Toy­ota Prius drives into the main­stream

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The Hamilton Spectator - - WHEELS - Story and pho­tos by Jim Robin­son

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cy­cle four-cylin­der with two elec­tric mo­tor/ gen­er­a­tors.

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bay. This sys­tem pro­duces a net 121 hp that EPFTO U TPVOE MJLF B MPU CVU UIFO UIFSF JT UIF

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size sedans, Toy­ota also is play­ing the fu­ele­con­omy card to go along with real room for lWF

For in­stance, Toy­ota com­pared the Prius to

the cur­rent Ford Fiesta sub-com­pact. With its four-cylin­der, 1.8-litre en­gine/elec­tric mo­tor, 1SJVT BWFSBHFT - LN 8JUI JUT MJUSF

three-cylin­der en­gine, Fiesta gets 6.6L/100 LN

Toy­ota uses the tagline “Go­ing Be­yond The Pos­si­ble” with the 2016 Prius. "OE LOPXJOH 5PZPUB JU T KVTU QPTTJCMF UIFZ

will suc­cess­fully inject Prius into the main­stream.

The fourth gen­er­a­tion, 2016 Toy­ota Prius sedan (Base model shown) moves up to mid-size with edgy new styling and a 4.5L/100 km com­bined fuel rat­ing.

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