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The Mercury Cars Guide : July 11th 2009
2— Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, July 11, 2009 New Prius takes a step Like the celebrities that drive it, the Toyota Prius haschangedits face over the years, but remains as fashionable as ever. PaulGover checks back with the eco-warrior P RINCE Charles drives a Toyota Prius. Patronage by Brit- ain’s green prince tells you everything about where Toyo- ta’s eco-warrior has been but nothing about where it is going. Prius III, which hits Aus- tralian showrooms next week, has advanced from a social and science experiment into a real car for real people. Hollywood celebrities will still drive one to prove they care, and Charles Windsor is almost certain to upgrade, but the world’s largest carmaker plans to convert more than 300,000 ordinary owners from more than twice as many countries as the old modelwas sold in. The biggest change to the Prius is well hidden and shows important new think- ing—it is effectively twinned with the Corolla and RAV4. Sharing platform parts with the compact super sellers has cut costs for the Prius, but also made it into a real car with a no-excuses driving experi- ence. The price for Prius III has risen a little, starting at $39,900 and topping at $53,500, but value is better with the basic car even picking up a heads-up instrument display, keyless entry and start, and seven airbags. The top-line i-Tech model is really loaded, with everything from a solar-powered ventila- tion system—to reduce cabin temperatures when the car is parked — to an automatic parking system, pre-crash safety package, dynamic cruise control and LED head- lamps. But the real work has gone of 89g/kilometre. ‘‘Our philosophy is that we into the basics, as the petrol engine has grown to 1.8 litres, the hybrid system is 90 per centnewand total power is up by 100 kilowatts while fuel economy is officially 3.9 litres per 100km withCO2 emissions can take a complex project and achieve a simple, elegant solution,’’ says Prius chief engineer Akihiko Otsuka. ‘‘Customers told us they wanted more performance. ‘‘We also improved fuel economy by reviewing the entire vehicle design, espe- cially the aerodynamic char- acteristics.’’ In the engine room it meant a complete lack of drive belts — and electric air-con, power steering and water pump — while drag was reduced to 0.25, a figure only matched by the new Mercedes E-Class coupe. Weight has risen a little but changes include eco-plastics in some areas, a bigger boot, more space for three adults in the back seat and three driv- ing modes, from electric to a genuine power setting. The design of the new Prius looks almost identical to the outgoing car, until you put them side-by-side. Then the new car looks more adventurous and tren- dy, not just around the re- NEXT GENERATION: The 2009 Toyota Prius. society and the environment, yet they are interested in more than just fuel economy,’’ says Toyota Australia’s sales and marketing chief Dave Buttner. ‘‘Everything in their lives is a subtle statement about what they stand for. ‘‘They’ll shop at local mar- SNAZZY: The Prius Touch Tracer display. shaped nose but even in the side profile where the highest point of the roof has been moved back to give more head space in the cabin. The third-generation Prius will never be a big seller in Australia, just 4500 cars a year, but it has already ignited renewed interested in hybrids and triggered a lot of diesel- versus-hybrid comparisonsby European brands which have put their green eggs into the turbodiesel basket. Toyota touts the overall CLEVER: Prius Intelligent Park Assist (IPA). efficiency of its hybrid system, as well as the heavy fumes from ‘‘evil diesel’’ cars, which produce more than 35 times as many oxides as nitrogen fumes. It predicts tighter European emission standards will quickly tip the balance away from diesel power in favour of hybrids and smaller petrol engines. ‘‘Companies such as Honda, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Ford and even Ferrari are embrac- ing hybrid technology,’’ says Otsuka, leaving out Porsche from the companies currently committed. Prius III also points to Aus- tralia’s first upcoming local hybrid, the Camry, which will adopt a similar Hybrid Syn- ergy Drive system and under- cut the hybrid flag bearer on price with more space. Toyota Australia believes the new Prius will win buyers from all sorts of other cars, and not just people who want to fly the green flag. ‘‘They’re concerned about kets and recycle everything, but they’re not eco warriors. ‘‘They have the latest gear, such as an iPhone and iQ, but they’re not tech nerds.’’ The biggest test for Prius III will come when Honda launches its born-again In- sight next year, with a price advantage that could be as much as $10,000. Toyota believes it will have the edge on size and with a more sophisticated hybrid system but says it is happy to have more companies push- ing the hybrid drive. 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