New third generation Toyota Prius released in NZ

New third generation Toyota Prius released in NZ

The all new Toyota Prius was given its official NZ release yesterday at Toyota’s HQ in Palmerston North. The focus for this latest Prius Hybrid is firmly on showcasing Toyota’s latest automotive technology and making further reductions to C02 emissions and overall fuel consumption. The new Prius will be offered in two specifications the base model Prius and the higher spec Prius i-Tech.

The new third generation Prius will emit just 89 grams of CO2 per kilometre and use a miserly 3.9 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres travelled, according to preliminary test results. The outgoing generation Prius achieved a fuel consumption of 4.4 litres per 100 kilometres and CO2 emissions of 106 grams per kilometre according to test results.

The petrol engine in the next generation Prius grows from 1.5 litres to 1.8 litres, helping to boost power from the combined petrol-electric Hybrid Synergy Drive system by more than 20 per cent to around 100 kilowatts.

Despite its increased output the preliminary figures represent a 16 per cent improvement in CO2 emissions with fuel consumption lowered by 11.4 per cent.

Toyota New Zealand’s General Manager of Sales and Operations, Steve Prangnell said, “The next generation Prius takes a further leap forward with an improved Hybrid Synergy Drive system that increases performance as well as reducing emissions to levels never before seen in New Zealand.”

“Battery packs in Toyota hybrid vehicles are designed to last the lifetime of the vehicle.  The battery in the new Prius has an eight year / 160,000 kilometre warranty.   The hybrid system maintains the battery charge between 40 and 60 per cent, greatly extending the life of the hybrid battery.”

Mr Prangnell said there is a programme in place for proper battery disposal and recovery of recyclable components at the end of the vehicle’s lifecycle.

The new Prius is more efficient and better performing than the model it replaces, and Mr Prangnell dismissed the myth that diesel vehicles were more fuel efficient than hybrids.

He said that many people still believed that hybrids were underpowered, which is not the case for new Prius which is boasting its new bigger 1.8 litre engine and power output increases while still being more economical than the vehicle it replaces.

“The new petrol engine improves its output to 73kW versus 57kW from the outgoing model and the total system output, with the petrol engine and electric motors operating together, increases from 81kW to 100kW.”

Finally, Mr Prangnell also dismissed the myth that hybrids are expensive to service and maintain stating that there were no major additional servicing requirements for hybrid vehicles.

Since the first Prius went on sale in Japan in 1997, global sales have topped 1.29 million with just over 1400 sold (as at June 09) to date in New Zealand.

Toyota Prius Pricing

Prius, 1.8 litre petrol/electric hybrid, 5 door hatch ECVT $47,490

Prius 1.8 litre petrol/electric hybrid i-Tech 5 door hatch ECVT $62,090

The all new Toyota Prius was given its official NZ release yesterday at Toyota’s HQ in Palmerston North. The focus for this latest Prius Hybrid is firmly on showcasing Toyota’s latest automotive technology and making further reductions to C02 emissions and overall fuel consumption. The new Prius will be offered in two specifications the base model Prius and the higher spec Prius i-Tech.

The new third generation Prius will emit just 89 grams of CO2 per kilometre and use a miserly 3.9 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres travelled, according to preliminary test results. The outgoing generation Prius achieved a fuel consumption of 4.4 litres per 100 kilometres and CO2 emissions of 106 grams per kilometre according to test results.

The petrol engine in the next generation Prius grows from 1.5 litres to 1.8 litres, helping to boost power from the combined petrol-electric Hybrid Synergy Drive system by more than 20 per cent to around 100 kilowatts.

Despite its increased output the preliminary figures represent a 16 per cent improvement in CO2 emissions with fuel consumption lowered by 11.4 per cent.

Toyota New Zealand’s General Manager of Sales and Operations, Steve Prangnell said, “The next generation Prius takes a further leap forward with an improved Hybrid Synergy Drive system that increases performance as well as reducing emissions to levels never before seen in New Zealand.”

“Battery packs in Toyota hybrid vehicles are designed to last the lifetime of the vehicle.  The battery in the new Prius has an eight year / 160,000 kilometre warranty.   The hybrid system maintains the battery charge between 40 and 60 per cent, greatly extending the life of the hybrid battery.”

Mr Prangnell said there is a programme in place for proper battery disposal and recovery of recyclable components at the end of the vehicle’s lifecycle.

The new Prius is more efficient and better performing than the model it replaces, and Mr Prangnell dismissed the myth that diesel vehicles were more fuel efficient than hybrids.

He said that many people still believed that hybrids were underpowered, which is not the case for new Prius which is boasting its new bigger 1.8 litre engine and power output increases while still being more economical than the vehicle it replaces.

“The new petrol engine improves its output to 73kW versus 57kW from the outgoing model and the total system output, with the petrol engine and electric motors operating together, increases from 81kW to 100kW.”

Finally, Mr Prangnell also dismissed the myth that hybrids are expensive to service and maintain stating that there were no major additional servicing requirements for hybrid vehicles.

Since the first Prius went on sale in Japan in 1997, global sales have topped 1.29 million with just over 1400 sold (as at June 09) to date in New Zealand.

Toyota Prius Pricing

Prius, 1.8 litre petrol/electric hybrid, 5 door hatch ECVT $47,490

Prius 1.8 litre petrol/electric hybrid i-Tech 5 door hatch ECVT $62,090

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