Toyota Prius v – 7 seat Environment

Toyota Prius Hybrid Synergy Drive
Toyota’s new versatile Prius v is the world’s first full-hybrid seven-seat bringing a unique edge to the family wagon market. The Toyota Prius v should bring new buyers to the company’s expanding hybrid family when it arrives in Australia towards the end of May.

Prius v is longer, taller and wider with more shoulder and hip room as well as offeringseven seats in a two-three-two configuration and has a unique exterior design while sharing a family resemblance with the standard Prius flagship

Measuring up to its versatility tag, each of the three second-row seats in Prius v can slide independently into the most convenient position and the seat-backs can be folded forward separately.

The two seats in the third row can also be folded flat individually – or together to provide significantly more luggage-carrying capacity than Prius.

Toyota engineers overcame significant technical challenges to provide more occupant and luggage space.

They placed a compact, high-density lithium-ion battery under the centre console between the driver and front passenger – rather than using the larger nickel-metal hydride battery in Prius.

Prius v is the first Toyota production vehicle in Australia fitted with a lithium-ion battery pack.

Combined power from the 1.8-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and 60kW electric motor is 100kW – identical to the Prius Hybrid Synergy Drive system.

Fuel economy is expected to be better than most SUVs, wagons and cross-over vehicles on the market.

Toyota Australia’s executive director Matthew Callachor said Prius v was designed for buyers of small and mid-size vehicles who value space and fuel-efficiency equally.

“Many customers have told us that, while they love everything about their Prius, they want a smaller vehicle in the city – so we recently introduced the Prius c,” Mr Callachor said.

“Other customers, including active young families, have told us the opposite: that they want a vehicle with more space.

“Enter the Prius v, which has an unmatched combination of space, versatility, technology and fuel efficiency in a mid-size package.”

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Rob Fraser – General dogsbody & Director Rob is the founder of the business. He constantly mutters something about way too many red wines one evening being to blame. Often known for taking the 4WD in the driveway over the sports car, he has travelled pretty much everywhere in Australia and when he is bored goes for a drive. He first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then. In addition to 4WD he is an avid motoring enthusiast and has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since his teens. He has owned way too many cars in his time as well. Having previously lived at the top of corporate life he retired in 2000 and hasn’t put a suit and tie on since. Cars are his passion so why not have a business doing what you love he figures. He has towed either a caravan or camper trailer to most parts of Australia, has run guided tours for camper trailers’ and instructed drivers in off road towing.