Toyota Prius
The Toyota Prius is a hybrid with a 98bhp 1.8-litre petrol engine linked to a CVT gearbox and backed up by an electric motor.
The range starts with the T3 entry-level car which has 15-inch alloys and returns more than 70 miles to the gallon and emits 89g/km of carbon dioxide.
The T4 and T Spirit trims have 17-inch alloys fitted with slightly reduced fuel consumption and marginally increased carbon dioxide emissions.
Across the Prius range there is a five-year/100,000 mile warranty.
The latest Prius has the Toyota Touch audio and entertainment system on T3 and T4 grades which also includes Bluetooth connectivity and a rear-view camera.
Toyota’s Touch & Go Plus is standard on T Spirit models offering satellite navigation, advanced Bluetooth, voice recognition and connectivity to Google Local Search.
The Prius has EV, ECO and POWER on-demand drive modes and seven airbags as standard, as well as solar-powered ventilation and remote air conditioning systems.
The Toyota Prius has a head-up display for line-of-sight vehicle information and an eight-year warranty cover for the hybrid battery.
Toyota has been researching and developing hybrid drive systems for more than 30 years.
The original used Toyota Prius was launched in Japan in 1997 after Toyota initiated the G21 project with the aim of creating an environmentally-friendly car for the 21st century.
Toyota designed, developed and produced every component in its hybrid drive system in-house, studying more than 100 hybrid system variants.
The first Toyota Hybrid System combined a 1.5-litre petrol engine and an electric motor with continuously variable transmission to develop a maximum power output of 100bhp and fuel economy of 55.4mpg with carbon dioxide emissions of 120g/km.
The 2003 Prius’s THS II powertrain adopted a boost converter developing 112bhp and fuel consumption of 65.7mpg with carbon dioxide emissions of 104g/km.
The latest Prius Hybrid Synergy Drive system has 90 per cent of the hybrid drive components redesigned.
The 1.8-litre petrol engine replaced the 1.5-litre of the previous generation Prius. Total system power output is 134bhp and fuel consumption is 72.4mpg with carbon dioxide emissions of 89g/km. The Toyota goes from nought to 62mph in 10.4 seconds on its way to a top speed is 112mph.
In 2010 Toyota began building its first hybrid vehicle in Europe, the Auris Hybrid hatchback, at its Burnaston factory in the UK. Toyota also manufactures hybrid vehicles in China, the USA and Thailand.
The third generation Prius is available in 80 countries worldwide.