Toyota Prius is a full hybrid electric mid-size hatchback before, a compact sedan developed and created by Toyota Motor Corporation. EPA and California Air Resources Board (CARB) rate on the cleanest smog – forming emissions from vehicles sold in the United States as a Prius. Prius first went on sale in Japan in 1997, and had four Toyota dealerships in Japan has been taken, so this is the first mass produced hybrid vehicle. It was subsequently introduced worldwide in 2000.
Toyota Prius nearly 80 countries and regions and its largest markets being those of Japan and the United States with the sale. In May 2008, the cumulative Prius sales reached the milestone 1 million vehicle mark, 2 million milestone in September 2010, reached in October 2012, 2.8 million have been sold worldwide total of Prii. Cumulative sales of 1 million Prii acquired by the U.S. in early April 2011, and in Japan on August 1 million mark was reached in 2011. Launched in 2009, the third-generation Prius in September 2011 by more than 1 million units sold worldwide.
In 2011, Toyota Prius to v, an extended hatchback wagon, and the Prius c, a subcompact hatchback Prius family to include extended. The production version of the Prius plug-in hybrid -2012 was released. Prius family in October 2012 by the world’s cumulative sales reached 3.3 million units, Toyota Motor and Toyota Lexus since 1997 and sold 4.6 million units worldwide hybrid sales company representing 71.5%.
The first generation Toyota Prius (XW10; 1997-2003)
In 1995, Tokyo Motor Show Toyota debuted a hybrid concept car following a test one year later. Sold the first Prius, model NHW10, December 10, 1997 were. It was only available in Japan, though it has been at least in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and imported personally.
The launch of the first-generation Prius became the world’s first mass-produced gasoline – electric hybrid car. California NHW10 Prius styling designer, who is competing designs from other Toyota design studio was originated from.
The second generation Toyota Prius (XW20; 2003-2009)
2003 Prius is a mid-size liftback, distribute mechanical and interior space significantly increasing rear-seat legroom and luggage room in the Camry and Corolla in size, as was the redesign. The new Prius is even more environmentally friendly models, and between 6 inches longer than the previous version. Development effort, led by chief engineer Shigeyuki Hori, 530 patents for the vehicle.