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First Generation

1997 - 2003

The Classic Prius, as it has come to be known, became available for sale in the USA and Europe from the second half of 2000. The model was manufactured until 2003. Also known as the NHW10 and NHW11.

The Classic Prius first went on sale in Japan in December, 1997. It is common for the Japanese to first test a new technology in their local market. As a result of such local testing the model sold in the US and Europe had some minor technical improvements including an improved HV battery.

First Generation Prius (International Model) 2000 - 2003



1997 - 2003 Prius Dashboard and Instrument cluster


 1997 - 2003 Prius Multi-Function Display