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2017 Prius Prime plug-in hybrid unveiled by Toyota at New York Auto Show

One of the most remarkable vehicles seen at the 2016 New York International Auto Show was at the Toyota exhibit -- the 2017 Prius Prime. Long known as the world leader when it comes to hybrid vehicles, Toyota unveiled its latest ultra-efficient model equipped with a plug-in hybrid powertrain, the Prius Prime.

Many people know that the word “Prime” refers to the best and this is apt for this model considering that it is not only the most technologically advanced but also the best-equipped Prius by far. The fuel economy rating of the Prius Prime is manufacturer-estimated to be at least 120 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe).

This is 26% better compared to the previous model and is predicted to be the highest MPGe rating for a Plug-in Hybrid. All of these are due to an enhanced hybrid system and a battery that offers greater capacity. When the hybrid mode is activated, the Prius Prime hopes to have an MPG rating that is better, or at the very least equal, to that of the Prius liftback.

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Las Vegas welcomes launch of 2016 Toyota Prius, more details given

People around the world are looking forward to the launch of the all-new 2016 Toyota Prius in their country. While waiting for its arrival, let us see what the brand revealed about the fourth generation Prius when it was presented in Las Vegas.

First of all, this hybrid breaks plenty of ground with its incredible style and its fun driving dynamics. The Prius has set the standards for the hybrid when it comes to environmental credentials.

This new model features a stylish, appealing design that goes with its fun-loving nature. The new Prius offers a pleasant, refined drive with its more rigid platform. It’s actually the first vehicle offered throughout the world to be built using the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA). Pushing the envelope even further are its top-of-the-class low center of gravity as well as a new front and rear suspension.

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Next-generation Toyota Prius delayed again, this time due to design issues

Back in June, we reported that the fourth-generation Toyota Prius will be delayed by 6 months as the Japanese producer needed more time to tweak the vehicle in order to be sure that it delivers the maximum fuel economy. Now, the next-generation Prius is facing another problem as the vehicle’s design needs to be more impressive and must be refined.

According to a Toyota insider, the exterior will be clearly different when compared with the current model and the carmakers wants a design that feels like a “fresh breeze”. In addition, the new Prius will receive a sporty look as it targets young buyers and wants to appeal to a wider audience.

What’s more interesting is that the vehicle that is most closely previewing the new Prius is the C-HR Concept shown back in October at the 2014 Paris Motor Show.

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Next-generation Toyota Prius will get technology from TS040 Hybrid Le Mans racer

The next-generation Toyota Prius was already delayed by 6 months due to the fact that the Japanese engineers need to improve the fuel economy ratings and we do know that the best-selling hybrid vehicle will make its debut next year. What’s more interesting is that the new Prius will use technology from the TS040 racecar that ran at this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race.

According to Yoshiaki Kinoshita a.k.a. president of Toyota Motorsport GmbH, the components used by the TS040 Hybrid Le Mans racer already have parts from the next-generation Prius. Although he didn’t want to give too many details, Yoshiaki Kinoshita said that the technology includes microchips and microcontrollers, not mechanical parts.

For those who don’t know, the TS040 also has a four-wheel-drive hybrid powertrain and comparing it wit its predecessor, the TS030, its fuel consumption improved by 25 percent from the 2013 car. The TS040 is not only more fuel-efficient, but also more powerful as its hybrid system develops a staggering 1,000 hp.

Read the entire article Next-generation Toyota Prius will get technology from TS040 Hybrid Le Mans racer

Toyota GB announced that the Prius+, also known as Europe’s best-selling seven-seat hybrid MPV, is getting some updates for the 2015MY. As a result, the 2015 Prius+ arrives with a new upper grille fitted with a more prominent Toyota badge, new LED headlights, as well as a completely new front bumper with trapezoid shape finished in gloss black metallic and featuring integrated LED headlights and fog lights.

At the rear, we find new taillights and a new bumper. According to Toyota, the Prius+ will be available with two new exterior colours, Dark Sherry metallic and Attitude Black mica. The interior was updated too and arrives with a dark silver metallic finish for the switchgear, air conditioning dial control and a chrome finish for the door handles and slim-line air vents.

The dash is dominated by the 4.2-inch colour TFT information screen, which is controlled using the switchgear located on the steering wheel. Toyota will offer as standard the Toyota Touch 2 multimedia system which includes touchscreen control, Bluetooth and reversing camera.

