Toyota Research Institute Rolls-out P4 Automated Driving Test Vehicle at CES

Next week, the bright lights of Las Vegas will once again shine on the Toyota Research Institute (TRI) when it introduces the TRI-P4 automated driving test vehicle on Jan. 7 at CES®. The P4 is based on the all-new fifth-generation Lexus LS flagship sedan and will be used in TRI’s two-track Guardian and Chauffeur automated driving system development.

“Our Chauffeur development is focused on full autonomy, where the human is essentially removed from the driving equation, either completely in all environments, or within a restricted driving domain,” said Ryan Eustice, senior vice president of automated driving at TRI. “Guardian, on the other hand, is being designed to amplify human performance behind the wheel, not replace it. The introduction of the new P4 platform will help us accelerate the development of both tracks when it joins our fleet this spring.”

The P4 benefits from Lexus’ new generation of chassis and steering control technology, which provides greater agility and allows for more responsive and smoother maneuvers during automated driving.

P4 adds two additional cameras to improve situational awareness on the sides and two new imaging sensors―one facing forward and one pointed to the rear―specifically designed for autonomous vehicles. The imaging sensors feature new chip technology with high dynamic range. The radar system has been optimized to improve the field of view, especially for close range detection around the vehicle perimeter. The LIDAR sensing system with eight scanning heads carries over from the previous test model, Platform 3.0, and morphs into the new vehicle design.

P4 is a much smarter research vehicle than its predecessor. With greater computing power, its systems can operate more machine learning algorithms in parallel for faster learning. It can process sensor inputs faster and react more quickly to the surrounding environment. All computing system power is now drawn from the vehicle’s hybrid battery with the 12v battery now serving only as a backup.

The compute box in the trunk, which serves as the “brain” of the automated driving system, has been reimagined. It is now tucked vertically against the rear seat transom, folding down to access the circuitry. This frees up the entire floor of the trunk for hauling cargo.

TRI once again tapped CALTY Design Research in Ann Arbor, Mich. to handle styling.

“We took a holistic approach to integrating autonomous componentry into the design of the new LS,” said Scott Roller, senior lead designer at CALTY Design Research. “The result is a fluid surface embracing advanced technology loosely inspired by science fiction in the graphic separations between form and function.”

TMNA R&D’s Prototype Development Center in York Twp., Mich. will begin fabricating P4 vehicles from stock models this spring.

P4 will make its public debut during Toyota’s CES press conference at 1:00 p.m. PT on Jan. 7. As part of the event, TRI CEO Dr. Gill Pratt will present recent technological advances in its Guardian automated driving.

Media can also see P4 on display in the Lexus exhibit at Detroit’s Cobo Center during media preview days of the North American International Auto Show on Jan. 14 and 15.

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Autonomous Toyota Prius drives 3,000 miles across the US with no driver intervention

An autonomous car engineer has released a time-lapse video of a Toyota Prius driving itself over 3,000 miles with no driver involvement.

Anthony Levandowski, a former Uber and Waymo engineer, released the video as a demonstration of the autonomous system developed by his own firm, Pronto AI. It shows the car covering the 3,099-mile trip from San Francisco to New York City without prompting the driver to take over once.

Levandowski surprisingly didn’t label this as a fully-autonomous Level 4 system either – simply calling it a ‘highly-capable Level 2 system’. Full details of the modifications to the car weren’t mentioned, but it’s believed that the car navigated using only video cameras, computers and digital mapping software.

In a post on Medium, Levandowski expressed frustration with car manufacturers attempting to leap directly to Level 4 autonomy. “Road safety is not something that is well-suited to sound bytes and short attention spans,” he wrote. “It involves trade-offs and important, nuanced discussions. I am disappointed in how shallow the discourse on this front has been and continues to be.”

