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Free Seminars Pertaining to Automobile


Free Seminar for Toyota Hybrid Car Owners

 

There will be three seminars pertaining to Automobile free of charge at the Prince of Wales’ College Auditorium during the Cambrian Motor Show 2014 which will be worked off on 7th and 8th June 2014 at the college premises. The Seminars will be held as follows.

Lecture by

Mr. Deeptha Appuhamy – [BSc (Eng) Mech. SL, Hybrid vehicles IMI UK, EFI Engines IMI UK] on 7th June from 3.00 pm to 5.00 pm. Sponsored By: M.M.Organisation.Most Wanted Hybrid Car Services Links in Sri Lanka

Mr. Nuwan S. Madananayke, Hybrid Specialist (Sirasa Auto vision Presenter) and Mr. Lal Alawatte Consultant and Auto Engineer, will deliver a lecture on technical aspects of the vehicle and its operations on on 7th June from 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm.

Mr. Charith Ekanayake, Hybrid Specialist (Auto Engineer Worked at Honda Sri Lanka)  will deliver a Question and Answer Session about Honda Hybrid cars on on 8th June from 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm.

Interested are requested to call Indrajith on 0 729 729 000 for more details.

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Free Seminar for Toyota Hybrid Car Owners


M.M.Organisation the leading Toyota Parts dealer in Panchikawatte, has made arrangements to hold a seminar for Toyota Hybrid car owners on 25th February 2012 at Sanora Hall, Battaramulla. The seminar will start at 1.30 p.m. and will end at 5.30 p.m.

2nd Free Seminar for Toyota Hybrid Car Owners Internationally experienced Auto Engineer on hybrids Mr. A. Deeptha will deliver a lecture on technical aspects of the vehicle and its operations, difference between the conventional vehicles and hybrids, maintenance activities, the most important safety guidelines, what to do in an emergency , battery safety and the best driving habits to get the maximum fuel efficiency etc. Mr. Maxwell Ranasinghe will discuss about how to obtain genuine parts at better prices to maintain the vehicle well.

Further membership of Hybrid Car Owners Club will be offered free of charge to all the participants. This club membership will help hybrid owners in sharing their experience about usage of the vehicle and obtain discounts for spare parts from M.M.Organisation. After the in house seminar, a practical session will be held to demonstrate the major aspects of the vehicles operations.

First Free Hybrid Workshop - Sri Lanka

Spokesperson for M.M.Organisation informed that the seminar will be sponsored by them and the entrance would be free for all the Toyota Hybrid car owners.

Participation is limited only for 200 car owners and they will be registered for the seminar on first come first basis. Interested are requested to send an SMS to 0773 – 787878 and indicate “Register me for the seminar” …and the name” for registration as early as possible. All those registered will receive an invitation by an SMS to show at the entrance.

Email: toyotammo@yahoo.com

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February 13, 2012 at 9:54 PM 5 comments

Toyota Prius Start Up Problems


Toyota Prius (hybrid) wont start, what’s wrong?
Toyota Prius (hybrid) wont start, what's wrong?

When I pressed the power on button, nothing would happen. No lights, no sound, no response… the car was absolutely dead. (NHW 20)

What can I do? Is it a problem of the 12v battery? or the 400v? Can a Prius 2 be started with jumper cables on the 12v battery? Or should I just call the Toyota official dealer?

Please help, do you have any ideas or suggestions what I can do to get the car working or what is wrong?  Dr. Sampath

Jump Starting Your Prius

Prius Battery DieDear All, please check out this videos. hopefully this wasn’t a mistake & Don’t Let Your Prius’ Battery Die, Ever.

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August 10, 2011 at 1:39 PM 6 comments

Porsche Panamera – Hybrid Now is Sri Lanka


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The Panamera S Hybrid has a 3.0-liter V6 compressor engine with direct fuel injection and fully variable intake camshaft timing adjustment. Combined with the charge effect of the compressor, this ensures a high torque of 324 lb.-ft. even at low engine speeds. Power output is 333 hp.

The combustion engine is assisted by a 47 hp electric motor incorporated between the transmission and the engine. The motor is supplied by a high-voltage nickel-metal hydride battery located below the floor of the rear luggage compartment.

Together, the two units develop a maximum total system output of 380 hp and a maximum system torque of 428 lb.-ft. and accelerate the Panamera S Hybrid from 0-60 mph in 5.7 seconds. Top track speed is 167 mph. This is achieved with fuel consumption of just 7.1 l/100 km.

The interplay between combustion engine, electric motor and high-voltage battery is regulated by the electronic engine management system. It engages and disengages the combustion engine by means of a specially developed separating coupling. Thanks to the rapid-action separating coupling and the equally fast response of the combustion engine, these processes are performed comfortably and smoothly. You do not need to adapt to the system.

Panamera S Hybrid: Fuel consumption* in (l/100 km) urban 7.6 · extra urban 6.8 · combined 7.1 · CO2 emissions 167 g/km

*  Figures for optional 19-inch All-season tyres optimised for rolling resistance in l/100 km: urban 7.4 · extra urban 6.6 · combined 6.8 · CO2 emissions 159 g/km.

