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Production Toyota Prius C   (Source: CarScoop)
Toyota's Prius C will slot in below the standard Prius

We've all become pretty familiar with the Toyota Prius over the past decade or so. The vehicle is currently in its third generation and still remains the poster child for the hybrid movement. In U.S. trim, the Prius starts around $23,000 and delivers an EPA combined fuel economy rating of 50 mpg.
 
Recently, Toyota expanded the Prius family to include the Prius v and the Prius Plug-in. Now, the fourth member of the Prius family has leaked early in full production trim. The new Prius C is the baby of the family, and is just a few inches longer than the subcompact Toyota Yaris.

According to CarScoop (via leaked brochures), the Prius C is 157.3" long, 66.7" wide, and 56.9" tall. For comparison, the standard Prius measures 175", 68.7", and 58.7" respectively. While the standard Prius gets its motivation from a 98hp 1.8-liter gasoline engine and an 80hp electric motor, the smaller Prius C uses a 74hp 1.5-liter gasoline engine and a 61hp electric motor.

Toyota's new Prius C [Source: CarScoop]
 
Give that the Prius C has a smaller engine, and most assuredly lighter weight, the Prius C tops its larger brother in fuel efficiency. Although official U.S. EPA figures aren't available for the vehicle, the Prius C is rated at 89.4 mpg on the Japanese JC08 driving cycle compared to 83.3 mpg for the standard Prius. Those figures should put the Prius C just shy of 60 mpg on the U.S. EPA cycle.
 
The Prius C is expected to make its U.S. debut at the Detroit Auto Show in January.


[Source: CarScoop]

Source: CarScoop



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RE: Shame...
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 10/18/2011 9:26:21 AM , Rating: 3
Looks play a huge part in the purchase of a new vehicle -- it's right up there with price/features.

I'd never buy a vehicle that I found aesthetically displeasing no matter how cheap it was.


RE: Shame...
By corduroygt on 10/18/2011 10:25:09 AM , Rating: 2
Me too, for example I like the mechanicals and the features of the Nissan Juke, but I'd never buy one with that styling.


RE: Shame...
By Flunk on 10/18/2011 10:36:40 AM , Rating: 2
I would have to agree on that one, the Juke is probably the worst looking car I've seen in years. The problem isn't that people are all hugely shallow. There is a lot of competition so if you like one car, except the looks, there is probably another one that is very similar that you don't hate the look of.


RE: Shame...
By Jedi2155 on 10/18/2011 2:49:42 PM , Rating: 2
I use to find the Prius to be an extremely unappealing vehicle aesthetically however after looking at all the numbers and features, I came to love it for all its other benefits. Overtime, this admiration became an admiration for its looks, and now when I see another vehicle similar in shape as a Prius (i.e. the Leaf), I find it to be appealing as well.


RE: Shame...
By corduroygt on 10/18/2011 2:54:11 PM , Rating: 2
The cure for that is to drive one, and all positive feelings for it will vanish immediately.


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