• Dec 23, 2010
The winter teaser press releases for the 2011 Detroit Auto Show continue with a short mention from Toyota about the "Prius Family of Vehicles" that we will meet at the North American International Auto Show in a few short weeks. We have gotten a peek at what might be the Prius minivan/MPV (above) but all that Toyota will say for certain is that, "In addition to the current third-generation Prius and Prius Plug-in vehicle (PHV), the first all-new addition to the Prius Family will debut along with a Prius concept vehicle." If the MPV is the "all-new addition," then what's the new Prius concept? We're not sure and Toyota isn't saying – yet – so we'll just have to wait until Toyota's press conference on January 10th for the full details. We'll be there, and Toyota will broadcast the event at ToyotaNewsroom.com. While we wait, who's got a guess for the what the concept is?

[Source: Toyota]

PRESS RELEASE

Toyota to Reveal Prius Family of Vehicles at the North American International Auto Show

TORRANCE, Calif., Dec. 23, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., will stage the world premiere of the Prius family of vehicles at a press conference at the 2011 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. In addition to the current third-generation Prius and Prius Plug-in vehicle (PHV), the first all-new addition to the Prius Family will debut along with a Prius concept vehicle.

The press conference will be held on Monday, Jan. 10 at 1:05 p.m. EST in the Riverview Ballroom at Cobo Center. A live Webcast will be available at ToyotaNewsroom.com.

A Prius Family Sneak Peak video featuring X Games champion skateboarder Bob Burnquist is available at YouTube.com/Toyota
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        Translated to Englishish from the source article:

        "Rispetto alla berlina da cui deriva non cambiano nemmeno le dimensioni esterne, maggiorate in lunghezza ed altezza per aumentare la volumetria dell'abitacolo e accogliere sette passeggeri disposti su tre file. Compared to the sedan from which not even change the outside dimensions, whose length and height to increase the dimensions of their willing and accommodating seven passengers in three rows."

        THREE rows of seats...

        Neil
        • 1 Day Ago
        Probably 3 rows in Europe 2 rows in USA as usual.
        • 1 Day Ago
        Those short people of the sort that can fit in the 3rd row of seats -- are called children! ;-)

        Neil
        • 1 Day Ago
        Well, that's your opinion. It looks like a http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compact_MPV to me, though if the seats can't be reconfigured and removed, that takes away some of the multi-purpose. In Japan it probably will have a third row seat. Americans are just too darn fat!

        Anyway, *Bob Burnquist* is going to drive one! My main man from Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2, 4, 42, 99...
        • 1 Day Ago
        You obviously haven't heard what the short people who have to sit in the third row call the tall people in the front who tell them to sit back there! ;-)
        • 1 Day Ago
        The third row of seats in European MPVs are usually only useful if you wish to transport people with no legs or luggage.
        They are roomy 4-5 seaters, and pretty much pretend 7 seaters.
      • 1 Day Ago
      It would be really good if the concept car is similar to the FT-CH they showed about a year ago. And, it hopefully is a plugin hybrid with a 16-20kWh lithium pack!

      Neil
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        An actual Prius FT-CH would be awesome. "The FT-CH is lighter in weight and more fuel efficient than the Prius. The concept is designed to target a lower price point than the Prius... an overall length of 153 inches [22 inches shorter] and width of 68.5 inches [same]" http://www.toyota.com/concept-vehicles/ftch.html Currently, if you choose a smaller car than the Prius in the USA, you're forced to accept worse mpg!

        However, following one concept with another is weak, Toyota should move to production. Either the new concept will be more production-ready and less ugly than their French design studio's FT-CH, and/or Toyota is finding it hard to beat the Prius' fuel economy.
      • 1 Day Ago
      LOL. I wonder if I'm the only one who thinks this looks better than the regular prius.
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      I'm hoping for a sportier Prius, with a bigger Electric Motor and a Li Battery.
      More Low End Torque = More Pulling Power.
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      no plug no green.

      knowing toyota the concept will be bs but hypothetically, theoretically, in bizarro world, it might just be a light actually aerodynamic lithium EV with a tiny range extender.
      and in the remote instance that's what it is, then of course they wont make it.

