Released date : 2009/ 5/18

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Curb mass(kg) 1350 1350 1310
Dimensions Length(mm) 4460 4460 4460
Width(mm) 1745 1745 1745
Height(mm) 1490 1490 1490
Wheelbase(mm) 2700 2700 2700
Engine Engine code 2ZR-FXE 2ZR-FXE 2ZR-FXE
Engine type Water-cooled, in-line 4-cylinder, DOHC (transverse engine) Water-cooled, in-line 4-cylinder, DOHC (transverse engine) Water-cooled, in-line 4-cylinder, DOHC (transverse engine)
Displacement(cm3) 1797 1797 1797
Max. output kW(PS)/r.p.m. 73/99/5200 73/99/5200 73/99/5200
* The specifications are those of representative model grades.
* Max. output represents a net rating. In the above table, digits separated by slashes ( / / ) stand for kW, PS, and r.p.m., respectively.
* The model numbers of these vehicles are ZVW30(1800).
The third-generation Prius was introduced in May 2009, preserving the characteristic triangle silhouette of its predecessor. Despite the slightly larger body dimensions, the drag coefficient value further improved to 0.25. In addition to the redesigned THS II hybrid system with a reduction gear, the use of a larger engine (1.8-liter, 2ZR-FXE) and an enhanced 3JM motor gave improved fuel efficiency at high speeds. Toyota's first electric-powered water pump and the exhaust-gas recirculation (EGR) system reduced internal friction, delivering the fuel efficiency of 38.0 km/l (under the 10-15 mode test cycle). Improved nickel-metal hydride cells were used for the hybrid battery. A solar-ventilation system, powered by solar cells installed on the roof, was also made available as an option to ventilate the vehicle while parked.

The third-generation Prius was marketed through all four Toyota sales channels and proved enormously successful, assisted in part by the eco car tax incentives that came into effect in April 2009. During the first month after its launch, as many as 180,000 orders were received against the monthly target of 10,000, and the waiting period reached seven months at one point.

The Prius won the 2009-2010 Car of the Year Japan.
Plant Tsutsumi plant, Fujimatsu plant(Toyota Auto Body Co.,Ltd.)
"Prius" is Latin for "prior" or "previous."

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