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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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RE: Design
By GulWestfale on 1/10/2011 1:54:32 PM , Rating: 1
true, but toyotas have seldom been exciting to look at. the C on the other hand looks better than honda's sorry little wanna-be CRX, the CR-Z.

i guess it will be some time until we see more distinctive designs, as the manufacturers still have to figure out how to incorporate distinctive styling elements into cars that are designed with a focus on aerodynamic efficiency. toyota never really had distinctive design to begin with...

RE: Design
By dagamer34 on 1/10/2011 2:01:47 PM , Rating: 2
Sure, not exciting, but at least not ugly.

RE: Design
By tng on 1/10/2011 2:32:23 PM , Rating: 3
the C on the other hand looks better than honda's sorry little wanna-be CRX, the CR-Z.


Can't say I agree with you there. After seeing the CR-Z in person, I think it looks better than what I had seen in press releases and definitely better than this.

RE: Design
By dani31 on 1/10/2011 3:38:55 PM , Rating: 2
Call me crazy but I like both the CR-Z and the Prius C...

...OK, I admit :D
Maybe I like the CR-Z a bit more on the design side and Prius C on the tech side.

RE: Design
By walk2k on 1/10/2011 3:51:03 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah it's pretty obvious they lifted the rear from the CRX/CRV. I kinda like the looks of the CRZ too. If it wasn't for the torsion-beam rear suspension on the CRZ I'd take one and swap it with Integra Type R motor (220hp) and remove the heavy IMA+battery of course.. probably run 6-secs 0-60s with 50+mpg! But that rear suspension is a dealbreaker.. torsion beams belong on minivans, not sports/sporty cars.

RE: Design
By tng on 1/10/2011 5:07:55 PM , Rating: 2
If it wasn't for the torsion-beam rear suspension on the CRZ I'd take one

Any idea on what the weight difference would be between the torsion beam and say the type that is on a older Civic or Integra?

Just wondering why they put that in, is it lighter, or just cheaper and easier to install? I would think that it would be heavier.

RE: Design
By mellomonk on 1/11/2011 8:33:45 AM , Rating: 2
Torsion Beam makes sense for the CR-Z. Simple, cheap to produce, compact. Right tool for the job. After all, the CR-Z is a 'sporty' hybrid, not a sportscar.

RE: Design
By mmcdonalataocdotgov on 1/11/2011 1:15:47 PM , Rating: 2
Also, the EU pedestrian-safe grill height regs are affecting designs everywhere.

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