Read the entire article 2015 Toyota Prius+ gets a facelift in Europe

Although most of the carmakers are now focusing on hybrid vehicles, something that Toyota started back in 1998 with the first-generation of the Prius, the Japanese carmaker wants to step to the next level with fuel cell vehicles. Still, Toyota believes that fuel cell vehicles are a long term bet that can replicate the success it had with the Prius.

Toyota’s new Fuel Cell Sedan will arrive in Japan in April 2015, while in summer 2015 the new model hits the European and North American markets. In Japan, the new vehicle will cost around seven million yen which means about $69,000, 50,000 euros or 40,450 GBP.

The big problem is that at the beginning, Toyota will limit sales of its fuel cell sedan in regions where a hydrogen-refuelling infrastructure. We don’t believe that sales will be impressive at least in the first year but we also don’t expect Toyota to care about it as it expects to sell up to 10,000 units per year.

Read the entire article Toyota aims to replicate Prius success with its new fuel cell sedan

Toyota Prius is currently the best-selling hybrid vehicle around the world but it appears that other car manufacturers want a piece of its success. Yesterday we told you about Ford’s plan to build a rival for the well-known Japanese hybrid vehicle. Today, we found out that Hyundai also wants a Prius rival.

Several prototypes based on the Hyundai Elantra GT were spotted testing in the United States alongside Prius models and all of them featured different bodies. Hyundai was testing the Prius and Prius+ seven-seater which means that it takes in consideration not one but two hybrid models.

Hyundai unveiled back in 2010 at the Detroit Auto Show the Blue-Will Concept and announced its intentions to build a Prius rival. The concept car was powered by an all-aluminum gasoline direct injection 1.6-liter bolted to a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) as well as by a 100 kW electric motor.

Read the entire article Hyundai wants to challenge the Toyota Prius, will build a rival

We already know that Toyota is working hard on the next-generation Prius and already delayed the vehicle by 6 months in order to have more time to maximize mpg. And things are getting harder and harder for Toyota as Ford is already working on a new hybrid vehicle that will be a direct rival to the Prius.

Set tot arrive in late 2018 the new vehicle will be company’s first dedicated hybrid and what’s more interesting is that it will be designed to be marketed only as a hybrid and will not be a variation of a gasoline model just like it did with the Fusion or the C-Max.

Just like the Prius, the new hybrid gasoline-electric car from Ford will be offered in different body styles. In addition, Ford wants to take things even further and plans to offer the different versions of the vehicle’s powertrain such as a more expensive model that can be recharged from any electrical outlet.

Read the entire article Ford planning a new hybrid vehicle to take on the Toyota Prius

Nurburgring is the place where all major carmakers test their cars but also their latest hypercars in order to see which one is the fastest. Three digits records are not something new at the Nurburgring and every time we see reports about speed and miles per hour. But what about miles per gallon?

Apparently, we have a response for this too, as Toyota took its Prius Plug-in hybrid to the iconic German racetrack in order to see not how fast the car can go, but how little fuel it uses on a single lap. For those who don’t know, the minimum average speed on the Nurburgring is 60 km/h (37 mph), while the length is 20 km or 12.9 miles.

The vehicle, which was upgraded with the addition of TRD parts, was driven by motoring journalists and Japanese car expert Joe Clifford. According to Toyota, he managed to complete the lap in 20 minutes and 50 seconds, while recording an impressive 698mpg (0.4 l/100 km).

Read the entire article Toyota Prius laps the Nurburgring, records a 698mpg fuel consumption figure

We already know that the next-generation Prius was delayed by 6 months in order to maximize mpg, but it appears that Toyota wants to make its new vehicle even more popular. How? By adding an all-wheel-drive option. According to Koei Saga a.k.a. senior managing officer in charge of powertrain development, the fourth-generation Prius may get AWD in addition to the current front-wheel-drive layout.

“I think we will possibly do it.” said Saga. Moreover, the next-generation Prius will be offered with two battery choices, a low-cost nickel-metal hybride or a more efficient lithium-ion pack.

Comparing it with the current model, the new hybrid system will be smaller, lighter but also more efficient, but no details were released by the manufacturer.

Read the entire article Next-generation Toyota Prius may get all-wheel-drive (AWD) option

It appears that the fourth-generation Toyota Prius will arrive a little bit later as the Japanese carmaker delayed the start of production from early next year until December 2015. This means that a prototype version of the next-generation Prius will arrive around November 2014.

The reason for delaying the new hybrid vehicle is that engineers have to tweak it in order to ensure that it delivers the maximum fuel economy and possible adjust the body and chassis issues. As a result, the production of the plug-in Prius will start in October 2016.

