Prius c Hits the Ground Running with Strong Sales

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Sales of the all-new Toyota Prius c subcompact hybrid began on March 12th.  Today is only March 16th, and already Toyota is reporting that the company has sold 1,201 of them – in three days.  Undoubtedly, the major contributing factor to the Prius c’s overwhelming popularity is the ascent of fuel prices.  With the average price of regular unleaded hovering between $3.89 in St. Louis (it’s around $4.09 here in Alton, though), combined with the Prius c’s starting price of just under $19,000, it’s hard not to talk yourself into purchasing one of these.  We had one in Magnetic Gray Metallic, but it sold very quickly – just as we expected.

Given the sales velocity of the 2012 Toyota Prius c, we don’t expect them to last very long on our lot.  If you are looking for something affordable that gets a combined 50 mpg figure, you should seriously consider a Prius c.  We urge you to come into Mungenast Alton Toyota-Scion to reserve yours as soon as possible.

Source - Toyota USA Newsroom

 

Toyota Debuts NS4 Advanced Plug-In Hybrid Concept In Detroit

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Credit: ToyotaAny of us who have been driving for a while undoubtedly are more amazed each year with advancements in automotive technology – from innovations that include hybrid powertrains and wireless connectivity, to greener building practices and improved vehicle recyclability.  All of these things have been heightened in the Toyota NS4 Advanced Plug-In Hybrid Concept that debuted in Detroit earlier this morning.  Now, Toyota have no plans to actually build a production version of this exact vehicle in its entirety, but rather use it as a way to present to its commitment to consumers – a commitment to producing engaging, green transportation now, and into the future.

Toyota have drowned the NS4 with technology that includes high-tech automotive glass designed to improve UV protection and cellular reception, advanced lane departure warning and pre-collision systems, rear-end pedestrian collision avoidance, and even a pop-up hood system to reduce pedestrian injury in the event one may be struck with the vehicle at low speed.

The coolest feature inside the NS4 is probably its HMI, or Human-Machine Interface – which includes a multi-touch display that allows occupants to interact with it in a natural way, just like you would use a smartphone.  It will interact with the navigation screen (mounted high in the dashboard) allowing you to synchronize information between the two screens in a way that’s very intuitive.  The applications of this technology are seemingly endless – perhaps you want to find a contact in your phone through the HMI, and once you’ve located them on the lower screen, you could “flick” that information up to the in-dash screen and maybe the navigation would automatically set their address as a destination – who knows.

One thing’s for sure – Toyota is committed to remaining a technology leader in the automotive industry, which is a good thing.  After all, Toyota themselves recognize that the car is becoming the third most connected device, right behind smartphones and tablets.  Check out the gallery below for images from Toyota’s official press release on the NS4.  For more information regarding the Toyota lineup, or the Prius family of vehicles, read other articles on our blog or head on over to our website, www.altontoyota.com.

 

CREDIT: Toyota USA Newsroom

IMAGE CREDIT: Toyota USA Newsroom

2012 Toyota Prius V – That’s “V” For Versatility

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Come see the all-new Prius V at Mungenast Alton Toyota

Come see the all-new Prius V at Mungenast Alton Toyota

 

If you’ve ever looked at a Prius and said to yourself “I really want this, but I’m afraid it would be too small for me and my family”, then you might want to check out the new Prius V – it packs the same fuel-sipping technology that the standard Prius is renowned for, but it offers much more space and versatility (that’s our buzzword for the day).  The new Prius V still retains the sleek, aerodynamic shape and relative exterior dimensions that the original Prius sedan is known for, which is fantastic for buyers in this segment – they want a sedan, but need a CUV, but simply don’t want one – they want something in the middle, more of an MPV of sorts.

For the most part, the new Prius V has the same tricks up its sleeve – great fuel economy, silent starts in EV-Mode, lots of storage cubbies, and a smooth, quiet, and confident ride characteristic.  While the fuel economy is good, an estimated EPA rating of 44mpg city/40mpg highway/42 combined figure puts it slightly behind the more parsimonious Prius sedan’s numbers, but factor in that the Prius V offers more interior volume then about 80% of the SUVs out there.  Factor in that it gets better fuel economy than 100% of the SUVs on the market, and the Prius V proves to be a win-win for both the fuel-conscientious and family-oriented drivers out there.

Inside, the Prius V is packed full of available premium features, including leather seating, a Panoramic View Moonroof with power sliding sunshades, navigation with Entune™ with an integrated backup camera, Bluetooth hands-free and audio streaming capability, phone book access, advanced voice recognition,  and six speakers.  The available Entune™ includes apps like Bing™ and Pandora®, real-time updates on traffic, area fuel prices, sports, and stocks.  Available this spring will be more choices like iHeatRadio, MovieTickets.com, and OpenTable®.  Access to Entune™ will be offered to Toyota customers at no charge for the first three years of service.

The Prius V has turned out to be quite a popular vehicle with hybrid buyers, and for good reason.  For more information on the Prius V, or to schedule a test drive, please visit our website – altontoyota.com, or check out our blog at altontoyota.net.

SOURCE: Toyota USA

IMAGE CREDIT: Toyota Pressroom