He also noted several trends in the industry – saying that no vehicle today is truly autonomous and calling them ‘increasingly complex and expensive demonstrations’. “Today’s software is not good enough to predict the future,” he wrote. “It’s still nowhere close to matching the instincts of human drivers.

“Traditional self-driving stacks attempt to compensate for their software’s predictive shortcomings through increasingly complex hardware. Put simply, the self-driving industry has gotten two key things wrong: it’s been focused on achieving the dream of fully autonomous driving straight from manual vehicle operation, and it has chased this false dream with crutch technologies.”

Pronto AI also announced its first product based off this technology – an advanced driver assistance system built specifically for large trucks. It will roll out to the US market in early 2019.

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2019 Prius is Most Capable Yet Thanks to Available New AWD-e System

2019 Toyota Prius AWD-e

Winter is coming, and thanks to the 2019 Prius, with available new AWD-e system, there’s no need to fear it. Go further and explore more with confidence and control, no matter what the weather and road conditions are. Designed to provide more confidence and control when weather and road conditions are less than ideal, the electric all-wheel drive system further expands where the Prius can take drivers.

The new Prius AWD-e system will certainly deliver added traction and confidence for drivers but, in true Prius fashion, the 2019 AWD-e will lay claim to being one of the most fuel-efficient all-wheel-drive-equipped passenger cars available in Canada thanks to manufacturer-projected fuel consumptions of 4.5 / 4.9 / 4.7 L/100 km (city/highway/combined). Toyota estimates that the AWD-e model could account for as much as 65 percent of annual Canadian Prius sales.

Toyota’s AWD-e system is ideal for Prius. The automatic on-demand system does not require a centre differential or other torque-apportioning device, nor does it need a front-to-rear driveshaft. Instead, the “e” in AWD-e stands for electric. The Prius AWD-e uses an independent electric, magnet-less rear motor (a Toyota first) to power the rear wheels from 0 to 10 km/h, then when needed, up to 70 km/h. This system provides the power to the rear wheels to pull away from a stop, yet the on-demand system recognizes when all-wheel-drive performance is not needed to provide great fuel economy.

The addition of the available AWD-e system is only part of the wider revision to the 2019 Prius, which debuts newly refined front and rear exterior styling, along with additional interior updates. Let’s not forget that the front-wheel-drive (FWD) Prius will still offer the impressive fuel economy for which it is known, with manufacturer-projected fuel consumptions of 4.4 / 4.6 / 4.4 L/100 km (city/highway/combined).

The 2019 Prius FWD will be available with Base and Technology grades, while the AWD-e model will be offered in Base, Technology and Technology with Advanced package grades. Prius will also sport two new colours for 2019, Supersonic Red and Electric Storm Blue.

The AWD-e models use a newly developed compact Nickel-Metal Hydride (Ni-MH) battery that is designed to provide excellent performance in cold-weather conditions. The AWD-e battery fits under the rear seat area and does not impact the luggage capacity. The FWD models will tout a Lithium Ion battery.

The Prius AWD-e models offer the same 1,855 L of carrying space with the standard 60:40 split rear seatbacks lowered as other Prius models. That’s more than in some small SUVs and larger than most full-size sedans. Expanding carrying options, the Prius AWD-e will offer available Genuine Toyota Accessory cargo crossbars for roof rack attachments, such as for carrying bikes, kayaks, snowboards, or a cargo carrier. The Prius AWD-e Technology features upgraded SofTex-trimmed, heated front seats with 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat.

The SofTex-trimmed heated tilt/telescopic steering wheel on Technology grades features surface temperature-regulating properties to help make it feel more comfortable in hot or cold weather. The steering wheel also integrates switches for the audio system, Multi-Information Display, and Bluetooth hands-free phone controls.

The Prius comes standard with heated front seats, driver’s door Smart Key System, Push Button Start and remote illuminated entry. The Technology grades include Standard Smart Key System on three doors (driver, passenger and hatch). An Adaptive Front Lighting System is standard on the Technology with Advanced package grade.