As usual, the company’s spokesman declined to make any comment on future product plans, just like hybrid czar Satoshi Ogiso. Still, Ogisso said that the new Prius will be a test bed of critical new technologies, including the new vehicle architecture and the next-generation hybrid system codenamed 690A.

Read the entire article Toyota delays the next-generation Prius by 6 months, needs time to maximize mpg

Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling 1.9 million Toyota Prius hybrid cars around the world to fix a hybrid control unit issue that can make them automatically shut down and enter a limp-home failsafe mode. The recall covers around 713,000 units in North America, 997,000 in Japan, and 130,000 in Europe while the rest is spread across Oceania, the Middle East, China and other markets.

The affected models were produced between March 2009 and Feb. 5, 2014. Toyota dealers are tasked to reprogram software in the vehicle, which should take about 40 minutes, according to Toyota spokeswoman Shino Yamada. If the update doesn't take effect, dealers would have to replace a control module, which should take around three hours.

The software issue causes a problematic boost converter, which may result to overheating that can damage or deform transistors, Toyota said.

Read the entire article Toyota recalls 1.9 million Prius hybrids to fix control unit issue

Toyota Motor Corp. has disclosed further details on the fourth-generation Toyota Prius, including its batteries, gasoline engine and platform. Toyota executives said engineers intend to equip the Toyota Prius with powerful and lightweight lithium ion batteries as well as new ultra-efficient gasoline engine. The new engine is expected to achieve thermal efficiency rates beyond 40 percent, compared with a max of 38.5 percent in the current Prius.

A higher efficiency rate means more energy from internal combustion is captured and less is lost through heat. The next generation Prius will also be a pioneer in the push for Toyota's new modular product development -- Toyota New Global Architecture -- which aims to allow versatile engineering and low-cost, flexible manufacturing.

Toyota has disclosed that the first vehicle to be based on the platform strategy will be launched in 2015. Toyota's global design chief has vowed that the Prius will have a revolutionary design -- both inside and out. The TNGA calls for lower-slung vehicles with a more planted stance and lower center of gravity aimed at improving handling and creating a sportier image.

Read the entire article Toyota unveils more details on next-generation Prius

The Toyota Prius topped the Consumer Reports’ Best New-Car Value analysis for the second straight year. The analysis, which ranks over 200 vehicles on performance, reliability and costs, has the Prius on top after the Toyota unit logged an estimated five-year cost of 47 cents per mile. Rik Paul, Consumer Reports’ automotive editor, said in a statement, that Prius’ 44 mpg overall is the best fuel economy of any non-plug-in car the magazine has tested.

He remarked that while the Prius is not cheap to buy, its depreciation is so low that “it costs less to own over the first five years than its initial MSRP.” Sitting at the bottom of the ranking is the Nissan Armada, which costs consumers $1.20 per mile over five years.

The large SUV also returns 13 mpg and scored poorly in Consumer Report’s annual reliability survey. The rankings are based on their performance in Consumer Reports’ road-tests; on its predicted-reliability score from the latest Annual Auto Survey; and on a score based on depreciation, fuel, insurance premiums, maintenance, sales tax and repairs costs over five years.

Read the entire article Toyota Prius tops Consumer Reports’ Best New-Car Value ranking

The fourth-generation Toyota Prius needs a “massive restyling,” Toyota brand's global design chief Simon Humphries told Automotive News at the Tokyo Motor Show. "It has to be a revolution this time around," Humphries said. He remarked that the last redesign was evolutionary, adding that when two evolutionary designs are implemented in a row, "things go wrong.”

Prius, featuring an aerodynamic triangular silhouette, is considered as one of the most unique designs on the road. However, the hybrid unit has been criticized for lacking sex appeal with its quirky looks. A redesign of the Prius is expected in early 2015.

The challenge now is how to make the Prius stand out in the increasingly jam-packed segment of gasoline-electric vehicles, including hybrid units from Toyota.

Read the entire article Toyota brand design chief says Prius needs massive restyling

Toyota Motor Corp. is reducing the prices of its 2014 plug-in Prius models as it seeks to increase sales as well as to comply with California’s Zero-Emission Vehicle program. The 2014 Toyota Prius Plug-in now carries a starting price of $29,990, down $2,010 from the current version. The top-end Advanced grade is subjected to a 12-percent drop to $34,905, Toyota said in a statement.

The new versions, which will be available in November, are also eligible for a $2,500 U.S. tax credit. Existing 2013 Prius vehicles already on dealer lots are excluded in the price cuts, according to Toyota’s spokesman. He, however, noted that there are incentives available with the current models.

