Toyota has announced the extension of battery warranty on all its hybrid models (Lexus included). The new terms will now mean batteries powering the Prius will be covered for eight-years or 160,000km, which ever comes first.
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Previously Toyota was only willing to cover the batteries for five-years or 100,000km. The new warranty comes in to practise today, however the 'Big T' will also extend this warranty to the 12,700+ Prius cars already sold in Australia since 2001.

According to Toyota Australia's senior executive director sales and marketing David Buttner fewer than one-quarter of one per cent of Prius hybrid batteries have been replaced in almost eight years of operation in Australia.

"Their endurance has been tested under severe conditions, with several Prius taxis driven for more than 400,000km on the original battery in the hot, humid climate of Cairns. That's equivalent to more than 20 years of normal driving." Mr Buttner said.

If you own a Prius you will shortly receive a letter informing you of the warranty extension.

Lexus hybrid models: GS, RX and LS hybrids will also benefit from the extension.