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Wednesday, 15 February 2017, 12:53 HKT/SGT

Source: Toyota
Toyota Launches Redesigned "Prius PHV" in Japan
As the of 68.2 km, more than double that of its predecessor

Toyota City, Japan, Feb 15, 2017 - (JCN Newswire) - Toyota Motor Corporation announces the launch of the redesigned Prius PHV in Japan, and sales will begin at all Toyota, Toyopet, Toyota Corolla and Netz dealers nationwide on February 15.

- EV mode range expanded to 68.2 km(1). Achieves high fuel efficiency of 37.2 km/L(2) as a hybrid vehicle even after the battery has been depleted.
- Users can choose from a variety of charging methods: normal charging (200V or 100V), quick charging(3), and solar charging system(4).
- Safe, secure, and convenient navigation service, T-Connect, has been provided using the Toyota-first 11.6-inch T-Connect SD navigation system(5) and DCM5(6).

Toyota has been working on enhancing its product lineup significantly, and is positioning plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHVs) as the pillar of next-generation environmental vehicles after hybrid vehicles (HVs).

With the new Prius PHV, Toyota has greatly advanced on the environmental performance that is characteristic of the Prius lineup, along with the powerful and smooth drive which is an attribute of an electric vehicle (EV). Futuristic advanced equipment has been added and charging convenience greatly improved, thus evolving the new Prius PHV into a prime vehicle.

During short-distance drives, such as daily commuting and shopping trips, a plug-in hybrid operates as an electric vehicle (EV) and does not consume any gasoline. At the same time, it can be driven over long distances as a hybrid vehicle (HV) even after the battery charge is depleted. Toyota positions PHVs as the core vehicle segment in the company's Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050-where the goal is to achieve a society in which cars, people and the environment co-exist harmoniously - and plans to continue strengthening this product line.

In January 2012, Toyota launched the Prius PHV with the goal of promoting vehicle electrification. To date, sales of the Prius PHV have totaled approximately 22,000 units in Japan, and approximately 75,000 units worldwide, including the U.S. and Europe.
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New Welcab versions (special features have been installed by Toyota) will also be launched in April. A new model with a rotating and tilting front passenger seat makes it easier for a person requiring assistance to get in and out of the vehicle, thus easing the burden on the caregiver.

Monthly sales target for Japan
2,500 units

Assembly plant
Tsutsumi plant, Toyota Motor Corporation

Manufacturer's suggested retail prices

Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices for Welcab Variants

Vehicle Outline

1. Fusion of Environmental Performance and Driving Performance
- The use of a large-capacity, lithium-ion battery, combined with efficiency improvements in the plug-in hybrid system, has increased the EV mode range to 68.2 km and the maximum EV mode speed to 135 km/h7, thus greatly expanding the electric-only range.
- The Prius PHV also features a dual motor drive system, using both the electric motor and the generator as the drive force, to achieve powerful acceleration performance.
- The use of a dedicated heater for the traction battery and the world's first8 automatic air conditioner with a heat pump and gas injection function which helps prevent the engine from coming on during EV mode operation.
- The 1.8-liter high-efficiency engine achieves a high hybrid fuel efficiency of 37.2 km/L.

Plug-in Hybrid System Specifications

2. Enhanced Charging System
-Standard charging uses AC100V/6A from a standard household outlet and it therefore requires no special wiring9. Outside of the home, the Prius PHV can be charged at Toyota dealers (approximately 4,200 charging stations10) and at any of the charging spots (approximately 14,600 spots11) operated by Nippon Charge Service LLC (Minato-ku, Tokyo)11.

Charging methods and time needed

- The Prius PHV features the world's first8 "solar charging system" in mass-produced cars. This system supplies energy from sunlight to the traction battery while the vehicle is parked, supplying the amount of electricity sufficient for driving the vehicle a maximum of around 6.1 km/day (approximately 2.9 km/day on average)13. While the vehicle is being driven, this system helps to improve fuel efficiency by recharging the auxiliary battery.
- When the newly added EV Power Supply Mode has been selected, the vehicle's external electrical power supply function can supply household electricity without the engine being turned on. In addition, when the HV Power Supply Mode has been selected, the Prius PHV (with the engine running) can supply electricity for about two days at a maximum output level of 1,500W, when starting with a full tank of gasoline. The Prius PHV thus helps to support Toyota's disaster recovery support activities. For example, vehicles equipped with the external power supply function can be introduced into company fleets and loaned out following disasters.

3. Advanced and Emotional Exterior Styling

Exterior Styling

A sharp futuristic face with an advanced look has been made possible with a large grille featuring clear acrylic resin and quad LED headlights. The headlights are equipped with the Adaptive High-beam System, which recognizes other vehicles, based on the taillights of the vehicle ahead and the headlights of on-coming vehicles, and shields them from the high-beam light by controlling the light-projection areas using 16 LEDs located on the left and right sides finely.

