Altair and the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) has announced that Toyota is one of the recipients of the fifth annual Altair Enlighten Award for innovation in automotive lightweighting. Toyota was awarded top honors partly thanks to the liftgate of the 2017 Toyota Prius Prime. Toyota of North Charlotte is here to explain what exactly makes this Toyota innovation so important and also provide an in-depth look at the Prius models available in North Charlotte.
What exactly is automotive lightweighting?
You may be wondering what automotive lightweighting is. Lightweighting is a concept in the automotive industry that centers on the idea of building cars and trucks that are less heavy. That way they can have better fuel efficiency and better handling.
As demonstrated in the Toyota innovation used on the Prius Prime, common materials used to lessen a vehicle’s load include carbon fiber, reinforced plastic, and aluminum. This reduced weight definitely had an impact on the Prius Prime’s fuel economy.
Toyota innovation available in North Charlotte
Do you want to get your hands on a vehicle in North Charlotte that is built with Toyota innovation? If the Prius Prime is a little too intimidating, or you don’t want an electric vehicle, why not check out the one that started it all? Here’s a look at the 2017 Toyota Prius at Toyota of North Charlotte:
- A leader in fuel efficiency – If you’re looking for a car with great fuel economy, this is the car for you. No matter if you’re traveling on mostly city streets or on the highway, the 2017 Toyota Prius has astounding fuel efficiency. It can get up to 54 mpg in the city and 50 mpg on the highway!
- Incredible safety features – You’re taking a step to be safe for the environment, so we want to make sure you’re safe inside of your car. The 2017 Prius has top of the line safety features that include a Vehicle Proximity Notification System, Toyota Safety Sense P, and a Color Head-Up Display.
- Don’t sacrifice style for fuel economy – Just because you’re going green doesn’t mean you can’t make people green with envy when they see the design of your ride. The Toyota Prius includes a shark-fin antenna, Tonneau cover, and a unique rear bumper treatment.
- The best tech that Toyota innovation has to offer – We know you want to stay connected. That’s why the Prius comes with Toyota technology that includes Bluetooth wireless, Siri Eyes Free, voice recognition and more!
Looking to try out a vehicle that has a ton of Toyota innovation to its build? Be sure to visit us at Toyota of North Charlotte! We’re located at 13429 Statesville Road, which you can reach by taking Exit 23 off I-77 in Huntersville. You can schedule a test drive today by calling us at (888) 883-3797.