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Toyota celebrates 20th anniversary of the Prius with 2,020 Prius 2020 Editions

Toyota is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the launch of the Prius with a new special edition model.

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Its been 20 years since the Toyota Prius became the talking point of eco-conscious celebrities the world over. Since 2000, more than 6 million Prius models have been sold globally, changing the industry forever, showing the there is an appetite for hybrid cars and a willingness for buyers to spend more to drive a car they feel good about.

To celebrate the milestone, Toyota has announced a special edition to commemorate the success of the model. The 2021 Toyota Prius 2020 Edition will be based not he Prius XLE FWD model and be available in the buyer's choice of Supersonic Red or Wind Chill Pearl paint job.

2021 Toyota Prius 2020 Edition

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Each special edition model features black exterior trim accents, similar to the Nightshade outfitting that other Toyota models are getting. There's a color-keyed rear spoiler as well as black wheel inserts on the 17-inch alloy wheels, blackout headlight components, trim, and B-pillars. Each Prius 2020 Edition gets a "2020" insignia key glove and floor mats, black shift knob, interior A-pillar, and smoked HVAC vents.

It continues to achieve 54 mpg in the city and 52 mpg on the highway. The powertrain setup has no changes in this model.

The Prius XLE grade on which the car is based comes standard with 17inch alloy wheels, Safety Connect, a heated driver's seat and steering wheel, SofTex-trimmed driver's seat and steering wheel, eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, keyless entry, push-button start, remote illuminated entry, and wireless charging.

Its features list also includes a 7-inch infotainment touch screen, AM/FM CD player, six-speaker sound system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Amazon Alexa, AUX, three USB ports, Bluetooth, voice recognition technology, Siri Eyes Free, and a rearview camera.

Just 2,020 of the 2020 Editions will be made. Information about an on-sale date and pricing is forthcoming. The 2020 Toyota Prius XLE starts at $28,250. Buyers of the new model should expect pricing to be slightly higher with the new model year vehicle in addition to the special edition premium.

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Honda notified dealers of upcoming supply cuts.

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Honda, like all major automakers today, is truly a global operation. Though it produces plenty of vehicles here in the United States, many of the components it relies on for manufacturing come from elsewhere in the world. That means Honda, like the other auto giants, needs its global supply chain operating smoothly in order to prevent disruption. Unfortunately for Honda dealers and potential customers, disruption is what's about to happen. The automaker recently sent a letter to its dealers, forecasting reduced vehicle supply in the coming weeks.


2021 Honda Ridgeline No. 19 - Honda Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc


The dealer letter, posted to the Civic XI forum and fan site, was dated August 25 and confirmed by a dealer upset with the development, according to Automotive News. In the letter, Honda cites the ongoing pandemic and microchip shortages as major factors impacting its production efforts. Total shipments to dealers could be cut by up to 40 percent, but not all models will be affected to the same degree.

The letter noted that supplies of the Pilot and Passport SUVs will hold steady, and shared that production of the Civic hatchback is on schedule. However, the situation is fluid and could change at any time, so there's a chance that timelines could speed up or slack off as necessary.


2022 Honda Pilot Some models will see more cuts than others.Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc


Honda is just the latest in a long line of automakers struggling to keep pace with demand in the face of several converging global crises. In an effort to keep vehicles rolling out of factories, General Motors has implemented selective feature cuts in some of its new vehicles, such as the removal of engine start/stop tech from some trucks and SUVs. Earlier this month, Ford Motor Company told Mustang Mach-E buyers to expect delays of at least six weeks as it grapples with the chip shortage, and will temporarily reduce production capacity at a few of its plants.

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Vehicle sales numbers

Toyota has sold over 50 million Corollas

Toyota has sold tens of millions of Corollas over the last 55 years.

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The Toyota Corolla entered its 12th generation in 2019, after more than 50 years on sale. Now, in 2021, the automaker says the car has reached another benchmark, this time with an almost unbelievable number attached to it. In Today, Toyota says that in July 2021, it sold the 50-millionth Corolla. That's almost one Corolla sold for every six Americans alive today, though the sales total includes international vehicles as well.


1969 Toyota Corolla The Corolla's frugal powertrain helped it grow quickly in the United States.Toyota


The Corolla debuted in 1966 but didn't make its way to our shores until spring 1968. Sold as a 1969 model, the car had a starting price of around $1,700 at a time when the median household income was $7,700. The first cars had a short-stroke 1,077-cc four-cylinder engine, 12-inch wheels, and a four-speed manual transmission. That powertrain produced only 60 horsepower, which was good for the car to (eventually) reach 60 mph in about 17 seconds.

Though the car's quality and design helped, it was the oil crisis in the early 1970s that really pushed it to the top of buyers' lists. Big American cars powered by V8 engines fell out of favor as fuel rationing and higher prices took hold. The early Corolla's fuel economy of over 35 mpg helped it earn a place in many Americans' driveways as a result.


2021 Toyota Corolla Cross 2021 Toyota Corolla Cross Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Corporation


Toyota notes that it was building Corollas in the United States by the mid-1980s and says that the current generation car is built at its manufacturing facility in Mississippi. The automaker's new joint plant with Mazda, which is located in Huntsville, Alabama, will start building the new Corolla Cross this summer.

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