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Toyota Prius, the world’s popular and advanced hybrid car, made its debut at UMW Toyota Motor’s showroom in Subang Jaya, Monday to mark a new era for the Malaysian car industry.The order taking for the new Prius has already begun and the public launch starts on the 7th of August 2009 at all Toyota outlets nationwide.So, let’s see together the new generation Toyota Prius at the Toyota showroom on 7th August 2009.
The 3rd generation of Toyota Prius has become the top seller in Japan with 31,000 units sold and more than 180,000 units booked.The 3rd generation Prius Hybrid maybe can be the top seller in Malaysia if the price here is cheap.The price for Toyota Prius in Malaysia quite high which is RM175,000.But the President of UMW Toyota Motor already thank the Malaysian government for their support towards Hybrid cars and they already target to sell 100 units of Prius this year.
For the new Prius, it’s powertrain may be the same as previous generations but is actually 90% new and features significant improvements over previous models. The technological advancement carries on under the hood as well with it’s beltless 1.8-liter, four-cylinder petrol engine that churns out 98hp.It runs at lower RPMs at highway speeds for a more relaxed drive, better fuel efficiency and improved uphill performance.
TOYOTA PRIUS SPECS.
The cockpit of the new Toyota Prius has two zones which are the Command Zone and the Display Zone. Everything has been laid out so that there is ease of operation, reduced eye movement and the need to refocus the eyes while driving.
In the Command Zone, which is divided between the centre console and steering wheel, all the controls and switches for the climate control and audio system are clearly marked for quick access. Another feature that helps in this aspect is the Touch Tracer system. As the vehicle monitoring display is now near the windscreen, there is no longer any touch screen functions. Instead you control the various displays via steering wheel controls.This feature is a world’s first and allows the driver to make adjustments to the audio system and climate control without taking the hands off the steering wheel. Four touch sensors on two circular pads send signals to the various systems and the operating mode is shown on the screen of the Display Zone.
A Heads-Up Display (HUD) also available on Toyota Prius where the information is projected onto the glass in front of the driver. While looking straight ahead, the driver will be able to see the vehicle speed and Hybrid Synergy Drive indicator as an image on the windscreen, enhancing safety. In addition to a manual setting, there is also an automatic display luminosity function which ensures that the images are visible in different lighting conditions.
The shift lever is positioned in its traditional position and though it resembles a conventional gear knob, the operation is done entirely by electronic signals (shift-by-wire). Therefore only a slight force is needed to make a selection and the lever then returns to a ‘home position’ for ease of subsequent operations.