What Makes the New Prius Go?By Bill MooreOpen Access Article Originally Published: March 02, 2009
Toyota estimates that 90% of current Prius owners will eventually trade-up to the next generation version of the world’s most popular hybrid. What they will be acquiring is the fruit of a massive engineering and styling exercise that has occupied four and a half years time and the best efforts of 2000 engineers, led by Chief Engineer Akihiko Otsuka.
Over dinner at the Bardessono hotel and spa in Yountville, California, Otsukasan explained to me that when he was appointed chief engineer, his mandate was to improve the performance of the new Prius by 75 percent, a demanding goal considering the high standards the generation two model set when it first appeared in 2003. …………………….
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