2017 Toyota Prius Prime vs Chevrolet Volt – There is nothing nice looking about green vehicles on the market, with many of them even being described as being ugly. One of the latest vehicles to be tagged with the ugly stick is the Toyota Prius, but the Chevrolet Volt isn’t far behind. So which is the most attractive and which would you choose?
The Toyota Prius Prime may not take the title of being the best looking vehicle but it does take the crown for offering the best in fuel efficiency. The PHEV powertrain has been voted the cleanest to run so in this aspect it is highly attractive. However its looks have been letting it down when it comes to sales.
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Last month things changed though when the Toyota Prius Prime sold 1, 366 units and managed to take fourth place in the sales charts for green cars. It came in just behind the Tesla Model X and the Chevrolet Volt.
The Chevrolet Volt competes with the Toyota Prius Prime and the Volt sold 1, 611 units in January to the 1,366 of the Prime.
The Toyota Prius Prime could catch up with the sales of the Chevrolet Volt and it could overtake it. Of course it would all depend on which of the two people think is the least ugly looking.
All-New 2018 Toyota Camry Comes To Chicago Auto Show – The all-new 2018 Toyota Camry, dubbed “sexy” by Toyota Motor Corporation President Akio Toyoda at its world debut last month, is coming to the Chicago Auto Show. The captivating mid-size sedan will be on display alongside more than 50 cars, trucks and SUVs in Toyota’s exhibit at Chicago’s McCormick Place from February 10-22.
2018 Toyota Camry, the best-selling car in America for 15 consecutive years and Cars.com’s “Most American Made” for the past two years, has evolved for 2018 with more exciting and emotional character, newfound sporty performance and eye-catching style. The display in Chicago is the first time the eighth-generation model has been shown at an auto show since its Detroit premiere in January.
Show visitors don’t want to miss Toyota’s indoor drive experience 2018 Toyota Camry, which has annually become one of the Chicago Auto Show’s must-see attractions. This year’s theme, ‘The Story of Go,’ presents Toyota vehicle safety technology through real-world driving maneuvers and demonstrations, including:
This unique experience uses 2017 RAV4 and Highlander models, both gasoline and hybrid versions, to give show goers an opportunity to discover Toyota vehicles from the driver’s seat. Drivers are required to be at least 18 years of age and must show a valid driver’s license.
Toyota is continuing the celebration of the Chicago Cubs’ World Series victory on the Chicago Auto Show floor. The Cubs-themed 2017 Tundra that drove in the Cubs victory parade last November will be on display for photos, complete with the ten-foot-tall World Series trophy replica in the bed. Toyota is a Legacy Partner of the Chicago Cubs and the Official Vehicle of the Cubs and Wrigley Field. The exhibit will also display two baseball-themed RAV4 models, one each for the Cubs and White Sox.
Three of Toyota’s future mobility concepts that are fan-favorites will be in Chicago:
In addition, two of the Toyota Extreme Builds that were unveiled at the 2016 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show will be in Chicago: The Xtreme Corolla and the Toyota Motorsport GmbH GT86 CS-Cup. Unlike many of the vehicles showcased at SEMA, all of the Toyota SEMA builds can be driven, and embody the SEMA spirit of imagination and innovation—taking stock builds and transforming them into something inspired.
Other new production models on display include:
A replica of the 2018 NASCAR Camry race car rounds out the camera-worthy vehicles in the Toyota exhibit. The Camry race car received a dramatic redesign in conjunction with its show room counterpart, and will compete on the race track in 2017 as Toyota defends its NASCAR Premier Series manufacturer’s championship. Also, race fans can take their picture with the custom Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Camry, which was driven in last year’s NASCAR XFINITY race at Chicagoland Speedway.
Toyota (NYSE: TM), creator of the Prius and the Mirai fuel cell vehicle, is committed to advancing mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands. Over the past 60 years, we’ve produced more than 30 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the U.S.) and directly employ more than 44,000 people (more than 34,000 in the U.S.). Our 1,800 North American dealerships (1,500 in the U.S.) sold nearly 2.6 million cars and trucks (nearly 2.45 million in the U.S.) in 2016 – and about 80 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 20 years are still on the road today.