Porsche Panamera  2011 S Hybrid Car

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July 25, 2011 at 10:46 PM 3 comments

Hybrid Car Emergency Procedure


Hybrid Car Accident in Sri Lanka.

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Extrication

1) Turn off ignition switch and remove key (if so equipped). This turns off the engine and the motor, which prevents electric current from flowing into the cables from the motor or high-voltage battery, and, turns off power to the airbags and the seatbelt pre-tensioner.

2) After turning off the ignition switch, it is recommended that emergency responders remove the key (if so equipped) so the car cannot be inadvertently restarted. To let everyone at the crash scene know the key is removed, give the key to the I/C, who will make a general announcement regarding the key. At this point, the high-voltage system has been isolated. This improves responder safety in and around the vehicle.

3) The next step is to shut down the 12V electrical system on the hybrid just as we typically do on any conventional vehicle involve din an MVA.

4) Locate the 12V battery. It may or may not be under the hood. In the Toyota Prius it is located inside the driver’s rear wheel well within the trunk. Either disconnect or double cut first the negative and then the positive cable. This disables the high-voltage battery controller, which prevents electric current from flowing into the orange cables and the high-voltage battery.

5) With the ignition key turned off and removed and the 12V battery disabled, the hybrid vehicle is safe to work on for vehicle rescue. High-voltage electricity still exists, but it is isolated to the battery pack, generally in the trunk of cars or under the rear passenger seat in pick-ups.

6) An alternative to disabling the 12V battery is to remove the HEV fuse, generally located in the engine compartment junction box. When in doubt pull all fuses in this box.

7) Stabilize the vehicle. Crib at four points directly under the front and rear pillars. Do not place cribbing under high-voltage power cables, exhaust system or fuel system.

8) At this point conventional rescue techniques may be used, including cutting of door hinges, modified dash roll, steering wheel displacement, etc. However caution must be used at all times to avoid cutting any high or intermediate-voltage lines.

9) Should a hybrid be involved in a rollover, end up on its roof, this may prevent access to the engine compartment and disabling of the 12V battery may not be possible. This poses a serious threat. If access to the 12V battery is not hindered, extrication can be handled as in any conventional vehicle rollover.

10) The removal of the roof of hybrids such as the Toyota Prius may be easily accomplished by opening the hatch to gain access for cutting of the pillars. The hatch will need to be opened manually with pry tools because 12V power is needed to open the hatch.

11) Hybrid identification tags are located in the rear and/or sides of the vehicle. Severe impacts in these areas could destroy or hide the identification tags. You must be sure to look for other hybrid identifications, make sure you are aware of the models on the road, and when in doubt assume the vehicle is a hybrid until proven otherwise.

FIRE

1) A fire involving a hybrid vehicle can be handled by following normal vehicle firefighting procedures. In a typical vehicle fire incident, the engine compartment, interior of vehicle or trunk area are burning. By following generally accepted fire suppression guidelines, crews attack the fire with an adequate water flow rate, working from a safe position of approach.

2) SCBA is worn throughout the incident.

3) The initial fire attack should be a fast and aggressive attack.

4) Fire crews may not be able to identify a hybrid until the fire has been knocked down and overhaul operations have commenced.

5) The wheels should be chocked as soon as safely possible.

6) During overhaul, the same steps defined in the extrication module should be used to disable the high-voltage system. (shut down power, disable 12V system)

7) Fire suppression crews will not be shocked or electrocuted during attack on a hybrid vehicle fire, even if flames are impinging on the battery pack itself.

8) There are potential, unique problems involving fire situations with hybrid vehicles. Any fire where there is direct flame impingement on the high-voltage battery pack would be an example. A fire that has originated within the battery pack itself or an electrical fire that begins somewhere within the high-voltage electrical system would also require special precautions.

9) Radiant heat could cause the modules inside the high-voltage battery to melt just as any plastic material would exposed to high temperatures. If heated sufficiently, it is possible the plastic casings could melt down, exposing the inner components of the high-voltage battery.

10) Copious amounts of water should be used quickly to eliminate radiant heat to the battery box and begin cooling the plastic battery cell modules in the high-voltage battery pack itself.

11) Should a fire in the Ni-MH HV battery pack occur, the I/C will have to decide whether to pursue an offensive or defensive.

12) If a melted nickel metal hydride (Ni-MH) battery is encountered, the I/C may want the nearest dealer of the vehicle notified to send a designated battery recovery specialist to the scene to deal with the damaged battery.

13) In the Ni-MH Product Safety Data Sheet, responders are advised that virtually all fires involving Ni-MH batteries can be controlled with water. The information sheet also recommends “In case of fire where nickel metal batteries are present, apply a smothering agent such as METL-X, sand, dry ground dolomite, soda ash, or flood the area with water. A smothering agent will extinguish burning nickel metal hydride batteries.”

