We're all aware that Toyota's dominance in the hybrid segment is unmatched, but if a report posted in the Wall Street Journal turns out to be true, then we should expect the gas-electric champ to further bolster its industry-leading lineup with the addition of two new variants of the best-selling Prius by the end of 2012. Apparently, two dealers on hand at a conference in Las Vegas revealed Toyota's future hybrid plans.
According to the report, Toyota will introduce an all-new version of the Prius that boasts 50 percent more interior space than its current best-selling hybrid model in 2012. This variant is most likely the Prius minivan that we've discussed at great lengths before. However, the WSJ report also suggests that Toyota is working on smaller version of its current Prius and this vehicle is apparently scheduled for a 2012 debut as well. The smaller model is said to be closer in size to the Toyota Yaris, but, quite oddly, based off the Prius platform. If Toyota does decide to introduce a smaller hybrid on U.S. turf, we'd venture to guess that it will be a Yaris-based model, but this report suggests otherwise. Guess we'll have to wait and see.

[Source: Wall Street Journal, Carscoop]

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