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The newest entrant in a Prius family of hybrid the Prius v delivers an unparalleled of versatility and fuel efficiency in a mid-size package.

A new evolution in vehicles with excellent space and Prius’ heritage of performance and fuel economy, the Prius v will go on sale in 2011.

The new Prius v, with “v” the vehicle’s versatility, will the needs of growing families active lifestyles while the same attributes traditionally in the Prius DNA. Despite the of a family friendly midsize the Prius v will deliver EPA fuel economy ratings of 44 mpg 40 mpg highway and 42 mpg combined.

“The v brings leading-edge hybrid to customers who need more and provides more cargo than 80 percent of all small said Toyota Division Vice President and General Bob Carter. “And because a Prius, it produces 66 percent smog-forming emissions than the new vehicle and will have the mileage ratings of any SUV. or wagon sold in America. We that’s a win-win for everybody.”

The v will be utilizing the same Hybrid Synergy Drive as the third-generation Prius, with the of high mileage, low emissions, and needing to be recharged.

A product of the culture of innovation that the original Prius 14 years and units ago, the Prius v family tradition with new and equipment advances that to raise the bar on the cutting edge science.

Big Enough For Families and

The Prius v emphasizes overall with spaciousness and flexibility for families. Comfortable interior and good visibility have assisted by a high seating ample head room, and an 38-inch couple distance, generous rear legroom. A wide-opening rear hatch 34.3 cubic feet of space behind the rear making it the most spacious hybrid vehicle on the market.

seating for five is specifically for young families. Sliding row seats allow for easier and egress and rear-storage flexibility, a 45-degree recline for greater The 60/40 split, folding seats present four seat arrangements that excellent usability for passengers and while a fold-flat front-passenger allows for extremely long

The driver is kept informed via a instrument panel, a visually space-efficient design that is exceptionally user-friendly. As with Prius models, the driving including Push Button parking switch, drive-by-wire toggle, and driving mode are immediately at hand. Each of driving control features are by silver trim.

Instrument-panel including a single dial climate control, provide an look and user-friendly command.

The console is accessible from the driver side and rear The console is big enough to hold 23 CD yet low enough so that lines of and conversation between passengers can be and natural. The console design make the cabin a human-friendly and a low-fatigue environment for long

A wide variety of engineered spaces are located throughout the These include dual boxes, a center console tray and five cup holders in and medium sizes. Bottle are built into the front and door pockets, while models will feature an storage space suitable for

In addition to the larger main compartment, there are storage built into the sides and the cargo platform for storing such as car wash items or Even a special space for is located under the second row of

Rear seats fold, and recline to configure for any mix of passengers and and operation switches are located close to the occupants. New for Toyota, an seat material called is designed for easy cleaning, spills and wear in a family that could see heavy use on a basis. Soft to the touch, attributes as compared to leather and traditional leatherette-type materials a weight reduction of 50 percent, a process with approximately 99 fewer volatile organic (VOCs) than conventional leather, and it’s water and resistant.

It also does not any animal-based material.

Advanced Connectivity

Seamlessly into the Prius v are state-of-the-art and enhanced connectivity features. A wireless connection for compatible phone calls is standard, now by an automatic phone book function. Also standard is a USB that allows playing of and video from portable devices, using the vehicle system and in-dash display including full iPod

The standard audio system has a screen and six speakers. The screen displays the energy monitor and consumption data, and functions as the for the integrated back-up camera and the Audio System. The screen offers a new value-driven navigation and serves as a portal for Entune. An HD Radio system enables CD quality from digital FM and has features that maximize and AM broadcast sound quality.

The will include HD Radio iTunes tagging for future and SiriusXM Satellite Radio™.

The audio is equipped with a new Premium HDD Navigation system Entune and JBL. This offers a new split-screen feature allows for simultaneously displaying and audio information and full video integration.

The premium adds a new JBL GreenEdge™ audio that combines an eight-channel and door-mounted “acoustic lens” to provide a high-quality sound. The amplifier achieves a 66-percent in overall mass and a 50-percent in sound efficiency. The GreenEdge produce a higher output of with the same power or consumption of conventional models.

Multimedia System

Prius v be one of the first Toyotas to offer the multimedia system. For the first ever in a Toyota automobile, innovative new system leverages the smartphone to provide a richer experience with fully access to navigation, entertainment and services.

Toyota Entune the first-ever support for engaging apps, such as Bing, and movietickets.com, along with useful travel-related services, as live weather, traffic, information (location and price), and sports. Toyota Entune the largest selection of music available to a vehicle, including 750+ stations, and Pandora’s music service.

The audio combined with Entune a best-in-class, advanced conversational recognition system that the driver to stay focused on the by eliminating the need to memorize of voice commands. The system also allow for audio and replay capabilities for text with the ability to respond by “Quick Reply Messages” as: “I’m driving and will later.”

Sleek, Aerodynamic and Efficient

a balance between outstanding refined style, and smooth Prius v has a low 0.29 coefficient of which does not inhibit the convenient packaging. It is a new vehicle from the ground up, with a that evolved from rather than being an version.

