May 27, 2004

Toyota Prius hybrid drivetrain wins international engine award

Stuttgart, Germany – The Toyota Prius’ Hybrid Synergy Drive powertrain took first place in four categories, including the top honour of “International Engine of the Year 2004,” at a ceremony held here at Engine Expo 2004. Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive captured the grand prize with the highest score ever recorded in the history of the competition.

“The dominance of the Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive System in such a prestigious international competition is further evidence that hybrid vehicles are being accepted worldwide into the mainstream consumer mindset,” said Jim Press, executive vice president and COO, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. “We will continue to integrate hybrid technology into existing models in our vehicle lineup.”

Toyota will expand the use of Hybrid Synergy Drive beginning later this year with the launch of the Lexus RX 400h luxury sport utility vehicle (SUV). In 2005, Toyota will launch a hybrid version of its Highlander mid-sized SUV.

The International Engine of the Year awards have been held since 1999 with the aim of recognizing the best engines in the world currently available in the marketplace. To be eligible for the awards, engines must be available in a mass-produced vehicle that is on sale in more than one country as of May 26, 2004. The awards jury is composed of a panel of 56 renowned automotive journalists from 24 countries around the globe, covering five continents.

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