      merry Christmas, birth of Jesus the Christ, the way the truth and the life. in this year 2010, the calendar based on Jesus and used throughout the entire world, even by the Jews in Israel : ) ho ho ho
      and as a gift for you all, the gift of truth. you may think that the bible is nonsense and made up by man but it might interest you to know that the Jewish historian Josephus born only a couple of years after Jesus' crucifixion, mentions Jesus in his writings entirely separate from the bible : ) much closer in time to Jesus than we are to world war II.
        • 1 Day Ago
        To answer your question, Dan: We don't know, there is no exact reference. However, the Bible does mention "Shepherds watching their flocks by night", and the only time they do that is during spring lambing, so it had to be sometime in March, April, or May. BTW, Jesus couldn't have been born any later than 1 BC, because that is when King Herod died, and it could have been as much as 5 years before his "official" birthdate. The early historians really didn't do a good job.
        • 1 Day Ago
        gsolman, which is the correct date then?
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        merry Christmas, birth of Jesus the Christ, the way the truth and the life. in this year 2010, the calendar based on Jesus and used throughout the entire world, even by the Jews in Israel : ) ho ho ho
        and as a gift for you all, the gift of truth. you may think that the bible is nonsense and made up by man but it might interest you to know that the Jewish historian Josephus born only a couple of years after Jesus' crucifixion, mentions Jesus in his writings entirely separate from the bible : ) much closer in time to Jesus than we are to world war II.

        Ironically the 25th of December is an agreed-upon B-day for baby J, not the actual date. And the fact that the whole world uses this calendar has more to do with the power of the corrupt catholic church and worldwide European colonization than anything else.

        Anyway I wish the concept Prius would be a relatively inexpensive two seater. I might be interested in one even w/ no manual option.
      • 1 Day Ago
      My guess it's a commercial cargo version with no windows past the B-pillar... Like the Chevy HHR cargo hauler.
      Steven W. Diffy
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      I like the FC-TH. And I am going to need something extremely fuel efficient for my budget in the near future if gas prices continue to climb. I personally love little cars and always have. I am not a rich guy so I have a small budget.
      • 1 Day Ago
      Not much new here. This appears to be a Toyota Corolla Verso, which has been available outside the US for at least 6 years in this look.
      http://www.toyota-europe.com/cars/new_cars/corolla_verso/index.aspx

      The question is why won't Toyota offer their D-4D diesel engine in the US ? I can't believe they can't meet the emissions standards now that low sulphur diesel is available.

      Who needs a hybrid if I can get 43 mpg (6.1 L / 100 km) ?
      • 1 Day Ago
      I actually wouldn't feel odd driving this one. I just wish they'd don the Prius like Audi did the A7 sportback or how Aston Martin did their 4 door.
      • 1 Day Ago
      @NeilBlanchard

      It seems unlikely to me that Toyota's going to show a new, subcompact Prius concept; they debuted the FT-CH last January, so what would be the point? No, I bet we'll next see the subcompact Prius in production form.

      What possibilities does that leave for the new Prius concept, with a smaller Prius already on the way and a larger Prius debuting in production form? I'm betting on a sporty Prius coupe. It could be some sort of truck (a la the 2008 A-BAT concept) or SUV, I suppose, but I doubt Toyota thinks there's much of a market for the former and they already have the Highlander Hybrid (and, maybe, the rumored hybrid version of the next RAV4) to cover the latter.
      • 1 Day Ago
      I hope it is something like a CR-Z killer.

      Toyota Prius drivetrain in a 2 door that's 300+ lbs lighter.
      Change the gearing / engine design a bit so that it accelerates quicker but can still pull ~40mpg..

      and you got my dream car!
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        Smaller than Prius seems a given, but I don't think it will be a CRZ competitor. It won't be a two seater, it won't have a manual transmission, and it certainly won't get under 40MPG.

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      Toyota did say they wanted to redesign FT-AE86 concept so maybe the FT-AE86 will be converted to an Hybrid. But it could be also the rumored Prius Coupe (which probably looks like a Prius with 2 doors).

      I'm surprised the Prius Alpha / MPV would have 50% more cargo space. In official pictures the difference was only few inches at best. Perhaps it's wider as well.
      The Prius Alpha certainly looks 95% like a Prius so I'm not suprised if we see a 3rd model looking 95% like a Prius.
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