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Toyota NZ introduces Prius 'C' at NZ$31K RRP

posted Apr 3, 2012, 2:05 PM by ema-1 ema-1   [ updated Apr 3, 2012, 2:05 PM ]
"Aimed squarely at attracting Prius fans who previously couldn't afford one, Toyota is launching New Zealand's cheapest new hybrid car that's$4500 less than its competition. Priced from $30,990, the Prius c hatchback gains new looks that are also expected to attract younger buyers to the hybrid range"

"The Prius c is bigger than the conventional Yaris hatchback but smaller than big brother Prius, the car that pioneered hybrids in New Zealand in 2003. It is a whopping 246kg lighter than Prius and its battery pack of 120 cells is 12 per cent smaller and more than 1kg lighter than the pack in the bigger car"

"The Prius c makes the strongest case yet for hybrid power as a genuine alternative. It briskly steps off the line under electric power before seamlessly linking with the petrol engine. The ECO Savings mode showed it used $6.70 worth of 91 octane on the 72km run from Wellington and Waikanae and $5.21 on the return trip"

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