- The Toyota Prius is now making on Apple
- The Toyota Mirai makes a lot of steam
- In 10.5 seconds to 100 km
- Doubtful success models
- Toyota has great hopes for the Mirai
- This is the Toyota range of models
The Toyota Prius is now making on Apple
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The electric gasoline engine, initially ridiculed as an eco-model when it premiered in 1997, but has long since become the world’s best-selling hybrid car, should now also offer driving pleasure – al…But with a little less engine power.
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The fourth Prius generation is the first Toyota to stand on a new platform on which other models from the Japanese manufacturer will later be based. The TNGA – that’s it …for "Toyota New Global Architecture" – offers a lower vehicle center of gravity and thus enables better handling and more driving stability.
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The new one has a further developed hybrid drive under the sheet metal. The well-known, but revised 1.8-liter gasoline engine still has 99 hp, but the efficiency v…improved.
Thanks to changes to the transmission, engine and hybrid drive, the Prius now consumes 18 percent less, according to Toyota. In addition, the rubber band effect should be infinitely variable when accelerating with the…The transmission can be minimized by integrating the electric motor more closely.
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Sharper edges are intended to create a resemblance to the Mirai fuel cell vehicle. In addition, the four-door is longer, wider and flatter. Because the twelve-volt battery moves from the suitcase to the de…n the engine compartment was relocated and the hybrid battery can now be found under the rear seats, the luggage compartment volume has been increased by around 60 to 502 liters.
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New assistance systems such as adaptive cruise control, emergency brake assist with pedestrian detection or an automatic parking function are finding their way into the new Prius. In addition, the interior… upgraded.
Toyota has launched the fourth generation of the Prius. It is more economical, even if no leap forward has been made in terms of technology. The design takes as much getting used to as the very first Prius.
M.he data sheets and measuring instruments are not allowed to come to Kojo Toyoshima this time. Toyoshima is the chief engineer in product planning at Toyota, and when he asks us to take the first short test drive with the new Prius shortly before the market launch in December in Japan and in the spring, he finds it a bit difficult with hard numbers and sober facts.
Because although the fourth generation of the hybrid pioneer, which will probably start with us around 30,000 euros, has a very progressive appearance with its sleeker (but not necessarily more beautiful) design and the flatter roof.
However, the new Prius certainly does not correspond to the common beauty ideal of a car. Appearing much more modern inside with lots of white plastics in Apple style and colorful displays, the car looks damn close to its predecessor in the theory of test benches and measured values.
No wonder if the so-called hybrid synergy drive with a 98 hp 1.8-liter gasoline engine and an electric motor now only with 72 hp on the continuously variable automatic transmission basically doesn’t change, and even the antiquated one for the export models Nickel-metal hybrid technology of the battery is adopted.
The Toyota Mirai makes a lot of steam
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Anyone who drives up in the Toyota Mirai will be noticed. On the one hand, this is due to the unusual …
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… Optics of the car. With its angular shape, the huge air openings on the front, …
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… the long overhang at the back as well …
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… the idiosyncratic taillights. The attention that the car attracts is not just due to the unusual appearance, but also to the innovative technology.
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Because the Mirai is Toyota’s first car with fuel cell technology. The four-seater does not cause any exhaust fumes.
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In contrast to conventional electric cars, refueling only takes a few minutes. However, the network of hydrogen filling stations is still very thin.
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The hydrogen tank swallows the trunk, leaving only 361 liters of luggage volume.
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It’s not that futuristic in the cockpit. You won’t find a large screen like in the Tesla in the Mirai, instead there is a tiny gear lever for the Au…tomato. The price that Toyota charges for its first fuel cell car, however, is decent: The starting price is 78,540 euros.
The fact that Toyoshima still smiles winningly is not only due to the 18 years of experience that Toyota now has with hybrid technology, the almost ten million part-time electric vehicles in now 30 model series that were built during this time, and the more than three million Prius drivers that the chief engineer knows behind him. The main reason is that, despite the supposedly old technology, number IV actually offers a new driving experience.
"In doing so, we primarily took the European requirements to heart and worked on the drive culture," says one of the engine developers. Therefore, the Prius is not only better insulated, so that the asthmatic four-cylinder can no longer act so cheeky, above all, the Japanese have improved the response and optimized the stepless automatic.
