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2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In

You Say You Want An Evolution? Here's a game that the first people who buy the 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid should play with their other Prius-driving friends: Let them slide behind the wheel and see if they can even tell that it isn't a standard, third-generation Prius. Very few will be able to tell. That's how subtle the changes are between the two vehicles, at least, to someone who isn't looking too closely. After driving the corded Prius in California recently, we can confidently say that from both the outside and behind the wheel, the Prius Plug-in Hybrid looks, drives and... Read More

Vital Stats

Engine:
1.8L I4 / 4.4 kWh Li-ion
Power:
134 HP (combined)
Transmission:
CVT
MSRP:
$32,000 (base)
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    Toyota says Prius Plug-in is "27 percent better than an equivalent diesel"
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    With the Toyota Prius Plug-in set to launch in early 2012, now's the perfect time to dive into the interim results from the cars' trials in London. Here are some details straight from Toyota: Average journey distance has been 7.3 miles, with 59 percent of all journeys covering between 3.1 and 12.4 miles Average speed has been 17.7 miles per hour, ...

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    Toyota sets 2012 Prius Plug-in U.S. sales target at 16,000+
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    Toyota says it expects U.S. sales of its Prius Plug-in to hit at least 16,000 in 2012. Toyota spokesman, John Hanson, told Bloomberg News that: Hanson says the Prius Plug-in will have an electric-only range of at least 13 miles and claims that, like a standard Prius, the plug-in version will return approximately 50 miles per gallon in city and ...

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    CNN says Chevrolet Volt tech is "obsolete" compared to Toyota Prius Plug-in
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    Volt fans like to point out that Chevy's plug-in hybrid can go 25 to 50 miles without using a drop of gas. Then, the Volt shifts seamlessly into its "range-extending" mode. Not everyone is impressed by this. CNN Money recently had the audacity to call the Volt's technology "obsolete." Here's a rundown of the reasoning behind CNN Money's bold claim: The ...

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    Toyota teams with Salesforce for in-vehicle social networking
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    How close are you to your Prius? Do you want to get closer? Toyota has teamed with cloud computing company Salesforce to build a social network service that will enable Toyota owners to "friend" their vehicles and receive tweet-like reminders for maintenance and other notices. Under the private social network, dubbed "Toyota Friend," vehicle owners ...

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    Toyota denies that all Prius models will plug in
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    On Monday, the Japanese Nikkei (sub. req.) newspaper reported that Toyota will make plug-in capability a standard feature on all Prius hybrid models beginning in 2014. As it turns out, that report most likely contained some factual errors. Toyota spokesman John Hanson told AOL Autos, "We see this market as being a small percentage of our hybrid market. ...

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    Report: Toyota to price 2014 Prius plug-in hybrid same as regular models *UPDATE
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    Back in September of 2010, Toyota's head of product development, Takeshi Uchiyamada, announced that come 2012, the Japanese automaker will try to take hold of the plug-in hybrid segment by offering the least-expensive, most-fuel efficient PHEVs in the world. Uchiyamada was speaking of none other than the automaker's plug-in Prius and admitted that ...

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    Report: Toyota to make li-ion batteries for plug-in hybrids starting this fall
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    Starting this fall, Toyota will kick off mass production of lithium-ion batteries for its soon-to-be available plug-in hybrid vehicles like the Prius, the Nikkei business daily, a Japanese news outlet reported. By manufacturing li-ion batteries in-house, Toyota hopes to keep costs in check, allowing the automaker to competitively price its plug-in ...

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    Toyota: Prius will be "the number one nameplate in the industry" by 2020
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    In the first ten years that the Toyota Prius has been driving North American roads, it has come to dominantly define the term "hybrid" in the public mind. In Japan, the world's best-selling hybrid is also the top-selling car – of any type – for the past year and a half. The Prius may not be the most rational car purchase around, but that ...

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    Detroit Preview: Toyota's Prius Family will grow by two, the MPV and a new concept
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    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 ...

