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Toyota's Prius hatchback has long been something of a love-it-or-hate-it design. The sweeping roofline of the hybrid sedan may have been penned to maximize the car's ability to cut through the wind, but the shape is now instantly recognizable to the masses on street corners all around the world – so much so, in fact, that Honda was accused by some of ripping off the Prius' basic design for its latest Insight.

Love it or hate it, you'd better get used to seeing the styling cues of the latest Prius, since the 2010 model debuts a few new touches that are expected to infiltrate down the rest of the automaker's future line. Toyota global design chief Wahei Hirai calls the styling of the new Prius "free-form geometrics," and a few of the main bits that will spread across the automaker's line include the shape of the hybrid's sharply-creased corners and wheel wells, the slit-like front grille and a bolder, more pronounced hood badge.

[Source: AutoWeek]

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