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Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid gets solar roof option for Europe, Japan

The plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version of the new Toyota Prius has been launched in Japan with the option of a solar roof which charges the batteries when the car is parked. Dubbed the Prius PHV in its home market and the Prius Prime in the US, Toyota's plug-in hybrid won’t be made available in Australia, with the company's local arm having ruled out PHEVs for the foreseeable future...

Hyundai Ioniq PHEV will go unchallenged in Australia with Prius Prime a no-show

Toyota and Hyundai have become direct rivals in the plug-in hybrid market, with today's New York motor show introduction of the Toyota Prius Prime and Hyundai Ioniq. Both companies hope to secure a larger share of the growing global segment, but what sets the two apart? Like the Toyota Prius, the Hyundai Ioniq is available in both standard hybrid and plug-in hybrid - as well as full-electric, which puts it one-up on the Prius...

2017 Toyota Prius Prime: plug-in hybrid model revealed at New York auto show

The all-new 2017 Toyota Prius Prime brings plug-in power to the petrol-electric small car, with the new, more stylish and more technologically-advanced model debuting at the 2016 New York auto show. Described by the brand as the "most technologically advanced, best-equipped Prius in the model's history", the new plug-in hybrid Prius model sees big improvements over the previous-generation version of the car...

New Toyota Prius concept or variant teased ahead of New York reveal

A new Toyota Prius concept or variant will be revealed at next week's New York auto show, but no-one outside the company is quite sure what it will be. Overnight, Toyota's American arm issued a short statement about the upcoming car. The Japanese automaker says that the Prius concept will feature "stand-out style, intelligent eco-tech" and will be "the next mechanical marvel in the Prius lineup"...

Australia not ready for Toyota plug-in hybrids, marketing chief says

Toyota Australia says that plug-in hybrids are still a niche product for our market and there is not enough demand to make a solid business case for such models. Speaking with CarAdvice at the launch of the new 2016 Toyota Prius, Tony Cramb, executive director for sales and marketing of Toyota Australia, said that research into the local market has shown it’s still not the right time for Toyota plug-ins...

2016 Toyota Prius sticks with nickel hydride over lithium-ion batteries in Australia

Toyota Australia says that it has stuck with the proven and tested nickel-metal hydride (Ni-MH) battery for the fourth-generation Prius instead of switching to the lithium-ion system available in some other markets, due to the former's reliability as well as lower cost...

2016 Toyota Prius pricing and specifications

The 2016 Toyota Prius has launched in Australia with a starting price of $34,990 for the new and better equipped standard model, while the top-spec i-Tech model comes in at $43,990. Prices for the new Prius indicate a $2500 increase over the outgoing third-generation model (and a $1000 reduction on the i-Tech), which, along with the two generations before it, has found over three million sales worldwide, of which around 20,000 are in Australia...

Small cars coming in 2016

Small cars coming in 2016 Mainstream small cars Hyundai Elantra – February Toyota Prius – March Kia Cerato update – April Honda Civic – mid 2016 MG 6 – September Alfa Romeo Giulietta update – Q3 DS 4 and/or DS 4 Crossback – Q3 Hyundai Ioniq – Q3 Suzuki Baleno – Q3 (TBC for Oz) Renault Megane hatch – September/October Holden Astra hatch - quarter four Luxury/sports small cars Mercedes-Benz A-Class update (includes A45) – January Mercedes-Benz CLA45 update – Q1 Peugeot 308 GTi – Q1 Ford Focus RS – mid 2016 Hyundai Elantra sports model – Q3 Infiniti Q30 – Q3 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class update – Q3 Volvo V40 update – Q3 BMW 1 Series update – second half BMW 2 Series update – second half...

2016 Toyota New Cars

Details of the new and updated Toyota models launching in Australia in 2016. Prius — March Industry top-seller Toyota updated a staggering 13 models in 2015. Thus, it has launched, replaced or renewed vehicles representing three-quarters of its sales volume. Obviously, 2016 will not be quite so busy. The early headliner is the fourth-generation Toyota Prius hybrid due in March...

2016 Toyota Prius spied testing in Australia

CarAdvice has spied the 2016 Toyota Prius testing in Australia ahead of the car's global rollout later this year and local launch early next year. The fourth-generation petrol-electric Toyota Prius hybrid was unveiled in Las Vegas in September and revealed in more detail a few weeks later in the lead up to the Frankfurt motor show...

Toyota plug-in hybrids not a priority

Some of the world’s biggest automotive manufacturers are moving to a future where plugging in to a power point to do your daily commute is a viable reality, but Toyota isn’t following the same path. Companies such as Volkswagen, Audi, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Hyundai and Mitsubishi are pushing for a world where electric power can be used part-time, offering plug-in hybrid drivetrains in mainstream models in major markets around the world...