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Toyota Prius v

Toyota Prius c Concept
Toyota prepares its 40 mpg "family" hatchback

We first brought you news of the production version of the Prius v, a larger variant of the popular Prius, back in January. The Prius v is the latest effort by Toyota to expand its hybrid reach and make the Prius nameplate its best selling model in the United States (that honor currently goes to the Camry). 

Ed Larocque, Toyota's Marketing Manager of Advanced Technology, has confirmed that the 5-seat hatchback will go on sale in October of this year. The Prius v was supposed to go on sale this summer, but the earthquake that hit Japan in March altered Toyota's production schedule. 

Toyota hopes that it will find 30,000 buyers a year in the U.S. for its new Prius v, which shouldn't be too hard a target to hit. Toyota sold 140,928 Prii in 2010 alone. 

The larger body of the Prius v allows it to have more cargo room than its sibling (34.3 cu ft behind the rear seats versus 21.6 cu ft). Toyota says that this better use of space will make the vehicle a better fit for young families who don't want to step up to a mammoth minivan or crossover.

Unfortunately, maximum seating capacity for the Prius v is an un-minivan-like five. Toyota offers a seven-seat variant of the Prius v in Japan which is made possible because the Japanese market vehicle uses a smaller, lighter lithium-ion battery pack which is located between the front seats. In an effort to keep costs in check for the U.S. market, Toyota decided to use an older style nickel-metal hydride battery pack which is located in the cargo area, robbing space for the third-row seat. 

Another downside is that the Prius v uses the same powertrain as the standard Prius, yet it is over 200 pounds heavier. That means that 60 mph comes up in a leisurely 11.5 seconds. The added weight and inferior aerodynamic design mean that the Prius v can "only" muster 40 mpg combined compared to 50 mpg combined for the Prius.

Pricing has not yet been announced, but it expect the Prius v to be priced a few thousand more than a comparably equipped Prius.

The Prius family will grow yet again this time next year with the 50+ mpg subcompact Prius c.

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RE: Drawbacks
By Hiawa23 on 6/23/2011 10:09:02 AM , Rating: 3
So why does Fox News have more viewers, maybe because most of the country agrees with their views and reports. CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC ratings are in the tank. If there was no FOX News can you imagine how far left they would go with nobody checking them.

I see Bill O' Reilly making this claim almost on a nightly bases, but most folks who are in my demographic, really doesn't like Fox News at all. I don't know about most of the country, not even sure how you can make that claim to begin with. Oh wait, we are in the minority anyway. Thanks, mom & dad. I don't base my views on what some claim the majority agrees with. The majority of my folks don't agree with them at all, & FOX NEWS make from some interesting discussions at the barbershop in minority sections of America. We tend to see things alittle different from a different perspective.

RE: Drawbacks
By Spuke on 6/23/2011 10:30:29 AM , Rating: 2
We tend to see things alittle different from a different perspective.
Cause when you're broke, everyone is crazy or FOS. LOL!

RE: Drawbacks
By YashBudini on 6/23/2011 2:05:39 PM , Rating: 3
Cause when you're broke, everyone is crazy or FOS. LOL!

Actually even those not broke think that way. As George Carlin explained it, "Everyone who drives faster than me is crazy, everyone who drives slower than me is an idiot."

Extremists have been gaining numbers for over a decade. Society's lower norms have allowed to them to essentially "let it all hang out." In the 50's and 60's if you were considered an arse you were embarrassed. Today a kid in high school considered an arse wears it like a badge of honor.

"Google fired a shot heard 'round the world, and now a second American company has answered the call to defend the rights of the Chinese people." -- Rep. Christopher H. Smith (R-N.J.)

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