Toyota Prius History, Success and Cylinder Head Replacement

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The First Mass-Produced Hybrid Vehicle

The Toyota Prius has had a 20 year history so far which has brought Toyota record sales, innovations and awards. The Toyota Prius is the first mass-produced hybrid vehicle with the first-generation being released in 1997. It’s famous for the hybrid system originally allowed a potential driving range of 560 miles with the combined fuel economy being at 57.6mpg. The Toyota Prius was the first manifestation of a new gasoline engine combined with an electrical motor design that would go on to be the foundation of other Toyota models like the Corolla, Celica, RAV4 and the other generations. Toyota has released 4 generations of the Prius along with models in the Prius family like the Plug-in Hybrid, Prius Prime, Prius V and Prius C. The Prius family has totaled global cumulative sales of 6.1 million units as of January 2017 which represents 61% of the 10 million hybrids sold worldwide by Toyota since 1997.

2001 Toyota Prius

Toyota Reliability With Years of Innovation

Toyota is famous for their reliability but how do the hybrids like the Toyota Prius hold up? Early adopters took the risk trying the new technology, many were concerned about the lifetime of the batteries and the cost to replace them if something went wrong. According to a Consumer Reports survey of 36,000 Toyota Prius hybrids, they found that a 2002 Prius with nearly 208,000 miles drove like the new one tested 10 years ago! The Prius has proved to be well designed over time, the second generation got a major design upgrade being faster and more economical than ever before. The second generation drive train redressed the balance between the gasoline and electric motors. The third generation achieved even greater heights with a larger capacity ZR-series engine that allowed improved economy and a cooler engine. The third generation’s advancements were awarded with Japan’s Car of the Year in 2009 and shortlisted for 2010 World Car of the Year. For Toyota the award winning third generation wasn’t enough and they increased the Prius family with the Prius Plugin, C and V around 2012. The Toyota innovation never stopped and now the fourth generation has delivered better fuel economy, reduced emissions and lower costs.


What makes the Toyota Prius the all-time best-selling hybrid car in both the US and Japan?

The Toyota Prius has received many awards and reached numerous sales records, the innovative design and continued improvements over the years have made the Prius popular for its fuel saving abilities and reliability. Still not a Prius fan? Check out some of the awards and records below:

  • 2009 Car of the Year Japan
  • December 2013 Consumer Reports “Best Value” 2 Years in a Row
  • 2019 iSeeCards study ranked the Prius as the second longest-kept vehicle among U.S. drivers.
  • Toyota sold record 1.52 million hybrids in 2017

The Prius is a great choice among hybrids and electric cars, you cannot beat the Toyota reliability. With the incredible fuel savings, spacious seats and more cargo room than you might assume, the Prius is a quality sedan. The entire automotive industry had a lot of catching up to do when the Prius was unveiled and the innovation continues today. In 2020 almost every car manufacturer now has a hybrid vehicle of some kind or are working to improve on what the Prius started.


Toyota Prius Cylinder Head Experts

Are you looking to drive your Toyota Prius for as long as possible to keep those massive fuel cost savings? With a sedan that’s been in production for over 20 years, many owners may find their older model vehicles in need of some maintenance or engine repair. If you notice things such as overheating, white smoke appearing when starting the vehicle, excessive oil consumption, low coolant levels, or poor fuel economy you may be in need of a cylinder head replacement. Since a cylinder head can be tricky to replace, we at Clearwater Cylinder Head Inc. would be more than happy to assist you and get you back on the road with our high quality selection of replacements. With over 25 years of experience and a massive catalog of cylinder heads, we are dedicated to providing professional and friendly support in all of your cylinder head needs. Feel free to contact Clearwater Cylinder Head Inc. toll-free at 1-800-572-1963.


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