Toyota has debuted its new petrol-electric Prius hybrid vehicle at the 2009 Detroit motor show. This 3rd generation Toyota Prius's new features include a sunroof with solar panels that contribute to better fuel efficiency. The Prius is claimed to use just 3.9 litres of fuel per 100km, almost half that of an average small car.
The new Prius's built on an all-new platform, the 2010 Prius adopts a larger, 1.8-liter VVT-i petrol engine delivering 98HP while the combined output of the hybrid system is 134HP. Toyota claims that the new Prius gets a combined EPA rating of 50mpg US (4.7 lt / 100km). The current model is rated at 46 mpg, combined city/highway. As for performance, 0-100km/h acceleration has been improved to 9.8 seconds, more than a second faster, according to Toyota's internal testing.