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With the first year of this decade only a month behind us, Toyota is, according to a report from Bloomberg, ready to make sales predictions for the year 2020. The automaker is apparently confident that the Prius will continue to hold its spot as Japan's best-selling model. However, Fumikazu Kitagawa of Nomura Research Institute indicates that the Prius' exceptional sales volume may drive Toyota to drop its price. Kitagawa claims that Japanese car buyers consider the mainstream Prius as a "fr

2010 Toyota Prius - Click above for high-res image gallery

2010 Toyota Prius - click above for a high-res gallery

I'm just going to assume you've heard that Toyota is testing a plug-in Prius on public roads in Japan. If this has slipped by you, check out the links below. Otherwise, you know that the PHEV uses the standard nickel metal hydride batteries, not new and fancy lithium ion batteries. So, what does the plug-in NiMH give you? BusinessWeek fills us in.