In 10.5 seconds to 100 km
It no longer lets the engine run for so excruciatingly long during the sprint, shifts faster and earlier and thus makes a major contribution to ensuring that Europeans will also feel comfortable in the Prius in the future. Only the basic data of around 10.5 seconds for the sprint from zero to 100 km / h and the electronic limit at 180 km / h will probably not change anything for the time being.
Another thing that helps reduce reservations about the hybrid bestseller is the new design of the car. The dimensions remain almost unchanged and the six centimeters longer are mainly due to crash safety, so that you sit just as well or badly inside as before and only the trunk grows by ten percent to 502 liters because the hybrid battery is now under the back seat moves.
Doubtful success models
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Flatbed trucks have proven to be the ideal military equipment: Heavy weapons can be installed, fighters can be transported quickly, and the off-road mobility brings you further…e advantages. Opposition fighters like the …
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… Free Syrian Army use them.
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The dubious advantages of the vehicles have already been demonstrated in Somalia. In the nineties, pick-ups converted into combat vehicles were given …
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… the name "Technicals". Here a pick-up drives through Mogadishu in 1992. Al-Qaeda too …
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… was able to use the flatbed truck profitably. The picture from 2015 shows members of the Nusra Front in the Syrian city of Ariha in a flatbed truck with an anti-aircraft tank…ffen on board. Installing guns on the bunk is an old idea. Even the Germans …
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… they had. The picture dates from the First World War. Around the same time …
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… so-called Tatschanka were used in the Russian Civil War, horse-drawn carriages equipped with weapons – here a restored example in a museum.
But with the change to a new, global platform in the style of the modular transverse matrix from Volkswagen, you can now sit six centimeters lower in the Prius than before. Together with a lower center of gravity, a new steering system and a new rear axle, this creates a much closer connection between the driver, the vehicle and the road, and makes the Prius seem less arbitrary for a long time.
That is still not enough for driving pleasure, even if company boss Akio Toyoda conjures up the wow factor at every opportunity that all new Toyotas should now have. But where you could only drive the Prius out of conviction or a bad conscience, it has now become an inconspicuous compact car in every sense that you can no longer buy just because of its drive system.
Toyota also supports this argument with a whole bunch of new technologies that are somehow puzzled into the equipment and option list – from the LED headlights to the distance radar with emergency braking function and pedestrian detection to the head-up display. The only thing the Japanese still haven’t taken out of service is the dusty foot-operated parking brake.
Toyota has great hopes for the Mirai
Incidentally, it is also the case that Chief Engineer Toyoshima and his colleagues have also turned something on the engine. Because even if the fine-tuning looks a bit pale, even if you have been asking in vain for an affordable plug-in variant in significant numbers and even if the lithium-ion cells available at Toyota are initially only intended for Japan – then Toyoshima can at least shine with an impressive number.
“We have increased the efficiency of the entire system by 15 percent.” Nevertheless, he does not want to commit to exact consumption values. But instead of the previous 3.9 liters, the data sheet should now have 3.3 liters in the future.
"We have set new standards for consumption, emissions and efficiency in every generation," says Toyoshima with great self-confidence: "But the progress has never been as great as with our latest model."
This is the Toyota range of models
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The Aygo is the smallest in the Toyota model range. It is almost identical to the Citroën C1 and the Peugeot 108. The second generation has been on the market since 2014. Offered …the small car is only available as a 1.0 gasoline engine with 69 hp. Starting price: 9,950 euros.
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The first generation of the Yaris came on the market in 2011 and was revised again in 2014. The small car is offered in two petrol versions (1.0 with 69 hp and 1.33 with 9…9 PS), as a diesel (1.4 D-4D with 90 PS) and as a hybrid with a total of 100 PS. Starting price for the smallest petrol engine: 11,990 euros.
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Toyota has been selling its Corolla again in Germany since 2014. The notchback sedan from Turkish production complements the compact family of the brand at a price of 18,400 euros…he currently consists of the five-door Auris and the Auris station wagon. In the basic version, the four-door is powered by a 99 hp petrol engine.
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Three years after the market launch, the Japanese have revised the Auris, their second most popular model in Germany after the Yaris. There is, for example, a completely new one, only… 1.2 liter gasoline engine that wants to shine with 116 hp and an average consumption of 4.7 liters / 100 kilometers. Or the 1.6-liter diesel with 112 hp (4.3 liters) from BMW. However, more than half of all previous Auris buyers have opted for the hybrid model, which is why the combination of 1.8-liter gasoline engine and electric motor has been further refined. Starting price: 15,990 euros for the cheapest petrol hatchback, 17,190 euros for the station wagon called Touring Sports.
