CAT’S INSIDE LINE: TOYOTA PRIUS XW20 (2003-2009)

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Toyota-Prius-300pxFor the first time in CAT’s Inside Line Series, we focus on a true hybrid vehicle. The Toyota Prius, now in its third generation, is famous for its electric and petrol powertrains.

The second generation Prius, which we feature in this issue, became the iconic vehicle of the hybrid generation, as it became popular amongst those conscious of the environment, celebrities and taxi fleets. Now in its third generation the Toyota is one of many hybrids on the market, which sees it compete alongside the Vauxhall Ampera, Honda CR-Z, as well as Volkswagen’s Bluemotion and Ford’s Ecoboost vehicles.

The Toyota was rated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency as one of the cleanest vehicles sold in the country, with more than 1,192,000 Prius being sold worldwide, which means many are beginning to find their way into the aftermarket.

The XW20 which we are examining, was launched with a 1.5-litre petrol engine, while the latest generation XW30 comes with a 1.8-litre petrol engine.

The combination of electric and petrol powertrains have provided some additional technological challenges among other more conventional issues.

Next month we’ll be looking at the commercial vehicle trio; Renault Trafic, Vauxhall Vivaro and Nissan Primastar, so wherever you work in the aftermarket if you have insight to share, we would be delighted to hear from you. To get your advice included contact hemal.mistry@haymarket.com.

Click below to see technical contributions on the Toyota Prius from:

Cambiare – covers a variety of issues that plague the hybrid Toyota

Comma – discusses the foibles of fluids and the importance of lubricants

First Line – focuses on steering issues affecting the Prius XW20

Forté – explains why flushing the engine and fuel system is essential

Meyle – examines the stabliser links, brake discs, water pumps and ball joints on the Prius

RMI – explains common issues with the Toyota Prius XW20

TecRMI – gives us the lowdown on a couple of problems on the Prius

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  1. It’s mad to see how more hybrid eco-conscious cars are coming to the market now. The Prius almost created the market and the Prius was the go-to car to buy (notably by celebrities like you say). Either way, I’m all for it. We need more eco/hybrid vehicles on the road.