Standard Toyota Safety Sense

All 2019 Prius models, including the Prius AWD-e versions, come standard with Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P). Using millimeter-wave radar and a monocular camera sensor to help detect a pedestrian, a vehicle, and lane markers and headlights in the surrounding area, TSS-P provides a comprehensive bundle of active safety features including: Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/ PD), Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/ SA), Automatic High Beams (AHB), and Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC).

Because all Prius models, under certain circumstances, can operate in battery mode alone, during which they make little to no noise, they incorporate a Vehicle Proximity Notification System (VPNS) to help alert pedestrians and cyclists.

High Tech Galore

All Prius models share interior features including the familiar central screen interface. The 4.2″ colour Dual Multi-Information Display with customizable screens adds an AWD-e system indicator to the menu of displays, which also includes Energy Monitor, Hybrid System Indicator and Eco Score, Eco Savings Record, Drive Monitor, Eco Wallet, Eco Diary, Climate Control, driver support systems, audio system content, and navigation system content. For the ultimate in high-tech information, the available (in the Advanced package) Colour Head-Up Display (HUD) shows the speedometer, navigation, and Hybrid System Indicator in the driver’s line of sight.

The standard audio system for AWD-e models includes a 6.1 in. touch-screen display, AM/FM CD player, 6 speakers, auxiliary audio jack, one USB 2.0 port with iPod connectivity and two 2.1-amp USB charge ports, advanced voice recognition, Bluetooth hands-free phone capability, phone book access and music streaming, Siri Eyes Free, and an integrated backup camera display. The Technology with Advanced Package grade comes standard with a large 11.6” HD multimedia display.

2019 Prius Mechanical Features

The Prius AWD-e shares the Hybrid Synergy Drive system with other Prius models. The system combines the output of a 1.8-litre 4-cylinder gasoline engine and two motor/generators through an electronically controlled planetary-type continuously variable transmission (CVT). The Electronically Controlled Brake System coordinates control between the regenerative braking and the vehicle’s hydraulic brake force to provide optimal brake performance and feel.

The 2ZR-FXE 1.8-litre 4-cylinder gasoline engine is itself a paragon of high efficiency. Thanks to ultra-low internal friction and efficient combustion, it exceeds 40 percent thermal efficiency, which is among the highest in the world for a gasoline engine.

The Prius gets a good share of its fuel efficiency by cheating the wind with an ultra-low 0.24 coefficient of drag (Cd), which is among the lowest of current production passenger cars. An automatic grille shutter reduces drag by closing when airflow to the radiator is not needed. Even the air conditioning system, which uses a quiet electric compressor, works intelligently to maximize energy efficiency. The Smart-flow (S-FLOW) mode directs airflow only to seated occupants to conserve energy and maximize comfort.

Standard Bi-LED headlamps and LED rear combination lamps reduce energy consumption compared to halogens, while giving better light and having a longer service life. A backup camera comes standard on all grades, and a full-width glass panel beneath the rear spoiler aids rearward visibility while also serving as a distinctive design feature.

Toyota New Global Architecture

The fourth-generation Prius is built around the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA). The platform introduced a new high-strength body structure, multi-link rear suspension and a lower centre of gravity. The result for the Prius is a highly engaging driving experience combined with exemplary ride smoothness and a quiet cabin.

Hot-stamped and high tensile steels, which allow for intricate forms that are both lightweight and strong, are used extensively throughout the body. Aluminum components, including the hood and rear doorframes and brake calipers, help keep vehicle weight low. Innovative fastening methods, including laser screw welding and advanced adhesives, contribute to structural strength.

The 2019 Prius will go on sale in Canada in the Spring of 2019.

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Toyota sets up new division specializing in zero-emission vehicles

Toyota Motor Corp. set up a new division to oversee broad operations from development to production for zero-emission vehicles, as it increases efforts to speed up the introduction of green cars, the company said Saturday.

