No Delay on 2016 Toyota Prius

Posted Thursday, Jun 25, 2015 by nhtwpprod

There have been many rumors concerning the newest model of the Toyota Prius. Los Angeles Toyota dealers, along with many consumers and industry professionals, were worried that the 2016 Prius would be delayed. Not to worry: Jim Lentz, CEO of Toyota North America, assures us that the 4th generation 2016 Prius is coming this year. It’s nearly new-model-year time, so while Lentz doesn’t give specific timing, he has hinted that the car will be unveiled soon.

No-Show at Car Shows

While many carmakers unveiled new models at the car shows in the early part of the year, everyone was left guessing about what to expect from the new Toyota Prius. There was no concept car being shown for this popular carmaker model. When will details about the 2016 Prius actually be released? Will it be a late release? Apparently there is no cause for concern. Recently, Lentz discussed the new Prius with the media at the groundbreaking for the Toyota Technical Center near Ann Arbor, Michigan. The most positive statement about the 2016 Prius? “I have driven it. It’s fantastic.” He also hints that the 2016 Prius may debut at the Tokyo or Los Angeles auto shows this fall.

Toyota New Global Architecture

The 2016 Prius is the first vehicle to be released, or slated for release, since Toyota adopted a new product development strategy. TNGA or Toyota New Global Architecture was created to leverage the global scale of this conglomerate carmaker. As Toyota and Prius fans have waited and watched, the design and changes made to the 2016 Prius appear to have been kept under lock and key, but, according to Lentz, progress has been made out of the spotlight. Hopefully this will be a bright spot in the new development strategy for Toyota, and lead to even better vehicles and advancements in the future.

What to Expect from the 2016 Prius:

  • Better handling
  • Lower center of gravity
  • Some aspects of the Toyota C-HR concept crossover
  • Better fuel economy
  • Sleeker more attractive look

Does Toyota Expect Prius to Continue to Be a Best Seller?

Gasoline prices have dropped tremendously over the past year. Will that have an impact on the sales of hybrid vehicles? It already has. Across the industry, hybrid sales are down by about 15%. But that doesn’t mean that hybrid manufacturers should back off. Not only are gas prices unstable and fluctuating, but the desire to improve the environment and use less fossil fuels means that consumers will still want hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and electric vehicles.

Toyota is the leader in hybrid vehicles and plans to remain on top. Over the long term, you can look back and see fuel prices rise and fall over the years, yet consumers still need transportation, and a vehicle that saves money when gas prices go up is still a vehicle that is in demand, even when fuel prices are low.

Look for the 2016 Toyota Prius at the Los Angeles auto show this fall, and visit North Hollywood Toyota or your local Los Angeles Toyota dealers to test drive the newest member of the Prius family.