Toyota Prius History
When the Toyota Prius was introduced to the American market in 2001, it quickly made a name for itself as an eco-friendly way to get around town. Now, the Prius has become a household name and essentially synonymous with “hybrid,” helping Toyota become the industry leader in hybrid technology in a competitive segment.
Though the Prius was first introduced in Japan in 1997 after its debut at the 1995 Tokyo Motor Show, it didn’t enter the American market until 2001. The hybrid vehicle was first produced in at the Toyota City plant in Japan, though it is now assembled across the world due to its popularity.
Since its introduction to the Japanese market in 1997, the Toyota Prius has flourished. Once only offered in a single model, the Prius now has multiple versions offered— the larger Prius v, the compact Prius c, and the plug-in hybrid version.
Toyota Prius Fun Facts
- The Prius name comes from the Latin word that means “before.” It indicates that Toyota launched the Prius before the move towards environmental awareness.
- It was the first mass-produced gasoline-electric hybrid car
- Over 70 countries currently sell the Prius
- Consumer Reports tested the lifetime of the Prius, comparing the lifetime of a 2002 Prius with 200,000 miles on it and a 2001 Prius with 2,000 miles and found little difference in performance