Background and Identification
Originally available only in Japan in 1997, the Prius is a popular fully hybrid electric car manufactured by Toyota. The Toyota Prius was the first mass-produced hybrid vehicle and was introduced worldwide in 2000. The Prius was originally offered as a four-door sedan but has been produced only as a five-door liftback since 2003.
According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB), the Prius is one of the cleanest vehicles sold in the United States (based on emissions that form smog). The 2018 Prius Eco is the second-most fuel-efficient gasoline-powered vehicle without plug-in capability available in the United States. By January 2017, the Prius liftback was the world’s top-selling hybrid vehicle with approximately four million cars sold.
The Toyota Prius family was expanded in 2011 to include the Prius V, an extended hatchback, and the Prius C, a subcompact hatchback. The first plug-in hybrid Prius was released in 2012. By 2017, the Prius family represented 61-percent of the 10 million hybrids sold worldwide by Toyota since 1997.
Toyota vehicles in the Americas can be identified by the Toyota emblem, which depicts three overlapping ellipses. All Prii from 2003 onward (yeah, “Prii“ is the official plural form of Prius as decided by public vote) have the words “Toyota“ and “Prius“ displayed on the back hatch.
- Wikipedia: Toyota Prius
- Consumer Reports: Toyota Prius
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