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The renewed Toyota Avensis celebrated its premiere at the Geneva Motor Show in early 2015 and has been available from dealers since then at a base price of 23,640 euros. This changes after …the facelift of the mid-range model, which includes optics, engines, comfort and safety equipment, has nothing to do with the price. The station wagon version still costs 1000 euros extra.
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The Toyota Verso, which is based on the Avensis, has up to five individual seats in the rear, all of which can be easily lowered into the loading floor. The third row of seats costs 650 euros Au…f price. It is offered with two petrol (132 and 147 hp) and three diesel engines (112, 177 and 150 hp). Starting price for the cheapest gasoline engine: 21,200 euros.
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When the first generation of the Prius hit the market in 1997, it was the first mass production model with a built-in hybrid engine. The fourth generation of the hybrid icon is now on de…m market. A 1.8-liter petrol engine with 98 hp and the electric motor with 72 hp work under the hood. The manufacturer specifies the total output as 122 hp. Base model: 28,150 euros.
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Toyota calls Prius Plus the more practical variant of its mid-range model. A modified roof layout, more wheelbase and a higher rear create space for a third row of seats…e. That makes the Prius Plus the first seven-seater with hybrid drive. Base price: 31,500 euros.
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The Toyota GT86 is identical to the Subaru BRZ. The coupe is powered by a 200 hp two-liter boxer engine. Since May 2015, the GT86 has been in a puristic Basisv…ersion offered. The new “Pure” variant dispenses with standard equipment such as xenon lights, automatic air conditioning and cruise control, but slips in price to 28,900 euros. Compared to the standard model that is still available, this means a saving of 1850 euros.
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When the Toyota RAV4 was launched in 1994, it was the pioneer among compact SUVs. The revised fourth model generation is now available. It is either with ei…A diesel with front-wheel drive (143 hp) or with three different all-wheel drive versions. Base price for the front-wheel drive: 27,290 euros. A hybrid variant with 197 hp has also been available since the beginning of 2016. Starting price: 31,990 euros.
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Rigid rear axle, ladder frame and differential lock – this is how the Land Cruiser, the off-road classic from Toyota, comes from. It has been built since 1951. Toyota has the site…dewagen equipped with a new diesel engine. The 177 hp 2.8-liter four-cylinder replaces the previously offered 3.0-liter four-cylinder with 190 hp. Another new addition to the range is an optional six-speed automatic which replaces the old five-speed box. The off-roader still has a manual six-speed gearbox as standard. The three-door Land Cruiser is available from 40,240 euros, with five doors from 43,090 euros.
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The Toyota Hilux is the best-selling pick-up in the world. The eighth generation was presented in Thailand in spring 2015. The new edition of the bestseller pickup truck is ka…Necessary, modern and homely. The engines are also new. Instead of the familiar 2.5 and 3.0 liter engines, there are now 2.4 and 2.8 liter diesels with performance values between 162 HP and 177 HP, combined with manual and automatic transmissions and optional all-wheel drive technology. The prices are slightly above the previous level, starting at 22,143 euros.
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The Toyota Mirai fuel cell car has been on the market since September 2015 at prices starting at 78,540 euros. In Europe, the electric sedan is initially only available in Gro…Great Britain and Denmark offered. The Scandinavian country is rather insignificant as a car market, but has a well-developed network of hydrogen filling stations.
Even if Toyota did not invent the hybrid drive, the Japanese made it big and impressively demonstrate their market power to the competition – even if they focus on quantity instead of quality. But the lead is melting, and the new generation of the model saver also looks dangerously old compared to the many plug-in hybrids of the past few months.
But Toyota management is apparently not giving any serious thought to that. First of all, they follow the law of large numbers and will already have their 30,000 cars sold a month. And secondly, they are basically already a step further and use all their energy and apparently most of the money to establish the fuel cell in the Mirai.
The fact that the competition can only laugh heartily at this leaves them completely cold. "Because if we’ve learned one thing in Prius 20 years, it’s this," says Chairman Takechi Uchiyamada: "He who laughs last, laughs best."
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