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Participate in Pollution Prevention Week by Buying a Hybrid

September 20th through the 26th this year is recognized as Pollution Prevention Week. There are many ways we can try to prevent pollution, but we all know that one of the biggest causes of pollution is cars. That is why hybrids were invented.

If you’re feeling like you want to make your carbon footprint a little smaller and save some money on fuel at the same time, you should consider driving a hybrid, and nobody does hybrids better than Toyota.

Toyota has a full line-up of hybrids, including the Prius—the first mass-market hybrid vehicle. Today the Prius is available in four different models: the original Prius, Prius c, Prius v, and Prius Plug-in Hybrid.

In addition to the Prius models, Toyota also offers a hybrid version of the Camry, Avalon, and even the Highlander crossover. Starting with the 2016 model year, there will also be a RAV4 hybrid.

The most fuel-efficient of Toyota’s hybrids is the Prius Plug-in Hybrid. It gets an EPA-estimated 95 MPGe in electric mode and 50 mpg in hybrid mode. The compact Prius c is right behind its plug-in cousin with an EPA-estimated 53 mpg in the city.

If you want to make the switch to a hybrid, stop by Bill Walsh Toyota today and we’ll help you find the perfect hybrid to fit your lifestyle.

2016 Toyota Prius Engine Garners 40% Thermal Efficiency

Could the Prius be any more efficient? Well, according to Toyota, it can!

Recently announced at the Annual Spring Congress for Japan’s Society of Automotive Engineers, the 2016 Toyota Prius engine will boast 40% thermal efficiency, an increase of 1.5% over its previous model, making it the most efficient Prius to date. Early estimates speculate that the new Prius will be able to offer 60 mpg.

“The efficiency will be realized by improving the EGR (exhaust gas recirculation) limit from 21 percent (current model) to 28 percent,” reports Nikkei Technology Online. “The thermal efficiency of 40 percent would be the world’s highest for a mass-produced gasoline engine.”

So just how was Toyota able to improve its thermal efficiency? According to the Japanese automaker, the increased thermal efficiency came from adjusting the intake port, recirculating more exhaust gases, and remodeling the shape of the piston.

The 2016 Toyota Prius is expected to be unveiled to the public this fall and will hit showrooms early next year. Until then, be sure to come visit our lineup of fuel-efficient vehicles at Bill Walsh Toyota today!