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3rd-generation Prius runs 38km/liter

5, 29. 2009
New Prius runs 38km per liter
New Prius runs 38km per liter

   Toyota Motor Corp. started selling on May 18, 2009 a new version of Prius after conducting a full model change on the car.

   The new model, the third generation after the car was first introduced to the market in 1997 as the world's first mass-produced hybrid passenger car, has a highly improved hybrid capability. It is fitted with the hybrid system for which over 90% of components had been newly developed, including the 1.8-liter improved version of engine and the motor made lighter and smaller. The body was also improved in terms of aerodynamics. As a result, the new car achieved the mileage of 38 kilometers per a liter of gasoline.

   The size of the body is 4,460 millimeter long, 1,745 millimeter wide and 1,490 millimeter long. By the redesigning of parts, such as a lengthening of the spoiler forward and backward and changing of the shape of the wheels, efforts were made to achieve improved aerodynamic capability.

   It carries a solar panel on the roof to power the "solar ventilation system" for the room. It also has the "remote air conditioning system" to operate the air conditioner from outside for comfort. To widen the space for the riders, both front and rear seats were redesigned. The luggage room capacity was also made bigger by about 30 liters for more convenience.

   The prices range from 2.05 million yen to 3.27 million yen. As for the second-generation Prius, sales will be continued only for the new grade of EX targeted at commercial use. This car will be sold starting on June 8, 2009, at 1.89 million yen.

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