The Toyota ZEV Factory was established last week with 200 engineers to handle the development, parts procurement and preparation for mass production of electric and fuel-cell vehicles, according to sources familiar with the matter.

The Japanese automaker has been gearing up efforts to manufacture environmentally friendly vehicles, as major markets such as China and the United States as well as European countries are introducing stricter emissions regulations.

The new division is based on Toyota’s EV business planning team, which was launched in December 2016 and directly headed by Toyota President Akio Toyoda, with 50 workers responsible for EV development, the sources said.

The team in November 2017 became a unit of an in-house Toyota company that takes charge of the automaker’s advanced technology development.

Shigeki Terashi, Toyota executive vice president in charge of the company’s advanced research and development, leads the new division.

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Toyota and SoftBank are teaming up to target self-driving car services

Toyota Softbank

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Toyota Motor and SoftBank are teaming up to develop self-driving car services, signaling deepening alliances between top automakers and tech firms as the global race to develop autonomous cars intensifies.

Japan’s biggest automaker and its most influential tech firm will jointly develop a platform to operate self-driving vehicles which can be used as mobile shops, hospitals and other services as they envision a future in which fewer people drive their own vehicles.

The tie-up shows that even big, well-funded firms want to share costs and expertise in pursuing promising but risky automotive technologies that have yet to gain widespread consumer acceptance.

The joint venture will start small with initial capital of 2 billion yen ($17.5 million). SoftBank will own just over half of the business, which will initially focus on Japan and eventually go global.

“SoftBank alone and automakers alone can’t do everything,” said Junichi Miyakawa, chief technology officer at SoftBank Corp who will be CEO of the new company. “We want to work to help people with limited access to transportation.”

The partnership will see Toyota and SoftBank work together to develop the automaker’s multi-purpose mobility service based on its “e-Palette” concept announced earlier this year, in which Toyota plans to produce the hardware and software for convoys of shuttle bus-sized, self-driving multi-purpose vehicles used, for instance, as pay-per-use mobile restaurants and hotels.

The joint company will be called MONET, short for mobility network, and will roll out an autonomous driving service using e-Palette by the second half of the 2020s, the companies said.

SoftBank will provide technology to collect and analyze transportation data to ensure cars are efficiently dispatched when and where they’re needed, they said.

“Toyota is hoping to increase its revenues by combining its own data with the data and expertise which SoftBank has culled from its mobile phone operations,” said Koji Endo, senior analyst at SBI Securities.

“The new company will enable SoftBank to widen its partner network, and it could be hoping to take a lead in developing platforms (for new transport services).”

A slew of automotive technology-related deals and discussions have already resulted in myriad pairings between global automakers, ride-hailing companies and major tech firms.

Honda Motor said on Wednesday it would invest $2.75 billion and take a 5.7 percent stake in General Motors Co’s Cruise self-driving vehicle unit, in which SoftBank is also an investor.

On the same day, Daimler and Renault said they may expand their cooperation to batteries, self-driving vehicles and mobility services.

Nuts and bolts

The partnership between the two Japanese companies reflects SoftBank’s growing influence in the emerging fields of AI and autonomous driving, which has been accelerated by its investments via the almost $100 billion Vision Fund.

It is also a vote of confidence from SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son, who has been critical of Japan for lagging overseas rivals, in Toyota’s vision for the future of cars.

“He has an image of the future,” Son told a media briefing, referring to Toyota President Akio Toyoda. “Automobiles are becoming a cluster of semiconductors, not screws, bolts and nuts.”

While both firms have been independently developing technologies for self-driving vehicles and car sharing, and each have investments in ride-hailing firms Uber Technologies and Grab, this is first time they have come together. SoftBank is also an investor in Didi Chuxing, while Toyota has a partnership with the Chinese ride-sharing company.

