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Toyota to Begin Accepting Orders for Prius

I'm forwarding this email for those of you who are striving to be more
"green" ;-).......

Cyndy Ross

-----Original Message-----
From: ppa@environmentaldefense.org <ppa@environmentaldefense.org>
To: cynross@tir.com <cynross@tir.com>
Date: Wednesday, June 07, 2000 6:37 PM
Subject: Toyota to Begin Accepting Orders for Prius

>Dear Cyndy Ross,
>This month, Toyota will begin accepting orders for its
>long-awaited gasoline-electric hybrid - the Prius.  After
>2-1/2 years on the Japanese market, Toyota is introducing a
>peppier version of the Prius to North American.  The
>5-passenger sedan will become the first family vehicle
>available in the North American market with an innovative
>hybrid-electric drive system.  Honda introduced its sporty
>2-seater - the hybrid-electric Insight - earlier this year.
>The Prius not only offers great performance and convenience
>features, but gets excellent fuel economy (45 highway/52
>city) and meets California's most stringent tailpipe
>emissions standard.  The Prius is priced at $19,995 and
>comes with automatic transmission, A/C, and power
>window/locks as standard equipment.  As with other hybrid
>designs, the Prius uses conventional gasoline and never has
>to be plugged in.  In fact, the Prius won't need to be
>filled up as often, traveling over 500 miles on a tank of
>The Prius is the first vehicle to be marketed nationally
>that will meet the Clean Car Campaign's standard for both
>fuel efficiency and tailpipe emissions (50% better fuel
>efficiency in its class, and meeting California's "SULEV"
>emissions standard).  Based on initial discussions with
>Toyota, the Prius also appears to meet many aspects of the
>Campaign's Standard for clean manufacturing and use of
>recyclable nontoxic materials.  For more details about the
>environmental performance of the Prius, see the Campaign's
>website at: http://www.cleancarcampaign.org/prius.html.
>How to Be One of the First to Own a Prius
>On June 16th, Toyota is expected to begin accepting
>"pre-orders" for the Prius on its company website:
>http://www.toyota.com.  If you are in the market for a new
>vehicle and think the Prius may meet your needs, consider
>being one of the first by signing up early.  This will help
>send a strong market signal that the demand for cleaner cars
>is high.
>Also starting in June will be a special dealer rental
>program allowing consumers to experience the unique hybrid
>technology in the Prius on an extended basis before a
>purchase is made.  Check with your local Toyota dealer or
>visit the Toyota website for information about participating
>Challenging all Automakers to Market Hybrids
>The Clean Car Campaign will continue to challenge all
>automakers to aggressively market cleaner, more
>fuel-efficient vehicles.  Ford recently responded with a
>commitment to produce a cleaner 40 mpg hybrid-version of the
>Escape - Ford's new small SUV - for 2003.  Your support of
>the campaign and the country's first hybrids will help
>convince automakers that cleaner cars should be put on the
>market sooner, not later.
>The Clean Car Campaign is a joint project of the American
>Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, the Ecology Center,
>Environmental Defense, Great Lakes United, the Michigan
>Environmental Council, and the Union of Concerned
>Scientists.  Tell friends and family about the Clean Car
>Campaign and the Pledge that challenges industry to meet a
>cleaner vehicle standard.
>If you would like to be removed from the Clean Car Campaign list, please
respond to this email with "REMOVE" as the subject line OR visit

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