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Toyota Prius: Going the extra mile

How does Toyota's Prius fare as a cab? Better than expected, actually

Published on Jul 19, 2014 6:57 AM

The Toyota Prius was launched in Japan in 1997 and has been on sale in Singapore since 2000. Although the petrol-electric car is no longer a novelty, it is still relatively uncommon.

Cost could be a factor. Most Japanese and Korean cars of the same size are more than 30 per cent cheaper. Even at the Prius' current price of $157,888, buyers can pick up a Mercedes-Benz B180 or a seven-seater Volkswagen Touran instead with change.

Its road presence got an unexpected boost this year when SMRT bought 600 units as taxis. Apart from SMRT, Premier and Prime also have Priuses in their fleets.

The stamp of approval by taxi operators is a boost of confidence, given the high mileage that taxis chalk up.

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Price: $157,888 with COE

Engine: 1,798cc 16-valve inline-4 with permanent magnet electric motor

Transmission: Continuously variable transmission

Power: 134bhp at 5,200rpm

Torque: 142Nm at 4,000rpm

0-100kmh: 10.4 seconds

Top speed: 180kmh

Fuel consumption: 4 litres/100km

Agent: Borneo Motors