Toyota Executive Vice-president Shigeki Tomoyama said the partnership came after SoftBank’s widespread presence in the ride-hailing industry became apparent — it holds major stakes in the ride-hailing firms it had invested in and played a consolidating role in that industry.

Toyoda joked about rumors that the two companies did not get along, and recalled rejecting a business proposition from Son 20 years ago, when SoftBank had yet to make its name as one of the world’s largest technology investors.

“We are trying to take traditional car making into new fields,” he told reporters. “We realized that SoftBank shares the same vision when it comes to the future of cars, so it’s time that we partner together.” ($1 = 114.3600 yen) (Reporting by Naomi Tajitsu and Sam Nussey; Additional reporting by Yoshiyasu Shida, Maki Shiraki and Kentaro Sugiyama; Writing by Ritsuko Ando; Editing by Edwina Gibbs and Muralikumar Anantharaman)

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Designed For Life In The City: The 2019 Toyota Prius c

2019 Toyota Prius C

It’s agile enough to take on downtown congestion, its low emissions mean everybody breathes a little easier, and it comes with a big bundle of standard technologies. There’s lots to love about the 2019 Toyota Prius c – the stylish and versatile hybrid that’s perfect for life in the city. New for 2019, the Prius c features an even more powerful Toyota Safety Sense C technology package plus a third model choice, making it easier to find the perfect Prius c.

“Canadian drivers love the nimble performance and impressive versatility of small hatchbacks – and they love the incredible fuel efficiency of Toyota hybrids. With the Toyota Prius c, they get it all – in a stylish and fun-to-drive subcompact that’s loaded with advanced yet easy-to-use technologies that put this vehicle in a class by itself,” said Cyril Dimitris, Vice President, Toyota Canada Inc.

Performance and efficiency take centre stage in the Prius c. Under the hood, Prius c’s Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive features a 1.5L Atkinson Cycle four-cylinder with Exhaust Heat Recovery System, plus a high-torque electric motor, powerful storage battery and sophisticated power management system. This works together with a continuously variable transmission to produce 99 net system horsepower and smooth, confident acceleration – ideal for the urban landscape. Even more impressive, Prius c sips fuel – at just 5.1 L / 100 km city/highway combined. In the city, this hybrid hatch is rated at a remarkable 4.9 L / 100 km. And all parts of the hybrid system are covered by an eight-year, 160,000 km warranty.

The Prius c is meant to be admired and projects a modern image consistent with urban living. More than just a handsome hatch, the Prius c’s body is carefully styled to maximize its aerodynamic performance – achieving a drag coefficient of just 0.28 to slip through the atmosphere for better fuel efficiency and a quieter ride. The Prius c’s wide stance contributes to nimble, athletic lane changes and cornering. And curbside, the Prius c invites admiration with its pronounced front grille, LED headlights, brake lamp and rear combination lamps, power adjustable and heated mirrors, front lower bumper spoiler and rear spoiler, and colour-keyed door handles.

The Prius c’s interior is modern and surprisingly spacious, with room for up to 484L (17.1 cubic feet) of cargo when the 60/40 split folding second row seat is stowed. Cabin features include adjustable front seats, power windows with driver’s side auto up/down function, power door locks with keyless entry, a 12v DC power outlet for personal electronics, a digital clock, dual vanity mirrors, tilting and telescoping steering wheel, and plenty of thoughtful in-cabin storage boxes and pockets.

Every Prius c features plenty of technology, too – including a touchscreen 6.1” Display Audio system with advanced voice recognition, USB audio input, Bluetooth® connectivity for personal electronics and steering wheel-mounted controls, cruise control, a 4.2” multi-information display, air conditioning with automatic temperature control, and outside temperature gauge.