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    Toyota adds New York City to plug-in Prius trial program
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    Late last week, Toyota announced that New York City will take part in the company's Prius plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHV) demonstration program. Five of Toyota's plug-ins will hit the crowded streets of New York to see how PHVs perform in a real-world urban setting; two will be handed over to the New York City Department of Transportation and three will go ...

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    Univ. of Colorado partners with Toyota to conduct "smart grid" study using plug-in Priuses
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    The University of Colorado at Boulder's Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI) - a joint venture with the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) - will partner with Toyota to conduct extensive testing on plug-in hybrid vehicles. The two-year long study will focus on the household experiences and technical ...

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    At $28,000, plug-in Toyota Prius should be cheapest PHEV in U.S. in 2012
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    On Monday, Toyota's head of product development, Takeshi Uchiyamada, announced that by 2012, the Japanese automaker will take hold of the plug-in hybrid market by offering the least-expensive and certainly one of the most efficient PHEVs in the nation. Uchiyamada was speaking of none other than the company's upcoming plug-in Prius and admitted that ...

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    Six Toyota Prius PHEVs go to Clean Cities in Syracuse
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    Toyota is continuing its deployment of 150 Prius plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) throughout the United States, with six of them delivered to the Clean Communities of CNY program in Syracuse, NY. The Clean Communities program is run by the Department of Energy and the cars going to upstate New York will be used by Syracuse University, SyracuseCoE and CuseCar. ...

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    PICC's latest converted plug-in Prius boasts 40-mile electric range, 245 mpg
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    Plug-in Conversions Corporation (PICC) is well known for its over-the-top Toyota Prius conversions. From its conversion kit that allows the Prius to scoot past 70 miles per hour under electric power alone to its tweaks that bestow the Prius with a boost in electric range, PICC has always found a way to breathe new life into the Prius hybrid. PICC founder ...

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    Toyota to go big in 2012 with a new BEV, PHEV and Prius family
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    Toyota officials confirmed this evening that come calendar year 2012, at least three new environmentally friendly cars will be going into production, starting with a version of last year's FT-EV concept that will hit the streets as a battery electric vehicle based on the Scion iQ. This car will use a battery consisting of the large format lithium ion ion ...

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    Inside Line puts plug-in Prius to the test, hits 62 mpg, payback period at least 215K miles [w/video]
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    Toyota graciously allowed us to take the plug-in Prius for a quick spin a while back and we walked away somewhat impressed, noting that it offers the same joys of a traditional Prius, but packs in a bit more of everything good. Our brief stint behind the wheel was limited, but the powers that be decided that the guys over at Inside Line would get a ...

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    Toyota to add 20 2010 plug-in Priuses to UK test fleet
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    Starting next month, Toyota will lease 20 of its new plug-in Priuses to public individuals and private businesses in the UK. The fleet of prototype plug-ins will scurry on down the roads until 2013. By then, Toyota plans to launch a production version of its next-generation plug-in Prius. Toyota hopes to gain a further understanding of the plug-in hybrid ...

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    Coulomb ChargePoint stations to power Plug-in Prius demonstrators
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    Earlier this week, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group was officially handed keys to its first three Prius Plug-in hybrids (PHEVS). Later this summer, an additional 30 plug-in Priuses will be handed over to various Silicon Valley groups and companies. With plug-in Priuses taking to the roads in the Silicon Valley area, chargers aren't far ...

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    Report: Toyota Prius "Alpha" MPV coming in spring 2011
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    When Toyota gets around to expanding its Prius line-up next year, the first model to benefit from the badge will be a compact MPV reportedly badged the Alpha. The small van will apparently be based on a stretched version of the current Prius platform, will add a third row of seats and should be the first production Toyota hybrid with a lithium ion ...

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    Report: Toyota Prius "Alpha" MPV coming in spring 2011
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    When Toyota gets around to launching additional body styles to the Prius lineup next year, the first model – a compact MPV – is expected to be badged as Alpha. The small van based on stretched version of the current Prius will add a third row of seats and should be the first production Toyota hybrid with a lithium ion battery pack. Toyota is ...

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