Toyota partners with community, civic, academic, and governmental organizations to address our society’s most pressing mobility challenges. We share company resources and extensive know-how to support non-profits to help expand their ability to assist more people move more places. For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyotanewsroom.com.
New 2017 Toyota Prius Plug-In on Sale Now – The new Toyota Prius Plug-In is available to order now and prices start at £34,895. First revealed at the New York Motor Show last year, the new plug-in version of the Prius boasts significantly better efficiency, EV range and charging time than its predecessor.
With headline figures of 283mpg economy and 22g/km CO2 emissions, the new plug-in Prius is significantly more efficient and cleaner than both the outgoing model and the current standard Prius. Rivals include the Volkswagen Golf GTE and Audi A3 e-tron. According to the official figures, the super-efficient Prius has the beating of both of them when it comes to running costs.
That 22g/km CO2 figure is important, because not only does it exempt the Prius from the London Congestion Charge, it also means you won’t pay road tax (as long as your car is registered before new rules come in on 1 April). The Prius Plug-In is eligible for a Government plug-in car grant of £2,500 and is likely to prove popular with company-car buyers thanks to its 7% Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) tax rating.
According to Toyota, the new car can drive for more than 30 miles on electric power alone and can manage speeds of up to 84mph in this mode, while the recharging speed of the battery has been improved by 65%, so a full charge now only takes two hours.
The 8.8kWh lithium-ion battery has twice the capacity of the battery in the previous Prius Plug-In and powers an electric motor linked to a 1.8-litre petrol engine. The hybrid system’s maximum output is 121bhp, resulting in a 0-62mph time of 11.1 seconds.
Styling-wise, there have been a few changes made to the car compared to the standard Prius, with new headlamp clusters and a redesigned front bumper compared to the standard model. At the rear of the car, there’s a completely different light signature, while the main light clusters are completely different from those of standard car. Both the front and rear lights are all-LED, too.
The Prius Plug-In has been designed to be even more aerodynamically efficient than the standard car, to help it slip through the air more easily, while other technology such as a battery-powered heating system and gas-injection air-conditioning all help it to use the petrol engine as little as possible.
The larger battery under the rear seats has affected the car’s practicality. It’s now a strict four-seater, with the centre console running the length of the interior, and the boot has shrunk to 360 litres from 502 litres in the previous model.
The car is available in two trim levels, called Business Edition Plus and Excel. The Business Edition Plus model features dual-zone climate control, rear passenger footwell heating, LED headlights, sat nav, Bluetooth, DAB radio and heated front seats.
The Excel model has extras including rain-sensing wipers, front and rear parking sensors, an upgraded stereo and leather upholstery.
In a world first, Toyota has made the Prius Plug-In available with an optional solar roof that can act as an additional power source. It captures energy from the sun when the car is parked and uses it to recharge the battery for the motor.
The plug-in Prius also comes with Toyota’s ‘Safety Sense’ system, which includes features like pre-collision with pedestrian detection and autonomous emergency braking. This allows the car to effectively avoid crashes at low speeds, while it also features adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assistance, which will automatically keep the car in its lane on the motorway.
The new Prius Plug-In is available to order now, with first deliveries scheduled for 1 March. Prices start at £34,895 for the Business Edition Plus and £37,095 for the Excel.
2017 Toyota Prius – Toyota introduced the second generation of its renowned Prius hybrid in India way back in 2010. The hybrid struggled to electrify the Indian car buyers and saw a dismal sales story. But now, with the Camry hybrid making a name in the country, the Prius may just make a comeback soon along with the impending Corolla Altis facelift. The new gen Prius was launched internationally in 2015 and was showcased at last year’s Delhi Auto Expo. Here is what we could expect the from the new Prius hybrid, which will reinstate its Indian campaign soon.
