Toyota unveils the third-generation Prius hybrid at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show. Its higher fuel economy is nearly 25% better than the first generation Prius. The 50mpg car features a hybrid system with over 90% new parts when compared to the last kind.
Fuel family improvements come from the vehicle’s affect, a new engine, and refined cross powertrain. Carter remarked how important the car’s influence is, because the company believes it has become iconic. Not lacking to revise the sculpt substantially, they pulled the crest of the roof back by four inches. The gives rear passengers more headroom, while making the Prius more aerodynamic. Its drag coefficient has been cheap to .25 from .26.
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A summary matched this total electric command consumption, made viable by a refined air conditioner. Optional LED headlights also use fewer electricity than the emblem headlights. Another open selection is a solar sun roof which could potential the ventilation approach. When parked, it will use solar sway to run fress air through the vents, in alter tumbling the cubicle temperature. By the time the driver proceeds to the vehicle, the interior is cooled down, and the driver is fewer prone to use the, a/c.
The new engine is a beltless 1.8-liter four cylinder petrol generating 98 horsepower and 105 ft-lb of torque. This is a gigantic improvement over the before engine, a 1.5-liter four banger with 70 hp and 82 ft-lb of torque.
Next up, Toyota refined their Hybrid Synergy Drive system by almost completely overhauling it. The “inverter, motor, and generator” are all minor and lighter. The new technique also recovers energy from warm typically bemused through the exhaust. Toyota worn the same sequence module as found on the 2nd generation car.
0-60mph time has better to 9.8 seconds, down from 10.5. Drivers also have the choice of choosing between three desire modes: EV, Eco, and Power. The first runs the car closely off battery and at low speeds for about a mile. Eco refines performance for more fuel wealth, while Power responds with a sooner burst of acceleration when the driver pushes down the gas pedal.
Still snubnosed at the front and stout at the back, engineers worked to liberate up space in the cubicle. Without increasing length or width, they managed to open the passenger compartment by five cubic feet. The driver also gets a new display viewing fuel consumption, energy course, and other data meant to “help the driver enrich fuel consumption.” Besides the solar roof, new options on the car compose cool a/c, a pre-collission procedure, lane help, intelligent parking help, and SafetyConnect. The last change notification, a stolen vehicle locator, and a S.O.S. emergency call knob.
Over 160,000 new Toyota Prius cars were sold in the U.S. last year. Toyota tactics to raise that number by 20,000 with the new paradigm. The third-generation Toyota Prius goes on selling in the U.S. and Japan this coil, with dealerships in 78 other countries soon to track.