The Toyota Prius is undoubtedly considered as one of the most fuel-efficient car models on the road. This simply means that Toyota has finally achieved its goal of providing its customers with reliable and fuel-efficient vehicles. However, the impressive fuel economy ratings obtained by the Prius is obviously not the end of the company’s quest for greener car models. Toyota is still committed to further enhance the mileage ratings of almost all its vehicles. This mindset has eventually triggered the company to look for ways that would allow them to take the fuel economy outputs of all its vehicles to the next level and this will most likely start with the 2015 Toyota Prius.
Based on a reliable source from the company, Toyota is planning to implement a lot of upgrades on the fourth-generation version of the Toyota Prius which is set to be released as a 2015 model. Although, the company has been planning a lot of changes on the upcoming Prius, most of these were not yet finalized except for some that would surely be implemented. This includes the use of lightweight materials on the vehicle, the revisions on its shape, and the use of tires with relatively lower rolling resistance.
Based on the same source, Toyota’s engineers and vehicle developers had a hard time in evaluating the possible ways wherein they could further improve the fuel consumption of the Prius since almost all of the known strategies were already employed. Fortunately, these individuals were able to realize that reducing the weight of the vehicle, improving its aerodynamics, and cutting down the tires’ resistance against rolling are very effective in reducing the stress exerted on the vehicle’s engine thereby reducing its fuel intake.
The source has also mentioned that Toyota has previously considered the idea of using aluminum on the body of the Prius. However, this plan was subsequently scrapped since doing so would only force the company to incur higher production cost and this condition might affect the actual selling price of the vehicle. In addition to this, the idea of using aluminum on the Prius might also prevent the company’s assembling facilities from producing higher volumes due to the complexity of the processes involved and this might lead to possible shortage.
Although, Toyota has not yet finalized the things that they would be implementing on the 2015 Toyota Prius, car buyer could now expect that the upcoming version of this car would surely be slippery, more fuel-efficient, and lighter.