Modern technology also defines Prius c’s safety package, starting with Toyota Safety Sense C. This comprehensive array of active safety systems includes the Pre-Collision System, Lane Departure Alert, and Automatic High Beams and is designed to extend driver abilities to help avoid accident situations. New for 2019, the TSS C package on the Prius c has been upgraded with the addition of Pedestrian Detection to the Pre-Collision System. Other safety technologies include the Toyota Star Safety System, a suite of nine airbags, child seat anchors and rear door locks, and a back-up camera. And because a Prius c driving in electric-only mode can be whisper quiet, a Vehicle Approach Notice system warns pedestrians and cyclists of its presence.

For 2019, the Toyota Prius c is offered in three well-equipped models, as follows:

The 2019 Toyota Prius c (Starting MSRP: $22,260) is offered with Toyota’s Upgrade Package as standard equipment. This model features a four-speaker audio system, premium fabric seats and 15” styled steel wheels.

The 2019 Toyota Prius c with Technology and Moonroof Package (Starting MSRP: $27,090) takes the hybrid hatch to the max, with enhanced technologies including a six-speaker audio system adding integrated Sirius XM satellite radio, navigation, phonebook and streaming audio via Bluetooth® and other features, plus Toyota’s Touch Tracer steering wheel-mounted controls and the Toyota Smart Key System with Push Button Start. Style and comfort get an upgrade too, with Softex-clad seats and synthetic leather instrument panel, heated front seats, 15” alloy wheels, black side rocker and wheel arch moldings, front and rear lower silver-accented body guards, LED fog lamps and (naturally) a power moonroof.

The 2019 Toyota Prius c with Technology Package (Starting MSRP: $26,170) is an all-new offering for the 2019 model year. It features all the great features of the Technology with Moonroof Package, minus the moonroof – at a lower price.

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Toyota Canada Inc. Reports Increase in Sales for August, Up 2%

TORONTO, ONTARIO, September 4, 2018 – Toyota Canada Inc. (TCI) reported overall sales of 20,433 vehicles during the month of August, up 2% compared to August 2017.

The Toyota division sold a total of 18,378 units, up 2.4%, while the Lexus luxury division reported sales of 2,055 units, down 1.5% compared to last year.

Canadian demand for dependable trucks leads Toyota Canada Inc. to record August truck sales

TCI experienced a record August for truck sales, with 12,408 units sold, up 3.5% compared to August 2017. This was led by record August sales of the Toyota Tundra (1,174 units, up 38%), the Lexus RX (894 units, up 22.3%), the Toyota Tacoma (1,170 units, up 15.7%), and the Toyota RAV4 (4,980 units, up 4.1%).

With sales of hybrid vehicles continuing to grow, TCI sets another monthly record

For the 2nd consecutive month TCI reported another record sales month for its wide range of hybrid vehicles, with 2,161 units sold, up 9.4% compared to 2017.  The continued hybrid sales growth was supported by strong Prius Prime plug-in hybrid electric vehicle sales of 373 units.

August Highlights

  • Toyota truck sales of 10,838 units, up 3.2% (new August record)
  • Tundra sales of 1,174 units, up 38% (new August record)
  • Tacoma sales of 1,170 units, up 15.7% (new August record)
  • RAV4 sales of 4,980 units, up 4.1% (new August record)
  • Lexus truck sales of 1,570 units, up 5.4% (new August record)
  • RX sales of 894 units, up 22.3% (new August record)
  • TCI hybrid vehicle sales of 2,161 units, up 9.4% (new August record)
  • Prius sales of 572 units, up 45.9%
    • Includes Prius Prime sales of 373 units
  • 2019 Corolla Hatchback sales of 511 units (first month of sales)
  • Camry sales of 1,274 units, up 18.8%

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Electrified Vehicle Rebates across Canada: Savings on Top of Savings!

Gas prices are coming dangerously close to hitting record highs and, naturally, Canadians mulling a new car purchase are wise to explore ways to reduce their fuel bill on their next vehicle. With every passing year, more and more Canadians are finding the answer in electrified vehicles like hybrids, plug-in hybrids and fully electric vehicles and, in some of the provinces with the highest average gas prices, there are a variety of rebates on such technologically advanced vehicles.

