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INTERIOR DESIGN

POWERTRAIN

Not surprisingly, performance of the Prius c takes a back seat to fuel economy. the efficient 1.5-litre petrol engine and a 45 kW electric motor combining to put out a combined 74 kW of power. The petrol engine alone delivers 54 kW of power at 4800 rpm and 111 Nm of torque at 4000 revs.

SAFETY

DRIVING IMPRESSIONS

To say the Prius c has a multi-information display with a range of features designed to encourage and make fuel-efficient driving easy is like calling a modern computer a plug-in abacus. Standard on both grades, Toyota says this grab-bag of functions is designed to help those who are new to hybrid cars get better acquainted with the technology and allows the driver to interact with the car as much or as little as he or she likes.

Encyclopedic, its contents include a Hybrid System Indicator, Energy Monitor, Eco Score, Eco Savings, Eco Savings Record and Five-Minute Consumption all presented on a 3.5-inch thin film transistor display flanked by the speedo and warning light array. Each can be accessed in turn by means of a touch-button on the steering-wheel hub.

The Hybrid System Indicator, for example, shows how the driver’s foot is treating the accelerator pedal. In three zones, Charge is when the battery is being recharged from regenerative braking; Eco when the vehicle is driven in a fuel-efficient manner; and Power when the car is not being driven economically, such as in hard acceleration.

Energy Monitor shows the flow of power between the petrol engine, electric motor, hybrid battery and front wheels. This function also includes the time, a trip meter and average fuel economy.

Eco Score compares the driver’s fuel-efficiency with the past 100 trips as well as rating driver habits in the areas of Start , accelerating from a standing start; Cruise , normal driving; Stop , regenerating energy during braking.

Eco Savings calculates the cost of each trip, based on the price of petrol entered by the driver. Supplementary screens show the price per kilometre and how much fuel and money is being saved against values entered for another car.

Eco Savings Record enables fuel consumption and savings to be compared for each of the most recent four months as well as one year ago.

The Five-Minute Consumption area includes an instant fuel-economy gauge and also has a bar chart that displays fuel use for the past 30 minutes in five-minute intervals.

Other aids in Prius c for achieving maximum fuel-efficiency include Eco and EV (electric vehicle) modes selected by buttons on the centre console. Eco suppresses driving force and the air-conditioning system to improve fuel economy, while the latter, depending on the battery’s state of charge, means the vehicle can be driven on electric power only a kilometre or two at up to 40 km/h. When reversing, Prius c uses electric power only.


Finally, the Prius c has brought a whole new meaning to the phrase electric shock . Gliding almost silently around a car park with only the electric motor running, it s wickedly amusing to watch the look of surprise, nay …, when some pedestrians suddenly notice a Prius c close by their side, or even worse, behind them. Not nice.

Prius c, like all new Toyota vehicles, is covered by Toyota Service Advantage with a capped price of $130 for each of up to six scheduled services in the first three years or 60,000 km.

PRICING AND SPECIFICATIONS

Toyota Prius c 5-Door Hatch Base automatic $23,990

Toyota Prius c i-Tech 5-Door Hatch automatic $26,990

Toyota Prius 4-Door Sedan Base automatic $33,990

Toyota Prius 4-Door Sedan i-Tech automatic $45,990

PETROL ENGINE:

Capacity: 1497 cc

Configuration: Four-cylinder using Atkinson cycle process, DOHC, four valves per cylinder with variable intake valve timing, and cooled EGR

HYBRID SYSTEM:

Electric motor: AC synchronous

DIMENSIONS, WEIGHT AND CAPACITIES:

Wheelbase: 2550 mm

Track: 1465 mm (front), 1460 mm (rear)

Turning circle: 4.8

Toyota Prius c Electric Cars

Co-efficient of drag: 0.30

Kerb weight: 1120-1140 kg

Gross vehicle mass: 1565 kg

Seats / boot capacity: 5 / 260 litres to top of rear seats

Fuel tank capacity: 36 litres

SUSPENSION AND BRAKES:

Front Suspension: Independent, MacPherson struts, L-arms, coil springs, gas dampers and stabiliser bar

Rear Suspension: Semi-independent torsion beam, coil springs, gas dampers

Brakes: 255mm x 22mm ventilated discs, with sliding callipers (front); Leading and trailing shoe drums (rear). Electronically Controlled Braking (ECB), ABS with Brake Assist (BA), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Traction Control (TRC), Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)

Steering: Rack and pinion, Electric Power Steering

Wheels / tyres: 5.5J x 15 in / 185/60R15 84H (Full-size spare wheel)

PERFORMANCE:

Acceleration 0-100 km/h: N/A

Maximum speed: N/A

FUEL CONSUMPTION:

Combined Cycle (ADR 81/01): 3.9 L/100 km, CO2 emissions 90 g/km

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