THE FIRST HYBRID
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