontanelle

About the Author:

Anthony Fontanelle is a 35-year-old automotive buff who grew up in the Windy City. He does freelance work for an automotive magazine when he is not busy customizing cars in his shop.