Toyota Prius Askam-in-Furness

The completely redesigned interior features such gadgets as a fighter-jet style head-up display, adaptive cruise control and a touch-sensitive controls on the steering wheel. But if you really want to impress, there’s an option of a solar-panel roof which powers a fan to keep the cabin cool and a park assist system, which steers the car for you into tight spaces. Read on for more about the product in the market in Askam-in-Furness.

Batemans
01539 534 000
Station Square
Grange-over-Sands
Dealership Hours
Mon - Fri:08:30 - 18:00
Saturday:09:00 - 17:00
Sunday:12:00 - 16:00

Sims Toyota
0845 124 0549
Ferris Row,Riverside Park
Northampton
Dealership Hours
Mon - Fri:08:30 - 19:00
Saturday:08:30 - 17:00
Sunday:10.00 - 16.00

Yeomans (Eastbourne)
01323 459776
5 Edward Road
Eastbourne
Dealership Hours
Mon - Fri:08:40 - 18:30
Saturday:08:40 - 17:00
Sunday:10:30 - 16:00

Octagon Bracknell
01344 789888
Phoenix Business Park,John Nike Way Amen Corner
Bracknell
Dealership Hours
Mon - Fri:08:30 - 19:00
Saturday:09:00 - 17:00
Sunday:11:00 - 16:00

Wayside Toyota (Watford)
0845 899 3000
Unit D, Caxton Court,Caxton Way
Watford
Dealership Hours
Mon - Fri:08:00 - 18:00
Saturday:08:30 - 16:00
Sunday:Closed

Gordon Lamb Chesterfield
0845 373 5438
2 Lockoford Lane,Sheffield Road
Chesterfield
Dealership Hours
Mon - Fri:08:45 - 18.30
Saturday:08:45 - 17.30
Sunday:11:00 - 16:30

Benfield Toyota (Wakefield)
0845 839 9898
Silkwood Park
Wakefield
Dealership Hours
Mon - Fri:08:30 - 19:00
Saturday:09.00 - 17:30
Sunday:11:00 - 17:00

RMB Toyota (Darlington)
01325 254 545
McMullen Road
Darlington
Dealership Hours
Mon - Fri:08:45 - 18:15
Saturday:08:45 - 17:00
Sunday:11:00 - 16:00

Johnsons Toyota Southport
0845 164 9577
Town Lane
Southport
Dealership Hours
Mon - Fri:08:30 - 18:00
Saturday:09:00 - 17:00
Sunday:11:00 - 17:00

Lookers Chelmsford
0844 659 2809
2 Argyll Road,Dukes Park Industrial Estate
Chelmsford
Dealership Hours
Mon - Fri:08:30 - 19:00
Saturday:08:30-18:00
Sunday:11:00-17:00

Toyota Prius

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Love it or loathe it, the Toyota Prius changed the car industry forever when it brought hybrid motoring to the masses back in 1997. Now in its third generation, the Prius has already proved a huge hit in Japan, outselling every car on the market in its first month. But is it good enough to win over European customers?

The headline figures are combined fuel economy of 72.4mpg and CO2 emissions of 89g/km. That’s a 10 and 14 per cent improvement respectively, while combined power output has leapt by 24 per cent to 134bhp.

Sharper creases in the bodywork and Nissan 370Z-style boomerang headlights have gone someway towards improving the previous car’s appearance. But in Toyota’s quest for a super-slippery drag-coefficient, the curved roof and lumpy rear proportions have been carried over.

Around 90 per cent of the mechanicals have been redesigned to be lighter and more efficient, but essentially the engine and electric motor combination works in the exactly the same way – providing power in tandem for the most part, and running off just the batteries at low speeds.

Drivers can now choose from three driving modes. EV allows electric-only driving for up to two kilometres, while Eco and Power adjust throttle response to either save fuel or boost overtaking ability.

On the move there’s a marked improvement in acceleration and refinement. The extra weight from the battery pack doesn’t inspire confidence in corners, but on the whole it’s a sure-footed and comfortable cruiser.

The completely redesigned interior features such gadgets as a fighter-jet style head-up display, adaptive cruise control and a touch-sensitive controls on the steering wheel. But if you really want to impress, there’s an option of a solar-panel roof which powers a fan to keep the cabin cool and a park assist system, which steers the car for you into tight spaces. Overall, the Prius is by far the best hybrid on the market.  

Rival: Honda Insight
Honda has really put the cat among the pigeons with the Insight - undercutting the cheapest Prius by £3,000. Unfortunately the cost-cutting shows in the interior and it can’t quite match the Toyota on fuel economy or emissions.

Author: Jack Rix

Toyota Prius