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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 7:34:47 PM , Rating: 2
I watch/listen to c-span and saw with my own eyes the republicans and democrats argue over a concession the democrats made. The democrats' original stance was they did not want tax cuts for anyone over $250k, but then offered to extend that number to $1 million in the hope that they could get the bill for unemployment benefits and whatever other benefits they were looking for passed. Republicans refused.

Unemployment checks don't come from the Governments petty cash drawer you know. You seriously don't understand why it's an issue? The Government does not "have" money! Every dollar it spends it has to tax or borrow or print.

I'm all for reasonable Unemployment benefits. But the Obama administration has taken it WAY too far. Over two years of Unemployment? Who the hell do you think has to pay for that? WE DO! If you haven't found a job after ONE year then you either aren't trying or are doing it wrong.

You really just don't get it. You are making it seem like the Republicans are fighting just for the sake of fighting Democrats. How can you not see that this is a viable issue and that many Conservatives are alarmed at the amount of debt we've accumulated over the past 2 1/2 years?

RE: Drawbacks
By cruisin3style on 6/23/2011 8:10:20 PM , Rating: 2
Thank you for letting me know how i should feel about an issue. what i was trying to show is how the republicans are for the wealthy getting plenty of money (it was in the tens of billions a year for the $1 million+ crowd) vs to the unemployed and whoever else stood to benefit (which i want to say cost a fraction of what the tax cuts for the $1 millioners cost, but i could be remembering it wrong)

Everyone is alarmed (or should be) at the amount of debt we've accumulated over the last decade, and especially since the financial crisis which I absolutely agree that Obama failed to take into account and curb spending. ~$1.5 trillion a few years in a row is possibly the craziest thing i've ever heard.

On the flip side of the coin though I would argue that it WAS a financial crisis, while things were pretty good under Bush but he failed to pass budgets without deficits as well adding what i think was $5 trillion with no financial disaster to recover from. No one is innocent in the catastrophe that is our debt in my opinion.

RE: Drawbacks
By Reclaimer77 on 6/23/2011 9:24:31 PM , Rating: 2
Nobody on Unemployment ever started a business and created jobs for other people. Please explain to me how a tax cut on the "rich" is less beneficial to the country as a whole than dolling out more government cheese to people to sit at home and do nothing. Tax cuts don't "cost" us anything, because they always stimulate the economy which leads to economic growth. Higher taxes depress the growth rate.

republicans are for the wealthy getting plenty of money

Liberal talking point stereotype.

Everyone is alarmed (or should be) at the amount of debt we've accumulated over the last decade, and especially since the financial crisis which I absolutely agree that Obama failed to take into account and curb spending. ~$1.5 trillion a few years in a row is possibly the craziest thing i've ever heard.

I'm encouraged by this. I agree.

RE: Drawbacks
By YashBudini on 6/23/2011 10:13:10 PM , Rating: 2
Nobody on Unemployment ever started a business and created jobs for other people.

How could you possibly know that? Being unemployed does not require being broke. Many start business at that very time, in order to no longer have a boss, run the show, etc.

Your comment is highly biased and unfounded.

As for being rich, how many people lost their jobs based on what a handful of rich did on Wall St?

RE: Drawbacks
By cruisin3style on 6/23/2011 10:24:30 PM , Rating: 2
If you think that

A. people who took home $1 million dollars are not rich, because we are not talking about owners of $1 million businesses but of actual income of a million

B. that all or even most of those million dollar earners used their extra tax cut money (because remember everyone got the same tax cut, then 250k+ people got extra) to start a business or created jobs with it

C. that almost all if not all unemployment money doesn't go right back into the economy

D. that it is preferable to live on unemployment vs a nice salaried job or at the very least a job with advancement potential

then i question your own bias sir. Where is the wisdom in being willing to give out what amounts to billions to people that I am going to call rich to do with as they please, while decrying when a democratic administration gives grants to companies for alternative fuels or EV makers or whatever industry that is at least an actual business to begin with.

RE: Drawbacks
By Reclaimer77 on 6/24/2011 9:42:44 AM , Rating: 2
C. that almost all if not all unemployment money doesn't go right back into the economy

Wow, again, you just refuse to get it. You aren't the only one. I have seen many people claim that government money "goes back" into the economy, so that's a good thing. You cannot stimulate the economy with borrowed money that you have to pay back, and that's what Unemployment money is. It's debt, not growth.

I'm not going to argue tax cuts. Tax cuts are not "giving" someone something. It's letting people KEEP MORE Of what they have earned. That's a huge difference. You speak like a typical Leftie who believes all our money belongs to the Government, they just get to decide how much of it we get back. Wrong wrong WRONG.

RE: Drawbacks
By cruisin3style on 6/24/2011 4:11:17 PM , Rating: 2
Yes fine they are keeping more of their money and no one is giving anyone anything, nitpick the wording to make your point thats great. You aren't the only person who focuses on the wrong part of what someone says to disprove something they never said.

I never said all money belongs to government, i never said they get to decide how much of it we get to keep. I am saying you are a huge jacka$$ that continuously puts words in other people's mouths or infers what you feel like out of what someone says.

Please tell me where I said either of those things. Please tell me the last time you voted Democrat, because I voted Republican in 2010 and am absolutely prepared to do so in 2012 because I am absolutely an independent, if not with a left-leaning bias.

Who said growth? Certainly not me. Please tell me how, if the government has to borrow billions of dollars because it isn't collecting taxes on millionaires that it previously did, that is growth and not debt. The 250k tax cut bonus was $800 billion total through 2010 so let's say the millionaires cost, what, a quarter of that? for the hell of it. So unless I'm wrong every year from Bush through current has had more than $20 billion in deficits. So since government spending was not curbed, I guess we borrowed to make up for money the government was no longer receiving. So you're saying the distinction that is so important to make is that the government is spending money on the unemployed but it just isn't collecting money on millionaires anymore, despite that both of these actions added to money the government needs to borrow because they did not decrease spending in other areas to make up for either measure? The important part certainly isn't that one is providing a relatively small amount of money to people who are out of work and maybe struggling to provide for their families, versus not collecting money from millionaires who probably aren't struggling. And certainly those unemployed are less likely to spend that money versus people who are paid $1 million dollars a year or more. Typical Righty...just right right RIGHT.

RE: Drawbacks
By cruisin3style on 6/24/2011 4:29:34 PM , Rating: 2

I'm sure they can't be trusted until a republican administration is in, but until we receive that gospel we may have to settle for this

"We don't know how to make a $500 computer that's not a piece of junk." -- Apple CEO Steve Jobs

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