The prestigious Rallye Vert de Montreal last week featured the plug-in Toyota Prius in the winner’s circle. It is the third time in as many years that Toyota’s best-selling hybrid took the first-place trophy in Canada’s only venue for the FIA Alternative Energies Cup races. Toyota was actually a double-winner at the event because its Lexus CT 200h came in second. The rally ranks cars based on their fuel efficiency and regularity (speed accuracy) throughout the 530-kilometer event. The Prius plug-in was first in both categories of scoring, thus took the top prize without any dispute.
You will come away from the following video clip with a better understanding of the 2013 Prius plug-in hybrid, since the short film shows every conceivable angle, both inside and out, of the sleek new car. The silent, non-narrated clip gives an especially thorough tour of the car’s interior, focusing primarily on the cockpit area and high-tech dashboard controls. The navigation system, engine and motor monitors, as well as the entertainment features are all shot in extreme close-up, as if you were inside the car yourself, looking at every little nook and cranny. Finally, we see the car in action as it quietly drives away from the parking area.
This win allows Team Toyota of Canada to compete in the Rallye Monte Carlo des Energies Nouvelles which will take place early next year. Of all the green rallies, the Monte Carlo competition is the most widely respected as well as the oldest. Hybrid vehicles have been dominant in many of the green racing circuits over the past five years, with the Toyota Prius taking several trophies in top races and rallies.
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