Short-term pain for longer-term gain? That may be the prognosis for the next-generation Toyota Prius, the world's best-selling hybrid. But, hey, the new version might get holiday season debut, now.

Toyota is upgrading some of its most popular models and trying to cut long-term costs with components that can be used on multiple models on the new Toyota New Global Architecture platform, Automotive News says. That means more parts that can be used for the Camry, Avalon (not big stretch, since the Avalon is basically a rich man's Camry) and Corolla in addition to the Prius. The downside, of course, is that this takes a bit more engineering and certainly more time. In the case of the Prius, that means pushing back the start of production from next summer to December 2015. But Automotive News also says the Prius may have an all-wheel-drive option. Happy Holidays.

The report is in update from Automotive News Europe, which cited folks familiar with the process who were not identified and said late last month that the production of the fourth-gen Prius would be pushed back by about six months as engineers continue to tweak the hybrid powertrain for maximum efficiency. The goal is around a 10 percent improvement in fuel-efficiency thanks to an upgraded powertrain and lower vehicle weight. Toyota spokeswoman Amanda Rice told AutoblogGreen in an email that the company doesn't comment on future products, so we'll just have to keep an eye out.


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      MTN RANGER
      • 1 Day Ago
      Similar sexy body under that camo wrap?
      Spec
      • 1 Day Ago
      Yep. And it really doesn't matter much at this point . . . How much is difference is a 50MPG car versus a 56MPG car going to save you each year? Build a real Plug-In Prius, Toyota.
      paulwesterberg
      • 1 Day Ago
      Hopefully the prius plug-in will add a bit more capacity so that its range is more useful.
      Levine Levine
      • 1 Day Ago
      Truth be told, Toyota has been cutting corner on quality under the guise of energy efficiency for some time. Plastic parts have become extraordinary fragile; hatch-back latch breaks off prematurely; electrical connectors no longer remain tight under vibration; and OEM tires wear out quicker than expected. All these signs are evidence that Toyota is no longer the brand that stands for quality and value.
      • 1 Day Ago
      Spec - if you drive 10,000 miles in a year and gasoline cost 4.00/gallon, you would save $88.00 between 50 mpg and 56 mpg. When you are spending only a few dollars a year for gasoline, you can save only a few dollars. When I get 150 mpg with my plug in Prius, it sounds/looks great, but the dollar savings are not high. The really big savings in money are between 15 and 30 mpg for cars.
      btc909
      • 1 Day Ago
      If it has a battery you should be able to plug it in.
      centeredtype
      • 1 Day Ago
      5 more MPG.. :( it would have been great to get 10 mpg.
        PeterScott
        • 1 Day Ago
        @centeredtype
        Toyota is too committed to Hydrogen to build a proper Prius plug in, thus they will lose the larger market, chasing the smaller one.
        krona2k
        • 1 Day Ago
        @centeredtype
        The law of diminishing returns is biting hard. Plugging in is the one and only way that personal transport costs are going to be reduced in the near future.