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2010 Toyota Prius Boasts 3 Industry Firsts: Can You Name 'Em?


2010 Toyota Prius

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So says John Voelcker of network site All About Prius, an "industry first" is a feature that has never appeared before on any production vehicle. Toyota claims it has three industry firsts in the new 2010 Prius and challenged visitors at its Prius Connection New York event to guess what they are. You got any guesses?

The trivia question was but one on a "20 questions tree" displayed at the trendy TriBeCa event, one of many events across the country designed to generate more buzz for the wildly popular Prius as Toyota prepares to roll out the new-generation model.

Go check out Voelcker's exhaustive repository of data, facts, figures, and stories about the 2010 Prius. And while you're at it, cruise on over to our own collection of high-res photos of the 2010 Prius, Toyota's greenest offering yet for the U.S. market.

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  1. "3 firsts"

    OK
    1) first Toyota copied directly from a Honda (but made uglier)
    2)the only car to meet California's stupid polution laws so Film star's won't be the only one's driving these things
    3)first car endorsed by Sean Penn
     
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  2. "hybrid synergy drive"

    Hey Reece -
    You certain that Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive is cribbed from Honda? While Honda did pioneer hybrids for the U.S. market back with the original insight, they have stuck by their system that pairs a relatively weak electric motor with a miserly four-cylinder. On the new 2010 Insight, it is capable of electric-only cruising around 30 mph, but it can't get the car moving under electric power alone.
    Toyota's system, on the other hand, is capable of electric only operation at low speeds with light throttle application. This makes it more of a miser around town than the Insight, and has likely been a contributing factor to the Prius' excellent sales.
     
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  3. "IMA"

    Forgot to say - Honda's system is called Integrated Motor Assist (IMA)
     
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  4. "I had high hopes for Honda"

    I really expected Honda to be cheaper and more efficient (as stated in many sources a while back) but even with the +$2K difference, I'll take the new Toyota please. More competition is good for everyone though.
     
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  5. "firsts"

    1. No drive belts for engine accessories
    2. steering wheel controls that read out on the dashboard
    3. highest combined EPA mpg for EPA midsize class car?
     
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