Guys from Newport Convertible Engineering (NCE) have presented their new baby: a built to order Toyota Prius Hybrid. Although the conversion program doesn’t enhance the vehicle’s mileage or its handling in any way, it still adds some value to it, especially if you happen to live in California with its immense number of sunny days. Yeah, right: the Prius NCE is a convertible!
The California-based company is known for its soft-top conversion programs for different types of vehicles, so there is hardly any doubt as to the car’s rigidity and safety. The only problem of the final product is the source product itself. Or, putting it in another way, Toyota Prius would never win a beauty contest to begin with, and, with its top removed, the car looks just plain freaking ugly, to say the least.
Just like with most aftermarket conversions, the Toyota Prius done by NCE features rather clumsy-looking roll-hoop canvas roof and window-frames left to prevent the car’s body from folding up.
Perhaps, there were different ways to preserve the hybrid’s rigidity, but they were simply not feasible for such a small market.
Looks like it would have been a better idea to save the money to buy the L5 conversion kit from Hymotion to turn the car into a plug-in hybrid and save some extra fuel.
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