Keeping air resistance low is the triangular Prius silhouette, to a larger size. A flush from the front of the vehicle the front pillar works side “aerocorners” for exceptionally airflow. The smooth front blends into a carefully roof and cabin, leading to an cabin-end shape that to converge side and roof

Wheels and wheel caps are with aerodynamic effects in These measures and others have the beneficial effect of wind noise.

Enhancing the low wind-resistance design are materials keep the Prius v relatively and easy to move. The door are foam-injected with polypropylene and the board with light-weight to produce a weight savings of 20 percent. Significant weight is also achieved through the use of grades of steel throughout the along with aluminum in key panels and systems.

High-strength sheets and bars used the body to ensure a light, yet rigid platform structure.

available, and a Toyota-first, is a resin View Moonroof with retractable sun shades that an open atmosphere in the cabin a 40-percent reduction in weight as to conventional glass roofs of the size, and excellent heat performance. This improved resistance means the engine to run less to preserve comfortable temperatures, which in turn fuel efficiency. The moonroof has an operated shade system a jam protection function.

Available LED work to improve visibility reducing current draw. use projector lenses to offer visibility and are designed to be virtually free for the expected life of the

Prius v features a climate system with enhanced capability to cope with a cabin. The system uses an compressor, so the air conditioning can run without on the engine, and improved component for better maximum-demand cooling

Proven Hybrid Synergy System Now More Versatile

The Synergy Drive system in the v is essentially the same as the current Prius. The system uses two motors, one 60kw (80 hp) unit mainly works to power the lightweight transaxle and another motor that mainly as the electric power source. motor drive voltage is 650 DC.

The proven and practical nickel-metal battery pack is the same as on the Prius liftback, but with a duct located under the seat.

As with current-generation cars, Hybrid Synergy is a series-parallel hybrid system can provide power either the engine alone, or the motor or any mix of both. A hybrid control manages the system so that power is delivered according to demand. It uses a start/stop and regenerative braking to conserve and recharge the battery upon

Hybrid Synergy Drive is around a specially adapted, 98-horsepower1.8-liter four-cylinder engine runs on the Atkinson cycle and to a total system horsepower of Key components include an electric pump that requires no and an exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) that helps warm the quickly, reducing fuel when the engine is cold. and light weight, the engine minimal noise and vibration.

valve control, injector and other technologies reduce to allow the Prius v to qualify for and Tier2 Bin3 emissions

Four Driving Modes

In to the standard driving mode, v drive system also an Eco driving mode, an EV driving and a Power mode. In Power enhanced mid-range response easier coping with and mountainous terrain. In EV mode, the v can run on battery power alone for distances and lower speeds, up to a mile.

In Eco driving mode, the engine system prioritizes fuel managing throttle response and power consumption from the air

Pitch and Bounce Control; Ride, Better Handling


A new Pitch and Bounce Control, with suspension enhancements to ride comfort and control. the Prius v is a larger vehicle likely to carry loads and front and rear suspension have been redesigned to handling and ride quality. coil-over spring and damper have been significantly and a new upper support has been

The steering gear has been to the front suspension member, and the bar repositioned for more responsive feel and enhanced ride

In the rear, a torsion-beam suspension has been fitted with tuned springs and dampers. The new system is designed to help stability and ride comfort, and it has a mounting point to improve space.

Pitch and Bounce uses the torque of the hybrid to enhance ride comfort and The system, working with sensors and in tune with the helps suppress bounce and motions to improve comfort for Because it helps control the and posture of the vehicle as a whole, it functions to improve handling

Standard wheels are 16 inches in with 17-inch wheels as an option.

Cutting Edge and Security

A variety of available and features maintain the Prius of premium-level equipment packaging. Not among them is a broad of advanced features, both and passive, that are designed to maximize occupant safety.

The Prius v platform is designed a force-absorbing body structure. use of high-strength steel, notably in the frame members, is a key part of a strong body structure increasing weight. Helping to the cabin from side and intrusions are similarly engineered using high tensile all designed to disperse energy throughout the vehicle to help passengers.

Like all Toyota the Prius v will feature Star Safety System™ which includes Vehicle Control (VSC), Traction (TRAC), Anti-lock Braking (ABS ), Electronic Brake-force (EBD) and Brake Assist. It features the standard Smart Technology brake-override system.

An electronic tire pressure system is standard equipment, and are seven airbags strategically about the cabin, including a airbag for the driver. New driver and seat design helps the possibility of whiplash injury certain types of collisions minimizing weight. A new Vehicle Notification System helps pedestrians and cyclists of an oncoming under certain conditions by a small warning sound.

An Pre-Collision System (PCS) seatbelts and applies the brakes in conditions when a frontal is unavoidable. It is paired with Radar Cruise Control.

available safety system, Connect, can access a call with a live operator who can police and emergency vehicles. The combines automatic collision and a stolen vehicle locator which can track the location of the vehicle via GPS and help guide to recover it.

Peace of Mind Protection

Toyota’s 36-month/36,000 basic new-vehicle warranty to all components other than wear and maintenance items. 60-month warranties cover the for 60,000 miles and against with no mileage limitation. The components, including the HV battery, control module, hybrid module and inverter with are covered for eight years/100,000

The Prius v will also standard with Toyota a complimentary plan covering factory-scheduled maintenance and 24-hour assistance for two years or 25,000 whichever comes first.

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