In September 1993, Yoshirio Kimbara, Executive Vice President of Toyota R&D Center, established the G21 team with the goal of creating a modern car that is friendly to resources and the environment.
At the end of 1994, the G21 team designed a hybrid power concept car and launched it at the Tokyo Motor Show in 1995. The car was named “Prius”. At the end of 1996, this hybrid concept car began its drive test process.
First Generation of Toyota Prius(1997-2003)
In December 1997, the first-generation Toyota Prius, code-named NHW10, rolled off the assembly line at the Toyota Plant in Aichi Prefecture. The first generation of Toyota Prius is a saloon car.
The first-generation Prius became the world’s first mass-produced gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle.
Prius was initially only sold in Japan, but this car was used as a second-hand car in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and other countries. Toyota finally promoted the first-generation Prius to the North American and European markets in 2000.
In order to meet the requirements of American consumers for high-speed and long-distance driving, NHW11 has upgraded the engine and motor on the basis of NHW10, and air conditioning has also become standard.
Second Generation of Toyota Prius(2004-2009)
Prius was redesigned as a hatchback
The second-generation Prius is 6 inches longer than the first-generation. Its aerodynamic body reduces the length and wind resistance, and the drag coefficient is only 0.26cd. In order to increase power output, Toyota equipped the second-generation Prius with an all-electric air-conditioning compressor, in addition to an electric power steering system. The battery life issue that Toyota was worried about before has been optimized again. The second-generation Prius is equipped with a smaller size and lighter weight nickel-metal hydride battery pack. Toyota provides this battery pack with a warranty period of 100,000 miles (about 161,000 kilometers) or 8 years in the North American market. This further reduces consumers’ doubts about the hybrid technology of oil and electricity.
Toyota posted a “HYBRID SYNERGY DRIVE” logo on the rear of the second-generation Prius.
In December 2005, FAW Toyota Changchun plant began production of the second-generation Prius, named as “普锐斯”
Third Generation of Toyota Prius(2010-2015)
Toyota introduced the new Prius at the 2009 North American International Auto Show, which is the third generation Prius.
The third-generation Prius follows the styling design of the previous generation, with only a few details modified. The previous-generation rear spoiler with the same color as the body is changed to a bright black paint, and the black rear spoiler is integrated with the rear window.
The third-generation Prius uses an electronic water pump, which makes it the first mass-produced model that does not require a belt drive. The newly designed inverter, electric motor and other hybrid components are also smaller in size and weight. The first generation model is 20% lighter. Because of these changes, the fuel economy of this generation Prius has been greatly improved.
Soon after the third-generation Prius was launched, Toyota built the Prius Plug-In Hybrid concept car based on the third-generation Prius and exhibited it at the Frankfurt Motor Show in the same year. This is a plug-in hybrid model. Toyota introduced the Prius PHV plug-in hybrid model code-named ZVW35 to the market in 2011. The car’s fuel consumption per 100 kilometers was further reduced to 2.2 liters and CO2 emissions were reduced to 49 grams/ kilometer.
(ZVW40W) Prius V and Prius +
In order to consolidate its position in the field of hybrid vehicles, Toyota built Prius α based on the third-generation Prius in 2011. The European and American markets are called Prius V or Prius +.
Toyota released a concept car named Prius c at the 2011 North American Auto Show. C stands for city. As the name suggests, it is a hybrid model that is more suitable for urban mobility. In 2012, Prius c was officially listed, Prius c is a wagon.
Forth Generation of Toyota Prius(2015-)
In September 2015, the fourth-generation Prius was publicly unveiled at Las Vegas World, Nevada, USA.
In December 2015, the fourth-generation Prius was officially launched in the Japanese domestic market
In January 2016, the fourth-generation Prius officially landed in the North American market, and the European market went on sale in February
The fourth-generation Prius is based on Toyota’s new TNGA platform, and its drag coefficient is 0.24Cd.
Toyota has made some adjustments to the hybrid system structure of the fourth-generation Prius. The battery pack that once occupied part of the trunk space has been moved under the rear seat. The advantage of this is that the trunk space has become more spacious.In addition to the previous front-drive layout, the fourth-generation Prius adds the E-Four electric four-wheel drive model for the first time.
At the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, Toyota released a new generation of Prius derivative models-Prius Prim
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Toyota prius windshield wiper blades
Toyota Prius 2001-2003
Driver side:24 inch Passenger side:17 inch Rear :None
Frameless wiper bladeToyota Prius 2004-2009
Driver side:26 inch Passenger side:18 inch Rear :16inch
Toyota Prius 2010-2015
Driver side:26 inch Passenger side:19 inch Rear :16inch
Toyota Prius 2016-
Driver side:28 inch Passenger side:16 inch Rear :16inch
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