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Prius c Up Close And Personal

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Here at San Francisco Toyota, we are lucky enough to have a first up close and personal look at the all new Prius c.

The letter “c” represents “city” in the Prius c name. Designed to function as an urban-friendly vehicle with an engaging driving experience, hatchback utility, and a city fuel economy rating of 53 mpg, Prius c offers the highest city mpg rating of any vehicle without a plug.  The all-new Prius c joins the Prius Family, which includes the third generation Prius Liftback, the versatile new Prius v and the Prius Plug-in Hybrid, which will debut in early 2012.

Beginning with the first generation fourteen years ago, over two million Prius units have been sold worldwide. Prius remains the world’s premier eco-vehicle brand, and has made great strides establishing consumer trust in hybrid technology.  With Prius c, Toyota will make the market’s most proven hybrid technology available to subcompact car shoppers with a starting MSRP below $19,000.

If you want to get more info or place a reservation on this vehicle, click here.

 

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Worry Free With Toyota Hybrid and Electric Vehicles

While driving a hybrid and/or electric vehicles can help carbon footprint, a problem can still occur with the battery that lies within the actual vehicle. What happens when the battery reach the end of its life? Will it all end up in the giant landfill that were currently trying so hard to reduce?

About 1.3 million Toyota Hybrids are currently in use, as the Toyota hybrids becoming more and more popular with more models released, the good news is … Toyota hybrid batteries are all recyclable down to every piece thanks to the help of Toyota’s contractor Kinsbursky Bros., located in Anaheim California.

When a dealership reports a dying battery pack, Toyota sends a reusable shipping container for the pack, which is loaded into the container and sent to Kinsbursky Bros. and since the pack weigh 100-150 lbs, they can be shipped via UPS.

Read full article below…

Nickel-metal hydride battery packs for EVs and hybrids are expected to last seven to 10 years and 150,000 to 300,000 miles depending on how the vehicles are driven, said Gary Smith, Toyota corporate manager of product quality and service support.

The California Air Resources Board requires the packs to last 150,000 miles, “but that’s not a magic number for us,” Smith said.

Few Toyota hybrids are near that mileage, but Smith expects the number to climb soon. About 500 battery packs expire each month. Toyota hybrids became truly popular with the launch of the second-generation Prius in 2003, meaning the rate of Toyota hybrids with high mileage will increase soon. About 1.3 million Toyota hybrids are in use.

When a hybrid battery starts to wane, a light on the vehicle instrument panel is illuminated, and the power to the wheels is reduced, Smith said.

When a dealership reports a dying battery pack, Toyota sends a reusable shipping container for the pack, which is loaded into the container and sent to recycling specialist Kinsbursky Bros. in Anaheim, Calif., Smith said. The packs weigh 100 to 150 pounds, so they can be shipped by UPS.

Kinsbursky breaks down the battery pack, removing the most valuable components — the nickel and a few rare-earth elements. The battery modules are shorted out to remove the electric current, the electrolyte is decanted and the nickel is sent to a smelter outside the tough regulatory climate of California. The resulting smelt typically is turned into stainless steel used to make refrigerator doors. The shells around the pack are recyclable. The plastic housing is shredded and reused.

Kinsbursky can also recycle lithium ion batteries, which are replacing nickel-metal hydride batteries in many EVs and hybrids.

Multiline dealer Mike Sullivan of Santa Monica, Calif., said his Toyota Santa Monica store has repeatedly been the world’s No. 1 store in Prius and total hybrid sales, with his Toyota of Hollywood close behind. In 2010, Toyota Santa Monica sold 1,975 Priuses and 2,100 total hybrids. He said that when the program started a year ago, his dealerships may have had one or two hybrids a month coming in with batteries at the end of their useful lives.

But now, because more hybrids are in use, it’s 10 to 20 over the course of a month. Because batteries fade slowly toward the end and do not abruptly die, owners tend to come into the dealership for advice, Sullivan said.

“We tell them, ‘Here’s what’s going to happen in the next year or two.’ People don’t get mad. They understand it’s a seven- or eight-year life cycle,” he said.

Typically when the hybrid battery nears the end of its life, vehicle owners are ready to get a new car anyway. A new battery pack retails for $2,589, slightly less than the cost of an engine rebuild. And while Toyota is trying to drive down the cost of a new pack, the replacement cost tends to push the decision for a trade-in. As a result, the dealer can install a new battery pack for a used car he can resell.

“The Prius is a good entry-premium car, and when this happens, we can get people to trade up to the next-level hybrid,” Sullivan said. “It’s a good story for us.”

By: Mark Rechtin, Automotive news

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More Reasons to love and purchase a Toyota :)

Our Prius, Camry, and Corolla have won numerous awards:

Prius

1. Toyota Prius was named 2011 “Best Car for Commuters” by Forbes.com. Disclaimer: Forbes.com.

Corolla

1. Over 80% of all Toyota Corollas sold over the last twenty years are still on the road today. Disclaimer: Based on Polk U.S. Vehicles in Operation registration statistics MY 1992-2011 as of July 2011. Includes Matrix models.

Camry

1. Over 90% of all Toyota Camrys sold since 1996 are still on the road today. Disclaimer: Based on Polk U.S. Vehicles in Operation registration statistics MY 1997-2011 as of July 2011. Includes Camry Solara.

2. 2012 Toyota Camry received the NHTSA 5-Star Overall Safety Rating. Disclaimer: Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) New Car Assessment Program (www.safecar.gov)

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Lexus LF-LC Hybrid Sport Coupe Concept Won Detroit Auto Show’s 2012 EyesOn Design Award

The Lexus LF-LC 2+2 Hybrid Sport Coupe Concept was arwarded the 2012 EyesOn Design Award at the North American International Automobile Show in Detroit. Its selection for the award was made by the North American and global leaders of design from automotive manufacturers, along with academic chairs of transportation design program and design leaders from other fields. “The LF-LC is a striking design and breathtaking in its beauty,” said Mark Templin, Lexus group vice president and general manager. “The team at Lexus quickly fell in love with this concept vehicle and it’s rewarding to see that the industry agreed.” This award honors the most significant design on display at the Detroit auto show which runs January 9 – 22, 2012. The LF-LC was imagined and created at Toyota’s Calty Design studio in Newport Beach, Calif.

To read the press release, please click on http://bit.ly/xMj8eX

To view a video of the awards presentation, please click on http://bit.ly/ycbjsf

 

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Sneak Peak From The 2012 Detroit Auto Show

A little sneak peak to Prius C, Toyota NS-4 Plug In concept car, Lexus LF-LC concept car and more..

 

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