The fourth generation of the 2017 Toyota Prius hybrid is based on Toyota’s all-new Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) modular platform. The flexible platform is modern and versatile to accommodate different body styles and powertrains. The 2017 Toyota Prius benefits from it with a lower centre of gravity and increased structural rigidity, which translates to a better ride quality and improved handling of the hybrid. Dimensionally, the new Prius measures 60mm longer, 15mm wider and 20mm lower than the outgoing car.
The new generation 2017 Toyota Prius leaves behind its soap-box design and cues its styling from the more contemporary Lexus brand. So the car looks sleeker, sharper and modern. The aerodynamics is better and drag coefficient has improved to 0.24, compared to 0.25 of the previous generation. Headlamps and taillights are all LED and the hybrid rides of specially designed 17-inch alloy wheels.
The new 2017 Toyota Prius comes laden with technologies. The cabin is well lit with digital speedometer, a 4.2-inch Multi-Information Display (MID) touchscreen infotainment system compatible with Apple Car Play, Android Auto and MirrorLink function. Dual-zone automatic climate control, automatic headlamps, wireless charging, rain-sensing windshield wipers, eight airbags, all comes as standard in the Prius. Driver aids include ABS with EBD, emergency braking, lane assist, pedestrian detection system, cruise control, parking assist, and heads up display.
The 2017 Toyota Prius hybrid is powered by a 1.8-litre four cylinder petrol engine that has been paired with an AC synchronous motor. The conjunction is mated to an electronically controlled Continuously Variable Transmission (ECVT). It features improved batteries with higher energy density; smaller electric motors, with higher power density than the previous Prius motors; and the gasoline engine features a 40 per cent more thermal efficiency. The fuel economy has improved on average by about 10 per cent over the previous generation as Toyota expects the Prius to average more than 40kmpl.
When introduced in India, the Prius will take the CBU route. At present, there is no direct rival to the Prius in the Indian market. The expected price for the global hybrid in India is an estimated to be a tad under Rs 40 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
2017 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid Arrives in Europe – The Prius Prime is an all-new plug-in hybrid that replaces the previous Prius Plug-in. Compared to its predecessor, the 2017 Prius Prime is more efficient, features new tech, and can travel longer distances on all-electric power thanks to a larger lithium-ion battery, with twice the capacity of the previous model.
The 2017 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid sits atop the Prius family. Although similar in size to the standard Prius, the Prius Prime only accommodates four passengers in order to make room for the larger battery that provides the hybrid’s expected all-electric range of 22 miles.
While the 2017 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid has been an international success ever since its inception, the same can’t be said about its more recent plug in hybrid version – though its new generation might change the figures.
For starters, the 2017 Prius Plug-In Hybrid is able to go for “over 50 kilometers,” on electric power alone at a maximum speed of up to 135 km/h – that’s double the preceding generation’s range and a substantial increase from its 85 km/h.
With its combination of space and efficiency, the Prius is quite compelling—in our experience, 46 mpg is achievable, even at 75-mph speeds. In the fun-to-drive department, though, it falls short, and the brakes feel vague. The cabin is mostly quiet, but the tires clomp loudly over broken roads. The seats are comfortable; fold down the rear ones for 66 cu ft of cargo room. A responsive touchscreen controls the infotainment system. The Prius Eco model rates at 58 mpg city and 53 mpg highway.
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With better credentials comes even better technology – and this might be the secret to success, as it would be able to justify the price hike over the regular Prius. Speaking of, the new Prius Plug-In Hybrid costs 37,550 in Germany and £36,395 in the UK, and comes with a new battery as well as the new Dual Motor Drive System.
The pack now has a capacity of 8.8 kWh, while the hybrid powertrain gets a one-way gear within the transaxle – allowing the generator to effectively become a second electric motor when needed.
With the TNGA platform at its disposal, the new 2017 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid has a 60 percent increased body rigidity, as well as a standard Toyota Safety Sense with automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, and lane departure warning with steering control. There’s also an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a head-up display and two 4.2-inch TFT instrument cluster screens.