14) Class D extinguishers are the recommended extinguisher to use with Ni-MH batteries. But…….

15) Not all Class D extinguishers are equal. Some contain particles of metal such as copper. Copper, for example, is one metal that may actually cause an adverse reaction with the high-voltage battery and generate hydrogen gas. In a small space, such as a trunk, this could cause an explosion.

16) Large amounts of water will not be able to directly attack a fire burning inside the battery pack unit itself. The metal cover of the pack prevents a direct attack on the internal cells of the battery. The water application, however, will cool the adjacent battery cells. Burning Ni-MH batteries will burn themselves out. Applying sufficient amounts of water will cool the metal housing of the battery pack and control the fire until the battery modules that are actually on fire burn themselves out. DO NOT EVER REMOVE THE COVER OF THE HIGH-VOLTAGE BATTERY PACK!

17) When water is used to extinguish Ni-MH battery fires, some hydrogen gas may evolve. In this situation ventilation will be needed to prevent a build up of the gas. Leaving the trunk, hatchback or battery compartment cover open is advised to ensure ventilation of the gas. If there is a concern that hydrogen gas is present, and ventilation is not possible, fire smothering agents are recommended.

18) A battery fire WILL produce toxic fumes, including oxides of nickel cobalt, aluminum, manganese, lanthanum, cerium, neodymium and praseodymium. Because of this, SCBA must be worn throughout the fire attack and during overhaul.

19) In addition, keep the “hot zone” clear of unnecessary personnel. Keep all “hot zone” personnel fully protected with structural clothing that addresses Level 3 hazmat personal protective clothing criteria and SCBA.

STEPS TO SECRURING HYBRID VEHICLE

1. Chock wheels

2. Remove/Find Key

3. Give key to I/C

4. I/C makes general announcement regarding key

5. Locate power button/Shut off power

6. Engage emergency brake

7. Cut negative 12V cable

8. Cut positive 12V cable

9. Do not touch or cut any orange or blue loom!

10. Wait 5 minutes before making any cuts for extrication!

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June 10, 2011 at 1:57 PM 1 comment

Toyota Prius Repair and Maintenance Manual: 2004-2008


Toyota Prius Repair and Maintenance Manual Toyota Prius Repair and Maintenance Manual: 2004-2008 is the hands-on reference that shows you how to service and maintain your Prius.

This Bentley Manual contains the essential information and know-how you need to take the mystery out of servicing the Toyota Prius with Hybrid Synergy Drive®. You’ll find step-by-step directions from safely disabling the high voltage system to real-world practical repair and maintenance procedures and full-color technical training.

The aim throughout has been simplicity and clarity, with detailed explanations, step-by-step procedures and accurate specifications. Both the professional technician and the do-it-yourself Prius owner will find this manual indispensable as a source of detailed maintenance and repair information. Even Prius owners who have no intention of working on their vehicle will find that reading and owning this manual makes it possible to discuss repairs more intelligently with a professional technician.

Model and engine coverage:Hybrid Sri Lanka

  • 2004 – 2008 Prius NHW20
  • 1NZ-FXE Engine

Technical highlights:

  • Written for both experienced professionals and do-it-yourself owners, this book removes the mystery and explains the technology behind the Toyota Prius in an easy and understandable style.
  • Advanced technological features described: High-voltage power inverter, hybrid motor / generators, electric air-conditioning compressor, electric power steering, continuously variable transmission, regenerative brakes and more.
  • Maintenance procedures from changing the oil to replacing the air/fuel ratio sensor. This manual tells you what to do and how and when to do it.
  • Valve clearance adjustment.
  • Cooling system and radiator service. Detailed instructions for checking, filling and bleeding engine and transaxle / inverter coolant.
  • Fuel injection and ignition system diagnostics.
  • Suspension repair procedures, including strut replacement.
  • Brakes and steering troubleshooting and repair.
  • Door, window, bumper, and seat service and repairs.
  • Electrical system service, with an illustrated component locator section.
  • Comprehensive wiring schematics, including power distribution and grounds.
  • Toyota OBD II diagnostic trouble codes, SAE-defined OBD II P-codes, as well as scan tool operation.
  • Toyota’s Emergency Response Guide.

by Bentley Publishers

Toyota Prius Repair and Maintenance Manual: 2004-2008

Hybrid Cars English Manuals in Sri Lanka To purchase this English manuals in locally call 071 4723308

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May 27, 2011 at 2:04 PM 7 comments

Hybrid Car Maintenance Service Stations in Sri Lanka


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April 7, 2011 at 5:03 PM 41 comments

Hybrid Car FAQs


Hybrid Car Frequently Asked Questions

Question: What about the battery life of a hybrid car?

Batteries used in hybrid cars prove quite expensive while replacing them. However the car engineers have been successful in designing these batteries in a way that they would last as long as the lifetime of the car. Most of the hybrid car manufacturers give the warranty of eight to ten years and this is quite a long period for the car battery to last. You would be surprised to know that Toyota hasn’t replaced a single battery pack for the popular hybrid Prius since it was brought on the market in 2000.

