• Jul 6th 2009 at 5:58PM
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Ever notice that you your bladder seems to shrink when its cold outside? Apparently, the Toyota Prius feels your pain, and while we don't have any good solutions to report for your own personal problems, Toyota has found an easy fix for its hybrid. Unlike previous generations of Toyota's fuel saver, the new 2010 model won't have an underperforming bladder when it's cold outside.

Since its introduction back in 2001, Toyota has equipped the Prius with a synthetic fuel tank bladder that collapsed as gasoline was slowly pumped out of the tank and into the engine. Due to complaints that the last-gen car wasn't able to take its full 11.9 gallon fuel allotment whenever the temperature was below 70-degrees, the third-generation Prius comes equipped with a more conventional rigid fuel tank made from lightweight resin. In order to retain its coveted low-emissions rating in California, the latest Prius also reportedly features an improved vapor-recovery system that will help reduce hydrocarbon emissions.

[Source: Chicago Tribune]

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    • 1 Second Ago
      JDM Life
      • 6 Years Ago
      I love how the Pruis looks.

      The small little changes made a big difference.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Shrinkage? You drive a Prius. How much more can your manhood shrink? Oh wait, we're not talking about that kind of shrinkage...
      • 6 Years Ago
      The new Prius definitely is no boding looking soap bar. It looks very modern and fits well into its time (unlike its static looking parent).
      • 6 Years Ago
      Toyota's F1 investment at work. BA DOOM CHISH!
      • 6 Years Ago
      How bad was the shrinkage? I'm pretty sure at 50mpg it would go pretty far anyways, although I suppose it would be kinda annoying.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's a decent car for what it is... I wouldn't buy it for environmental purposes, of course, but it's a decent sized car to get good gas mileage without having to purchase a compact.

      To the guy who commented on the shrinkage of your manhood: If you have to buy a giant car to feel comfortable about your masculinity, then so be it... I think it takes a real man to buy what he needs instead of what he wants. But to each his own.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think it actually looks better in person, least the foward 3/4. The side sculpting is rather nice. The chrome-o lights are still whack though. Toyota ought to study at the BMW school of cool-taillights for a semester.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'd like to find out whether toyota fixed the sudden-acceleration bug from the 2nd generation. I'm gonna be weary of this one until I do. : /
      • 6 Years Ago
      @ ufgrat: This article is about the Prius gas tank... what are you talking about???
      Nevertheless, the world you live in must be so small... let's talk global sales, not US sales. The Prius sold 26,000 cars world-wide in June '09 (http://www.hybridcars.com/hybrid-sales-dashboard/june-2009-dashboard.html)... how many did the Camaro sell?

      Does anybody know how much the shrinking gas tank shrank? I doubt any customer would have even noticed before Toyota mentioned it... might there be another reason why Toyota changed it?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Woops! Sorry, 26000 was not right. I can't find global Prius sales on the web. But, this website says 22,000 Priuses were sold in Japan in June '09.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Now if they would only ditch that hideous bulging logo on the front of the car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I saw one of these this morning (in "Sandy Beach Metallic"), and it doesn't look as good as the Gen II car. That front end is just plain ugly. The Sandy Beach color doesn't help, either.
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