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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 YashBudini on 6/23/2011 8:40:06 PM , Rating: 2
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It is this sort of foolishness (from both sides) that is tearing this country apart.

You have to wonder if that's not the ultimate goal of the 2 parties, the old divide and conquer process.

By arguing with each other both political "parties" get to do whatever is in their interests, and that means the leaders of the party and the politicians, not the voters on either side.

If all people called for the BS to end the press would have to cover it and they would eventually have to face it. Supporting the argument of that the 2 parties only care about themselves is something that did not happen in 2008. The 3rd party runners did a phone survey and asked the people if they wanted to hear from the 3rd party candidates during the debates. 60% of the people responded yes, according to Ron Paul at the separate 3rd party debates televised on CSPAN. Why didn't the 3rd party candidates get a chance to debate? Because the "team" that determines who gets to debate nationally is composed of 1 democrat and 1 republican.

1 coin, 2 sides, same sh!t.


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