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Production Toyota Prius C   (Source: CarScoop)
Toyota's Prius C will slot in below the standard Prius

We've all become pretty familiar with the Toyota Prius over the past decade or so. The vehicle is currently in its third generation and still remains the poster child for the hybrid movement. In U.S. trim, the Prius starts around $23,000 and delivers an EPA combined fuel economy rating of 50 mpg.
Recently, Toyota expanded the Prius family to include the Prius v and the Prius Plug-in. Now, the fourth member of the Prius family has leaked early in full production trim. The new Prius C is the baby of the family, and is just a few inches longer than the subcompact Toyota Yaris.

According to CarScoop (via leaked brochures), the Prius C is 157.3" long, 66.7" wide, and 56.9" tall. For comparison, the standard Prius measures 175", 68.7", and 58.7" respectively. While the standard Prius gets its motivation from a 98hp 1.8-liter gasoline engine and an 80hp electric motor, the smaller Prius C uses a 74hp 1.5-liter gasoline engine and a 61hp electric motor.

Toyota's new Prius C [Source: CarScoop]
Give that the Prius C has a smaller engine, and most assuredly lighter weight, the Prius C tops its larger brother in fuel efficiency. Although official U.S. EPA figures aren't available for the vehicle, the Prius C is rated at 89.4 mpg on the Japanese JC08 driving cycle compared to 83.3 mpg for the standard Prius. Those figures should put the Prius C just shy of 60 mpg on the U.S. EPA cycle.
The Prius C is expected to make its U.S. debut at the Detroit Auto Show in January.

[Source: CarScoop]

Source: CarScoop

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16% better fuel economy
By usbseawolf2000 on 10/18/2011 12:28:46 AM , Rating: 3
CarScoop got the numbers wrong. Just look at the screenshots showing the official JC08 figures.

Prius - 30.4 km/L
Prius C - 35.4 km/L

16% improvement should translate to 58 MPG for US EPA.

RE: 16% better fuel economy
By Brandon Hill on 10/18/2011 12:47:04 AM , Rating: 2
Thanks for pointing that out. Since I can't read Japanese, I had to go by the engine displacement and I was able to match the numbers up to your figures :)

RE: 16% better fuel economy
By Wondering Fool on 10/18/2011 1:15:24 AM , Rating: 4
We would like to stress that the above fuel efficiency numbers should not be used for direct comparison as the Japanese driving cycles differ from the U.S. and European combined measurements. For example, in Japan, Toyota says that the regular Prius returns up to 38 km/lt, which is equal to 89.4mpg and 2.6lt/100km, while the U.S. model is rated at 50mpg combined.

The math they are using is sound:

Prius - 30.4 km/L
1 kilometer=0.6214 mile
1 gal = 3.785 liters

Prius C - 35.4 km/L
1 kilometer=0.6214 mile
1 gal = 3.785 liters


By UnauthorisedAccess on 10/18/2011 5:46:55 AM , Rating: 2
+1 because I freakin' love math.

RE: 16% better fuel economy
By Solandri on 10/18/2011 8:34:00 AM , Rating: 3
It's still a 16% improvement on the Japanese course, not the EPA course.

The fact that both vehicles rate 80+ mpg on the Japanese course indicates low speed driving without stops. That's where it's seeing a 16% improvement. The EPA course emphasizes higher speed and stop-and-go more.

At high speeds, aerodynamics matter more than weight and rolling resistance. In stop-and-go traffic, the efficiency of the regenerative braking matters more. So a 16% improvement on the Japanese course cannot be used as a reliable prediction of improvement to EPA mileage.

RE: 16% better fuel economy
By RU482 on 10/18/2011 11:11:57 AM , Rating: 2
thank you...I was thinking the same thing

RE: 16% better fuel economy
By 91TTZ on 10/18/2011 2:16:27 PM , Rating: 2
We can't really use that math to determine what the US fuel economy will be since different countries use different tests.

While this car is smaller and lighter, it could be less aerodynamic which would really hurt it on the highway fuel economy tests.

