If you’ve been reading my posts for a while, you’ll know that I greatly admire and respect the guys from Throttle House. And further down, click on the large box and see what they think about the all new 2023 Toyota Prius
And if you like what you see as much as I do, and you want to race down to your local Toyota dealer (or my Car Business), you’ll be very dissapointed. Why? Well, at this stage, Toyota Australia hasn’t committed to bringing the 2023 Toyota Prius to Australia. Why? Goodness knows, but given the extradoinary delays getting any sort of Toyota here in Australia, perhaps Toyota Australia just doesnt want any more heartache from Aussie buyers.
The hybrid reborn.
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The 2023 Toyota Prius ($42,990 as specced in Canada, $35,865 as specced in the US) is here with a bold new look and aims to impress. Beyond its sharp exterior styling is a larger 2.0 L engine which is capable of up to 196 horsepower, and comes with standard AWD (in Canada). Also with a base MSRP of just $27,450 in the US ($36,490 in Canada), the new Toyota Prius hopes to appeal to a wide range of buyers. But how is it to drive and live with on a day to day basis? And is a Prius…cool now? Thomas and James explore the ins and outs of this new hybrid, and try to determine if they think a Prius has a newfound pizzazz. We hope you enjoy the episode! Thanks for watching. (Price – using an exchange rate of $1 Canadian to $1.08 Aussie, plus GST (not sure if Canada uses a GST method), this would be circa $49,990 down under – perhaps)
The 2023 Toyota Prius is manufactured at the Aichi facility in Japan so shipping to Australia and or Canada/USA would arguably be the same
From drive.com.au, Alex Misoyannis says: The new 2023 Toyota Prius has been unveiled in the US and Japan – but the ambassador of Toyota’s hybrid technology will not make a return to Australian showrooms.
Entering its fifth generation since 1997, the new Prius sits on familiar underpinnings but wears a new body, adopts technology from Toyota’s flagship models, and gains a range of more powerful and efficient hybrid and plug-in hybrid drivetrains.
But it won’t come to Australia, as the current-generation Prius was axed locally in May – and its low sales numbers are unlikely to make a return feasible.
But ‘axed locally’ doesnt mean it can’t stage a comeback can it? It’s like selling beachfront land in the 70’s when things were cheap and comparing it to prices now. Things change. And if you consider teh competitiors around – Tesla (yes I know it’s not all electric), Kia, Polestar and Hyundai, they’re not about to drop their HEV vehicles from the range.
Change is always demonstrative – ask someone whether they’re consider the old model Toyota Prius or would prefer this 2023 Toyota Prius. There wouldn’t be any argument.