4th-Generation Toyota Prius Teardown (Part 2)

New TNGA platform enhances dynamic performance; advanced aerodynamics and chassis technologies



TNGA platform Source: Toyota

This is a continuation of a report series describing the teardown analysis of the all-new Prius performed in January 2016 by the Hiroshima Industrial Promotion Organization. The first report can be found at the following.
(4th-Generation Toyota Prius Teardown (Part 1): Powertrain units miniaturized and lightened to achieve 40km/liter fuel economy)

This report will introduce the TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) platform, as well as its chassis and aerodynamic technologies, which have significantly advanced the Prius's driving performance. Fuel economy was given priority in previous Prius models, but attention was given to areas related to driving performance as well in the 4th-generation Prius, and thoroughly planned out technology that rivals European cars has been worked in throughout the vehicle.

A third report will introduce the autobody and sound insulating technologies in the new TNGA platform.

Previous teardown reports:
4th-Generation Toyota Prius
(Part 1) Powertrain units miniaturized and lightened to achieve 40km/liter fuel economy(Feb. 2016)

Daihatsu Move (Feb./Mar. 2015)
(Part 1) Suppliers list, chassis, seats, and electrical components
(Part 2) Turbo engine and CVT with 3-shaft gear train has lightweight and compact design
(Part 3) Linear body structure optimizes space

VW Polo (Dec. 2014)
(Part 1) Engine compartment and driver's seat area
(Part 2) 1.2-liter TDI diesel engine and suspensions

Nissan Note (Sep. 2014)
(Part 1) Major safety technology and advanced driver assistance systems
(Part 2) Drive unit and supercharger

Honda Accord Hybrid (Feb. 2014)
(Part 1) Sport Hybrid i-MMD PCU and vehicle chassis components
(Part 2) SPORT HYBRID i-MMD Battery components and electric servo brake system
(Part 3) SPORT HYBRID i-MMD drive unit

Honda Fit Hybrid (Dec. 2013)
(Part 1) Battery components & brake system
(Part 2) Engine and transmission

Toyota Aqua (Nov. 2012)
(Part 1) Part suppliers and battery components
(Part 2) Hybrid systems behind the 35.4km/liter (53 mpg city) car

Nissan Leaf
(Part 1) Nissan Leaf teardown (Mar. 2012)
(Part 2) main components disassembled (Sep. 2012)
(Part 3) body cutaway (Nov. 2012)

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