Question: What makes a hybrid car more expensive than the conventional car?

Hybrid cars cost a few thousand dollars more than their conventional counterparts. The price of the hybrid car increases because of the costly batteries introduced in them and two engines in place of one. However, if we consider the purchase in the long run, hybrid cars prove much cheaper than the conventional cars if the total fuel consumption is taken into consideration.

Question: Is a hybrid car slower than the conventional car?

Hybrid cars are by no means slower than the non hybrid counterparts. In fact most of the hybrid cars these days attain more than 100 mph of the maximum speed which is more than enough for many people.

Question: How to recharge the hybrid battery?

There is no need to plug in the batteries in the hybrid cars in order to charge them up. In fact they are charged in the normal course of the drive. During braking and coasting the extra energy released gets converted into electricity which recharges the battery.

Question: How does cold weather affect the performance of hybrid cars?

Generally car battery doesn’t work well at low temperatures; but in most of the hybrid cars thermal management system is introduced to cope with the problem and so the car battery gets charged up as soon as you start the car. When the car battery attains the normal operating temperature which happens pretty fast, the car can perform well even at lower temperatures.

Question: What about driving hybrid car in hot weather conditions?

Driving a car in hot weather conditions is a tough ask indeed. There are a few automobile experts who doubt the safety involved in driving hybrid cars. According to them high voltage batteries used in hybrid cars can be very dangerous in hot weather conditions as there are chances of catching fire quickly. They also say that if a car meets with an accident, the car will catch fire so fast that it would be very difficult to rescue people travelling in the hybrid car. However, this criticism doesn’t hold good if we consider the fact that most of the hybrid cars have performed pretty well in the southern part of the U.S.A. like Florida, Arizona or Texas. As regards the high voltage battery pack, it has the thermal management system to control the heat inside. When the battery gets hot after a certain limit, the system will shut it off automatically; thus saving it from any untoward incident.

Question: What are ‘Green Vehicles’?

Hybrid cars are popularly known as green cars on account of their eco-friendly characteristics. These are the cars with low emissions which imparted them the status of eco-friendly vehicles. Hybrid cars are rapidly emerging as a promising option and a feasible solution to the fuel problems of the world. The fewer and cleaner emission of hybrid cars is an important characteristic of hybrid cars. These cars are known to lower the noise pollution level as their engines go on generating the necessary amount of horsepower without much roaring. When you switch the car on the electric mode, the car is virtually silent even when set in motion. Green vehicles indeed, aren’t they?

While global warming has become a serious environmental issue, using a hybrid car is a wise option to cope with the situation. Reduction in smoke and the emission of pollutants because of the hybrid cars will certainly prove ecologically beneficial.

Question: Is hydrogen fuel cell technology posing a threat to hybrids?

According to many auto experts, cars powered by hydrogen won’t pose any threat to the sales of hybrid cars for at least ten to twenty years to come. The first set of hydrogen powered cars will have a single energy source and so hybrids will be a far better option.

Question: What encouragement is given to promote the use of hybrids?

In many countries use of hybrid cars is being encouraged by the governments. There are many schemes initiated by the governments to promote the use of hybrid cars. For instance, in the United States of America, you get some tax benefits if you buy hybrid vehicles. In some countries the road traffic departments allow hybrid car owners to park their vehicles free of charge. There also are some specially built roads only for hybrid cars. These perks certainly encourage the potential car buyer to go for a hybrid car.

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April 7, 2011 at 10:54 AM 1 comment

What is JAAI certificate ?


Export Inspection Certificate of JAAI (Japan Auto Appraisal Institute Tokyo Branch)

What is JAAI Certificate ?

What is JAAI Certificate ?

After passing JAAI’s inspection, a label is attached to the vehicle and a certifcation in English is issued. Because JAAI stores related documents for a period of one year after vehicle inspection, JAAI is able to respond to inquiries on a vehicle’s condition, manufacturing year, grade, equipment, and driving distance at the time of inspection.

The standards and regulations on vehicle safety vary in each country, but JAAI is able to conduct inspections according to the conditions set in each country by flexibly altering the inspection details.

Read more about (JAAI) certificate.

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Car Grading System

Auction houses in Japan put a number on the quality of the vehicle which represents a very strict inspection by automobile inspectors. Condition, age, usage and worth of a vehicle is taken into consideration when establishing that number. This number is called Grading and it tells the story of the vehicle. Such grades normally range from 0 to 5. This number is shown either on the top right corner or top left corner of the auction inspection sheet.

Car Grading System

Car Grading System

Accident cars are 0 Grade, poor quality cars that our company never considers buying are 3 Grade or below. Fair quality is 3.5 Grade. Good quality is 4.0 Grade. Best quality is 4.5 grade. And top quality which is showroom standard and nearly new cars are 5.0 Grade.

