The line Toyota is using at this year's NAIAS is, "What is the plural of Prius?" and their marketing is encouraging the public to vote on their preference for the proper plural version of the name. The reason behind this is that Toyota has expanded the Prius offerings with three forthcoming different models along with the standard version of the Prius.
The first version to reach consumers will be the Prius V. It's not quite a Prius minivan, but it will offer a larger, more family-oriented version of the Prius. The Prius V will have 50% more cargo room than the standard Prius, but it is a 5-seat, not a 7-seat model, as had been speculated. The Prius V will have estimated EPA fuel economy ratings of 42 mpg city, 38 mpg highway and 40 mpg combined, and will be available starting this summer.
Most likely the most exciting of the new offerings is the Plug-in Prius, a long-awaited option which will provide all-electric drive with a range of 13 miles on battery power at speeds up to 60 mph according to Toyota. The Plug-in will use a small battery array for lighter weight and faster recharging. The Plug-in can be completely recharged in only 3 hours with a 110 volt connection, or only 1.7 hours on 220 volts.
The last of the Prius offspring is a sportier version of the Prius called the Prius C Concept. This one is designed to be the most affordable model (which, along with its styling, means it is aimed at a younger market) as well as to offer even higher gas mileage than the standard Prius. Both the C Concept and the Plug-In Hybrid versions are slated to be available early in 2012. According to Toyota, "The Plug-in will be initially offered in 14 West and East Coast states (Arizona, California, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, Virginia and New Hampshire) where nearly 60 percent of all Prius models are currently sold. Availability in all remaining states will be a year later."
Link: Toyota Prius Family
written by Cranvas, March 29, 2011
written by Bob, June 04, 2012
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