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03-30-2005, 10:26 PM
March 28, 2005 -- Torrance, CA -- Toyota will introduce the 2006 Highlander Hybrid gas/electric mid-size sport utility vehicle (SUV). The industry's first seven-passenger hybrid SUV June 2005. The Highlander Hybrid will join the popular Prius sedan, making Toyota the first brand to offer both a passenger car and an SUV with hybrid powertrains. The Highlander Hybrid combines a 3.3-liter V6 engine with a high-torque electric drive motor-generator to deliver exhilarating performance, fuel economy ratings better than many four-cylinder compact cars, as well as remarkably low emissions.

The Highlander Hybrid marks the launch of a second all-new hybrid vehicle from Toyota before most manufacturers have launched their first, said Don Esmond, senior vice president automotive operation.The addition of the Hybrid Synergy Drive system in our best-selling SUV, further affirms the company's leadership role as hybrid gas-electric vehicles continue to emerge into the mainstream consumer mindset

The Highlander Hybrid will be powered by a new version of Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive powertrain specifically developed to meet the load-carrying requirements and performance expectations of mid-size SUV buyers. Its all-new high-speed electric motor operates at twice the speed and delivers more than twice the power as the motor used in the four-cylinder Prius, producing 268 peak combined horsepower with a standard towing capacity of 3,500 pounds. Highlander Hybrid provides rapid acceleration with a 0-60 MPH time of just 7.3 seconds for the electric four-wheel-drive with intelligence (4WD-i) and delivers the best fuel economy ratings in the mid-size SUV segment.

The Highlander Hybrid 4x2 carries an estimated EPA fuel efficiency rating of 33 mpg in city driving, 28 mpg on the highway. Its combined city/highway estimated EPA fuel efficiency rating of 30 mpg exceeds most V8 powered SUV's by more than 100 percent and is better than the current EPA average for a four-cylinder compact sedan. The estimated EPA city/highway average for all 4WD-i models is an impressive 31/27 with a combined rating of 29 mpg. In addition, Highlander Hybrid will be rated as a Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle (SULEV). One of the most stringent emissions ratings in the industry, SULEV-rated vehicles emit 80 percent fewer smog-forming emissions than conventionally-powered SUV's.

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03-30-2005, 11:28 PM
Toyota Rocks!!!!!!!