Leisure Wheels (South Africa) - - GUIDE -


Toy­ota was un­char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally brave when it in­tro­duced the Prius in 2009. It’s ar­guably the most prag­matic man­u­fac­turer of all and yet it was the first to launch a ve­hi­cle with both a petrol and elec­tric pow­er­train.

Here in South Africa, it was named a Car of the Year fi­nal­ist, back when that ac­tu­ally meant some­thing.

It wasn’t es­pe­cially ex­cit­ing, good look­ing or dy­namic but it gave us the first glimpse into the fu­ture of mo­tor­ing.

It made sav­ing fuel easy, if used in the right con­di­tions. In peak hour traf­fic it would glide around silently, us­ing no more fuel than a cy­clist.

Hy­brid tech was a bit rough back then but at least Toy­ota kept South Africans up to date as far as ad­vanced driv­ing sys­tems were con­cerned.

Th­ese days, you get one with a full ser­vice his­tory for R100 000 to R150 000.

Price: r129 000 Year: 2009 en­gine: 1.8-litre petrol + elec­tric mo­tor Mileage: 140 000km

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