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How Prius Engineering Has Evolved Over the Years

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Since 1997, the Toyota Prius has provided drivers with exceptional fuel economy and performance. This iconic hybrid model has completely revolutionized the way that the world drives. Over the years, Toyota has updated the Prius with brand new technology and performance features. With its updated engineering, the Prius continues to lead the hybrid car revolution. Here is a quick tour of some of the evolutionary changes of the Prius over the years.

The Original Prius
The first Prius model made its debut in Japan in 1997. After years of innovation and research, the engineers at Toyota were ready for the Prius to hit the mass market. This smart and stylish vehicle contained Toyota’s first-ever hybrid powertrain. Under the hood, the original Prius was equipped with both an electric motor and a gasoline engine. Together, these driving systems were able to achieve a fantastic 66 miles per gallon.

Prius in the United States
The Prius model was first made available in the United States in the year 2000. When Toyota brought the Prius to America, the motor company updated the engineering of their hybrid vehicle to include additional horsepower. The first American Prius model achieved 52 miles per gallon in the city.

The Next Generation of the Prius
In 2003, Toyota introduced the next generation of the Prius. This innovative model was equipped with Toyota’s state-of-the-art Hybrid Synergy Drive System. Today, Toyota’s Prius models still feature Hybrid Synergy Drive. This hybrid drivetrain delivers fantastic performance and efficiency during highway drives and trips in town.

To explore the performance and engineering of the Toyota Prius for yourself, come to Jerry’s Toyota. Our Toyota dealership provides the Baltimore area with a fantastic inventory of new Toyota cars and certified used Toyotas. For more information about the great services that we offer to our customers in Baltimore, give our showroom a call at (877) 427-6511. 


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