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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: Toyota
By Pirks on 11/9/2012 12:36:41 PM , Rating: 0
I have a 1.4l petrol car that does 49mpg and a 2.4l turbo diesel that does 45mpg
Hahaha, way to go quoting highway mileage in ideal conditions here. Like gazillions of city drivers care about diesel that barely gets 25 mpg IN THE CITY start stop congested traffic LOL :)))

I researched biodiesel by the way, thought maybe it's better for environment, wallet and is a serious hybrid contender. Looks like it's a horrible thing overall.

1) no diesel engines are rated for B99, max rating for cars is only B5 this is a joke not a biodiesel
2) people report sludge and corroded unit injectors after 100k miles on B99 in their diesels I've seen too many pics posted on forums on what biodiesel does with engines, this is NOT a pretty sight at all
3) for modern common rail diesels with insanely high pressures in their fule delivery systems biodiesel is even worse idea, VW for instance almost warranties that your common rail system will go bye bye if you use REAL biodiesel like B99
4) mileage in the city is WAY WORSE than in a CHEAPER hybrid car like Prius C
5) biodeiesel is way more than expensive than unleaded
6) diesel car is way more expensive than Prius C
7) when toyota replaces nimh batteries with liion ones in prius it'll pwn diesels even MORE

ya I'm all for clean organic shit and all but since I'm driving mostly in the city the Prius C that is cheap, eats CHEAP fuel and has the BEST city fuel economy for its price and size... that's a no brainer for any SMART city driver.

well idiots and clowns like cheesyweezy can keep buying found on road dead cars but no thanks :P

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