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The Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid was the top selling plug-in hybrid vehicle in the United Kingdom, with 470 sold since being introduced to the market in July 2012. That means the Prius Plug-in Hybrid outsold the Vauxhall Ampera plug-in hybrid, Toyota says. The sales lead happened even though the Ampera was launched in the UK market three months earlier than the PHEV Prius. The Ampera is GM's European version of the Chevrolet Volt.

Toyota has announced the Prius Plug-in hybrid will launch in the UK in early 2012 priced at "less than £31,000" ($48,379 U.S. at the current exchange rate). Sounds steep, right? It is, but this "guideline pricing" does not include government incentives of up to £5,000 ($7,803) that buyers of the Prius Plug-in are likely to receive under the UK's Ultra-Low Carbon Vehicle scheme.

At the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, Toyota peeled back the sheets to finally reveal its 2012 Prius Plug-in production model.

It still looks a lot like the standard, third-gen Prius, but the just-unveiled production version of 2012 Prius Plug-in has something the gasoline-electric hybrid doesn't: an expected fuel economy of 111.3 miles per gallon equivalent. The extra mpges come from the car's 4.4-kWh lithium-ion battery pack, which offers a 14.3 mile pure-electric range. We have to say, that's an awful precise range estimate.

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