UMW Toyota Motor announced today that it will be extending the free service package for the first 10,000 km or 6 months of ownership that was offered for Toyota Prius c is now extended to Toyota Prius for the month of September in Malaysia. Both Prius variants will get the same promotion.
The Toyota Prius September Treats offer customers with a special free service packages for the first 10,000 km or 6 months of ownership for customers nationwide who purchase a new Toyota Prius and Toyota Prius c in Malaysia.
Globally, the Prius has made presence felt in more than seventy countries and reached worldwide sales of over 4 million units which is currently the best-selling hybrid vehicle in the world. The new Prius and Prius c have proven that hybrid technology is viable, durable, and one of the best way to preserve the environment, while at the same time maximising the natural resources. As a result, hybrid technology is now a mainstream option being adopted by most auto-makers. What continues to set the new Prius and Prius c apart from other hybrids on the market lies underneath the hood.
According to UMW Toyota Motor, the delivery timing for all Prius and Prius c has been shorten to provide the opportunity for all Malaysian to enjoy the benefits of Toyota Intelligent Hybrid Synergy (HSD) technology the soonest.
Good news for folks that is deciding to buy the new Toyota Prius C. Today, UMW Toyota Motor announced offering free service package for the first 10,000 km or 6 months of ownership. This offers valid for customers who purchase a Toyota Prius C from the 6th to 17th August 2012 in Malaysia.
The new Prius C, utilises the latest Toyota Intelligent Hybrid Synergy Drive Technology to run independently on either petrol or electric power, or a combination of both.
Anyway, the free service package is not that attractive at least to us since many other automakers have offered similar or better package and warranty as standard. UMW Toyota Motor, we are expecting more than this.
In the land down under, Toyota Australia has just expanded the iconic Prius into a family of vehicles with the arrival of the seven-seat Prius V.
The ‘V’ stands for Versatility. It is also the first car in Australia to offer customers the flexibility of seven seats combined with a hybrid powertrain. From now in Australia, the Prius available in 3 models – the flagship Prius hatch, Prius C and latest Prius V.
Newly designed from the ground up, Prius V is longer, wider and taller than a standard Prius with an extended wheelbase, making it possible to accommodate adults in all three rows.
The adoption of three-row seating has been achieved by the installation of a highly compact, space-saving lithium-ion battery pack which placed under the centre console between the front seats. It is the first lithium-ion battery to be fitted to a Toyota sold in Australia.
Prius V will be priced from AUD 35,990 with advanced features including a 6.1-inch display-screen audio system, automatic air-conditioning, 16-inch alloy wheels, energy monitor, head-up display, keyless entry and ignition, daytime-sensing headlamps, electric power steering, cruise control and daytime running lamps.
Seven airbags, a reversing camera, hill-start assist, stability and traction control, and anti-skid brakes with brake assist and electronic brakeforce distribution are standard.
Prius V showcases the latest generation of Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive powertrain, which employs a 1.8-litre Atkinson cycle petrol engine and a powerful 60kW electric motor for a combined system output of 100kW. The fuel economy wise, Prius V returns class-leading fuel economy of 4.4 litres/100km and CO2 emissions of 101g/km.
Toyota Australia’s executive director sales and marketing Matthew Callachor said Prius V will hold a unique position in the Toyota line-up as well as the industry.
“Prius V will compete in multiple segments with its combination of size, versatility and fuel efficiency in a mid-size package,” Mr Callachor said.
“We see Prius V as an alternative to small or mid-size sedans and wagons as well as compact SUVs and crossover vehicles – with fuel economy few of them can match,” he said.
“With the added cargo space, the Prius V might also make an ideal light delivery vehicle for florists and small-package delivery services.
“With all its useable interior space and convenience, as well as its competitive price, performance and fuel economy, Prius V will present a compelling choice for buyers,” Mr Callachor said.
The new car’s seven-seat format features three independent sliding, reclining and split-folding second-row seats and a 50:50 split-folding third tier, providing a huge range of seating and cargo-carrying combinations. Each row of seats is raised slightly above the one in front, providing clear forward visibility for all occupants while maintaining ample head clearance and legroom throughout. In addition, the Prius V provides 180 litres of cargo space. Stowing the third row of seats provides a flat luggage floor with a capacity of 485 litres.
Just like the Prius, there are three “on-demand” drive modes to increase the capabilities of the full hybrid powertrain – EV, Eco and Power.
