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About Toyota Prius
The basic concept that's propelled the Prius to hybrid leadership for two decades worldwide (16 years in the U.S.) is unchanged: an internal-combustion engine augmented on demand by an electric motor, sending power to the front wheels. But as the 4th-generation Prius rolls into showrooms, Toyota's pioneering Hybrid Synergy Drive is more efficient, fuel-economy ratings are highest of "any vehicle without a plug," according to Toyota USA boss Bill Fay, and a plug-in version is on its way. However, there's a lot more to the new Prius than chart-topping fuel economy. Edgy styling. Robust chassis rigidity. Upgraded interior design and furnishings. Improved road manners. Quiet operation. It will be surprising if the Prius doesn't sustain its hybrid-sales leadership.