New York Buys 300 Toyota Prius Hybrid-Electric Cars For Use in City and State Fleets

Apr 11, 2001, 01:00 ET from Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A.

    NEW YORK, April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- In the largest fleet transaction yet
 for its environmentally friendly Prius hybrid-electric car, Toyota Motor Sales
 (TMS), U.S.A., will deliver nearly 300 units to the city and state of New
 York.
     The agreement to purchase the vehicles was announced here today by Jim
 Press, TMS executive vice president and chief operating officer, during a
 breakfast address to the International Motor Press Association (IMPA) at the
 New York Auto Show.
     "Prius, the world's first mass-produced hybrid sedan, produces up to
 90 percent less harmful emissions than the average car on the road today,"
 Press said.  "In some cities, like New York, that means the exhaust coming out
 of the Prius is often cleaner than the air going into it."
     The City of New York will buy 231 Prius hybrids for use by a variety of
 municipal agencies including the Department of Buildings, Parks and
 Recreation, the Department of Health and the Department of Transportation.
     New York State's MTA NYC Transit has agreed to buy 56 vehicles and will
 use them for a number of programs, including bus road control, route planning
 and management and support operations.  In addition, the State of New Jersey
 will purchase 33 vehicles for use by the State Central Motor Pool and the Port
 Authority.
     Following his speech to IMPA, Press presented the keys to the city's first
 Prius to Lawrence G. Reuter, president of MTA NYC Transit, which is North
 America's largest public transit agency.  It carries close to 7 million daily
 passengers and provides nearly one-quarter of all mass transit trips in the
 U.S.
     Reuter, who became MTA president in 1996, has been instrumental in
 pursuing aggressive emission reduction and clean fuel programs for the city's
 mass transit needs.  Under his leadership, for example, the MTA has developed
 a fleet of hybrid-electric buses for use on city streets and converted to
 ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel for its fleet of 4,400 buses, years in advance of
 federal regulations.
     "It is our goal to make our fleet of buses and support vehicles the
 cleanest, most efficient big-city fleet in the world and the acquisition of
 the Toyota Prius is yet another step towards achieving that goal," Reuter
 said.
     Prius is a technological breakthrough in combining an efficient, powerful
 gasoline engine and a clean, quiet electric motor.  It automatically switches
 between the gasoline engine and electric motor, depending on driving needs and
 is ideal for city use.
     Configured as a roomy five-passenger sedan, Prius has an EPA fuel economy
 rating of 52 mpg in the city and 45 mpg on the highway.  It also is certified
 as a super ultra low emission vehicle.
     Prius went on sale in the U.S. last summer.  Since then, more than
 9,000 units have sold or leased to retail and fleet customers.  Toyota expects
 to sell approximately 12,000 a year.
 
 

SOURCE Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A.
    NEW YORK, April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- In the largest fleet transaction yet
 for its environmentally friendly Prius hybrid-electric car, Toyota Motor Sales
 (TMS), U.S.A., will deliver nearly 300 units to the city and state of New
 York.
     The agreement to purchase the vehicles was announced here today by Jim
 Press, TMS executive vice president and chief operating officer, during a
 breakfast address to the International Motor Press Association (IMPA) at the
 New York Auto Show.
     "Prius, the world's first mass-produced hybrid sedan, produces up to
 90 percent less harmful emissions than the average car on the road today,"
 Press said.  "In some cities, like New York, that means the exhaust coming out
 of the Prius is often cleaner than the air going into it."
     The City of New York will buy 231 Prius hybrids for use by a variety of
 municipal agencies including the Department of Buildings, Parks and
 Recreation, the Department of Health and the Department of Transportation.
     New York State's MTA NYC Transit has agreed to buy 56 vehicles and will
 use them for a number of programs, including bus road control, route planning
 and management and support operations.  In addition, the State of New Jersey
 will purchase 33 vehicles for use by the State Central Motor Pool and the Port
 Authority.
     Following his speech to IMPA, Press presented the keys to the city's first
 Prius to Lawrence G. Reuter, president of MTA NYC Transit, which is North
 America's largest public transit agency.  It carries close to 7 million daily
 passengers and provides nearly one-quarter of all mass transit trips in the
 U.S.
     Reuter, who became MTA president in 1996, has been instrumental in
 pursuing aggressive emission reduction and clean fuel programs for the city's
 mass transit needs.  Under his leadership, for example, the MTA has developed
 a fleet of hybrid-electric buses for use on city streets and converted to
 ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel for its fleet of 4,400 buses, years in advance of
 federal regulations.
     "It is our goal to make our fleet of buses and support vehicles the
 cleanest, most efficient big-city fleet in the world and the acquisition of
 the Toyota Prius is yet another step towards achieving that goal," Reuter
 said.
     Prius is a technological breakthrough in combining an efficient, powerful
 gasoline engine and a clean, quiet electric motor.  It automatically switches
 between the gasoline engine and electric motor, depending on driving needs and
 is ideal for city use.
     Configured as a roomy five-passenger sedan, Prius has an EPA fuel economy
 rating of 52 mpg in the city and 45 mpg on the highway.  It also is certified
 as a super ultra low emission vehicle.
     Prius went on sale in the U.S. last summer.  Since then, more than
 9,000 units have sold or leased to retail and fleet customers.  Toyota expects
 to sell approximately 12,000 a year.
 
 SOURCE  Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A.