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2008 Toyota A-BAT concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

Think of the most aerodynamic passenger vehicle on the market. Now think of the least. In one corner you may have the Toyota Prius, with its wind-cheating, economy-boosting shape. In the other there's a pickup truck, with its boxy shape that looks about as aerodynamically efficient as the broadside of a warehouse. But if the latest reports are any indication, the two could come together before you know it.

Word has it that Toyota is considering reviving the A-BAT hybrid pickup concept that was unveiled three years ago at the Detroit Auto Show. The Advanced Breakthrough Aero Truck concept explored ways of making the pickup more efficient, and employed a hybrid drivetrain, unibody construction and a more compact shape.

If built, the A-BAT could join the Prius five-door and the new MPV variant – as well as a potential production version of the Prius C concept just unveiled at Cobo Hall – in the rapidly expanding Prius line-up.



[Source: PickupTrucks.com]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm waiting for FT to come and tell us that this will be the greatest pickup truck in the last 100 years.

      Who is going to buy this thing? It obviously can't be used for work and I doubt it will have much more than lip service paid to 4x4. That whittles it down to people who want a truck, don't need the capability, and don't want the fuel economy penalty. I can't imagine that's a very big niche.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Someone needs to take a bat to the "A-BAT". It's butt-ugly.
      • 4 Years Ago
      How very cool. Loved the A-BAT concept years ago and had hopes we'd eventually see something production ready. If this, and Prius C were both available today, there'd be one of each in our garage right now.
      • 4 Years Ago
      GM already makes hybrid Sierras and Silverados. So the Prius truck won't be the first hybrid truck.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Imagine the current Ridgeline's sales numbers... got it? Ok, now imagine the sales numbers of a possible Ridgeline hybrid. The number you're thinking of is four, isn't it?
        • 4 Years Ago
        woah, you read my mind!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Except Toyota isn't really in the business of making niche vehicles. Whatever it is they'll make sure it's mass marketable, you can bet on it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Look at it with its small beady eyes, piggy nose, & bucked teeth....
      • 4 Years Ago
      I would actually love to have a rampage just to get good gas mileage . Throw my bike in the back if I need to pick up something at the hardware store or a dryer I can. Need to do serious hauling have a full size truck
      • 4 Years Ago
      LOL, I wonder what this "truck" will be able to tow? 500 lbs maybe??
        • 4 Years Ago
        Remember, electric motors produce 100% torque at 0 RPM, so I expect it'd tow quite a bit more than 500 lbs, and probably do it pretty well......for the first 50 miles.

        Anything more and I believe that your initial assessment of "LOL" is spot on.

        That being said, if the objective is a smaller, more fuel efficient pick-up, then why not a diesel? I just don't get it...I would think a manufacturer could make a killing by offering a small to mid-size diesel P/U that averages mid 30's on the highway and can be had OTD for less than 25K. (Note: Bonus points will be given for the inclusion of 4-wheel drive to the aforementioned.)

        My guess is manufacturers don't (and won't) for fear of cannibalizing large truck sales...

      • 4 Years Ago
      What's the big deal? It's already been done.

      http://www.autobeyours.com/06%20Baja%20Prius.htm
        • 4 Years Ago
        That is absolutely disgusting!
        • 4 Years Ago
        That was great. Thanks.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That Subie drove into the rear end of that Prius...and got stuck there... awful!
      • 4 Years Ago
      @ccweems,

      Vancouver Taxi's also said the Prius has a higher maintence cost than a regular non hybrid cab.They even had a report on that on the local news,and it is also well reported it is cheaper to own a non hybrid car over a hybrid. Plus a hybrid is WORSE for the environment than a gas powered car ! In Japan ancient rice fields are being destroyed as is in Africa the Serengeti national park is getting a highway smack in the middle of it to drill for batteries for electric cars..

      HYBRIDS ARE HORRIBLE FOR THE ENVIRONMENT !

      Drill for oil,gas engines are cleaner and cleaner each year,oil sand drilling leaves the land in pristine condition..as for battery drilling destroys the land and environment !


      http://www.independenttraveler.com/blog/?p=916

      http://www.climatechange101.ca/
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is it April 1st already?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm all for future-think, I'm all for Hybrid drivetrains. I think a "Prius" type front-wheel drive pickup is a bit of work no one is asking for right now. Does anyone remember the VW Rabbit pickup? or the Dodge Omni Rampage front wheel drive pickup? They were cute little openbed trucklets, but didn't set the world on fire then and a Prius wouldn't today. Toyota should be thinking ore more intelligent ways of expanding the brand, ie coupes, or even a halo convertible, cars that quiet operation and wind-cheating designs for maximum mpg would be fully appreciated and utilized. Just my two cents.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Old VW caddy pickups are selling for a ridiculous premium used.

        They seem to have a cult following now.

        Funny thing is nobody wanted them when they were new.
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