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False alarm, Prius fans. According to Toyota, the Prius V MPV is on track to hit the market as scheduled. Reports recently began circulating indicating that the Japanese automaker was delaying the vehicle's launch due to the lingering impact of this year's earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disasters. Word was that a battery shortfall was causing the hold-up, though the manufacturer has now confirmed that the large hybrid will debut this fall as originally scheduled.

Unfortunately, the arrival of the Japanese-market Prius Alpha is still slated to experience a delay of indeterminate length. Hit the jump for the brief press release.
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Prius v Still on Track for Delivery in U.S. this Fall

TORRANCE, Calif., May 13, 2011 –Following Toyota Motor Corporation's (TMC) announcement in Japan today that delivery of the Prius alpha will be delayed, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. (TMS) announced that the Prius v is still on track for delivery to U.S. customers this fall.

Delay of the Japan-market Prius alpha is due to the ongoing effects of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.


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      This is the official vehicle of people who absolutely hate vehicles.
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        EnzoHonda
        • 4 Years Ago
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        Or people who like economy, comfort, reliability, high resale value, environmentalism, etc. None of us like the car, but it's ideal for a significant portion of the population and its success, and the resulting shift in the market, has proven this. (I'm aware that the "green-ness" of hybrids is up for question because of heavy metals. That's a different topic all together.)
          savagemike
          • 4 Years Ago
          @EnzoHonda
          @db123 The looks are based upon aerodynamics rather than what a 16 year old thinks looks 'hot'. I'm OK with that. It's a pretty slippery car, which is what it needs to be. It's a matter of personal preference, anyway. I think it looks fine. I'd like to see some comparisons of actual cargo volume, etc. From the pics it looks cavernous, especially at the given mpg.
          db123
          • 4 Years Ago
          @EnzoHonda
          You are so right - For probably 85% of people in the country one of the upcoming Prius models would fulfill all they need in a car.... but why do the looks of the prius have to scream, "yes, sorry you had to make a compromise somewhere"
      Fahad Fayyaz
      • 4 Years Ago
      I absolutely hate Prius's exterior design, I am sure the Japanese could hire a couple of good car designers or just borrow design cues from other automakers.
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          LUSTSTANG S-197
          • 4 Years Ago
          The Prius and Aztek aren't all that different in shape. The Prius design is a little more conservative and obviously rides lower. Niether are real lookers, but that's not their purpose.
      RED SKULL
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is it radiated?
      Thunder938
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am not a prius guy, but as a Matrix owner I like it.
      Basil Exposition
      • 4 Years Ago
      Calling this an MPV is a real stretch.
      ICantDrive88
      • 4 Years Ago
      It looks like a last gen Prius had sex with the Matrix...
      Edward
      • 4 Years Ago
      I was sorta interested until I saw the IP still centralized. No thanks.
      Seph
      • 4 Years Ago
      i hope they made this one from a light material, so that it can achieve more mpg...
      Justin
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ah yes, an exercise in making the Prius even less cool.
      MANARC100
      • 4 Years Ago
      hooray for all the Prius owners out there that said if only i could fit a larger box in the trunk of my prius. Other than that i dont understand the point of this model. Maybe that is the only point....kinda like having a prius sedan and wagon in the lineup. Ok i guess it works in the family of Prii.
        JackS
        • 4 Years Ago
        @MANARC100
        I'm pretty sure that it's precisely for those people who would otherwise drive a Prius but needed more cargo or passenger room. Like Camry drivers who felt that they needed just a little bit more passenger room than the Prius offered. There's a market for this kind of thing I'm just not sure how big. I do wish it was better looking though.
      Zeer
      • 4 Years Ago
      This certainly looks better than the standard Prius.
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