Toyota Readies Fourth Generation Prius, Will Reportedly Achieve 60 MPG
November 9, 2012 7:47 AM
comment(s) - last by
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
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
, 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.
The Detroit News
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
RE: Not related... but...
11/10/2012 12:44:55 AM
I've been driving on a plug for over 10,000 miles. It is a permanent fix as far as I know.
“We do believe we have a moral responsibility to keep porn off the iPhone.” -- Steve Jobs
Quick Note: Toyota Prius Family Now Third Best-Selling Vehicle Line in the World
May 30, 2012, 3:10 PM
Toyota's 50MPG Prius c Hybrid to Start at $18,950
February 9, 2012, 9:22 AM
NAIAS 2012: Toyota Presents Sub-$19k, 53MPG Prius C Hybrid
January 10, 2012, 12:00 PM
Tesla’s Elon Musk Says that Fully Autonomous Vehicles Are Still at Least 5 Years Away
September 19, 2014, 9:48 AM
Quick Note: Kia Soul EV Priced from $33,700
September 11, 2014, 5:32 PM
Production Infiniti LE Electric Sedan Leaked in Patent Drawings
September 9, 2014, 10:32 AM
"Decepticon" Driver Triumphs Over Cops in Massachusetts Court
September 5, 2014, 12:07 PM
Tesla Motors Confirms Nevada Gigafactory Deal, Will Receive $1.25B in Tax Breaks
September 4, 2014, 8:24 PM
Mazda Unveils the 2016 MX-5 Miata, Drops 220 Pounds and 3" in Length
September 3, 2014, 8:59 PM
Most Popular Articles
Quick Note: Buy an Xbox One Sept 7-13, Get a Free Game
September 4, 2014, 10:42 AM
Apple Announces Its Smartwatch: The $349 Apple Watch
September 9, 2014, 2:09 PM
Dell Announces "World's Thinnest" Tablet: The Venue 8 7000 Series
September 11, 2014, 8:51 AM
Windows 9's Latest Metro Start Menu Leaks, German Site Accidentally Outs Leaker
September 11, 2014, 8:36 PM
T-Mobile Launches Un-carrier 7.0, Beefs Up Wi-Fi Calling
September 11, 2014, 2:56 PM
Latest Blog Posts
ISIS Imposes Ban on Teaching Evolution in Iraq
Sep 17, 2014, 5:22 PM
Space Terrorism is a Looming Threat For the United States
Apr 23, 2014, 7:47 PM
Facebook Aims to Provide Internet to "Every Person in the World" with Drones, Satellites
Apr 1, 2014, 10:20 AM
Retail Mobile Sites Experience Outages in Light of Simplexity's Bankruptcy
Mar 14, 2014, 8:48 AM
Tesla vs. BMW: Who Has the Safer EV?
Feb 1, 2014, 2:56 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2014 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information