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Toyota said that a new redesigned Prius wouldn't launch for more than a year

Toyota said it is considering making a significant change to the design of its wedge-shaped Prius.

According to the automaker, it hasn't chosen a new design for the Prius yet, but it is trying to determine whether to "evolve it," or "really evolve it." It is currently reviewing clay-model prototypes for the new Prius design.

"There's an undercurrent among most people that they're ready for a new Prius look," said Chris Hostetter, Toyota's vice president for strategic planning in the U.S. "Maybe our architecture has been a little bit similar for the last two generations."

The Prius, which was first launched in Japan in 1997 and the U.S. in 2000, had an exterior design that was altered from Toyota's Yaris sedan.

A second generation Prius was released in 2003, where it received the raked hood and windshield. From 2003 to 2004, Prius sales increased dramatically from 43,162 to 125,742.

The third-generation Prius pushed fuel efficiency (and sales) even further, while the Prius c was introduced with fuel economy ratings of 50 mpg combined.

Back in May of this year, the Prius family was named the third best-selling vehicle line in the world.

Toyota said that a new redesigned Prius wouldn't launch for more than a year.

Jonny Lieberman, senior features editor at Motor Trend, recently spoke with his sources at Toyota and shared a bit of secret info about the next Prius. Lieberman hinted that the next Prius will have a fuel economy rating of 60 mpg. This shouldn't be too hard to achieve assuming a lighter vehicle weight, more powerful electric motor, and a switch from NiMH to lithium-ion batteries.

Source: The Detroit News

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RE: Not related... but...
By Cheesew1z69 on 11/9/2012 11:35:13 AM , Rating: 2
Not having*

At least I don't think so. That's what AAA is for.

RE: Not related... but...
By Mint on 11/9/2012 12:13:27 PM , Rating: 2
That's a pretty good point. Does it make sense for every car to have a spare - losing trunk space space and adding to weight over hundreds of thousands of miles - when it's much more economically efficient to rely on fix-a-flat or, worst case, the towing industry? Cellphones have greatly reduced the possibility of being stranded with no options.

RE: Not related... but...
By Cheesew1z69 on 11/9/2012 12:53:12 PM , Rating: 2
Cellphones have greatly reduced the possibility of being stranded with no options
That they have, just a call away for help if needed.

RE: Not related... but...
By jimbojimbo on 11/9/2012 4:35:17 PM , Rating: 2
True but I'd still want a spare. I can change a flat tire out in probably 15-20minutes and be on my way. How long would you have to wait for a tow truck to show up?

RE: Not related... but...
By Spuke on 11/9/2012 5:54:19 PM , Rating: 2
45 mins seems typical in CA. When I lived back east it was much faster.

RE: Not related... but...
By Mint on 11/11/2012 9:26:50 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah, but think about it. Suppose you get a flat at the unusual rate of once per year, and one in every two flats can be fixed by a can of fix-a-flat, while the others requiring a 1 hour wait for a tow.

That's means you're lugging around a flat all the time - carrying extra weight and losing cargo capacity - to save a mere 20 minutes on average per year.

That's not a tradeoff I'd make. I do have a spare in my car, but I don't have an option of the same car with more trunk space instead, or using that space it for batteries, etc.

RE: Not related... but...
By Jeffk464 on 11/9/2012 7:24:47 PM , Rating: 2
You can always carry the plug type repair kit, its a piece of cake to use. Of course I don't know if I would trust the repair for the long run.

RE: Not related... but...
By titanmiller on 11/10/2012 12:44:55 AM , Rating: 2
I've been driving on a plug for over 10,000 miles. It is a permanent fix as far as I know.

RE: Not related... but...
By MadMan007 on 11/10/2012 11:28:00 AM , Rating: 2
In addition to what others have said, there's the inconvenience of relying on the towing industry instead of even a temporary spare. If I call a tow truck, then what? Go straight to a tire place right then to get it repaired or replaced, possibly wasting a whole half a day or more when it's not planned. With a temp spare, I can change it, go on my way, and then get it replaced on my schedule.

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