It is worth noting that, while German automakers tend to use symbols and numbers, and Americans tend to throw away names frequently, Toyota sticks by a name as long as a car is successful, and doesn't toss names onto cars that don't fit them. The Land Cruiser started in 1950; the Corolla in 1966; the Celica in 1970; the Camry in 1983; the 4Runner in 1984. Toyota has made its presence known in the minivan and truck world as well.
"Prius is a five-passenger 4-dr hatchback that teams a 4-cyl gasoline engine with a battery-powered electric motor for 110 hp. Toyota's hybrid system automatically runs on one or both of its power sources to balance acceleration and fuel economy. No plug-in charging is required. Prius has a continuously variable transmission (CVT)."
The Canadian Automobile Association presented environmental awards to both Toyota Canada and General Motors of Canada at the 2007 Montreal auto show.
The 2007 CAA Pyramid Award for Environmental Initiatives went to Toyota Canada for the Toyota Camry Hybrid. "The Toyota Camry Hybrid is a vehicle that could offer a real-world positive impact on climate change because of both its affordability and its great fuel
consumption rating," said Christopher White, the CAA's vice-president of public affairs.