He remarked that depending on the region, incentives are available that either take the 2013 Prius near the 2014 price right now, or even below.

Read the entire article 2014 Toyota Prius Plug-in prices are lower, eligible for $2,500 tax credit

Akio Toyoda started studying auto design under a veteran stylist at Toyota Motor Corp.’s creative studio in Japan four years before becoming president of the carmaker in 2009. He may have realized back then that Toyota’s strengths could be undermined by the bland design of its models. By the time Toyoda became Toyota’s top honcho, he was obsessed in introducing sexier styling onto its offerings.

He has tasked Toyota’s global design chief, Tokuo Fukuichi, to rework the carmaker’s style. Indeed, new design elements have started to be impressed into Toyota’s lineup since it launched its Auris hatchback in 2012.

Consumers, however, have to wait until 2015 to take a complete view of Toyota’s new design, when the carmaker is set to roll out the next-generation Prius, which according to Fukuichi will be a turning point. The next generation Prius will be the first car based on Toyota's new modular product development strategy.

Read the entire article Sexier style of Toyota to debut with launch of new Prius in 2015

Toyota’s Prius will be facing some pretty fierce competition as both Porsche and BMW have introduced new sports cars at the Frankfurt Motor Show that are powerful but are also very fuel-efficient. Porsche's 918 Spyder hybrid, which costs $845,000, can make the sprint from zero to 100 kilometers (62 miles) per hour in 2.8 seconds.

According to European fuel-economy data, it offers the equivalent of about 3.9 liters/100km (72 mpg UK/60 mpg U.S.). This easily beats the basic Prius hybrid’s rating of 5.6 liters/100km (50 mpg UK/41 mpg U.S.). Also in Frankfurt, BMW unveiled the i8 -- a plug-in hybrid sports car that’s expected to go on sale in 2014. This supercar has a rating of 2.5 liters/100km (113mpg UK/94 mpg U.S.).

In comparison, the Prius plug-in offers 3 liters/100km (95 mpg UK/79 mpg U.S.). The other competitors in this segment of ultra-efficient supercars include Ferrari's 1 million euro ($1.32 million) LaFerrari and Mercedes' 416,500 euro SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive. These supercars aid in meeting more stringent emissions regulations while maintaining their tremendous power and performance.

Read the entire article Porsche 918 Spyder, Bmw i8 actually more fuel-efficient than a Toyota Prius

The chief engineer of Toyota’s Prius program declared that the next generation will have significantly better fuel economy, will be lighter and less costly. Satoshi Ogiso, managing officer of Toyota Motor Corp., remarked that the performance of the next generation of Prius powertrains “will reflect significant advances” in battery, electric motor and gas engine technologies.

He remarked that although the hybrid components will be shrunk in the next Prius, the vehicle’s size and interior packaging will not get smaller. Ogiso said that Toyota is aiming at improving the Prius’ fuel economy from the current 50 mpg to near 55 mpg. Ogiso declined to disclosed launch timing for the Prius, but said cycles for the vehicle have traditionally have been six years long, which means the next generation could be launch in the United States in spring 2015.

According to Ogiso, next-generation hybrid batteries will have higher energy density. The carmaker is currently developing current lithium-ion and nickel-metal-hydride battery technologies, as well as future batteries based on solid-state, lithium-air and magnesium chemistries.

Read the entire article Next-generation Toyota Prius touted to be lighter and more fuel efficient (55 mpg)

Toyota Motor Corp. launched the second phase of the Prius Plug-In MPG Challenge as part of its bid to increase awareness of the Prius Plug-in hybrid's fuel economy. A Toyota spokeswoman told Automotive News in an e-mail that they have discovered a general lack of understanding about electric and hybrid technologies in the general marketplace as well as anxiety about range.

The 30-day contest will see seven eco-friendly groups and individuals targeting to achieve the highest overall fuel economy. Competitors have to travel at least 300 miles total and 75 miles each week.  The winning participant is the one that could log the highest fuel economy after 30 days, based on the vehicle's trip computer.

Each winner of the phase gets a $2,500 donation to the charity of choice. Second- and third-placers get charitable donations of $1,000 and $500. Each participant also gets a $200 gasoline card. The Prius Plug-in hybrid is EPA rated at 95 MPGe, or miles per gallon equivalent and competes in the small but growing alternative power segment.

Read the entire article Toyota starts 2nd phase of Prius Plug-In MPG Challenge
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