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Prius 7 Person Hybrid MIA In

[Editor’s Note: Story has updated at the end with a quote Toyota USA regarding the Prius v and of a third row.]

Toyota week made a couple of related to the forthcoming new generation of (plural for Prius ) emerging Japan. The auto manufacturer talked about the launch of the “alpha” multi-passenger hybrid expands the popular vehicle to more people in certain

It was said by Toyota that the alpha has launched in Japan, plans for a North American out as the five seat Prius v summer (or fall, based what Toyota USA is saying ) in Europe, the seven seat + by mid-2012. These launch look to be later then originally hoped for due to the devastating that hit Japan earlier year. The quake dramatically the company’s production schedule, was first mentioned back in .

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The vehicle, to Japanese specifications, will in price between $29,000 and Five configurations holding five or seven passengers be available. Though no official has been given yet on what the MPG will be for the American version, it was earlier this year at the Auto Show that the v is expected to have an EPA combined economy of 40 mpg – 38 on the highway and 42 in the city.

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Unfortunately, those in the States for the seven passenger version of the will be unhappy to know it doesn’t look like is releasing it in this configuration at this time. The way the Toyota press release mentioned aims to enhance and expand its of hybrid vehicles around the with more Prius such as the five-seat Prius ‘Prius v’ planned for launch in America this summer” got us so we contacted Toyota USA. A spokesperson has initially confirmed for us as and we are waiting to hear back on

One possible reason, based this report over at Magazine. is because of lithium-ion shortages due again to the earthquake. As in the Toyota Japan press the seven passenger configuration – a third row of seats – is made because of a space saving this battery allows for sticks it in the center console. As Car Reports notes around issue. because of the lithium ion shortages the Prius v will with “the same old technology Toyota has fitted to models since 1997.”

It is also possible as well may just see no market for it here in the right now. which be weird when you consider how we to haul our families and associated items around town and on trips. Wouldn’t a seven version be a natural fit for the U.S. We think so.

QUOTE FROM TOYOTA USA LACK OF THIRD ROW: “We a third row would not have room for North American On RAV4, with a comparably cargo area, only percent of buyers choose to a 3rd row. A 3rd row also requires the location of the hybrid traction which could impact space in areas of the cabin.”

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