By corduroygt on 10/18/2011 7:52:11 AM , Rating: 3
The concept version looked much, much better to the point that I briefly considered it. I wouldn't go near this one with a 10-foot pole.

RE: Shame...
By Hiawa23 on 10/18/2011 8:29:56 AM , Rating: 1
Concepts rarely look like the final product. I think all the Prius are ugly, & not something I would consider. The Volt atleast has a decent looking body style which is important to me If I am going to buy.

RE: Shame...
By Dr of crap on 10/18/2011 9:24:33 AM , Rating: 1
So you buy on looks alone - shallow anyone?

RE: Shame...
By Brandon Hill on 10/18/2011 9:26:21 AM , Rating: 3
Looks play a huge part in the purchase of a new vehicle -- it's right up there with price/features.

I'd never buy a vehicle that I found aesthetically displeasing no matter how cheap it was.

RE: Shame...
By corduroygt on 10/18/2011 10:25:09 AM , Rating: 2
Me too, for example I like the mechanicals and the features of the Nissan Juke, but I'd never buy one with that styling.

RE: Shame...
By Flunk on 10/18/2011 10:36:40 AM , Rating: 2
I would have to agree on that one, the Juke is probably the worst looking car I've seen in years. The problem isn't that people are all hugely shallow. There is a lot of competition so if you like one car, except the looks, there is probably another one that is very similar that you don't hate the look of.

RE: Shame...
By Jedi2155 on 10/18/2011 2:49:42 PM , Rating: 2
I use to find the Prius to be an extremely unappealing vehicle aesthetically however after looking at all the numbers and features, I came to love it for all its other benefits. Overtime, this admiration became an admiration for its looks, and now when I see another vehicle similar in shape as a Prius (i.e. the Leaf), I find it to be appealing as well.

RE: Shame...
By corduroygt on 10/18/2011 2:54:11 PM , Rating: 2
The cure for that is to drive one, and all positive feelings for it will vanish immediately.

Look at me, I'm prius!
By shiftypy on 10/18/2011 3:14:04 AM , Rating: 2
Reminds me of Kia Cee'd in shape
Upon which someone tried to fit a Lexus LFA front and failed.
Prius is synonym for ugly now

RE: Look at me, I'm prius!
By sleepeeg3 on 10/18/2011 6:46:52 AM , Rating: 2

RE: Look at me, I'm prius!
By Flunk on 10/18/2011 10:34:16 AM , Rating: 2
I think it looks better than the normal Prius, which is hideous. There are only so many options when you're trying to cheat Wind resistance and this one looks ok. I would buy one if it handles decently and isn't greatly more expensive than a conventional alternative.

CR-Z is Much More Better
By Assimilator87 on 10/18/2011 1:22:19 AM , Rating: 2
GT5 made me a fan.

RE: CR-Z is Much More Better
By Samus on 10/18/2011 3:21:29 AM , Rating: 2
The CRZ looks a little better, but it's fuel economy is crap in comparison. The only reason to get a CRZ is for the manual transmission (which ironically achieves even worse fuel economy than the automatic) but if anyone buys a CRZ Automatic they are an idiot that clearly did no research. The Prius gets 30% more fuel economy, is larger, more practical, and inevitably more reliable than the CRZ for < $3000 more.

I love Honda, but the CRZ should be $15,000.

"Toyota Prius C Hybrid Leaks Way Ahead of Schedule"
By sigmatau on 10/18/2011 9:53:13 AM , Rating: 2
I hope they fix it!

By kattanna on 10/18/2011 10:12:55 AM , Rating: 2
more worrying is that it has a schedule to leak..


yeah i read that headline the same way

kind of reminds me
By shin0bi272 on 10/18/2011 7:19:33 AM , Rating: 2
kind of reminds me of a ford focus with a lexus front end. Or maybe one of those old civic hatch backs (what's the deal with all these electric cars being hatch backs anyway?) with a round nose. Still wont buy one on principle but it looks better than the old model that's for sure.

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