Toyota Motor Corp.'s widely repeated initial publicity for its Prius hybrid gasoline-electric vehicle in 1997 said its overall fuel economy equated to 66 mpg (3.6L/100 km). But that figure was achieved in Japan's low-speed test cycle; moreover, Toyota also said U.S.- and European-specification Prius' would be modified for more power to handle higher-speed driving conditions in those regions. Thus the launch of the Prius in the U.S. this summer is being made with claimed city fuel economy ...

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