The new Toyota Prius V, like all new Toyota vehicles, is covered by Toyota Service Advantage with a capped price of AUD 130 for each of up to six scheduled logbook services in the first three years or 60,000km.
According to Toyota today, Toyota’s sales of hybrid vehicles have passed the four-million mark globally. The milestone, which includes Lexus hybrids, was achieved in late April with the latest million being sold in just 14 months. Moreover, the Prius family contributing more than 2.8 million units.
Global demand for Toyota’s hybrid vehicles is accelerating rapidly with more than 425,000 sold in the first four months of 2012 – more than two-thirds of last year’s total. So far this year, hybrid vehicles have accounted for 15 per cent of Toyota’s global vehicles sales. This puts Toyota on track to sell more than one million hybrid vehicles in a year for the first time in its history.
Toyota in Japan calculates that its worldwide sales of hybrid vehicles since 1997 have contributed greatly to the reduction of CO2 emissions which are considered to be a cause of global warning.
It says those vehicles have generated approximately 26 million fewer tons* of CO2 than would have been produced by petrol-powered vehicles of similar size and driving performance.
After releasing its first hybrid vehicles in Japan in 1997, Toyota took almost 10 years to post the first one million sales. The second million was sold in two years and three months, and the third million in just 18 months. The third million milestone was reached in February last year.
*Toyota Motor Corporation calculation based on the number of registered vehicles x distance travelled x fuel costs (actually fuel efficiency in each country) x C02 conversion factor.
Today, Toyota Australia launched the Australia’s most affordable hybrid car and the best fuel economy in the city – Toyota’s Prius C.
Guess what? The new Prius C is priced from AUD 23,990 which is equivalent to RM 77,300. Precisely, this car is AUD 6,000 (after currency conversion: RM 19,333) less than Honda Insight in Australia. Well, I am started to feel lost about full exemption on import and excise duty for hybrid cars and EVs in Malaysia which valid until 2013. Is it now partial? Here in Malaysia, the Prius C priced at RM 97,000 OTR with insurance in Peninsular Malaysia.
Back to the topic, this new Prius C exhibits a unique personality designed to attract an entirely new audience of singles, couples and young families in Australia. Toyota now offers three hybrid cars in Australia, with Prius C joining the Prius and Australia manufactured Camry Hybrid.
The proven hybrid system returns just 3.7 litres/100km on the city cycle and 3.9 litres/100km on the combined cycle with CO2 emissions of 90 grams/km.
Standard features include smart (keyless) entry and start, automatic air-conditioning, 6.1-inch touch-screen display audio, CD player, Bluetooth audio streaming and phone connectivity, USB port with iPod® connectivity, a 3.5-inch colour thin-film transistor multi-information display, 15-inch wheels with a full-size spare, cruise control, fog lamps, power windows and mirrors, and 60/40 split-fold rear seat. Safety is also standard with seven airbags, reversing camera, vehicle stability and traction control, ABS with BA and EBD, and hill-start assist control.
One grade above, the high-grade Prius C i-Tech is AUD 26,990 which is equivalent to RM 86,914 features including satellite navigation with live traffic updates, alloy wheels, self-levelling LED headlamps with washers, power retractable exterior mirrors, a larger rear spoiler, premium seat coverings and interior trim.
Toyota Australia executive director sales and marketing Matthew Callachor said Prius C delivers a compelling value proposition.
“Prius C combines a compact exterior, spacious interior, desirable features, engaging driving dynamics, advanced technology and five-door hatchback utility with aggressive pricing,” Mr Callachor said.
“It is designed for people who want a dynamically styled, fun-to-drive city car and the undeniable ‘cool’ factor of driving a car with cutting-edge technology and fantastic fuel economy.
“Prius C adopts the name of the world’s best known and best selling hybrid vehicle, Prius, to communicate it has the advanced features and excellent fuel efficiency unique to Toyota’s hybrid vehicles.
“Prius C is further evidence of Toyota’s commitment to achieving greater market penetration for hybrids by making this core technology more attainable for a wider audience,” he said.
The exterior colours selections are slightly more than Malaysian model. The exterior colours include Glacier White, White Mist (crystal pearl), Silver Pearl, Graphite, Ink (black), Cherry, Sunrise (orange), Aqua, and Tidal Blue. The interior uses black as the basic interior colour with contrasting lighter colours for the door trims, seat surfaces and the instrument panel.
As you might know, the hybrid battery and fuel tank are placed under the rear seat. That’s how it provide optimum luggage space and allowing for a full-size spare wheel.
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