2016 Toyota Prius comes with a heat reflective paint


Officially revealed in Las Vegas, the fourth-generation Toyota Prius is said to come with a special sort of paint that has the ability to dissipate heat. In addition to that, we now know the list of colours that customers can opt for, courtesy of Japanese blog, Ethical Life Hack.

Based on snapshots of the official “staff-manual,” colour options include Emotional Red, Dark Blue Mica Metallic, Steele Blonde and Grey Metallic and Thermo Detect Lime Green. The latter is the one that possesses the special heat reflective characteristics mentioned.

As obvious as its name sounds, the Thermo Detect Lime Green paint is said to be the “world’s first,” according to the manual and is able to suppress rising temperatures. In it are particles that are capable of reflecting infrared radiation which in turn makes it difficult for heat absorption.

That heat suppressing paint would indeed be a welcomed addition here though wouldn’t it? Unfortunately the Prius isn’t expected to be a volume seller here in Malaysia since it doesn’t qualify for duty exemptions any more, thanks to the unlikeliness of it being locally assembled in Malaysia.

The fourth-gen Prius sits on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TGNA) platform and is claimed to be 10% more fuel efficient. It also comes with a host of new safety features grouped under the Toyota Safety Sense suite. The blog also says that order-takings for the new Prius in Japan will commence from September 26 onwards.

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Graham Chin

Having spent a number of years as a journalist for a local paper, a marketing executive for a popular German automotive brand and a copywriter, Graham, a true-blue Sarawakian, knew he had to take the leap back into the motoring scene - and so he did. To him, nothing’s better than cruising for hours along a scenic route, in a car that’s designed and built for that purpose.



  • karam singh on Sep 23, 2015 at 10:27 am

    In out country, yes Its a good one. But, we have air conditioned right? and some thermal insulator already.
    I don’t see any goods here. I’m sorry.
    I prefer more on Nissan ‘Self-Cleaning’ paint technology.
    Its a green tech, save clean water waste, car always look clean.Singaporean gonna love it very much as over there they prohibit water wastage.

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    • U sounds very jealous though.

      nissan ‘self cleaning’ is just any other 3rd party ultra ever drt nano coat that repels dirts and water comes with superhydrophobic characteristics.

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    • Same L0rrrr on Sep 23, 2015 at 1:58 pm

      This heat reflective or Nissan Self-Cleaning paint, you just keep on dreaming it will come to Malaysia, thanks to Proton!

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    • hailthepurist on Sep 23, 2015 at 6:10 pm

      ugliest yet on four wheels..

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    • kadajawi (Member) on Sep 28, 2015 at 9:06 am

      The heat reflecting paint would save petrol because the aircon wouldn’t have to work so hard, and it would mean the car won’t be so warm after being parked under the sun for a while. It’s great idea!

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  • heybadigol (Member) on Sep 23, 2015 at 10:37 am

    That’s interesting. Who is the paint manufacturer? Might be useful here. Surely you can get the paint itself here, rather than buying a Prius just to get the paint.

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  • Toyota dun hv good designer ka?

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  • Josh Ling on Sep 23, 2015 at 11:31 am

    with that look, even with 100% duty and excise duty exempted, plus the ability to fly also won’t make it a volume seller here. it’s almost like someone made a car model, but put under extremely hot temperature for far too long, and the front and rear began to melt and become out of shape, then he realized about the car model, but it’s too late. what’s done is done.

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  • Dr Dogter Heart-beat on Sep 23, 2015 at 11:33 am

    such a futuristic looking beautiful oh-my-god car design language there! moving forward!!

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  • albag on Sep 23, 2015 at 11:35 am

    technology is welcome.. but the design is madness

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  • aiyaaaaaa on Sep 23, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    Poor thing, what have they done to your face!!

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  • Albert on Sep 23, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    Same Loor,with due respect…can you enlighten us why the Lexus and this latest Prius got horrible frontal design? Cant Giant Toyota do much better?
    Or have they secretly engaged the proton designer on part time basis?
    Looks horrible and a bit shambolic,for a massive CAR GIANT LIKE toyota.

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    • Toyotadesignrubbish on Sep 24, 2015 at 10:43 am

      Same lorrrr said proton workers have 5 times kuih lapis everyday. How can do work for toyota? (Btw this prius is super ugly)

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  • kadajawi (Member) on Sep 28, 2015 at 9:07 am

    What this car really needs is an invisibility cloak!

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