The Toyota Prius Third Generation, Toyota debuted the new Prius (2010 U.S. model year) at the January 2009 North American International Auto Show, and sales began in Japan on May 18, 2009 Toyota cut the price of the Prius from ¥ 2.331 million to ¥ 2.05 million to compete better with the Honda Insight, leading to some wondered whether the increased sales of the Toyota Prius Third Generation might come at the expense of sales of other vehicles and higher margins. Competition from lower priced hybrids, like the Honda Insight, and made it difficult for Toyota to capitalize on the success of Prius’s. As of June 2013, Toyota has sold 1,688,000 third-generation Prii around the world. At its introduction in 2009, it won the Car of the Year Award Japan for the second time.
The Toyota Prius Third Generation Physical design of the new aerodynamic more, with a reduced drag Coefficient of Cd = 0,25. This figure is disputed by General Motors which was the model for the 17-inch wheels to between 0.30 based on tests in GM, Ford, and Chrysler wind tunnels. Car & Driver proportions of the 3rd Generation Prius at 0.26 in a privately arranged 5-in wind-tunnel tests of cars likeness. An underbody rear fin helps stabilize the vehicle speed higher.
The estimated fuel-efficiency rating, using the U.S. Epa combined cycle, 50 mpg-US (4.7 L / 100 km; 60 mpg-imp). The Prius was located powered by liquid fuel available in the U.S. in 2009 out of the car, based on the official rating. Only the first generation Honda Insight (2000-2006) equipped with a manual transmission attained a lower fuel consumption rate. Official UK fuel efficiency data for the Prius T3 is Urban 72.4 mpg-imp (3.90 L / 100 km; 60.3 mpg-US), Extra Urban 76.4 mpg-imp (3.70 L / 100 km; 63.6 mpg-US), Combined 72.4 mpg-imp (3.90 L / 100 km; 60.3 mpg-US).
The Toyota Prius Third Generation 1.8-liter gasoline engine (previously 1.5 liters) generates 98 hp (73 kW), and with the added power of the electric motors built a total of 134 hp (100 kW) (110 hp or 82 kW). The larger engine displacement allows for torque increased, reduce the engine speed (RPM), which improves fuel economy at highway speeds. Thanks to its electric pump, the Prius engine is the first consumer automotive production engine that requires no accessory belts, and further improves its fuel economy. The electric motors and other parts of the hybrid powertrain with small and efficient than the industry average. Toyota estimates the new inverter, motor and transaxle are 20 percent lighter.
For building the Toyota Prius Third Generation, Toyota used a new plant-derived bio plastics environment, made out of cellulose derived from wood or grass instead of petroleum. Two principal crops used are kenaf and Laramie. Kenaf is a member of the Hibiscus family, relative to cotton and okra; Laramie, commonly known as China grass, a member of the nettle family and one of the strongest natural fibers, with the people and the absorbency like flax. Toyota says that the timely development, especially plant-based eco-plastic because 2009 is the United Nations’ International Year of Natural Fibers, which lights kenaf and Laramie among others. On February 12, 2014, Toyota UK announced a recall of the Prius, citing the software error which may cause the vehicle to stop suddenly.
Toyota Prius Third Generation Safety
The IHS is rated 2010 Toyota Prius Third Generation as Good without side-effects “cage structure / safety”, which was rated Acceptable. In EuroNCAP tests, the Prius was given an overall rating of five out of five stars.
Toyota Prius Third Generation Facelift
In mid-2011 (for model year 2012), the Toyota Prius Third Generation Lift back received a modest style and equipment changes. Exterior changes include new headlamps, revised tail lamps, plus a unique front fascia and bumper, and the removal of the ‘Super White “color option in the United States.’ll American Prius buyers who want a white or choose the” blizzard Pearl “color (a metallic off emhlophe-) for an additional $ 220, or select another make or model. Prius can be equipped with a new infotainment system featuring the optional Toyota Antun suite of connectivity features. Some updates include a 6.1-inch touch-screen, AM / FM CD player unit, a USB port for iPod connection, auxiliary input jack of an, a Bluetooth hands-free phone capability and audio broadcasts.
The Toyota Prius Third Generation includes an optional solar panels on the roof of the car, only the power of a ventilation fan while the car is parked, to keep the interior cooler sunny conditions. For the U.S. market only the Prius Two, Three, Four and Five offered. This premium Prius Five model’s Advanced Technology Package includes the Premium HDD Navigation System, plus Display Head-up, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Pre-Collision System and Lane Keep Assist. The Pre-Collision System retracts the front seat-belts and applies the brakes in certain cases if it determines that the crash in the field. Lane Keep Assist can help the driver stay within the lane. The U.S. 2012 model year includes Toyota’s Vehicle Proximity Notification System (amp;), which emits an artificial engine noise to alert pedestrians, the blind, and the others in the car because of the significant noise reduction typical hybrid vehicle traveling speed of all -electric mode.