Since 1997, the Toyota Prius has provided drivers around the globe with exceptional fuel economy and performance. This innovative member of the Toyota lineup was the start of the worldwide hybrid car revolution. For more than a decade, the Prius has remained the top-selling hybrid vehicle in the United States. Over the years, Toyota has updated the Prius with the latest innovations in fuel efficiency and technology. Let’s take a look back at the early stages of designing the iconic Prius model.
1993: Early Innovations
The process of designing the Toyota Prius began in 1993. During this time, Toyota’s chief engineers were dedicated to developing a vehicle that was highly fuel-efficient and also fun to drive. At this early stage of the design process, Toyota’s engineering department researched and developed several different hybrid powertrain models.
1996: Heading to Production
By 1996, the rush was on to finalize the production and development of the Prius. During the early engineering phases, Toyota had run into issues with the battery and electric motor in the vehicle. In 1996, these issues had been sorted out and the Prius was nearly ready for the public. The only step left was to finalize the exterior appearance and interior amenities of the vehicle.
1997: The Prius Makes Its Debut
The Prius made its debut in Japan in October of 1997. Shortly thereafter, in 1999, Toyota made the Prius available in the United States. From its earliest days on the market, the Prius was wildly popular with motorist who were seeking an efficient and stylish choice for their daily drives.
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