It is very important to note that grading alone will not define the quality or worth of a vehicle. It is only a subjective assessment by automobile inspector. A different inspector even in the same auction house may grade the car differently.

Auction grade should only be used as first hand assessment to obtain the idea of the condition and depending solely on auction grading can be deceptive.

At Japan Auto Exports, we do not simply reply on the auction grading sheet but we physically inspect the vehicle to ensure quality. Our staff take time to thoroughly examine the car condition, quality of engine, km, transmission, air conditioning, exterior, interior and give accurate and detailed information about vehicle to our customers so that they can make wise buying decision.

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March 23, 2011 at 1:07 PM 2 comments

Toyota Prius Hybrid Car Review


As with many of Toyota’s vehicles, the Prius has become a standard-bearer in its segment. While many automakers have yet to even develop a gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle, Toyota is already on its third generation of the Prius. This four-door hybrid has become a hit with consumers because of its stellar fuel economy, relatively uncompromised driving and acceleration characteristics and reasonable price.

The Toyota Prius (its name comes from Latin and means “to go before”) exists as a partial solution to the automobile’s problem of tailpipe emissions. The Prius, like other hybrid vehicles, has a special powertrain that combines a gasoline-fueled internal combustion engine with an electric motor. This powertrain, along with other advanced features, allows the Prius to deliver higher fuel economy and lower emissions compared to regular cars.

Due to its popularity and relatively long sales history, Toyota’s original hybrid car is a strong candidate for a shopper interested in a used hybrid vehicle. So far, it seems Toyota’s reputation for reliability and durability is holding true for the Prius. Early concerns about long-term durability have turned out to be mostly unfounded. However, potential buyers of a used Prius should take extra care during the research process. As the Toyota Prius is quite complex, future repairs and part replacements could be quite expensive.

Current Toyota Prius

The Toyota Prius was completely redesigned for 2010. However, it remains a four-door hatchback that seats five people. The car’s hybrid powertrain consists of a 1.8-liter gasoline engine that produces 98 horsepower and 105 pound-feet of torque that’s used in conjunction with two electric motors and a special planetary gearset that functions as a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Total system power is 134 hp.

Under full acceleration, both power sources work together to provide maximum oomph. But under lighter load conditions such as stop-and-go traffic, the Prius alternates between the two, often running on battery power alone. This maximizes the car’s fuel economy potential. A regenerative braking system converts energy normally lost as heat into electricity to charge the car’s battery pack. The current powertrain is a little more robust on the highway than the previous-generation car, although not really any quicker away from a traffic light. It is more fuel-efficient, however, with an EPA combined fuel economy estimate of 50 mpg — which is tops in the hybrid game.

Other changes for this new model include a more sculpted take on the iconic hybrid shape established by its predecessor. The interior was given a more radical overhaul, with a more conventional center control stack than the old car. The hybrid system display now resides high up on the dash next to the digital speedometer, while stereo and climate controls are laid out in a traditional manner with physical buttons rather than a touchscreen (which reappears if you order the optional navigation system). The result is a car that’s easier to acclimate to. It’s also a bit more comfortable for taller drivers, thanks to a height-adjustable seat and a telescoping steering wheel.

One thing that hasn’t changed is the Prius’ superb interior packaging, which helps extends the car’s appeal beyond simple fuel efficiency. Its hatchback body style allows for an impressive amount of cargo to be lugged around, while a surprisingly commodious backseat makes it a plausible replacement for a family sedan or compact SUV.

In reviews, we’ve found the current Toyota Prius to build upon its revolutionary predecessor’s successful formula of fuel efficiency and versatility. It’s now a more normal car to drive and use, making it easier to transition from a traditional car. While Honda’s less expensive but smaller Insight is worth a test-drive, those looking for a hybrid should still start their search with the Toyota Prius.

Used Toyota Prius Models

The second-generation Toyota Prius was produced for the 2004-’09 model years. It sat five people in a four-door hatchback body that provided extra versatility in terms of carrying items. This Prius’ hybrid powertrain was the same in concept as the current third-generation model, but it featured a smaller, 1.5-liter gasoline engine that produced 76 horsepower and 82 pound-feet of torque. With the electric motor spinning out power, peak net hp was 110.

Aside from its hybrid system upgrades, most buyers will find the interior to be the biggest area of difference between the second-generation model and the current Prius. The dashboard and controls were unconventional and futuristic, with stereo, climate, vehicle system and optional navigation controls residing in a touchscreen interface. There were steering wheel buttons for frequently used items, but ultimately, too much was put under the jurisdiction of the touchscreen (which could wash out in sunlight). The odd gear-selector action of today’s Prius was carried over from this generation, but then it was mounted on the dash. Another important difference to note is the lack of a telescoping steering wheel and height adjustment, making for an even more awkward driving position for taller people.

