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Toyota Prius Named Auto Express Green Car of the Year

Celebration time once again for the Toyota Prius as it is named Green Car of the Year at the 2016 Auto Express New Car Awards.

 

The all-new fourth generation Prius achieved the greatest increase in fuel economy and reduction in CO2 emissions than any model that has gone before it, achieving up to 94.1mpg on the combined cycle when fitted with 15″ alloy wheels.

 

New 2016 Prius

 

As well huge reductions in running costs, the at the same time the Prius has drastically improved ride comfort and handling characteristics, thanks to the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform on which the distinctive body sits.

 

Steve Fowler, Auto Express Editor-in-Chief, said: “If there’s one firm that knows a thing or two about building hybrids, it’s Toyota. The pioneering Prius is more efficient and user-friendly than ever, which means it’s a deserving recipient of our Green Award.”

 

In their assessment of Prius’s qualities, the Auto Express judges were impressed by the car’s styling, its “hi-tech” interior and its easy-to-drive quality that “demands no compromises”.

 

They declared: “You can travel in whisper-quiet EV mode, but the transition to combined power is seamless and the petrol engine is hushed, even when you’re using its full potential.”

 

The Prius was also praised for the fact its revolutionary hybrid drivetrain does not comprimise interior -or boot- space at all.

 

Paul Van der Burgh, Toyota GB President and Managing Director, accepted the award at a ceremony in London yesterday. He said: “In the years since we launched the original Prius we have succeeded in moving hybrid from a niche concept to a popular, mainstream powertrain choice.

 

“We are hugely appreciative of this award, which reflects how the fourth generation Prius has pushed the boundaries further, giving customers not only greater environmental benefits, but also a genuinely rewarding drive when they are behind the wheel, true to our commitment to make ever better cars.”