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Toyota Prius Adds Styling and Fun for 2012

Posted: September 16, 2011 - 5:06PM
Author: Kate McLeod
Toyota Motor Corporation (Public, NYSE:TM) is on to its second million in sales for Toyota Prius, the best-selling hybrid in America bringing some fun to its 2012 model.


The 2012 Toyota Prius is available in several trim models as the third generation Prius and up trim levels, Two, Three, Four and Five. Each trim level is getting upgrades for 2012.

Prius comes with updated headlamps and tail lamps plus a new frontend and bumper. Two will have new 15-inch wheel covers and standard LED Daytime Running Lights. Three will have standard three-door Smart Key entry system. Four will have auto on/off headlamps, an eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat and new SofTex-trimmed seats.

Two: A new display audio touch screen with a 6.1-inch screen plus MP3 WMA playback capability with six speakers and a USB for iPod, an auxiliary input jack. Bluetooth® hands free phone capability and audio streaming. The display has vehicle information and allows customization of vehicle settings.

Three: navigation and Entune, plus a backup camera display, Sirius XM Satellite Radio capability, HD radio TM with iTunes® Tagging, advanced voice recognition and text-to-speech with programmed and customizable text responses. Entune, applications and data is complimentary for three years and is connected through the owner’s smart phone once it is connected through Bluetooth or a USB cable.

Four: Includes the above system plus eight JBL® GreenEdge TM speakers and an eight-channel JBL amplifier. GreenEdge TM technology reduces electric draw enhancing fuel economy. With the deluxe solar roof package the system is further upgraded with a Head-up Display and Premium HDD navigation system with a seven-inch touch screen with split-screen capability. Toyota’s solar roof is a sliding moon roof with solar panels located over the rear seating area that power a ventilation system that reduces interior temperature making cool down faster.

Five: Advanced Technology Package includes all of the above plus radar cruise control, pre-collision seatbelt retraction and automatic braking when it detects an unavoidable crash and lane departure warning. It can accept Toyota’s Racing Development sport package.

Toyota’s third generation Prius has an improved fuel economy of 48 highway/51 city with noted improvements in cold starts and at higher speeds.