Toyota Prius Turns 10!
Prius, Toyota’s most successful hybrid, is ten years old now. The first Prius came to North America in July, 2000. Charles Toyota, your neighborhood Toyota dealership in Norwich, CT, feels the Prius has left an indelible mark on the automotive industry as an affordable car with a hybrid gas/electric powertrain. Over 1.8 million Prius units have been sold all over the world with US alone accounting for nearly 900,000. As an eminent green car, the Prius has prevented an estimated nine million tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere, conserved approximately 650 million gallons of gas and saved an estimated 1.5 billion dollars. Prius has come a long way in the last ten years. In the beginning, it was dubbed as a hybrid that was “not an economical or practical solution” to America’s future needs. But today, the Prius is a mainstream vehicle and is the third-best selling car in the Toyota lineup. The first-generation compact Prius launched in 2000 produced 97 combined horsepower and delivered 41 mpg. Today, the midsize Prius pumps out 134 horsepower and delivers an EPA rating of 50 mpg overall. Innovations, like the solar powered ventilation system on the 2010 Prius, add to its status as a forerunner of future trends and technologies. Going forward, the Prius’ future looks bright. The Prius Plug-In Hybrid (PHV) designed with small LithiumIon battery packs will produce even less greenhouse gas emissions than conventional hybrid vehicles. Over the years, the Prius has become an icon for Toyota and its owner loyalty statistics are among the highest in the industry. One out of every two hybrids on American roads is a Prius. Come; discover the 2010 Toyota Prius at Charles Toyota. Take a look at their special offers and drive home a Prius or any other model of your choice!