• Mar 3rd 2010 at 7:59AM
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According to a report from Autocar, Toyota will launch its next couple of hybrid vehicles under the Prius banner in the spring of 2011. The two new bodystyles will include a Prius-based wagon and an MPV, or minivan. After that, the Japanese automaker will reportedly turn its attention to a sporty coupe model that would theoretically go up against the new Honda CR-Z.

Expect that coupe to have a similar look and feel to the FT-CH concept that was shown at the Detroit Auto Show. Finally, Toyota is said to be developing a hybrid powertrain for its RAV4 compact SUV. None of this news should come as a surprise, considering Toyota's stated goal of hybridizing its entire model line and the revelation in Detroit that future hybrids would likely fall under a Prius sub-family within Toyota.

[Source: Autocar]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Why do a wagan AND a minivan/MPV?

      To a liberal nutjob, they are basically the same thing.

      Keep trying toyota, but there is nothing you are going to do to get me to buy one.

      EVEN with the coming $7 gas that Obama - the King, needs to meet his greenhouse gases emissions reduction goals.

      Oops. Is that not part of the "hopey change" plan?
        • 5 Years Ago
        No, they're not the same thing at all -- at least in most consumer's minds.

        I know people who won't go near a minivan despite them being more practical for their needs. To them, they're just an unnecessary concession to blandness and being a soccer mom/dad that can easily be remedied by an SUV. And, I know others who won't consider a wagon because a minivan is more convenient more capacious and practical.

        My personal preference is for a wagon but the general consensus is that Americans don't like wagons because we all equate them to the barges sold by the Big 3 back in the '60s and '70s.

        As for the nutjobs...when was the last time you looked in the mirror? What the heck does a Toyota Prius brand have to do with Obama. Last time I checked, Toyota wasn't bailed out by the US government and I don't think Obama sits on their Board.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Toyota's really on a roll. You can't stop 'em! ;-)

      Seriously though, I actually think it's a good idea to launch the new cars as Prius variants. It will help ensure better insurance rates right out of the gate and it will build upon a trademark that is already a green fan favorite. Toyota Prius wagon, Toyota Prius MPV....Toyota Prius convertible...it all equals green to the public. And, it will allow Toyota to test and employ different, if not weird, design language that they wouldn't try on bread and butter models like the Camry. Blatantly different and green are allowed to go together (Prius is evidence of that).
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh look, a Honda Kiwami with a Toyota badge on it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      that concept wagon looks like it might have terrible blind spots
        • 5 Years Ago
        Its a Toyota its not whats behind you that you should be worried about.......
      • 5 Years Ago
      When people talk about Prius they talk about MPGs, but that is a big mistake, Prius sells so well because it is a great car. It has plenty of room, comfortable, very practical. I also read that back seat in Prius is roomier than back seat in a Camry.

      Here in USA we unfortunately do not have a true wagon that is affordable, aside from Jetta SportsWagen, if Toyota can make a wagon that costs 25-26 nicely equipped, just as reliable as Prius, just as practical, they could really have a winner on their hands.

      As far as minivan, it seems almost natural to make them all hybrids. Shame Dodge is not the first to do so.
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