Toyota Prius family grows

The Prius v for "versatility" is expected to get 42 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway, with a combined figure of 40 mpg. It offers 50 percent more cargo space than the current Prius and will feature Toyota's Entune connectivity technology, which debuted last week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.



Toyota displayed the future of the Prius family on Monday at the Detroit auto show, revealing a wagon version that will arrive on the market in late summer 2011, followed by concept that previews a smaller Prius due in 2012.

The Prius v is aimed at young families and will have a standard backup camera.

There are 60/40 folding rear seats and four different seating arrangements.

8 liter four-cylinder engine making 98 hp and 105 lb-ft of torque, which works with an 80-hp, 153-lb-ft electric motor.

Meanwhile, the Prius c concept--also unveiled on Monday in Detroit is Toyota's take on a smaller city car for younger couples and singles.

A production version launches in the first half of 2012.

This is a dynamic vehicle with an urban appeal.

Carter said the production version will get the best mpg rating of any non-plug-in hybrid on the market.

Toyota is using the Prius its popular, trendsetting hybrid which has been on sale for a decade as an ace in the hole as it tries to rebuild goodwill among consumers following the company's massive safety recalls of the last two years.

The Prius family will also include a plug-in model due in the first half of 2012.


















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