British Columbia, which regularly has the highest gas prices in the country, offers rebates of up to $5,000 for electrified vehicles with battery packs over 15 kWh that allow a significant range of gas-free driving. Plug-in hybrids – which have a gas engine plus electric motors and battery pack that can be recharged at home or charging stations – with battery packs between 4 kWh and 15 kWh also qualify for $2,500. The Toyota Prius Prime plug-in hybrid, with 40 km of electric range thanks to its 8.8-kWh lithium-ion battery, qualifies for a $2,500 rebate.

In Quebec, where gas prices have climbed to an average of over $1.30 per litre lately, the rebates are even better. Quebec rebates start with $4,000 on for plug-in hybrids, including the Prius Prime, and Quebec continues to lead the charge in public charging stations^. Quebec’s rebate program can even reach as high $8,000 for fully electric vehicles like the Nissan Leaf or Tesla Model 3.

Ontario had some of the most generous rebates in the country for electrified vehicles, and if you act fast, you can still find vehicles to which they apply. Ranging from $5,000 up to $14,000, it limits the rebate to vehicles that start at less than $75,000. In Ontario the Prius Prime qualifies for a $5,000 rebate, bringing the price down to $27,990 for the base model or $30,445 for the Upgrade trim. Ontario’s new Conservative government is eliminating the electrified vehicle incentive program, so the rebate is being phased out, and only cars purchased from dealers’ current inventory and registered by September 10 will qualify for the existing rebates.

If you’re wondering how you get the rebate, most dealers will apply the rebate as a discount when you buy the car or work it into a lower lease payment, and they’ll fill out the paperwork to get the rebate from the government, so it’s practically no hassle for you. Alternatively, you can fill out the forms provided by each government to receive the rebate personally after making the purchase.

Even if you don’t live in one of the provinces with rebates for electrified vehicles, the savings can be significant at such high gas prices. Natural Resources Canada estimates that an average driver will spend around $1,900 on fuel in a RAV4 compact crossover, one of Canada’s favourite vehicles, but that’s at an extremely low estimate of $0.98/L for regular gasoline +. At the current national average of $1.36**, it would actually jump to $2,638 based on 20,000 km of driving with an average mix of highway and city driving. Just choosing the RAV4 Hybrid version, which only costs $2,500 more than the conventional powertrain in popular SE trim, would result in an annual fuel bill of about $1,985 at an average price of $1.36/L, a savings of more than $600.

But the biggest savings are possible by making the leap to a plug-in hybrid like the Prius Prime, which can run on electricity for up to 40 km, and if you have a short commute or access to charging at your work, you might not need to use gasoline at all on most days. On top of saving at the pumps, the $2,500 rebate in BC and $4,000 rebate in Quebec make it a great value over the long haul. Speaking of long hauls, the beauty of a plug-in hybrid is that when the battery pack is depleted, the gas engine kicks in and you can refuel at gas stations, so you don’t have to worry about being stranded nowhere near a charging station on road trips or out in cottage country.

No matter what type or size of vehicle you need, more and more models are available as hybrids and plug-in hybrids, so it’s worth digging deeper to find out if the vehicle you’re interested in has a hybrid model that could save you thousands of dollars in gasoline over several years of ownership. As an innovative leader in hybrid vehicles, we’re proud to offer more hybrid vehicles than any other manufacturer.

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Worldwide Sales of Toyota Hybrids Surpassed 10 Million Units

Toyota Motor Corporation is proud to announce cumulative global hybrid vehicle (HV) sales of 10.05 million units as of January 31, surpassing the 10 million unit mark1. More than a numerical milestone, this demonstrates the staying power of a technology that is now emerging as a mainstream solution to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants.

