Although it's a PDF and Adobe Acrobat displays it fine, I think it's scanned in, because it's almost 5 MBytes and you can't select the text.
It does include the paint and interior color samples, so you can get some idea what's available, but don't trust them to be faithful renditions. Many of the Prius colors were dynamic and didn't reproduce well even in printed brochures, so a scan will just be a hint at the color.
The seats look nice and roomy. I suspect it will be a comfortable vehicle for long trips with the family.
I notice that there are a couple new instruments: engine coolant temperature guage and kW Power Meter. The first is well understood and a welcome addition. The second is named but not really described. The photo shows that it goes up to 200 with a mark at 100. It also looks like it has a small below zero range. So it should be able to provide a good indication of when regenerative braking is in effect. Since the maximum engine output is 208 hp (155 kw) @ 5,600 rpm, the maximum battery output is 45 kW (slightly more than double the Prius), and the net hybrid output is 200 kW, I'm guessing it sums the current engine output and battery output for the gauge reading. I would have preferred separate meters for the two because I like knowing how the components are interacting internally. This is more useful for the portion of the population that prefers to know the big picture about what the combined power plant is doing. I wonder if it will mostly just follow accelerator position, with a delay caused by engine spooling time. That would lend weight to the accelerator pedal is power request theory (as opposed to the accelerator pedal is torque request theory).
I guess any common after-market tach that can read electronic ignition timing would compliment the kW power gauge well. Since engine RPM is usually proportional to power output (except at idle), you could mentally difference the two gauges to get a ball park on battery power output.
That kW meter is a bit odd. I noticed (with the RX400h) that the needle moves only when I push a bit harder and the engine is on, helping with acceleration. In EV mode, it hardly moves at all (at least whenever I saw it since I'm the one driving and staring at it isn't a good idea). The blue zone does indicate recharging.
Since the battery represents only 20% of the full gauge range and EV mode probably tries to avoid using the battery too heavily, it's not surprising that you see little motion in EV mode. At highway speeds, does it seem to track your accelerator pedal faithfully (maybe with a lag)?
Also, does it move smoothly or act like it's getting updated only once or twice a second?
Hello Prius/HH Online Group. The 06 HH are moving nicely.
Prius has enjoyed 119 % plus increase and the newly launched
06 Highlander Hybrid are well received ! So did the Lexus RX400H.
See the Stats below:
The Prius Gas-Electric Hybrid mid-size sedan posted best-ever June
sales of 9,622, an increase of 119.3 percent.
The 06 HH or Highlander Hybrid gas-electric mid-sized
SUV launched in June 6 and reported sales of 2,869
units for the 1st month. The number could have been much higher
but production constraint back home inhibited much larger sale.
The Lexus Brand delivered over 2600 RX400H pre-orders as well.
Toyota Corp is inching towards its goals of over 1 Million THSD sales
Toyota Hybrids will rule the World Advanced tech vehicle Segment
in advance and anticipation of the Totyota"Fuel Cell" vehicles soon to follow.
Toyota Motor Corp., the world's largest seller
of gasoline-electric autos, plans a U.S. advertising campaign to
promote its hybrid power system as the company brings out more of the
The campaign, starting Sept. 26, will focus on the Hybrid Synergy
System rather than individual vehicles that use it, Toyota spokeswoman
Cindy Knight said. She said it will be a multimillion-dollar effort
and wouldn't give a figure. The industry magazine Automotive News said
in today's issue that the amount will be between $30 million and $60
``We have rigorous plans to roll out several more hybrid products in
the future, like the Camry next year,'' said Knight, who is at the
U.S. sales unit in Torrance, California. ``We're looking to establish
Hybrid Synergy Drive as the leading brand.''
Toyota, the world's second-biggest automaker, has sold 425,000 hybrid
vehicles worldwide since 1997, when its Prius car became the first
gas-electric vehicle offered for sale. The automaker has more than
doubled Prius U.S. sales this year through August to 72,849 and has
sold 93,957 hybrids including its Lexus RX 400h and Highlander
President Katsuaki Watanabe said in New York last week that Toyota
wants to build as many as 400,000 such vehicles in 2006. Kazuo
Okamoto, an executive vice president, told reporters in Frankfurt last
week that the Toyota City, Japan-based company eventually wants all of
its model to use the hybrid system.
Toyota's marketing campaign will include billboards, print and
broadcast ads and signs at bus stops and gasoline stations. Sandi
Kayse, U.S. manager for car advertising, wouldn't give a figures for
``It's at a level that reflects what we'd spend at the launch of a
vehicle, which is a substantial amount,'' she said.
Hybrids combine a gasoline engine, electric motor and a battery pack
that's recharged through braking. Honda Motor Co. and Ford Motor Co.
also sell hybrid models in the U.S. Companies including General Motors
Corp. and Nissan Motor Co. have announced plans for gas-electric
sedans and SUVs that are slated to begin appearing next year.
Hybrid vehicles have gained sales as U.S. retail prices for regular
gasoline have risen this year to a record $3.07 a gallon the first
week of September, according to federal government figures. They fell
to $2.96 last week.
Toyota's U.S. shares fell 90 cents to $85.85 at 3:07 p.m. in New York
Stock Exchange composite trading.