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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 Reclaimer77 on 6/23/2011 2:03:07 PM , Rating: 2
Are you familiar with the notion?

You mean like what every other news outlet does when they sugar coat stories about the Obama Administration or Congress? Yup, I am.

How about that glowing coverage MSNBC did of the health care debate? Yeah, they sure informed Americans what really was at stake /sarcasm.

I don't actually watch Fox a whole lot, so I can't comment on the planned parenthood "hatchet" job. I doubt you watch Fox either, so I don't know why you insist this is taking place.

Taking your argument to it's logical conclusion, at the very worst, all you can accuse Fox of is doing what everyone else has been doing for decades now. But because it's from the other side of ideological beliefs, it's "FAUX" and more wrong somehow.

RE: Drawbacks
By YashBudini on 6/24/2011 2:21:22 PM , Rating: 2
This goes way beyond sugar coating, this is a total fabrication made and implemented by Faux News, the name they clearly earned with this segment.

Why? Because the usual leeches in the party didn't win. They later apologized for the "mistake." There's no mistake here, mistake implies a lack of intent, this was done with intent, aka malice.

You would think that if Faux want to fool the people of this country the least they could do is to be able to fool Helen Keller.

RE: Drawbacks
By Reclaimer77 on 6/24/2011 3:32:34 PM , Rating: 2
And Dan Rather's "momogate" where he knowingly used fake documents to slander Bush in 2004, what was that? Sure wasn't a mistake. Just more intentional media manipulation to push voters into backing the Liberal Democrat candidate. Why let a little thing like truth and facts get in the way, right?

I can think of nothing more disgusting or insulting to journalism than what CBS and Rather did. Your example doesn't even come close. Because you don't believe it was a mistake doesn't mean it couldn't have been.

RE: Drawbacks
By YashBudini on 6/24/2011 3:53:19 PM , Rating: 2
And Rather is gone while Faux simply said "my bad" and keeps going.

Because you don't believe it was a mistake doesn't mean it couldn't have been.

The commentary later about the crowd's reaction? The guy wasn't there and only saw the old news tape? What's the lifespan of any news story? Hours? Please.

Why let a little thing like truth and facts get in the way, right?

Ironically for my link I asked that question before you did.

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