During its successful tenure in Toyota’s lineup, this second-generation Prius received minor changes. For 2006, a back-up camera, leather upholstery, leather-wrapped steering wheel and an auxiliary audio jack were added to the options list. A Prius Touring model was added the following year with a slightly firmer “sport” suspension, different 16-inch alloy wheels, a larger rear lip spoiler and several optional items. Side and side curtain airbags also became standard across the board. A “standard” trim level, which lacks cruise control and heated mirrors but in exchange had a significantly lower base price, was added for 2008.

In reviews of the Toyota Prius, our editors have cited outstanding mileage, ultralow emissions, hatchback utility and a reasonable price as the car’s greatest strengths. Downsides include soft handling characteristics at highway speeds and, compared to regular midsize sedans, unimpressive maximum acceleration. Most Prius owners say their cars typically achieve real-world mpg ratings in the mid-40s.

The original Prius debuted in the North American market for the 2001 model year. However, Toyota had been selling it in Japan since 1997. This model was the second hybrid vehicle available to U.S. consumers after the Honda Insight. In just about every aspect, the original Prius has been eclipsed by the second-generation car. The first-generation Toyota is slower, smaller and not as comfortable. But this in no way means that it is to be avoided. For a consumer interested in a used and affordable hybrid vehicle, this first-gen Toyota Prius could be a smart choice.

Though less advanced than those in the newer generations, the older Prius’ powertrain still paired a gasoline engine with an electric motor. Its 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine made 70 hp at 4,500 rpm and 82 lb-ft of torque at 4,200 rpm. The electric drive motor was worth another 44 peak hp.

Selecting a used Prius based on year shouldn’t be too difficult. Models built for 2002 and ’03 might have more of a draw, as it was then that Toyota started to offer additional optional features, such as a navigation system, side airbags and cruise control. Most first-generation owners seem quite happy with their cars and overall reliability has been very good.

Read more about Prius 2001 models (3rd Generation)

Toyota Prius PLUS at the Geneva Motor Show 2011

Toyota Prius Alpha 2011

Toyota Prius: Intelligent Parking Assist

Toyota Prius – interior design, detailing and features

Toyota Prius: Audio System

Toyota Prius: Fuel Filler Door & Gas Cap

Toyota Prius-III Interior features and controls

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  • Mazda6 Diesel Sets 20 Speed Records
    Mazda managed to break 20 speed records with its diesel-powered Mazda6. The company set these 20 records, which are still subject to FIA homologation, at the ATP test oval in Papenburg, Germany. Three Mazda6 SKYACTIV-D 2.2-liter clean diesels completed a 24-hour marathon run on the high-speed track this last weekend, with the front car achieving […] The post […]
  • Solar Energy For Chevy Cruze Plant
    General Motors is in the midst of installing solar panels at Ohio’s Lordstown Complex, the plant where GM builds the Chevy Cruze. General Motors said its new 2.2 megawatt ground-mounted solar array will be complete by the end of 2014. When the last of more than 8,500 solar panels are in place, it will be […] The post Solar Energy For Chevy Cruze Plant appear […]
  • Global Plug-in Car Sales Now Over 600,000
    Having started from zero last decade, global acceptance of plug-in electrified vehicles (PEVS) is speeding up and in just the past four months the number grew by 20 percent to 600,000 vehicles sold. This counts only the top-10 countries and their purchases of primarily passenger-oriented, highway legal plug-in hybrids and all-electric vehicles. Of these arou […]
  • Norway’s EV Market Share Is Skyrocketing Past 15 Percent
    If anyone was ever tired of hearing about U.S. “compliance cars” by seemingly tepid automakers merely trying to appease regulators, news that EVs now comprise 15 percent of new car sales in Norway could come as a breath of fresh air. As previously reported, the tiny country of 3.2 million people is eager to make […] The post Norway’s EV Market Share Is Skyro […]
  • Daimler Sells Tesla Shares
    Yesterday Daimler AG announced it has reorganized its cooperation with Tesla Motors Inc. In doing so, the German automaker terminated the share-price hedge it initiated in 2013 and has sold its approximately 4-percent stake in Tesla. Daimler explained it initially acquired a 9.1 percent interest in Tesla in May 2009 for an estimated $50 million. […] The post […]
  • 2015 Chevrolet Bi-fuel Impala Runs On Biogas
    Chevrolet will commercialize a version of its 2015 Impala sedan that can run on biogas. The Bi-fuel Impala powered by gasoline or compressed natural gas can run on biogas equivalents sourced from fuel providers who process it. One of these is Cleveland-based Quasar Energy Group which uses organic waste to produce the renewable energy source […] The post 2015 […]
  • Nissan EV Taxis For Madrid And Barcelona
    Nissan has delivered the vehicles that became Madrid and Barcelona’s first 100-percent electric taxis. These first Spanish EV taxis are a Nissan Leaf for Madrid’s taxi fleet and a e-NV200 taxi for Barcelona. Nissan stated the Barcelona deliveries served as an important step in the execution of an agreement between Nissan, the City of Barcelona, […] The post […]
  • GM Urged Michigan Governor To Sign Anti-Tesla Bill
    The decision to effectively bar Tesla from operating outside of franchised dealers in Michigan follows a statement by General Motors to the state’s governor urging him to do so. “We believe that House Bill 5606 will help ensure that all automotive manufacturers follow the same rules to operate in the State of Michigan; therefore, we […] The post GM Urged Mic […]
  • Tesla Sales Banned In Michigan
    Michigan’s Governor Rick Snyder has just signed House Bill 5606 effectively prohibiting Tesla from operating factory direct in state. The bipartisan legislation was overwhelmingly approved 38-0 in the Senate, and 106-1 in the House of Representatives. “This bill does not, as some have claimed, prevent auto manufacturers from selling automobiles directly to c […]
  • China’s EV Agenda Is Driving Demand For Aluminum
    China knows it has big emissions problems and has upped the ante yet more toward mandating EVs to the point now it is projected to significantly move the market for aluminum. According to Bloomberg, the nation is now calling for no fewer than 30 percent of all government vehicles to be powered by alternative energy […] The post China’s EV Agenda Is Driving D […]

