The Toyota Prius Second Generation, In 2003 (for the 2004 U.S. model year) Prius was completely redesigned as a mid-size liftback, the area between the Corolla and Camry, with redistributed mechanical space and interior Significantly increased rear-seat legroom and luggage room. The new Prius or more friendly environment than the previous model (Epa), and 6 inches (150 mm) longer than the previous version. Aerodynamic more Kammback body balances length and breath Its resistance, resulting in a Coefficient drag of Cd = 0.26. Development effort, led by chief engineer Shigeyuki Hori, led to 530 patents for vehicle. Toyota Prius Second Generation production began in August 2003 at the Tsutsumi plant in Toyota, Aichi, supplemented in October 2004 with the plant Fujimatsu at Zechariah, Aichi.
The Toyota Prius Second Generation uses an all-electric A/C compressor for cooling, an industry first. Combined with the smaller and lighter NIMH battery, XW20 more powerful and efficient than XW10. In the U.S., the battery of 2004 and later models is warranted for 150,000 miles (240,000 km) or 10 years in states that have adopted the strict California standards for emissions control, and 100,000 miles (160,000 km) or 8 years elsewhere. Warranty for hybrid components is 100,000 miles (160,000 km) or 8 years. It is classified as a SULEV (Super Ultra Emissions Low Vehicle) and is certified by California Air Resources Board as “Advanced Technology Partial Zero Emission Vehicle” (AT-PZEV).
From 2005 to 2009, the second generation Prius built by FAW-Toyota in the city of Changchun for the Chinese market. It was reported that a total of 2.152 Prii were sold in 2006 and 414 in 2007, The Toyota Prius Second Generation low sales compared to the absence of on a high price, about $15,000 higher than the equivalent in Japan or the U.S., caused by the works of the top parts of the country. Early March 2008, Toyota cut the price of Prius to eight percent or $ 3,000 to CN ¥ 259,800 (U.S. $ 36,500). It was thought that the sales dropped due to both a lack of acceptance and competitiveness. The Honda Civic Hybrid was exported to China since 2007 and the second generation Toyota sold 1,192,000 Prii around the world.
Toyota Prius Second Generation Safety
U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash test of the 2004 U.S. model year Prius yielded the best driver and four-star rating in the test passengers imperfect conflict (out of five stars). Side crash results were 4 out of 5 stars for both front and rear seats. The car four points out of five stars rollover testing.
U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests score the Toyota Prius Second Generation Good in general the impact of the deterioration and the overall Good in side-impact collisions in models equipped with side airbags. A Poor score given to models without side airbags. The Toyota Prius Second Generation side curtain and chest airbags became standard on 2007 models American.