The rear design is a distinctive feature of the Prius PHV, which includes the "double-bubble" glass in the rear window, high-mount brake lights connected by a single red line, and rear combination lamps.

For the first time in a Toyota brand vehicle, the rear hatch uses CFRP14, which allows for its unique outline and light weight.

A longer rear overhang has been utilized to achieve a carefree and speedy profile.
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Body color
A total of nine colors are available, including the newly developed, exhilarating, and attractive Spirited Aqua Metallic.

4. Latest Equipment
- The Toyota-first 11.6-inch T-Connect SD navigation system and DCM, which are standard (except in the S grade), improves visibility and operability. Additionally, the diverse T-Connect DCM Package connected vehicle service, which assures customers a safe, secure, and convenient experience with their vehicles, is provided free of charge for the first three years following vehicle registration. Other features provided include, the e-Care, where service operators and dealers can send appropriate advice based on information transmitted from the vehicle should a warning light come on, as well as the Pocket PHV smartphone application which are exclusively for PHVs, enabling users to remotely check and control vehicle charging, operate the air conditioner, and search for charging stations.

5. Safety Performance
- Toyota Safety Sense P, a collision avoidance assist package, is offered as standard in all grades. The Prius PHV has achieved ASV17++, the highest rating in the JNCAP15 Preventive Safety Performance Assessment16, and the Five Star Award - the highest ranking in the JNCAP's new overall evaluation for vehicle safety18.

(1) Regardless of the remaining battery charge, the EV driving mode may automatically be switched over to hybrid driving mode depending on the state of the engine and traction battery, air conditioner usage, driving mode (rapid acceleration, exceeding the set vehicle speed), and road conditions (hill climbing). Based on the JC08 Japanese test cycle for EV mode range (on a fully charged battery) and verified by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan
(2) Under the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism's JC08 test cycle
(3) Standard on all grades, except for S. Manufacturer option on Grade S.
(4) Manufacturer option on grade S and S Navigation Package.
(5) Standard on all grades, except for S.
(6) DCM: Data Communication Module
(7) Measured by Toyota
(8) As of February 2017. According to Toyota Motor Corporation.
(9) If a grounded outdoor outlet is available, it can also be used. A locking electrical outlet must be replaced with a high-durability outlet.
(10) As of November 2016
(11) Nippon Charge Service LLC: The company was established by four Japanese automobile manufacturers, including Toyota, in order to promote the establishment of a charging network, with the goal of popularizing electric vehicles.
(12) Offered as standard in all grades, except for S. Available as an option in the S grade
(13) Maximum amount of charge generated by the solar charging system while the vehicle is parked, converted into travelling distance according to the JC08 Japan test cycle. Calculated based on the Japan Photovoltaic Energy Association Labeling Guidelines (FY2015), taking into account the various losses incurred in on-board systems. Solar radiation amount calculated based on the daily data in an average year between 1990 and 2009 in the Nagoya district (source: NEDO).
(14) CFRP: Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastics
(15) Japan New Car Assessment Program (JNCAP): vehicle safety information provided by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) and the National Agency for Automotive Safety and Victims' Aid since FY1996. The information comprises results of safety evaluations for commercially available vehicles based on tests including collision safety performance tests, pedestrian protection performance tests and active safety performance tests.
(16) This assessment structure was introduced by JNCAP in FY2015. It assesses the performance of automatic braking systems that support avoidance of collision with vehicles and pedestrians ahead, lane departure alarms, and systems that provide rear view information.
(17) ASV: Advanced Safety Vehicle
(18) This assessment structure integrates vehicle occupant protection and pedestrian protection performance during collisions under a single assessment structure, providing an overall safety evaluation for automobiles with the assignment of one to five stars.
Link to the "Prius PHV" webpage (Japanese only):
Link to the "Prius PHV Welcab" webpage (Japanese only):

About Toyota

Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) is the global mobility company that introduced the Prius hybrid-electric car in 1997 and the first mass-produced fuel cell sedan, Mirai, in 2014. Headquartered in Toyota City, Japan, Toyota has been making cars since 1937. Today, Toyota proudly employs 370,000 employees in communities around the world. Together, they build around 10 million vehicles per year in 29 countries, from mainstream cars and premium vehicles to mini-vehicles and commercial trucks, and sell them in more than 170 countries under the brands Toyota, Lexus, Daihatsu and Hino. For more information, please visit

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Feb 15, 2017 12:53 HKT/SGT
Source: Toyota

Topic: Press release summary
Sectors: Automotive
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