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Prius MPV teaser  (Source: Toyota)

Prius MPV under heavy camouflage  (Source: Auto Spies)
Toyota is looking to expand its Prius lineup

Rumors of an MPV or minivan based on Toyota's popular Prius have been swirling around for quite some time. Given that current 5-seat Prius is capable of 50 mpg, it's seems reasonable to think that a slightly larger vehicle with additional seating/cargo capacity would be welcome in the marketplace (with a slight hit to overall fuel economy).

Today, Edmunds Inside Line has some of the first spy photos of the MPV counterpart to the Prius hatchback. According to the publication, the vehicle will seat seven passengers and will be similar in size to such vehicles as the Mazda 5 and the Kia Rondo. The Mazda 5 in particular is quite popular with small families as it is closer in size to the original Chrysler minivans that debuted in the mid-80s instead of the gargantuan Siennas, Odysseys, and Caravans prowling the streets today.

Given that the MPV will share much in common with the standard Prius, we expect to see the same 1.8-liter gasoline engine used and a new lithium-ion battery pack for added power and range (while at the same time saving weight). It shouldn't be too difficult for the MPV to achieve greater than 40 mpg combined (city/highway), but we'll just have to wait for the final EPA numbers to come in when the vehicle is released next year.

When the Prius MPV does hit U.S. streets, it will likely be joined by a similar offering from General Motors: the Chevrolet Volt MPV5. The "crossover" variant of the standard Volt sedan seats five people and can travel up to 35 miles on battery power alone.

Updated 10/11/2010

Toyota has just posted a teaser shot of it upcoming Prius MPV on its Facebook page.

 



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RE: one thing...
By mindless1 on 10/16/2010 2:13:38 AM , Rating: 2
No, no jobs require driving more. You can't have it both ways, can't pretend you are green and still choosing a job where you have to drive a lot.

SO, you want an excuse to feel better about being irresponsible. SORRY but NO, we all have real choices to make and one is to not be so full of excuses as to drive long distances regularly.

THAT is where the difference is between people who ruin the planet and those who don't, that some make excuses claiming "I need to" and others just DON'T DO IT.

Read those last three words carefully because you just don't get it and it is offensive to pretend you have an argument until you start to follow a truly conservative lifestyle - if you claim such things are needed via choosing automobiles, etc.

If you have to travel more than 20 miles a day, you are an idiot. Yes, I mean idiot no matter what excuse. We all choose where to live, what job to have, how to budget travel to stores, etc. Only an idiot needs to waste resources to do what everyone else DOES NOT NEED TO.

HINT: If you can't do it, you are dumber, not smarter with some excuse. I should mention this is not directed at the poster I replied to but rather anyone dumb enough to think they can argue that they "Need" to travel long distances. Only an idiot can't meet all their life needs without excessive travel in any first world country.

In fact, an intelligent person who isn't sick can almost ( slightly below average) live entirely without a care because they have the common sense to locate themselves close enough to a metropolitan area that "most" things they need are only a few blocks away.

BUT, that would require thinking instead of excuses.


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