Explore the history of the N Charlotte Toyota Prius

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Have you ever taken a look back at the original inception of the now-famous Toyota Prius near Charlotte? It’s quite an impressive hybrid; Toyota managed to infuse style and comfort into a majorly efficient and eco-friendly vehicle, and it’s all capped off with an affordable price tag. However, the 2013 Toyota Prius you see cruising NC today is quite different from its original predecessor… take a look back with our N Charlotte Toyota dealership and see how this incredible hybrid grew! 

N Charlotte Toyota Prius was born in Japan over 15 years ago

The N Charlotte Toyota Prius was first available to US consumers back in 2000; it was available in Japan in 1997 (with great success), but didn’t make its way stateside for three years. It was much different than the sleek hatchback we’re used to today – the original car was more similar to a Toyota Corolla in looks! It also wasn’t nearly as efficient as the current model in terms of fuel economy and emissions. 

However, this was just a jumping off point for the Toyota Prius in N Charlotte. The second generation came to fruition in 2003 after a huge amount of demand, and this is where the aerodynamic hatchback design came into play. This particular model also offered a bit more horsepower for an improved driving experience, as well as better fuel efficiency (which means more money saved at the pump). It additionally cut down even further on smog-forming emissions, and its popularity continued to skyrocket! 

The next hybrid model is the generation that we’re familiar with today. It’s gotten a few refreshes in terms of style and technology, but the third generation model came to our NC Toyota dealership with even more enhanced fuel efficiency (50 mpg combined) and fantastic technological features (like a remote air conditioning system and display audio). You can find this new Toyota hybrid at an affordable starting price of just over $24,000! 

Check out the innovative Prius Persona Series today! 

However, rumors abound – we’ve heard that the next N Charlotte Toyota Prius will have a bit of a refresh to boast, and that a whole new generation will be introduced in 2015. In the meantime, the latest addition to this hybrid lineup is the Persona Series! 

  • This special edition hybrid hatchback has amazing technology woven into it, like Toyota’s Entune, navigation, the aforementioned touchscreen audio system, and more. 
  • It also boasts a unique look with three custom paint colors, dark alloy accents inside and out, and a sleek charcoal interior with contrasting red stitching! 

You can also find the rest of the family at our NC Toyota dealership – check out the 2013 Toyota Prius c (sporty and city-friendly) or Prius v (family-oriented and spacious), and stay tuned for the extremely eco-sensitive Prius Plug-in, coming soon! 

Want to learn more about our new Toyota hybrids and take one for a spin to see if going green is in your near future? Come down and see us today – we have an amazing selection and even more amazing new Toyota specials to go along with them! We’re just off I-77 at exit 23… see you soon! 

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