Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid (top); Lexus LF-Ch. Click image to enlarge
Toronto, Ontario – Visitors to the Toyota display at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto will be the first Canadians to see the Prius Plug-In Hybrid (Prius PHV). With an electric-only range of more than 20 km and the ability to reach highway speeds on battery power alone, the Prius PHV can deliver emissions-free driving around town, but on the open road, the Prius PHV’s full-hybrid gasoline/electric powertrain can provide a cruising range unmatched by pure electric vehicles “while still offering a practical and greener alternative to the conventional automobile,” says the company.
Toyota will put the Prius PHV through real-world testing globally, including in Canada, starting this year.
Another Canadian debut is the Lexus LF-Ch concept car, a luxury compact “that’s perfect for negotiating urban environments”, says the company. It features the latest generation of the Lexus Hybrid Drive with a switch that allows the driver to select between four drive modes. Normal, Eco and EV are joined by a Sport setting, offering owners a range of driving experiences from “soothing to spirited”.
The exterior features an aggressive grille, wide front bumper and air dam that give the LF-Ch a powerful look, reinforced by a commanding stance, broad and high shoulders, and an arching roofline that flows into the rear spoiler.
Also on display are the new 2010 Lexus GX 460 SUV and the redesigned 2011 Toyota Sienna. The extensive redesign of the minivan includes second-row long-slide seats with ottomans. The new Sienna starts at a suggested price of just $27,900, which is $1,600 below the starting price of 2010 models.