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Toyota unveils new Prius hybrid with more power, range, style

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By YURI KAGEYAMA and TOM KRISHER

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What's with the long overhang at the front? The car looks good but the practicality of avoid bingles with that front overhang would put me off it.

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What is ‘Daniel Read of Greenpeace’ doing to help the situation other than whinging and whining? I wonder how he got to Japan, did he walk and swim to get here?

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Folks here in Japan who buy a Prius are the same as those who buy Christmas cakes, KFC, and those god-awfully huge "socks" stuffed with junk food. they do it to be a part of the "collective".

If anyone stands over 185cm getting into or out of a Prius and actually driving one, is in for a painful experience! (Leastwise the Japanese model!)

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It looks like a real sports car which should please the present Prius owners looking for a trade in and up.

I regularly get passed by speeding Prius owners…

5 ( +9 / -4 )

Better than the previous models.

Look forward to a GR or GR Sport Prius.

If they don't add one, I'll wait for the new C-HR.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

That's a great looking car.

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Look like Toyota are missing a trick. They could have added a full electric version for those living in houses with their own garage and potter around Tokyo, Nagoya,Osaka and other big cities.

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Not too keen on the interior.

The meter panel and steering wheel seem to have come straight out of the EV, bZ4X parts bin and the shifter from the recently introduced Crown.

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If anyone stands over 185cm getting into or out of a Prius and actually driving one, is in for a painful experience! 

It has a higher roof and more leg space than most American muscle cars.

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Just remember that the Prius sale is banned in UK by 2030, in EU and 12 US CARB states by 2035.

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Very cool .

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According to the attached website,

More than 1 in every 3 prospective buyers (36%) are considering a hybrid as their next car or truck purchase, up from 29% in 2019, according to Consumer Reports.

The most reliable automotive brands;

1 Toyota, 2 Lexus, 3 BMW, 4 Mazda, 5 Honda, 6 Audi, 7 Subaru

The new Prius will probably succeed.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2022/11/15/reliability-cars-consumer-reports-ranking/10703135002/

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Not a car lover but this hybrid looks so beautiful..

Well done Toyota..

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This is a surprisingly good looking Prius. I was never a fan of Prius styles, but this one may change my mind.

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Even though I am partial towards gas cars, I did have the opportunity to drive a few hybrids and a Tesla X once.

The acceleration from 0-60 is uninterrupted by clutching and gear shifts, and is very torquey.

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Electric cars are zero-emissions but need recharging. Some consumers are worried about running out of juice on the roads. A hybrid always has the gas engine as backup.

I think Toyota is doing the right thing here. Get ahead in and/or dominate the market for hybrids and then rollout all-electrics later when the infrastructure for recharging becomes more certain.

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Nice. I would rather pick up one of these than a Tesla.

Also because I think the enviros are loopy. Electricity doesn’t come from the socket in the wall.

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The Prius is a good car, and that was before it was as fast as an E-type Jag, which this new one is. We need 4wd to get to our house, we're up a very steep road that is snowy most of winter, otherwise we would have kept the 2005 Prius we had. I could still see myself getting a 4wd one sometime in the future.

Electric cars face many problems relating to charging. It's fine if you have a drive at home and a nice car park at your destination but that is far from everyone. Given the massive currents involved, rolling out lots of charging infrastructure will involve huge amounts of copper. Fast charging one car will be the same electricity consumption as a dozen houses.

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If anyone stands over 185cm getting into or out of a Prius and actually driving one, is in for a painful experience!

So what? Only a very low percentage of us are above that height so most of us couldn't care less.

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What is ‘Daniel Read of Greenpeace’ doing to help the situation other than whinging and whining? I wonder how he got to Japan, did he walk and swim to get here?

I'm all for environmental friendly organizations but some of the people working there need to educate themselves better. Including this guy, who clearly doesn't know what he's talking about.

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I do like the look of the new model, but i would have dropped the Prius name, as its sonimus with the old horrid retchid car, there might be an automatic association with the previous model.

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Looks quite good I think. Neat lines and a sporty look, quite a departure from Toyota's horribly over-produced cars of recent years which looked like they were designed by the Romulans.

I think the recent Alfa Romeo style designs from Mazda are starting to catch on.

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This hurts me greatly but it doesn't look too bad at all.

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I had one of the first electric toy cars,decades ago,it was a hot wheels,with a power pack ,it charges like a real car today ,if they would of patents the concept, even if was a toy ,they would have billion Google Hot Wheels First Electric Car

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Nice. I would rather pick up one of these than a Tesla.

In Japan? Surely BEVs economic case is indisputable, especially for Teslas where there's near zero servicing requirements.

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Just remember that the Prius sale is banned in UK by 2030, in EU and 12 US CARB states by 2035.

Not entirely true. The quotas in the California law are for "zero emission". Beginning in 2026 35% of new cars sold would have to be "zero emission" ramping up to 2035 when all new cars sold in California would have to be "zero emission", with a caveat. 20% of the cars in the zero emission quota could be plug in hybrids, e.g., something like a Prius.

And zero emission does not mean battery electric only. Expect by then to have cars and trucks running internal combustion engines fueled by hydrogen, ammonia or mixtures of these. They too will qualify as zero emission vehicles.

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