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Prius V

Prius V interior

Prius C
After selling over one million Prius vehicles, Toyota expands the line

The hybrid that everyone loves to hate is getting a companion model. While the Prius MPV has been rumored for quite some time, Toyota only recently began to drop hints that the larger model was on the way. Today, however, Toyota made it official.

The current Prius started out as a sedan, but transitioned to a hatchback in its second generation. The new model, the Prius V (the “V” stands for versatility), brings a bit more utility to the Prius platform with a more upright rear hatch and a higher roof for 50 percent greater cargo volume.

“This is no ordinary family.  It’s a modern family with a Prius for everyone,” said Bob Carter, Toyota Division group vice president and general manager.  “The Prius v is an all-new dedicated hybrid vehicle, and all future Prius family members will be as well.  They will all share common Prius attributes but will be unique, with a special appeal to different buyers.”

When it comes to the powertrain, there aren't any surprises. The Prius V still uses the same 1.8-liter gasoline engine found in its smaller sibling along with the same Synergy Hybrid Drive.

Fuel economy for Toyota’s latest hybrid gets an impressive 42 mpg in the city, and 38 mpg on the highway (40 mpg combined). For comparison, the standard Prius is rated at 51/48 (50 mpg combined).

The Prius MPV will be going toe-to-toe with Ford’s new C-MAX Hybrid. Ford hasn’t released official EPA numbers for the vehicle yet, but the company does say that it will get better fuel economy than the Fusion Hybrid that is rated at 42/36. So it’s highly likely that Ford’s hybrid will get even better fuel economy than the Prius V.

The Prius V will be available to purchase later this summer.

Toyota also unveiled a Prius C, a vehicle that is smaller than the standard hatchback. It is aimed at young adults and will get better fuel economy than the current's Prius' already impressive 50 mpg combined. The vehicle will debut in production form around this time next year.

If the Prius C looks familiar to you, it's because Toyota debuted a similar hybrid concept, the FT-CH, last year at the Detroit Auto Show. The Prius C is a further refinement of that design.

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Ugly headlights
By Parhel on 1/10/2011 1:52:19 PM , Rating: 4
I absolutely hate the Prius C. Everything about it, but especially the placement of the headlights. The other model, to my taste, is a slight improvement from the existing models. But I really think they should explore a minivan spinoff. Something a bit smaller than the Sienna at close to 40mpg would make a great and popular people mover.

RE: Ugly headlights
By DukeN on 1/10/2011 1:55:18 PM , Rating: 2
But I really think they should explore a minivan spinoff. Something a bit smaller than the Sienna at close to 40mpg would make a great and popular people mover.

Isn't this what the aforementioned Prius V is?

RE: Ugly headlights
By Parhel on 1/10/2011 1:58:24 PM , Rating: 2
According to the article, it's a hatchback. But I think it's a step in that direction, which is why I brought it up.

RE: Ugly headlights
By quiksilvr on 1/10/2011 2:35:58 PM , Rating: 4
Minivans have three rows of seats, not two.

RE: Ugly headlights
By MonkeyPaw on 1/10/2011 2:10:28 PM , Rating: 2
I absolutely hate the Prius C. Everything about it, but especially the placement of the headlights.

Looks like a concept model (and a rather bad one at that), so the actual model will probably change considerably. Not sure if that will make it better looking or not.

RE: Ugly headlights
By Brandon Hill on 1/10/2011 2:59:12 PM , Rating: 2
While it's still a concept, it's pretty damn near close to final production as far as the exterior goes (minus the wheels and secondary lighting). The "rough" concept design was shown last year:

RE: Ugly headlights
By blueboy09 on 1/22/2011 10:38:22 AM , Rating: 2
Well, I dunno Brandon, concept inceptions can change dramatically from year to year, especially in concept vehicles. I remember the concept of the Volt in particular. The concept I really liked, but then it turned fugly by the time of production. I just didn't like the design, but that's just me. IMO, I like the design overall (small, compact), but wheels and headlights you are dead on, they need improvement big-time.

RE: Ugly headlights
By Iaiken on 1/10/2011 2:28:51 PM , Rating: 5
As much as we dislike the Prius for it's styling, there are almost 500,000 people each year that disagree with us. At an average profit of $2200 per car, Toyota is laughing their way to the bank with over a Billion dollars profit from that car alone.

So money talks, it doesn't stop it from saying good things about stupid cars.

RE: Ugly headlights
By bleekii on 1/10/2011 4:18:33 PM , Rating: 2
I really like the look of the C. It's not what I'd make a car look like if I had a choice but it's a good look. I'm sure it will find a market if the price is right. If you don't like how something looks you shouldn't look elsewhere. It's a big world and their lots of other things for you to be dull and picky about.

RE: Ugly headlights
By bleekii on 1/10/2011 4:19:27 PM , Rating: 3
should look elsewhere*

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