Helping to mitigate the environmental effects of automobiles has long been a priority for Toyota. Based on the stance that environmentally friendly vehicles can only truly have a significant positive impact if they are widely used, Toyota has encouraged the mass-market adoption of hybrid vehicles across the globe. Toyota launched the Coaster Hybrid EV in August 1997 and the Prius—the world’s first mass-produced hybrid passenger vehicle—in December of the same year. Since then, Toyota hybrid vehicles have received tremendous support from consumers around the world. This latest milestone of 10 million units was achieved just nine months after total sales reached 9 million units at the end of April 2016.

As reductions in greenhouse gas emissions increasingly became a problem of global magnitude, the first generation Prius represented Toyota’s response to the resource and environment-related issues of the twenty-first century. The Prius development team was convinced that, whatever the results of their efforts, the development of a hybrid vehicle was essential for the future, and that they had to do what was necessary rather than what was simply possible. With this in mind, the team unveiled the world’s first mass-production hybrid passenger vehicle to the world. The Prius proved so popular with customers that it became a byword for an “environmentally friendly vehicle.” The Toyota Hybrid System (THS), which was incorporated in the first generation Prius, evolved into THS II in 2003, and was thereafter rolled out in a wide range of Toyota vehicles. The fourth-generation Prius, which became the first vehicle to be built on Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), was developed not only with environmental performance in mind, but also with outstanding driving performance for customers wanting to purchase a car that was fun to drive.

Toyota launched its first hybrid vehicle 20 years ago, and the circumstances surrounding environmentally friendly vehicles have since changed dramatically. The growing popularity of the Prius led to the creation of a new customer standard of choosing cars based on their environmental performance. As the number of companies developing and launching hybrid vehicles increased, so a new segment of “hybrid vehicles” was established. In addition, now that customers around the world are opting to purchase hybrid vehicles and other fuel-efficient vehicles, the entire automobile industry has been able to contribute to the solution of global environmental problems. Having passed the 10 million vehicle milestone, Toyota will continue to create ever-better cars for its customers.

“When we launched Prius, no one even knew what a hybrid was. Those who drove it were called geeks or other names. Today, thanks to those early adopters who gave Prius a chance, hybrids have grown in popularity, and have ridden a wave of success out of the unknown and into the mainstream. We are grateful to each and every one of our customers who has helped us achieve this important milestone of 10 million hybrid sales. We are committed to continue working hand-in-hand with them to tackle global environmental issues„

Takeshi Uchiyamada, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Toyota and known as the father of the Prius

As of January 31, Toyota estimates that the use of Toyota’s HVs2 in lieu of conventional gasoline-powered vehicles of similar size and driving performance has resulted in approximately 77 million fewer tons3 of CO2 emissions and has saved approximately 29 million kiloliters of gasoline.

Toyota announced the Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050 in October 2015, setting challenges that it will undertake to help reduce the negative impacts of automobiles on the global environment to as close to zero as possible, and to contribute to the creation of a sustainable society. Toyota has positioned hybrid technologies as core environmental technologies for the twenty-first century. Hybrid encompasses all of the component technologies necessary for the development of environmentally friendly vehicles, from battery electric to fuel cell hydrogen vehicles, which facilitate the use of different fuel combinations, Toyota is committed to further expanding its lineup of environmentally friendly vehicles.

1Including plug-in hybrid vehicles, Toyota data

2Toyota’s company-wide global program to structurally transform automobile design. The goal of TNGA is to dramatically improve the basic performance and marketability of Toyota vehicles by reforming and considering the overall optimization of developing new powertrain components and vehicle platforms.

3Excluding the Coaster Hybrid EV and Quick Delivery 200

4Toyota calculation based on the number of registered vehicles × distance traveled × fuel efficiency (actual fuel efficiency in each country) × CO2 conversion factor

This is Gabriel Rosentall – huge Toyota fan and Product Advisor working for Regency Toyota in Vancouver, at 401 Kingsway.

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