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  • UNP fact finding mission- notices issued on four MPs
    The Fort Magistrate's Court today issued notices on four UNP MPs Ravi Karunanayake, R. Yogarajan, Nalin Bandara, and Ajith P. Perera to appear in Court next Monday (27). MORE...
  • Budget 2015 to be presented in Parliament tomorrow
    President Mahinda Rajapksa is expected to present the Budget proposal for the year 2015 in Parliament tomorrow (24) for the first reading, the Ministry of Finance and Planning says. MORE...
  • Blast at Kandakuliya Air Force training camp, three injured
    Three airmen were injured and admitted to the Kalpitiya Base hospital following a blast at the Kandakuliya Air Force Training Camp, a short while ago, Ada Derana reporter said.
  • Migrant workers in UAE exploited, abused- HRW
    Migrant domestic workers from countries such as the Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Bangladesh and Ethiopia in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are beaten, exploited and trapped in forced labour situations, Human Rights Watch said in a report released Thursday. MORE...
  • President condemns terror attack in Canada
    President Mahinda Rajapaksa through a Twitter message denounced the terrorist attack in Canada, where a suspected jihadist gunman shot dead a soldier near the national war memorial at the federal parliament in Ottawa. MORE...
  • Beggar kidnapped child- DNA test to confirm paternity
    A DNA test will be carried out to confirm paternity of the child who is believed to have abducted by a beggar and later found from Dambulla, Police Spokesperson SSP Ajith Rohana told Ada Derana. MORE...
  • Fire breaks out at shops in Fort
    A row of shops at First Cross Street in Fort have been destroyed by a fire, which broke out at around midnight, last night. MORE...
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    The Met. Dept. forecasts that showers or thundershowers can be expected at several places in the sea areas around the island (particularly during the evening or night). MORE...
  • Shooting inside Canadian Parliament
    Canada's parliament building and other government offices are locked down in Ottawa after an armed attack left at least one injured guard at the country's main war memorial. MORE...
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    Australian politician Andrew Wilkie has written to the International Criminal Court seeking to prosecute the Abbott government for crimes against humanity, specifically on asylum seekers of Sri Lanka and Afghanistan. MORE...

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    Filed under: Classics, Etc., Videos, Motorcycle There are a lot of things in this world that can make you feel pretty defeated - just turn on the national news on any given night for dozens of examples. It's nice every once in a while to get a reminder that things aren't always so bad. If you're looking for a little pick-me-up, just watch this […]
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    Filed under: Concept Cars, LA Auto Show, Scion, Subaru 2015 Subaru Outback review The Subaru Outback strikes an interesting balance between the needs of the everyday crossover shopper and the wants of car enthusiasts. It's more of a tall wagon than a proper CUV, and even with its 2.5-liter boxer-four and continuously variable transmission, it's pre […]
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    Filed under: Spy Photos, Performance, Crossover, BMW, Luxury It seems like BMW is pretty committed to this whole X4 thing. Aside from the current xDrive28i and xDrive35i, we've captured a round of spy photos showing what our spy shooters tell us is a more dynamic M40i model. The higher-performance hunchback follows in the footsteps of BMW's other s […]
  • Honda discontinuing Euro Accord, no replacement in sight
    Filed under: Sedan, Europe, Acura, Honda, Australia Honda has built two Accords for many years. There's the one we're familiar with here in the United States, and then there's the Accord sold in markets like Europe and Australia, known here in the US as the Acura TSX. But just like Acura did with the TSX, the Euro-market Accord has been discon […]
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    Filed under: China, Plants/Manufacturing, Jaguar, Land Rover Anyone who's a car fan knows that Jaguar and Land Rover cars and trucks all come from the UK. And while we don't doubt that will remain true for the most part, it won't be an absolute truth for long, as the British automaker has just opened its first factory overseas. Its new plant i […]
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    Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Tesla Motors Former Fisker Automotive CEO and ex-Chevrolet Volt vehicle-line director Tony Posawatz has some words of caution for Tesla Motors. The long-time automaker executive questions the California automaker's long-term viability - and gives some praise - in a talk with Benzinga, which you can listen to below. While the all […]
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    Filed under: Motorsports, Earnings/Financials Caterham is hardly the most stable and successful team on the Formula One grid, but things are looking even more troubling for the embattled outfit, as the company that makes its racecars has reportedly filed for bankruptcy protection. The company in question, Caterham Sports Limited, is separate from both the te […]
  • Check out the trick way you access the tire valve on this BMW Alpina B6
    Filed under: Performance, Technology, Videos, BMW, Design/Style The wheels are one of the first things you notice when checking out the 2015 BMW Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupe. The 20-inch aluminum alloy rollers have 21 spokes that spray out from their hubs, creating one of Alpina's signature design features. But there's also plenty of function to go […]
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    Filed under: Coupe, Performance, Videos, Specialty, McLaren Among the many things we were looking forward to seeing at Pebble Beach this year, the McLaren P1 GTR was near the top of our list. Invoking the spirit of the legendary McLaren F1 GTR that dominated sports car racing in the mid-1990s, the P1 GTR was unveiled in Monterey this past August in concept f […]
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    Filed under: Aftermarket, SEMA Show, Coupe, Performance, Ford Ford is unsurprisingly bringing a herd of its new 2015 Mustang models to next month's SEMA show in Las Vegas. Over a dozen of them are arriving from top aftermarket outfits like Galpin Auto Sports, Steeda, Roush and others. The Blue Oval isn't just shining a spotlight on the V8 model, th […]

