When it goes on sale in Europe in spring, the plug-in hybrid version of the latest generation Toyota Prius will be available with Bridgestone Ecopia EP510 and Ecopia EP150 tyres as original equipment. These tyres will also be a factory fitment on the new Prius in Japan and Asia, while cars destined for North America may be fitted with the Ecopia EP422 Plus.
It isn’t coming to the UK – or Australia and New Zealand, for that matter – but many other markets are being introduced to the latest generation Toyota Prius this month. In Europe, the fifth-generation car will be exclusively available as a plug-in hybrid, and Toyota will launch this model in spring. Prius will be available from the factory on Yokohama tyres.
Falken has launched its new Ecorun A-A, a new summer tyre with optimised rolling resistance. The tyre offers fuel-saving design features and good braking distance in wet conditions – its name is derived from its double-A rating on the EU tyre label, having achieved class topping fuel efficiency and wet grip. Falken will roll out the tyre with an exclusive Toyota Germany partnership in April.
Yokohama tyres have been approved as an original equipment fitment on the latest version of the Toyota Prius. According to Yokohama Rubber, the BluEarth E70 will be supplied in size 215/45R17 87W for the Prius models sold in Europe, Japan and Oceania, while North American Prius models will get the BluEarth S34 all-season tyre in size P215/45R17 87V. The Yokohama Aspec A349 has been approved for original equipment fitment in markets outside these regions, and will be delivered to Toyota Motor Corporation in size 195/65R15 91H.
In addition to approving a trio of Bridgestone tyres for the new Prius, Toyota has homologated four Toyo NanoEnergy models for original equipment fitment on its latest generation hybrid. Two sizes are available for models sold in the European market; the NanoEnergy J61 in size 195/65 R15 91H and the NanoEnergy R41 in size 215/45 R17 87W.
Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd. shares that its Dunlop Enasave EC300+ will be fitted as original equipment on the new Toyota Prius, which goes on sale this month. The tyre maker has not specified which markets this deal applies to, however it indicates that the Enasave EC300+ will be supplied to Toyota in size 195/65R15 91S.
Klarius has unveiled a type-approved aftermarket exhaust system for the Toyota Prius. The manufacturer said the new product signals the company’s commitment to expanding its green product range, and transferring expertise and experience in regular car exhausts to move with a market transitioning to more green motoring.