Toyota #throwbackthursday : 1997 Toyota Prius


Toyota #ThrowbackThursday : 1997 Toyota PriusThe Toyota Prius, the world’s first mass production hybrid vehicle went on sale in Japan this month 17 years ago.
Back in 1997, this revolutionary vehicle was seen as a breakthrough in practical, low-emissions automotive technology.
So forward-thinking was it, in fact, that its engineering architecture has gone on to provide the foundation for all Toyota and Lexus hybrid vehicles ever since, including the new Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle.

Powered by what has become known as Hybrid Synergy Drive, the new Prius was able to run on either its highly efficient petrol engine, its electric motor, or a combination of both. The ratio of power provided by each system was constantly monitored electronically, so that depending on speed and load the car always operated for maximum efficiency and low emissions.