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  • Toyota Green Initiative Celebrates Fifth Anniversary at State Farm Magic City Classic
    TORRANCE, Calif. (Oct. 22, 2014) – Toyota Green Initiative will celebrate five years of partnership with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) during the State Farm Magic City Classic in Birmingham, Ala. Launched by Toyota in 2009, the Toyota Green Initiative (TGI) is an environmental stewardship platform that educates HBCU students, alumni, a […]
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  • 2015 Toyota Avalon Marks 20 Years of Blurring the Lines of Luxury
    Sometimes, bigger is just right. That’s been a key to the success for the Toyota Avalon premium midsize sedan for 20 years. With crystal clarity, the 2015 Avalon shows how this model blurs the lines between mid-size, full-size and entry-luxury categories. Visit @Toyota ACCESS to receive your news via e-mail. Update your RSS feed preferences. […]
  • Toyota Announces Pricing for 2015 Avalon Flagship Sedan
    TORRANCE, Calif. (Oct. 20, 2014) – Toyota’s Avalon flagship continues to be on a roll as it cruises into the 2015 model year. Its sculpted elegant and athletic exterior design, dynamic performance, and high level of refinement and technology have proven very popular with drivers and passengers alike, allowing them to go places in style and comfort.  Visit @T […]
  • Toyota's Patricia Salas Pineda Is One of People en Español's 25 Most Powerful Latinas of 2014
    MIAMI (Oct. 16, 2014) -- The readers of People en Español selected Patricia Salas Pineda, group vice president of the Hispanic Business Strategy Group at Toyota Motor North America as one of the 25 Most Powerful Latinas of 2014.   Pineda joined co-honorees at a gala luncheon here today.  This is the fifth consecutive year that the magazine recognizes a selec […]
  • Hope STEMS, Native American Students Blossom
    Denver, Colo., Oct. 15, 2014 – A hardscrabble childhood didn’t “harden” Erika Torres-Hernandez, but it did sharpen the Chippewa-Cree tribe member’s resolve to achieve her goals and give back.   A recipient of a Toyota Tribal College Scholarship, Torres-Hernandez studies math at a tribal college in Rocky Boy, Mont. Once the 3.7-GPA student earns her four-year […]
  • Toyota is Global Hybrid Leader with Sales of 7 Million
    TORRANCE, Calif. (Oct. 13, 2014) – Toyota Motor Corporation announced today global hybrid sales surpassed the 7 million unit mark in September. Toyota achieved this latest million-unit hybrid milestone at the record pace of nine months. Visit @Toyota ACCESS to receive your news via e-mail. Update your RSS feed preferences.
  • Toyota Reveals 2015 Camry Race Car
    CONCORD, N.C. (Oct. 11, 2014) -- Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. (TMS) and TRD, U.S.A. (Toyota Racing Development) today introduced the new 2015 Toyota Camry race car that will compete in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) competition beginning next season.  Visit @Toyota ACCESS to receive your news via e-mail. Update your RSS feed preferences. […]
  • Toyota Celebra a su Familia Hispana
    TORRANCE, Calif. (10 de octubre de 2014) - Las familias se mantienen unidas y las familias latinas han seguido eligiendo a Toyota como parte de la suya. Para celebrar este lazo y recompensar a los clientes leales, Toyota lanzó la campaña de gratitud "More Than a Car" o "Más Que Un Auto", un programa que rinde tributo al rol de los vehícul […]
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